F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: McLaren deny a report claiming Lewis Hamilton will move to Mercedes in 2013.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“A McLaren spokesman said: ‘We have been told by Lewis Hamilton’s management team that the story is untrue.’”
“Just when you thought these Paralympic Games could not offer any more unfathomable comeback tales, here was one to top the lot, that of the star racing driver who lost his legs and almost his life after a horror crash in Germany before re-emerging 11 years later as a champion cyclist.”
Force India deputy team principal Robert Fernley: “I think Nico [Hulkenberg] has done a super job, we never had any doubts about him, and with Paul [di Resta] they are just so equal. There is nothing between them and it is a thrill to have two wonderful drivers pushing the limits all the time.”
“When I got to the Parabolica, I went around slowly, searching for the marks where Jochen went off. I ran four laps and my last lap was the fastest I had ever done Monza, and the fastest I was to do that weekend. It will be said I was trying to hurt myself, that it was suicidal, but it wasn’t. It felt the same as any other lap.”
“The circuit is within the Royal Park, not far from the centre of the town and now buried within the sprawling environment of Milan. Attempt to build it today in the same place and you would be laughed out of court. Saying that, and this being the home venue of Ferrari, there is a sneaking suspicion that the local government would be voted out of office if they refused.”
— McLaren (@TheFifthDriver) September 5, 2012
So happy for Alex Zanardi @lxznr- Paralympic Champion! Gold in hand-bike time trial!Congratulations to an extraordinary&inspirational man!
— Williams F1 (@WilliamsF1Team) September 5, 2012
— Scuderia Ferrari (@InsideFerrari) September 5, 2012
One of, if not the image of the day: Alex Zanardi, Paralympic champion bit.ly/NRAXXd”
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) September 5, 2012
Comment of the day
@Enigma has a good question about Ma Qing Hua’s F1 practice debut tomorrow:
What will his FIA abbreviation be, since he’s only got two letters in his surname?
From the forum
- New videos of Codemasters’ forthcoming F1 2012
- Check out these pictures and video from fans at the Belgian Grand Prix
- ALMS and Grand Am announced a merger yesterday
Happy birthday to Baldry 888 and Charlie!
On this day in F1
Nigel Mansell finished a distant third, his Honda engine lacking its usual punch.
Here are highlights from the race:
Image © McLaren/Hoch Zwei