During Thurday`s press conference before Japanese GP, there was a lot of talk about Korea and Hamilton was asked, whether he had ever raced in Korea. He answered yes, talked about an F3 race and added “I remember being taken out by a certain driver”. I was curious and found out that the “certain driver” was Nelson Piquet Jr who had contact with Hamilton during the first laps, after which Hamilton retired. This happened in F3 Korea Super Prix, which took place on November 23, 2003.
I just wonder why Hamilton did not call Piquet Jr by name. Is Nelson now the Lord Voldemort of F1, whose name people don’t even dare to mention? Or did Hamilton simply not want to go into details because the race happened so long ago? If the former version is true, then I think it just once more confirms that Piquet Jr has no chance to ever come back to F1. I personally don’t want to see him ever back as well.
I’m not entirely sure. It’s a running gag that dates back until 2004 and I never really started following the site before the beginning of last year. I think it has something to do with being so awesomely bad that it was disappointing when he scored points because if you achieve a certain amount, then you ‘unRejectify’ yourself (for example, Viatly Petrov just needs one for fifth place to unRejectify himself; Nico Hulkenberg needs a sixth). That is, you’re no longer eligible for a profile on the site. The guys who run it wanted to do one up really badly (they’ve actually done a lot of interviews with Baumgartner; moreso than anoyone else profiled on the site), and were always afraid he was going to disqualify himself. Apparently Baumgartner quite likes his cult status.
@ Todfod … Agreed, Piquet as Gollum-like is more fitting.
@ Keith … “However I think the identity of ‘the Lord Voldemort of F1’ deserves further discussion… ” I’m thinking the Count of Monte Zemelo is reaching that status. Sometimes I think Ferrari F1 would be far better off if the top man was Domenicalli.