F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he “won’t give up” despite falling 52 points behind in the championship battle.
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“I won’t give up. I’ll keep pushing to the end. Of course, it makes it that bit harder.”
“We were definitely faster than Michael [Schumacher] and Nico [Rosberg] but we ended up stuck behind them for most of the race which was frustrating.”
“I think the safety car arrived in the worst moment for us, because we have stopped and changed the tyres five laps before the safety car, so we didn’t have the pit stop for free like the others did. So, it was, I think with all these difficulties, if we put altogether, arriving third in our difficult weekend is for sure a fantastic result in terms of points.”
“For about three or four laps it was spraying gearbox oil. I thought it was the backmarker at the time, and then I saw Lewis pull over so I knew that was from his car.”
“The stewards believed that Senna had not done anything wrong because he had not appeared to deliberately move across.”
“I like to think that I’m capable of stepping up to one of these bigger teams. There’s some drivers about – I’ve raced against some of them at the top, I’ve had great battles with them and I’ve beaten them.”
“Made from a new material, CER, they lose only 1mm of thickness by the end of the race in comparison to the 4mm worn away on the older CCR discs.”
Lewis’ problem was internal gearbox failure. No hint before the race, just bad signs a few laps before. Great shame after stunning Q lap.
— Paddy Lowe (@paddylowe) September 23, 2012
— Byron Young (@byronf1) September 23, 2012
Comment of the day
@JerseyF1 says there’s still life left in the championship battle:
Plenty of championships have turned around more than the points differences we have at the moment, I think that the new points system is still fooling people – with arguably the three fastest cars in reverse order in the championship this is shaping up for a tight finish if the main contenders run to form over the next few races without car failures or other incident.
From the forum
- Check out these Singapore Grand Prix pictures and video from @Doodie111 and @Thecollaroyboys
- Final points standings for GP2 this year
Happy birthday to Christian Mateus and Selidor!
On this day in F1
Recently-crowned champion Emerson Fittipaldi hit trouble in the 1972 Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport, having to pit with wing damage after a battle with pole sitter Peter Revson for third.
Ronnie Peterson led the opening laps for March before being passed by Jackie Stewart, who went on to win ahead of the McLarens of Revson and Denny Hulme.
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