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9th September 2015, 22:40 at 10:40 pm #304919
@lass321 To look at it the other way around, Rosberg would have to increase his current 53-point deficit to 92 or more and then win the title to beat Hunt!
I should also add there is another relevant dimension here: how long it took them to overcome their points deficit. For instance in 2007 Raikkonen overcame a 1.7-win (17-point) deficit in two races to win the title, which was extraordinary.
Hunt overcame his peak deficit over ten races, so that’s 0.36 wins per race recovered. Raikkonen’s recovery rate was more than twice as fast: 0.85 wins per race.9th September 2015, 20:43 at 8:43 pm #304910
Obviously there’s a degree of variance here because the points system has changed so much over the years:
In 1976 James Hunt won the world championship having been 33 points behind Niki Lauda at one stage. That was equivalent to 3.666 wins at the time (a win was worth nine points then).
To put that into perspective, Sebastian Vettel overcame a bigger points deficit to win the 2012 championship: he was 44 points behind at one stage. However as a win was worth 25 points then, his deficit was 1.76 wins – less than half of Hunt’s.
I’ve not got all the data on this to hand but my first guess would be that in relative terms, Hunt came from further behind than anyone else – aided, of course, by Lauda missing races due to the injuries he suffered at the Nurburgring. Note also that due to disqualifications and reinstatements during that year, the figure of 33 points may have appeared larger or smaller at different times – this is just going off the final classifications.3rd September 2015, 15:15 at 3:15 pm #304239
Does this count as an advert? Amusing ad/interview with one of Vettel’s sponsors:3rd September 2015, 13:00 at 1:00 pm #3042302nd September 2015, 19:22 at 7:22 pm #304189
Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes’ latest television spot along with various others:2nd September 2015, 11:59 at 11:59 am #304152
Ferrari is hosting a meet-and-greet with its drivers on Thursday, here are the details:
At this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, for the first time ever, Scuderia Ferrari will go outside the circuit to join its fans.
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen along with team principal Maurizio Arrivabene will meet all the fans who wish to take part, tomorrow 3rd September starting at 18.30 in the Park of the Villa Reale di Monza.
Entry to this event is free and you can prepare your questions for Seb, Kimi and Maurizio sending them as of now on Twitter with the hashtag #SFMeets. We look forward to meeting you!2nd September 2015, 9:45 at 9:45 am #304127
Jann Mardenborough will step up from GP3 to GP2 this weekend, taking the seat at Carlin alongside Julian Leal which has previously been occupied by Marco Sorensen, Johnny Cecotto Jnr and, most recently, Sean Gelael. The latter will return to his regular Formula Renault 3.5 seat for the team at Silverstone this weekend.
Here’s the press release:
Carlin’s GP3 racer Jann Mardenborough will make the step up to the GP2 Series this weekend, as he joins Julian Leal in the team’s GP2 squad around the Monza circuit in Italy. Mardenborough, who is already a race winner in GP3, will stand in for Sean Gelael who has clashing commitments this weekend in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Silverstone.
Mardenborough’s season has so far been one of opposite fortunes; the British racer has shown himself a master of tyre management and claimed a podium finish in Barcelona, but has also been the victim of various contact on circuit which has put him out of contention in the title fight.
The Nissan driver, having only started his single seater career in 2013 as a winner of the 2011 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy will get his first taste of GP2 machinery this weekend in Monza. The 23 year-old’s GP3 seat will be left vacant, before Mardenborough re-joins the GP3 team for the next round in Sochi, Russia next month.
Speaking about his GP2 call up, Mardenborough said, “Firstly I’m extremely excited to drive a GP2 car for the first time, it’s an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. I want to move up to GP2 in the future so to have this experience now is very valuable. I want to be competitive but the challenges in GP2 are very different to GP3; with DRS and two tyres compounds, as well as longer races and pit stops, although I’m used to those from sports car racing. It’s going to be a big step up but I’m going to give it everything. Thanks to Carlin and Nissan for this opportunity.”
Trevor Carlin added, “With Sean busy completing his full season in Formula Renault 3.5, we had the ideal opportunity to give a driver a taste of GP2 at one of the greatest circuits in Europe. Jann is a very talented and fast driver and has suffered some bad luck this season which means he hasn’t claimed the results he’s capable of. Although this will be a big learning curve for him, we’re pleased to give one of our GP3 drivers the opportunity to step up to the next level and will be focused on helping Jann get the most from the experience.”1st September 2015, 22:45 at 10:45 pm #304115
@Atticus-2 That’s some good knowledge! I don’t know much about NASCAR, who were the 1992 contenders?30th August 2015, 20:06 at 8:06 pm #303934
@lass321 Spain this year is the first example that comes to mind:26th August 2015, 21:05 at 9:05 pm #303873
@xtwl I agree with it entirely. Having drivers deliberately take their rivals out is completely unacceptable.
I wouldn’t have objected if Scheider’s ban had also extended to the end of the season and if they’d also confiscated the other Audi drivers’ points from Austria too.20th August 2015, 9:23 at 9:23 am #303336
For this year’s race asphalt has been laid on the inside of the corner approaching the chicane, and it has been painted with ‘non-slip’ paint.
Presumably the thinking is that would have given Tereschencko a better chance of controlling the car and preventing it hitting the kerbs and being launched.19th August 2015, 21:52 at 9:52 pm #303334
Formula Renault 3.5 driver Beitske Visser will drive for Trident at Spa this weekend (alongside Ghiotto who was in that championship last year):14th August 2015, 10:02 at 10:02 am #30318913th August 2015, 22:00 at 10:00 pm #303180
@rjoconnell You could almost read that article as an example of ‘proof by contradiction’. Whoever wrote that is so drunk on the Kool-Aid they can’t see how utterly unreasonable their position is.
I mean, he literally makes the case that drivers should be shushed when they feel the need to warn people that the sport is risking a fatality. How can you place loss of face above something as serious as that?12th August 2015, 15:00 at 3:00 pm #303142