F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Mario Theissen, who gave Sebastian Vettel his F1 debut in 2007, reckons his former driver can beat Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world championships and 91 Grand Prix victories.
Driver of the Weekend
The final Driver of the Weekend poll of 2012 is remarkably close so far. Make sure you add your vote here:
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“Fangio dominated his era, Schumacher dominated his era and now I would say Sebastian, after that performance, has a good chance to become one of those heroes who really dominated – not just one season but four or five seasons.”
“Lewis [Hamilton] is an outstanding driver and in Lewis and Jenson [Button] they had a hugely strong driver line-up.”
“We haven’t had a car advantage throughout this year and if you go back to the first race of the season at Australia, he fought on every lap to be on the podium. There have been other races later in the year when he has put in phenomenal drives that have largely gone unnoticed – the fourth positions, the fifth positions – and then, as we have managed to chip away at the performance, he has capitalised on that. Putting that run of four successive race wins at the fly-aways from Singapore through to India was a hugely impressive performance. To come back from being forty points behind, it’s been quite remarkable to see what he has achieved.”
“Each member of the 550-strong team will land a cool £10,000 bonus after Sebastian Vettel helped his team secure the constructors’ title in Austin.”
Long Beach Grand Prix president and general manager Jim Michaelian: “To run a Formula One event is an extremely expensive proposition … in terms of the infrastructure and the cost of purchasing the show. To even consider it would entail a whole new financial structure, and quite frankly we are succeeding here in our efforts to stage a first-class IndyCar event.”
“He’s the youngest ever triple World Champion, so you’ve got to take your hat off to him. We had a good chat before the race to each other. Obviously I’m happy that it stays in the team.”
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Vettel had assured himself of ‘his place in history’ and she congratulated him on his ‘marvellous nerves of steel’.”
“In Germany, the race aired on RTL and Sky Deutschland. RTL recorded a race average of 10.62 million viewers (40.9% share), whilst a further 610,000 viewers watched on Sky Deutschland.”
Pirelli motorsport director: “The deadline is June next year, but we would be keen to have a decision earlier than that. If we need to find 300-400 people a different job then we need to know earlier.”
Martin Brundle: “Hulkenberg’s penalty was tough in such track conditions although he had clearly wiped out Hamilton while losing control of his car. The stewards, I believe, treat the first lap differently in the general chaos and didn’t choose to take a look at Vettel’s contact with Senna who was similarly wiped out. As Vettel was also under control and on the racing line, it would have been deemed a racing incident.”
“After a very successful inaugural year with over 5,000 votes we invite you, the fans to vote once more for your favourite F1 and Moto GP media coverage during 2012. From broadsheets to bloggers, who has given you the best insight into the worlds of F1 and Moto GP this year?”
I’m quoted in this article on a six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 which is going on sale if you’ve got three-quarters of a million pounds to spare…
The blue car & the red car had a race The blue car was all over the place Alonso Was too slow Only managed second place 🏁🚙😃🏆
— Jon Gates (@twoandeight28) November 27, 2012
Back in the freeeeezing UK! Apparently Alonso deserved to win the WC. No one deserves it you have to go out and make it happen #workharder
— Tom Batch (@therealbatchf1) November 27, 2012
Comment of the day
@Girts’ responds to Force India’s criticism of the first safety car period in Sunday’s race.
I think that there were no gaps where marshals could have worked and Rosberg’s puncture proved that there was debris on the racing line that should have been cleaned up already earlier.
Force India’s frustration is understandable and I think that Hulkenberg didn’t deserve the penalty for colliding with Hamilton. But the decision to deploy safety car seemed to be correct even if it was made too late.
From the forum
- This video raised questions over another alleged yellow flag overtake by Vettel on a Toro Rosso – until some sharp-eyed readers have spotted a green flag that was difficult to see on the onboard camera
- Farewell to Speed’s F1 coverage in the USA
- More additions to when the 2012 motor sport titles will be won
No F1 Fanatic birthdays today.
On this day in F1
Antonio Pizzonia gave the ultimate lesson in how not to impress your new team on this day ten years ago.
Pizzonia, who was set to start his first season of F1 with Jaguar in the coming 2003 season, crashed one of the company’s road cars while driving a journalist on a lap of the Circuit de Catalunya.
Fortunately he and Autocar’s Steve Sutcliffe were uninjured. The car, however, was totalled in the crash:
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