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In the round-up: Nico Rosberg says he’d be closer to team mate Lewis Hamilton in the championship if it hadn’t been for his two retirements.
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“A lot of things have come into play. I have had two DNFs for example, which have been very hurtful to my points tally. It would be great to finish ahead of Lewis, but the priority is really doing a good job and making sure I get as many points in the championship as possible.”
“It was going to be a big film – but they wanted to say that I’d had an affair with Francois Cevert… and I wouldn’t let them do it, because it wasn’t true.”
Caterham has finished its first Le Mans 24 Hours in 24th place overall, 11th in the LMP2 class #LM24
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Comment of the day
Thoughts on the Le Mans 24 Hours from a reader who was there:
Am just back home from the track (I live in Brittany) – hadn’t planned on going to the race until a week before, as unbeknownst to be, my girlfriend had entered a competition and won some tickets for me so I couldn’t say no! First time there since 2006, and it’s still great to hear the Corvette V8′s thunder and marvel at how the Audis just whistle by, but I could swear their turbos have got louder since their original diesel racers.
I was just before the Esses de la Foret at the start and saw Lapierre’s move up to third, awesome! The race in itself seemed to have fairly few twists overall – the conjunction of a puncture on number three and an alternator problem on the number one sending it from first to last in class was probably the biggest turning point for the front-runners, meaning it was up to number two to hold off the Toyotas.
So congrats to Loic Duval and Allan McNish, and of course the Great Dane Tom Kristensen on his ninth win, to Audi for their 12th (the match will truly be on between them and Porsche to see if the Rings will tie Porsche’s 13 wins)! What struck me also was the reliability rate: only two cars out before midnight (+ a third that had hardly seen the track but hadn’t yet retired, the number 28 Gulf Middle East Lola-Nissan), still nearly 50 cars on track at seven in the morning and 43 running at the end with 42 cars classified, that’s got to be a record!
Somewhat surprising result in GTE Pro: I wasn’t sure whether Porsche would figure, let alone get a one-two! Aston Martin will probably be disappointed with third in class, having seen Fred Mako crash the number 99 mid-morning, but most of all they will be saddened, as all race fans are, at the loss of their lead GTE Am driver, Allan Simonsen.
I hadn’t seen the crash as I wasn’t in front of a big screen and and there was no worry in the trackside commentaries immediately afterwards, so when a friend away from the track called me with the news, I was taken aback. I gave the news to an uncle I had met up with, and he was saddened too – his daughter being a fan of Aston Martin, he had got the whole team’s driver autographs (except Bruno Senna), including Allan’s.
Amidst the tragedy, it seems somewhat fitting that the race winning crew should have a Dane and a driver called Allan.
McLaren young driver Stoffel Vandoorne added a second victory at the Moscow Raceway in Formula Renault 3.5 yesterday having also won on Saturday. He takes a three-point lead in the championship over fellow McLaren junior race Kevin Magnussen.
Red Bull’s young driver Antonio Felix da Costa posted his third no-score of the year leaving him 47 points adrift of Vandoorne in the title race.
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On this day in F1
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