F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton, the last driver other than Vettel to win a race in Hungary 12 weeks ago, believes his rival can match Alberto Ascari’s record of winning in nine consecutive race starts.
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“If he doesn’t have any reliability issues, most likely. He’s just walking it.”
“Mark [Webber] got pretty close today, so it will be great to see Mark win a race before the end of the year as well.”
Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane: “He doesn’t like the front end. He doesn’t like the turn in. It is not sharp enough for him. But, if you try to sharpen it up too much, you then lose the rear.”
“While it is understandable that many may lament the season as boring, it is less fair to direct that ire at the man whose task is to win the championship and because he will have done exactly that four times on the trot. Beyond a shadow of doubt any other driver would not consider for a moment that their role was to entertain or extend the season to its finale with a title at stake. Nor can one imagine the same expectation or the same opprobrium being directed at a British driver in similar circumstances.”
Lauda sorpreso a giocare a bowling. Ma la cosa incredibile è la sua t-shirt!!! pic.twitter.com/JqShieSqnD
— Alberto Sabbatini (@sabbatini) October 14, 2013
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Comment of the day
Some more Japanese Grand Prix statistics from @Andae23:
Sebastian Vettel has won five of six races in Asia this season so far. The last time he won fewer than three race in Asia was in 2008, when he scored his first win.
Esteban Gutierrez became the first rookie to score points this season – we had to wait until the fifteenth round for it. The last time the wait for rookies to score was that long was in 1998, when Esteban Tuero and Tora Takagi failed to score a single point that year.
Valtteri Bottas still hasn’t scored a point. The last driver who started more than two races for Williams and didn’t score a single point that year was Alessandro Zanardi in 1999. Sadly the last driver to do so before Zanardi was Ayrton Senna in 1994.
For the first time this season, neither Mercedes managed to finish in the top seven.
Max Chilton has still finished every race he started. This levels him with Lewis Hamilton, who also managed to finish his first fifteen Grands Prix. He is one race finish away from Tiago Monteiro’s record.
After Paul di Resta finished his streak of six consecutive points finishes, he hasn’t scored a point in the last seven races.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Fer No. 65 and Sebastiaan Huizinga!
On this day in F1
Nelson Piquet won his second world championship 30 years ago today in the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami.
Three drivers went into the final race with a shot at the title: Piquet was two points behind Alain Prost while Rene Arnoux also had an outside chance.
Arnoux’s slim chances were ended by engine failure after nine laps. Just before half-distance Prost was out too. So Piquet handed the lead to team mate Riccardo Patrese and stroked the car home in the third place he needed to reclaim the title.
Piquet was reunited with his title-winning car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year:
Here’s the start of the race: