Five-way title battle

  • If Alonso wins in Brazil, he will be champion unless Webber is higher than fourth
  • If Alonso is second, he will be champion unless Webber is higher than eighth, Hamilton higher than fourth or Vettel wins
  • If Alonso is third, he will be champion unless Webber finishes in the top 10, Hamilton in the top four and Vettel in the top three
  • If Alonso does not finish on the podium, it will go to Abu Dhabi
  • Button can only stay in contention if he finishes first or second but is out if Alonso finishes in the top six or if Webber is in the top two
  • Vettel must beat Alonso on track to stay in contention
1 ALONSO 231pts
2 WEBBER 220pts
3 HAMILTON 210pts
4 VETTEL 206pts
5 BUTTON 189pts
Source: BBC
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Looking Back: 1978 Canadian GP

Gilles Villeneuve’s first Grand Prix win and that too in front of 100,000 home supporters.

What a moment for the great man!

2009 F1 Driver Wage Bill

Kimi Raikkonen earned a cool $45m in 2009 making him the top earner among F1 drivers. The details of the drivers’ Yay!earnings were published by Arabian Business, a popular weekly business magazine published in the Middle East. For other drivers the figures are:

Lewis Hamilton $18m

Fernando Alonso $15m

Nico Rosberg $8.5m

Felipe Massa $8m

Jarno Trulli $6.5m

Sebastian Vettel $6m

Mark Webber $5.5m

Jenson Button $5m

Robert Kubica $4.5m

Heikki Kovalainen $3.5m

Nick Heidfeld $2.8m

Timo Glock $2m

Giancarlo Fisichella $1.5m

Sébastien Buemi $1.5m

Rubens Barrichello $1m

Jaime Alguersuari $0.5,

Tonio Liuzzi, Adrian Sutil, Romain Grosjean and Kazuki Nakajima all earned no money from their employer

 

Dream comes true for Fisichella

A pole and a second place finish at Spa Francorchamps along with  a chance to drive a Red car at MonFisichellaza. Giancarlo Fisichella cannot ask more in a week.

“I’m in seventh heaven,” he told http://www.ferrari.com. “I still can’t believe it that the dream of my life comes true and I want to thank Ferrari and Chairman Luca di Montezemolo. Over the last week some really incredible things happened to me: the pole position and then second place at Spa and now I’m called by Ferrari to race the last five races of the season for them. I’ll give my best to recompense the Scuderia for this great opportunity they gave me: I know that it won’t be easy, but I’ll give it everything to gain the best possible results.

I want to say that I’m very sorry for Luca: I know how much he cared to race in Monza behind the wheel of a Ferrari, because this is the best thing that can happen to an Italian driver, to drive a red car in front of our fans.”

Twilight of F1 career has come for 36 years old after competing in 223 Grands Prix and its a perfect ending he hoped for. After two poor races by Luca Badoer, Ferrari management had a call to make if they were to hold of challenge of Mclaren for the third place in constructers championship. There were rumour about Robert Kubica too. But in the end Ferrari chose Fisichella.

In his 14 year career in the sport Fisichella has won 3 Grand Prix and held pole position in 4 races.

Badoer

Looking Back: Romain Grosjean crash at Monaco 2009

First of all FF welcomes Romain Grosjean to F1.  Renault have confirmed today that Grosjean will replace Piquet Jr. in European GP at Valencia. He has won 2 races in GP2 this year.

Grosjean’s crash at Monaco GP

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.

Looking Back: Nigel Mansell’s win at 1994 Australian GP

This video is in wake of Michael Schumacher’s return to the sport

Nigel Mansell returned to F1 with Williams for last 3 races of the season after Aryton Senna’s death. The last race of the season was in Australia and the battle for WDC was between Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. But Mansell out-qualified the two title contenders. The two contenders passes him at the start but later collided with each other handing the lead to Mansell for his final grand prix win.

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