November 22, 2008
(picture courtesy Daily Telegraph)
One of Webber's managers, Geoff Donahue, reported that there are no concerns about the Red Bull driver missing any of the F1 season, which begins in March with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. "It's unfortunate, but accidents happen. He's in good spirits and starting the road to recovery. If any positives come out of this, you'd fully expect him to be ready and willing, not only for his pre-season requirements with Red Bull Racing but also for the Formula 1 season proper."
The driver of the X-trail was reportedly given a breath test at the scene, and no charges will be pressed. Acting Sergeant Jon Ford said there was no way a car could have built up speed along the gravel road. "It's just one of those things," he said. The road was not closed for the bike race. The X-trail was not damaged in the incident.
This is just a darn shame. Webber is one of the good guys in F1, and heir apparent to the title of "The Chin," replacing the recently retired David Coulthard.
Webber's chin in better times
November 17, 2008
After new brakes, a new suspension, removing the roof and windows and replacing them with thin plastic, servicing the engine and putting on new tires (or tyres as they would call them), they were still about eight seconds off the pace of the Evo around the Top Gear track.
Then Jeremy Clarkson said, "Hammond, did you say you bought a spoiler the other day?"
"Well, at a charity auction, yes."
"What type of one?"
"A Formula 1 cars', actually."
Yep. That's the rear wing off a SuperAguri F1 car.
It added a second to the time.
Seems appropriate, that.
November 05, 2008
Lewis Hamilton returned to the McLaren factory today to a raucous welcome by the staff... and a letter of commendation from the Queen:
He's just finished the first year of a five-year contract with McLaren, worth a reported 75 million pounds, or at current exchange rates, $121 million. That's $24 million a year, or more than every MLB player in 2007 except for Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees. However, one PR rep thinks that he's set to clear one BILLION pounds over the length of his career, what with endorsements and all.
Not too bad for a 23-year old.
As one might expect, Ferrari is trying to be gracious in defeat... and not quite accomplishing it. Luca di Montezemelo, president of Ferrari, praised Hamilton by saying "He was a very powerful rival, and his win, close though it was, was well deserved." He then called for the F1 points system to be changed so that wins are worth more in the championship... in which case, his driver, Felipe Massa would have won.
Stay classy, Ferrari. Like your driver, Massa, who wants to congratulate Hamilton in person.
UPDATE: This past February, Golf Digest Magazine printed a chart that revealed that Tiger Woods had made around $770 million dollars (in winnings and endorsements) going into the 2008 season, and predicted that he'd break the $1 billion dollar mark by 2010. Considering that Woods lost most of the season due to injury, tack another year onto that number, so 2011. He'd have played for 16 years at that point. Eventually, he'll move to the Seniors League (or whatever it's called), and keep earning money into his 50s or 60s.
Lewis Hamilton's driving career probably won't last more than 15 years or so, but they might conceivably earn similar monies in a similar timespan. The parallels between the two are intriguing. I wonder if some (very!) deep-pocketed company will ever cough up the money to have them both appear together to sponsor some item... probably a car of some sort.
November 01, 2008
What the hell was THAT?
Here's the provisional grid, discussion after:
||1:12.366 || 1:11.768 ||1:12.917|
|8||Grizzly Nick Heidfeld||BMW Sauber||1:12.371||1:12.026||1:13.297|
|11||Nelson Piquet Jr
|12||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:12.409||1:12.289|
|13||Robert Kubica||BMW Sauber||1:12.381||1:12.300|
|14||David Coulthard's Chin
|19||Giancarlo Fisichella||Force India-Ferrari||1:13.426|
|20||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Ferrari||1:13.50|
The Ferraris did exactly what they needed to:
I have no idea what sort of strategy McLaren is trying, however. Conventional Wisdom sez "short-fill Hamilton, so he can get on the front row and avoid any kerfluffle that'll form going into Turn 1." Well, if that's what the plan was, it didn't work for beans. Not only didn't he make it to the front row, he wound up on the wrong side of the SECOND row, with Jarno freakin' Trulli in front of him. There's no question that he's set up for a dry track; he was fighting a twitchy car all day. For some teams, that's a sign of a bad chassis (see: Honda), but for the McLaren, that's just the team cranking off the rear wing and letting the driver run on the very edge of the envelope. That's where the car is the fastest, but you need a really good driver to do that. Fortunately, Lewis Hamilton only needs to finish 5th or better to win the driver's championship, but he's pushing it right now.
My guess is that Trulli's
Kovaleinninninnie has a problem. His job is to support his teammate for the championship. The best way for him to do that is to let Lewis stay ahead of him, but
There's no question who the crowd is backing in this matchup: hometown boy
Well, we'll see what happens on Sunday, the final race of the 2008 season. See you then!
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