Next weekend Felipe Massa will experience a unique cocktail of pressures very few Formula 1 drivers ever have to face. Finding yourself in a championship showdown that’s gone down to the final race is one thing – doing it all at your home Grand Prix is quite another.
There’s nothing like a championship-deciding, last-race-of-the-season nail-biter. This year we have the added piquancy of one of the title contenders racing on home ground – something I’ve never seen in almost 20 years of watching Grands Prix. Here are some of the most memorable title deciders for me – what’s yours?
Why did Felipe Massa race with a ‘shark fin’ but Kimi Raikkonen didn’t? How did Fernando Alonso’s ‘under-powered’ Renault out-drag Heikki Kovalainen? John Beamer of F1-Pitlane has the answers to these questions and more in his technical round-up for Shanghai.
What happens to Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos in just over a week’s time will play a crucial role in shaping our understanding and opinions of a man who is rapidly becoming (or perhaps already is) F1′s most famous driver. And whether the story ends in victory or defeat is not entirely down to him.
Following the recent spate of dubious penalty decisions involving Sebastien Bourdais, Lewis Hamilton (at Fuji and Spa) and Felipe Massa, many F1 drivers have voiced a desire to see a permanent stewards appointed. Ideally they would like one with relevant, recent Grand Prix experience. So who could fit the bill? Here’s a few potential names.
Guest writer Andrew Tsvyk concludes his look at the history of Japanese drivers in Formula 1. See part 1 here. This second instalment covers the likes of Takuma Sato, Kazuki Nakajima and Ukyo Katayama. Plus, the only driver to stand on the podium at his home race.