Watch Kimi Raikkonen's brilliant qualifying lap which earned him pole position in the inaugural Turkish Grand Prix #OnThisDay in 2005.
Raikkonen took pole with a 1.26.797 Fisichella surprisingly beat Alonso to 2nd with Montoya in 4th, 5 tenths down on his teammate. Trulli known for his one lap pace qualifies 5th ahead of the Williams of Heidfeld and Webber, the latter got blocked by Sato which moved Sato to the back of the grid. Massa followed in 8th ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Christian Klien. Ferrari had a dreadful Saturday, Barrichello only qualified 11th while Schumacher spun off and got a engine change which moved him to the back of the grid. Robert Doornbos who had been struggling to beat teammate Albers, didn't set a time when his rear brakes caught fire.
F1 HALF TERM REPORT: All 20 drivers ranked!! 🌏🏁 3. Charles Leclerc - For a man who only entered F1 at the start of 2018, Charles Leclerc has quickly become part of the furniture at the top of F1. As early as Round 2 in Bahrain, Leclerc was proving to us that entrusting Kimi Raikkonen's old seat to him was justified, taking a pole position and looking as though he was on track for a massive victory until mechanical gremlins reared their head and he limped home in 3rd place. Aside from that performance, Leclerc has been proving all season long that he can mix it with the very best. He's less than a race victory behind Vettel in the standings and has indulged in on-track combat, mainly with Max Verstappen, on numerous occasions and to spectacular effect. Leclerc has taken two pole positions already, compared with one for Vettel and has laid the foundations for an attack on the top 3 positions in the Driver's Championship, in his first season at the Prancing Horse. By any measures, Leclerc has done brilliantly so far in 2019 and has coupled his driving ability with an important knack for being able to shake off mistakes, a quality that may just set him apart from Vettel. Watch Leclerc carefully, he's a star. 🏁🏁 | CREDITS: @fastf1 OC |
Well, it's been a terrible first half of the season for the Scuderia, after testing was looking so good. They've focused on top speed rather than building on last years' success, which wasn't a great idea; but will that help in Monza? Let's hope next year they can challenge again.
WRC LEGEND CAME AGONISINGLY CLOSE TO MAKING F1 DEBUT - Had things panned out a little differently in 2008/2009, motorsport fans around the world would have had the fascinating opportunity to witness a multiple time Champion, a legend, of another form of motorsport, cross over into F1 and try his fare. His name was Sebastien Loeb. The Frenchman, then 34, had already won 4 WRC Titles at that stage and would make it 5 at the end of 2008, but his prowess didn't end there. Red Bull gave him a test in their F1 machine, initially considered a publicity stunt, but once it became clear rather quickly that Loeb had the pace to drive regularly in F1, talks became more serious. In 2009, Loeb even partook in an official GP2 test in order to keep himself accustomed to single seaters while he competed in another season of WRC and it looked as though the cards were falling in such a way, that he might just get a shot at F1. Over at Toro Rosso, Sebastien Bourdais was enduring a nightmare that began soon after his debut at the start of '08 and ended once he was finally terminated, shortly after the 2009 German GP. Whilst Jaime Alguersuari took his seat in the short term, it was planned for Loeb to make his F1 debut for Toro Rosso in the Abu Dhabi season finale. Unfortunately, the FIA cruelly decided not to grant Loeb a superlicense and therefore the idea was nixed, Alguersuari retained the Toro Rosso seat in 2010 and Loeb happily went back to WRC, expressing no regrets about the missed opportunity. To say that seeing Sebastien Loeb switch over to F1 would have been interesting, would be to massively understate the situation. Would he have made a huge impact in terms of his performance? We'll never know. Such spoilsports, FIA.🏁🏁 | CREDITS: TELEGRAPH & REDDIT |
I personally love simple helmet designs, Hunt, Scheckter, Stewart, Senna they all had helmets that you could recognise from a mile away, they didn't change except for some sponsors here and there. I'm not a big fan of current helmets, they have to many symbols, bright colours or extreme designs which Sebastian Vettel kinda started when he used to change helmets every race. So here's the question:
#QOTD what is your favourite helmet design by an F1 driver? Let me know in the comments down below!
F1 HALF TERM REPORT: All 20 drivers ranked!! 🌏🏁 4. Valtteri Bottas - Bottas started out 2019 in such a bright fashion, with an assured pole position and victory, at the season opening Australian GP, seemingly laying down a marker to Lewis Hamilton and the rest of the field. Despite Hamilton winning the next two races, Bottas kept up the pressure by finishing 2nd at both of those races and then taking an extremely popular victory in Baku. He took pole again the next time out in Spain, whereupon he lost the lead on the first lap of the race and Hamilton dominated. Since then, Bottas really hasn't been a match for Hamilton, or Max Verstappen. He hasn't won a race since Baku, had a weak race to finish P8 in Hungary and threw away solid points by crashing just a few laps from home in Germany. If Bottas had been performing to his absolute best and pushing Hamilton hard, as was the case in the first 4 races, we wouldn't now be at the point where people are speculating that Esteban Ocon, or even George Russell, are in line to replace the Finn at some stage. Bottas must bounce back after the summer break and hit the top of the podium a few more times, because his current 72 point deficit to Hamilton in an identical car is not helping to dispel the replacement rumours. 🏁🏁 | CREDITS: @fastf1 OC |
Sebastian Vettel sharing about his life choice in front of the guests at an exclusive breakfast from Reviti Insurance, a day after 2019 British GP.
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As there haven't been any races today in history I wanted to look back at Nigel Mansell his Formula 1 debut.
Nigel, raised in Birmingham had a tough run up to his Formula 1 debut. In 1977,during an F3 weekend in Brands Hatch he broke his neck after a crash in qualifying, the crash was so severe that the doctors said that he would never been able to drive again, the stubborn Mansell discharged himself from hospital and continued to race. In 1979 he broke his vertebrae after a massive cartwheel crash after colliding with non other than Andrea de Cesaris.
Mansell's driving impressed Colin Chapman who gave Nigel a test at Paul Richard, Mansell was still suffering from his broken vertebrae, Mansell didn't want to lose the opportunity so he drugged himself with painkillers and stepped into the car, the test earned him a test drivers role and would give Nigel a drive at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Mansell impressed Chapman to such an extent that Chapman entered a 3rd car for Austria. The weekend would show how tough Nigel actually was, a fuel leak leaked fuel into Nigel's seat, despite Chapman asking if he wanted to retire before the race, Nigel started anyway and retired on lap 40 with an engine failure, he struggled to get out of the car with his overall soaked in fuel, he had 1st and 2nd degree burns on his back and buttocks. The perseverance would earn him the nickname Il Leone "The Lion" later in his career. Mansell moved to Williams in 1985 after a very difficult working relationship with team manager Peter Warr at Lotus. He won his first Grand Prix in Brands Hatch, despite Warr claiming that Mansell would never win a grand prix as long as he had a hole in his arse.
Mansell closely lost out to championship in 1986, 1987 and 1991 before finally winning it in 1992. With 31 wins Mansell is 7th in the all time win list, but that legendary tale all started with Nigel being tough as nails during his test and debut in 1980.
Ronnie Peterson took a magnificent Austrian Grand Prix victory #OnThisDay in 1973. Jackie Stewart who finished 2nd, would climb on the podium for the last time in his F1 career.
Home hero Niki Lauda didn't race as he crashed on the Nurburgring a few weeks earlier which saw him break his wrist, Niki however as stubborn as he was did try a couple of laps before pulling into the pits. Teammate Clay Regazzoni carried an on-board camera to showcase a lap around the Österreichring.
Qualifying would be dominated by Lotus with Fittipaldi taking pole ahead of Peterson. Hulme and Revson qualified 3rd and 4th for McLaren with the sole Ferrari of Merzario who received massive upgrades coming into the weekend in 5th. Stewart only qualified 7th but the Scotsman focused on the race.
Chris Amon who qualified 23th for Techno felt that the Techno wasn't worth his time so he didn't start after the warm-up. Peterson had the best start and took the lead while Fittipaldi dropped behind Hulme aswell. The 2nd McLaren of Revson had a clutch failure which caused a bottle neck, Cevert swiped across to avoid Revson which saw him collect Beuttler. After lap 1 it was Peterson infront of Hulme, Fittipaldi, Merzario and championship leader Stewart. Both Tyrrells made early progress with Stewart passing Merzario, Cevert who had passed Pace and Reutemann tried to follow but he collided and broke his suspension. The first front runner who ran into trouble was Hulme who only ran on 7 cillinders, the Kiwi pulled into the pits, a loose plug caused the problem, the McLaren team fixed it and off Hulme went again. Peterson waved Fittipaldi through for the lead on lap 17. The race calmed down until lap 48, Fittipaldi who had been leading comfortably retired with a fuel problem which saw his chances of becoming champion evaporate. Peterson collected the victory ahead of Stewart who held of the fast Carlos Pace in his Surtees for 2nd. Reutemann finished 4th ahead of Beltoise and Regazzoni.
Are these three the best ever?
Fangio's 5 world titles and incredible 44% win ratio, Schumacher's 91 wins and 7 world titles and Senna's once in a lifetime racing talent will never be forgotten in F1.
F1 HALF TERM REPORT: All 20 drivers ranked!! 🌏🏁 5. Sebastian Vettel - It's been a mixed bag of a season for Vettel, hence his position on this list is slightly lower than the 4th place he currently occupies in the Driver's Championship. Yes, Seb does sit 24 points clear of team-mate Charles Leclerc, but much of that deficit would not exist had Leclerc's engine not contrived to fail when he was leading the race and set for victory in Bahrain. Vettel has scored 6 podiums from the first 12 races (one more than Leclerc), one of which would have been a victory had he not been served with a controversial time penalty for an incident involving Lewis Hamilton, as they battled for the lead in Canada. However, Vettel has been shaded by Leclerc in qualifying, which is not a good sign for Seb. Leclerc will only get better, whereas Vettel appears to be operating on a level far below his best at present and needs to get back to the dominant, self-assured form that he has shown in years prior. Although rumours have been swirling that Vettel may leave Ferrari or even retire at the end of the season, @fastf1 believes that Vettel has plenty left in the tank and that, in the right circumstances, can fight for the title again. The final half of 2019 will be an absolutely crucial test for Seb; he needs to win races and make sure he finishes ahead of Leclerc in the standings. 🏁🏁 | CREDITS: @fastf1 OC |