After countless rumors, the Scuderia has finally made an official announcement regarding the team’s future driver lineup, with Sebastian Vettel confirmed as driver for the 2015 season. The announcement was made a few minutes after the team officially announced that Fernando Alonso will leave the team at the end of this season. [Read the full article…]
As you probably saw on TV or read about it online, Jules Bianchi is currently going through the most important race of his life so far, fighting for his life after the horrific crash at Suzuka. The Marussia driver lost control of the car in the Dunlop Curve, the same corner Sutil where had crashed the lap before. But instead of hitting the tire barrier, he violently hit the tractor that was deployed on the track to remove Sutil’s car. He was immediately transported to the circuit’s medical center, where it was decided his injuries were too serious for him to be transported by helicopter, so he was taken by an ambulance to the Mie University hospital, 10 miles away from the track.
Here is a video of the crash, but beware, it’s pretty brutal (the crash is at around 1:10): [Read the full article…]
The 2014 German Grand Prix offered once again an interesting race, with plenty great duels and contacts throughout the entire race. Following the pole position won on Saturday, Nico Rosberg was one of the few drivers that wasn’t involved in any “combat”, the German proving why he was considered favorite to win the race, doing that with a 20-second lead.
However, the second position was extremely disputed especially in the last laps, after Lewis Hamilton’s spectacular comeback. The Brit was involved in a pretty rough crash during qualifying on Saturday and his gearbox had to be replaced, which meant he was forced to start the race from the last position on the grid. Despite starting 20th, he had a great start and after only 10 laps he was already in the points. Hamilton’s pit stop strategy was also chosen almost perfectly, allowing him to avoid several direct challenges, so he was able to easily get pass Daniel Ricciardo or Fernando Alonso.
Towards the end of the race, Hamilton got right behind Valtteri Bottas, who was in second but drove slower in order to preserve tires and avoid a third pit stop. However, once Williams told Bottas that his tires should have no problems holding up to finish, he successfully defended his position. Despite running on supersoft tires, Hamilton wasn’t able to overtake Bottas, who was faster on the straights, and also decided not to risk, because a third place was a great result following the awful qualifying session on Saturday. After the German race, Rosberg consolidates his lead, which is now 14 points, while Bottas scored his third consecutive podium, which is not bad at all for the Finn. [Read the full article…]
Despite being an incredibly spectacular competition, the World Rally Championship has been struggling for some time with declining audience and financial difficulties. To straighten things out, all parts involved in the competition have been analyzing different solutions and according to several sources inside FIA, it looks like the teams reached an agreement about major changes to the point scoring system which will be introduced starting with next season.
The current format will basically be abandoned and drivers will get points at the end of each day during a rally stage and before the special stage, the time gap between the first two drivers will be “artificially” modified depending on the special stage’s length. For example, if the leader was faster on a kilometer by 1/10th of a second than second fastest one and the final stage will take place on a 10 km course, the leader will start with a 1 second advantage. [Read the full article…]
Finally, some good news about the German Champion! Six months after his terrible skiing accident that left him with severe head injuries and in a coma, it looks like Michael Schumacher’s condition is slowly improving. With the family being silent for the past months, there have been countless rumors and reports about Schumi’s state and many doctors feared the worst, including former Formula One doctor, Gary Hartstein.
But today an official statement was released by Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager. According to this statement, the German legend is no longer in coma and has left the Grenoble University Hospital. The statement said: “Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore. For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye.”
Kehm didn’t mention anything about where Schumacher was moved, but most likely he will continue his rehabilitation at his home near Gland, Switzerland. The statement also doesn’t reveal anything about the German’s current state of health and whether he is conscious or able to recognize his family’s members. In exchange, Kehm thanked the entire medical staff at the Grenoble hospital for their efforts in taking care of Michael and to the thousands of fans and friends that supported the family during these tragic moments. [Read the full article…]