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Felipe Massa conquers Europe at Valencia

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FElipe Massa, Valencia Grand Prix The headlines are pretty much the story from Valencia where Felipe Massa drove a spectacular race leading from start to finish to drive home the European Grand Prix 2008.

Lewis Hamilton was second, and now leads Felipe Massa by 6 points in the driver’s championship. Meanwhile Massa was ecstatic after his win :

“That was a fantastic weekend and like I said at the time, it was also a perfect weekend, with pole, the win and fastest lap and honestly, I didn’t have a single problem all weekend. Everything worked very well right from the start of first practice on Friday. This was partly down to the work we did before the even with our simulation programme. But these things are never one hundred percent accurate and there are several elements that you cannot learn much about until you actually get to the track, such as the condition of the track surface and how much and how quickly the asphalt will improve. But in terms of simply learning the track, the simulation does help and it is an important tool. It meant we had a good idea of what to expect when we began driving.

“As for the circuit itself, it actually looked much better on paper than in real life! On paper it seemed really interesting, but the race itself did not provide as much overtaking as we had maybe expected. However, leaving aside racing, the actual driving on this track was fun and it is better than many other tracks, that’s for sure. Before we went there, there was a lot of talk about the high potential for accidents and the possible intervention of the Safety Car, but it didn’t happen. I think the track was better than expected in this respect. Personally I was glad there were no neutralisation periods in the race, as my strategy had not been based on the possible arrival of the Safety Car. This time I chose a fairly aggressive race strategy as I had a very competitive car. When you choose a very aggressive strategy and you’re not sure if you’re going to start from pole position, it is always a potentially difficult situation as your strategy could work against you if you do not meet your qualifying target. When you know you have a quick car, you really have to do all you can to get pole as it is the best possible way to go into the race.

“After Kimi’s engine failed, it was disappointing of course, but I was not too concerned for my own engine. Kimi’s failure involved a part in the engine that had failed on my engine in Budapest and while the team felt it was the better risk to leave Kimi’s engine after the Hungarian GP, rather than give him a big grid penalty on a tight track, mine of course had to be changed. Now the batch of “cursed” con-rods is no longer being used and we have instigated very close controls on the parts we are using. I hope the problem has gone away for both of us.

“My win in Valencia moves me ahead of Kimi into second place in the championship. I’ve been asked by some media if I feel Ferrari should favour me for the title now there are just six races remaining: all I can say to this is that I want to keep winning, to keep beating not just my team-mate but the others too. Decisions like this are nothing to do with me. I just do the best job possible for the team and leave the rest to the team management.

“On Sunday night, I stayed in Valencia and celebrated my win with my family and some friends and got home to Monaco on the Monday. But already on Tuesday afternoon, I drove off to the Monza circuit where I am today in the cockpit of my F2008 for two days of testing, before the Belgian Grand Prix. Life is going to be very busy and exciting over the next few weeks.”

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August 27th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Arrogant Lewis Hamilton praises himself (yet again)


This kid is really really arrogant, i dont like his tone in various interviews, just read :

“I’ve ticked off Monaco, I’ve ticked off winning the British Grand Prix. Now, I’ve got to tick off winning the world championship. Those were the targets for this season. Winning at Silverstone has given me a massive boost and great momentum. I’m in a good spot now but, I have to keep on scoring points” Lewis Hamilton said

It was fine till this. Then :

“This showed I have the best concentration and I am the strongest,” Lewis Hamilton said.

What the deal with Hamilton and self praising ? , using superlatives for yourself is usually considered rude in sports especially when it isn’t even true 😛

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July 10th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Lewis Hamilton confident about 2008 season


Again apologies to our readers, engineering exams are a tough nut to deal with and hence posting frequency is pretty less these days. Anyway Lewis Hamilton has no exams so he has been interviewing pretty often these days, so when he is not poking fun at Alonso’s expense he discusses the challenges that the 2008 season may pose. The young Briton in an interview said that this season was likely to be easier than the 1st one no matter what people say.

“Perhaps there is more pressure but I feel there is less,” Lewis Hamilton said

“Last year I had so much to prove to people. There was the media asking ‘can he do it or not?’ I’m sure even people in the team were wondering.

“I was quick in testing but racing is a different thing. People wait for you to fail.

“I think this year is slightly easier. People know how well I can drive. I’m not going into an unknown world.

“I don’t have any doubts that I will do a job this year but that means something different now. It means I want to win the world championship.”

I really like his quote ‘People wait for you to fail’, thats so true for everything one does in life. He might be bad at being diplomatic and sensible most of the time, but this line really made me ponder. So a sincere thanks to Mr. Hamilton 🙂

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March 5th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

Ego Hurt, Giancarlo Fisichella slams back

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After some publications were reporting that Giancarlo Fisichella will be paying around 10 million dollars to secure his seat at Force India formula one team, Fisichella has taken strong offence to the comments. Mocking the suggestion that he would pay for a seat , he said that if he had 10 million dollars, he would sit back home and watch F1 on TV.

“I do not pay to drive, I get paid to drive,”

“I do not bring sponsors to the team, the team brings sponsors to me,”

“If I had 10 million bucks I’d stay home and watch F1 on TV!”

I wonder how many sponsors would like the exposure they would get from Fisichella watching F1 at home. His publicist should have told him that sponsors give drivers money for the exposure they set to get from being displayed on a F1 car. Funny guy he is !

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January 6th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

F1 Quotes II : Alain Prost about Ayrton Senna

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We bring you part 2 of our quotes presentation, this time we bring you quotes from Frenchman Alain Prost, although he is most known for witty remarks against the English (Why do French and English people pull each other’s legs ?), we bring to you 2 of his quotes about competitor Ayrton Senna.


“Ayrton Senna has a small problem, he thinks he can’t kill himself because he believes in God and I think that is very dangerous for other drivers.”

Alain Prost, Before Ayrton Senna’s death

“I was proud to compete against him. Professionally, he was the only driver I respected. In Ayrton Senna’s honour, I will never sit in a formula one car again.”

Alain Prost, After Ayrton Senna’s death

Photo by Lothar Spurzem

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June 1st, 2007 at 3:14 pm

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