Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Grosjean wins Race of Champions

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Buddh International Circuit, 2012In the round-up: Romain Grosjean wins the 2012 Race of Champions title.

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Grosjean crowned 2012 Champion of Champions (Race of Champions)

“I had to face Sebastian Vettel in the quarter-final before Michael Schumacher in the semi-final ?ǣ the two Germans who beat us in yesterday?s ROC Nations Cup final.

“Then I had the final with Tom [Kristensen]. We?ve had a good history at this event and I?ve raced him before so it was good to face him in the final. I got a bit of extra luck to be in the right car at the right time but it felt good.”

Hamilton will surprise Rosberg – Button (Autosport)

“I think he’ll probably get a bit of a surprise. I know he’s been his team-mate in the past, but I think he’ll be surprised at how Lewis can get performance out of a bad car.”

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The question of of keeping F1 affordable and sustaining the sport has been in the headlines recently. Would imposing a limit on spending work? Max Jacobson (@Vettel1) thinks not:

I personally think a budget cap is unrealistic. The difficulty in policing spending would be a massive headache for the FIA so currently they are better sticking to limiting wind tunnel hours and further improving reliability.

I would love to see F1 return to the days when a designer with a dream could bring their innovative ideas to take on the established giants and beat them ?ǣ Lotus are the best example of this. I just don?t think it?s a realistic proposition though.
Max Jacobson (@Vettel1)

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On this day in F1

Ten years ago today Minardi confirmed Justin Wilson would race for them in 2003. He took over Antonio Pizzonia’s seat at Jaguar towards the end of the season, but lost his place to Christian Klien in 2004.

Wilson later took the unusual step of selling shares in himself to further his career. He now races in IndyCar and scored a dramatic win in Texas earlier this year.

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