Mark Webber crash at European GP

Mark Webber crashed his Red Bull RB6 at the back of Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus and landed upside down. Webber felt Kovalainen’s defence of his position was pointless against a car that was so much faster.

Crash

“I’m happy. I was just having a shower and thinking, ‘Mate, you’re lucky to be in one piece.’ “It was a nasty incident. I was surprised by what happened. I’m a little bit tender here and there but the car did a great job.” said Webber

New teams are too slow with respect to established powerhouses like Red Bull, Mclaren, Ferrari and Renault. Teams have been critical of their slow paces with Ferrari most vocal of the lot.

Rubens wins European Grand Prix

Rubens_valRubens Barrichello took his first victory today at Valencia after Chinese GP in 2004. Brazilian dedicated his victory in the European Grand Prix in Valencia this weekend to his injured countryman Felipe Massa. Last December, Rubens was not certain to get a seat in a F1 car but now he has shot himself into a contention for WDC. The victory is down to the team’s strategy and his drive and determination during the whole weekend. Most of the teams came out of their garages to applaud him!

Lewis Hamilton is second in the race and continues excellent pace Mclaren have discovered recently. His cruise for the first place was not helped by Mclaren decision. Hamilton was meant to come in on lap 37 but Mclaren wanted to extend him to 38. But this decision came a couple of seconds too late, the time during which Hamilton entered the pitlane. In the process tyres were not ready and hence at least 6 seconds were lost.

Kimi Raikkonen stood third in the race. The KERS power boost at the start saw Kimi move immediately up two places to fourth.

Kovalainen, Rosberg, Alonso, Button and Kubica finished in points in that order only.

Red Bull had an awful day at office with Webber finishing in 9th while Vettel DNF due to engine failure. Another person with an awful weekend was Luca Badoer. He finished seventeenth after several spins.

Renault wins appeal against race ban

Fernando Alonso will be able to race in Renault this weekend at European GP at Valencia. Renault have won their alonsoappeal against one race ban for releasing Fernando Alonso from the pits with an unsafe car in the Hungarian GP. The  Spanish fans will now be able to see their beloved Alonso in Valencia and they might witness another pole position from him.

An FIA statement said:

Renault admitted to the court that it breached the sporting regulations, in that it failed to ensure that car #7 complied with the conditions for safety throughout practice and the race, and that it released the car after a pitstop when it was unsafe to do so. However, it requested the court to reconsider the severity of the sanction imposed by the stewards.

Having heard the arguments of the parties, the court has decided as follows:
1. to allow the appeal and overturn the sanction imposed by the stewards in the contested decision;
2. to issue a reprimand and impose a fine of $50,000 upon Renault

Renault earlier claimed that the one-race ban is excessive and unfair. There was no conscious wrongdoing from Renault because only persons who knew were the two mechanics and nobody on the pitwall knew there was a problem and the driver did not know either.

Looking back: Luca Badoer cries at the 1999 European GP

Despite having competed in 48 grands prix, Luca Badoer never scored a point. His best finish was 7th in the 1993 San Marino Grand Prix. Badoer’s failure to score a point gives him the distinction of being the driver with the most race starts who has not achieved that feat. Here is the video of Luca Badoer famously breaking down in tears at the 1999 European GP after his car stopped with gearbox failure. He was en route to fourth place in this race.

Schumacher to launch upgraded helmet

Helmet manufacturer Schuberth have upgraded the helmet design after Felipe Massa’s injury and Michael Schumacher helmetwill launch the design at European GP in Valencia.

During the accident of Felipe Massa the left visor mounting was knocked off.  Schuberth has reinforced the mounting point between the helmet and visor with a titanium disc. The change will double the strength of the mounting.

“Felipe’s visor only came off when the doctors pulled on it,” Schuberth’s Oliver Schimpf told German newspaper Bild.

“But we have inserted a titanium disc at the transition from the visor to the helmet where before there was only plastic.

“It is a reaction to the accident.”

The price is 12000 euros. The price a driver has to pay for his safety.

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