Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Hockenheimring, 2012

Schumacher doesn’t mind if Vettel gets eight titles

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, Hockenheimring, 2012In the round-up: Michael Schumacher says he would be happy if Sebastian Vettel beat his records of seven world championships and 91 race wins.

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Schumacher happy if Vettel beats records (BBC)

“Michael Schumacher says he would be ‘pretty happy’ if Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel went on to break his world records of wins and world titles.”

James Calado Q&A (Sky)

“The reserve driver deal is just for this year and the idea of the whole thing is that they can evaluate me, and we can discuss our options in 2014.”

Monza: A bitter-sweet circuit (McLaren)

Emerson Fittipaldi: “I first drove there in 1970 – and I can say without hesitation that it was one of the hardest weekends of my life. I was 23, I’d just joined the Lotus team, and I’d started only three grands prix in my F1 career. My team-mate was Jochen Rindt, who’d already won five of the nine grands prix that had taken place so far that season, and was leading the world championship chase comfortably.”

Why Niki Lauda, not James Hunt, is the real hero of Rush (Autocar)

“It would have been so easy to cast him as the villain of the piece, yet he emerges as the real hero of the season ?ǣ and rightly so.”

After the passion (Darren Heath Photographer)

“Working as a photographer at Monza is simply a joy, and on a weekend of warm late summer light it really doesn?t get any better.”

Time and Money (F1 Confidential)

“The luxury watch brand announced their three-year sponsorship agreement with the Mercedes AMG F1 Team in May 2012 ?ǣ seven months before the partnership officially began, whereas BlackBerry?s partnership came together late, just before the season. This seven-month lead-time allowed IWC to maximise their first year.”

Comment of the day

@TheCollaroyBoys says the promoters of Rush have missed an opportunity to tie the film in with thus year’s grand prix which takes place on September 22nd:

With 10,000 F1 fans in town looking for an air conditioned hideout through the day, when does Rush premier in Singapore? That?s right sports fans, the 26th of September.

Sometimes I just can?t believe how badly wrong some companies can get it. Fail.
@TheCollaroyBoys

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On this day in F1

Jochen Rindt perished in a crash during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix on this day in 1970. Rindt was leading the world championship at the time and in the remaining three races no one was able to surpass his haul of 45 points, making him champion posthumously.

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