Max Verstappen voted driver of the day
— TAG Heuer (@TAGHeuer) September 30, 2016
Max Verstappen voted driver of the day
— TAG Heuer (@TAGHeuer) September 30, 2016
We all know by now that Christian Horner starting whining like his car engines after the race. Hey man get your game together and man-up. When Lewis Hamilton was told about the drama, of reining in Mercedes Formula One cars this was his point of view.
“I was sitting next to Sebastian [Vettel] after the race and I said: ‘Sebastian, you did this for four years. You were 30 seconds ahead for four years.’ So I know what it feels like,” said the world champion. “Back then he had no one behind pushing him. At least I’ve got my team-mate, who I was really racing. I don’t remember that ever being the case [with Red Bull].”
The multi-talented Sean Brosnan veins carry blood that is Irish and Australian that being from his father Pierce Brosnan (Irish) and his mother Cassandra Harris (Australian) who died in 1991 after a 4-year battle with ovarian cancer. Sean Brosnan with his fiancé Sanja Banic both filmmakers and partners of Knight Marcher Films came to spin their own magic with Red Bull Racing resulting in the first win by the Australian driver born in Perth, Daniel Ricciardo.
Daniel Ricciardo passed series leader Nico Rosberg with two laps to go and held on for his first Formula One victory in a wild Canadian Grand Prix and Sean and Sanja got a real up close look at it all from start to finish.
Ricciardo the 24-year-old became the first non-Mercedes driver to win in seven races this season, although even he admitted there was luck involved (Sean and Sanja maybe) and that it is too early to say that Red Bull is back as a championship contender.
“Obviously Mercedes had their issues and that enabled us to close on them,” a giddy and still disbelieving Ricciardo said after the race. “It’s a bit surreal. Really cool.”
The Aussie driver remembered to save some champagne from the post-race podium celebration to spray on his race engineer, Toronto native Gavin Ward.
Rosberg finished second despite engine and brake problems, while the second Red Bull driven by four-time world champion and defending Canadian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel came in third.
The race ended under a caution flag after a spectacular crash involving Sergio Perez’s Force India car and Felipe Massa’s Williams. They narrowly missed taking Vettel out.
Sean and Sanja are used to hollywood action but in Montreal at the Canadian Grand Prix who could have predicted the ending of the race, and they loved every moment, soon afterwards heading back to Ottawa and to a movie set. Both Sean and Sanja agree “F1 Rocks”.
11 Formula One teams are in Austin, Texas, where the penultimate round of this year’s 19-race championship will take place Sunday, it was not the domination of the German driver Sebastian Vettel, winner of 11 of this year’s races and a strong favorite in Austin, that spurred the most fevered talk among grand prix racing insiders.
Instead, it was about an old friend of mine Bernie Ecclestone, the 83-year-old billionaire who is the ringmaster of Formula One. What a circus he has built. Ecclestone, faces in coming months two civil cases, in Munich and New York, and a possible criminal trial in Germany are also on the horizon, all related to allegations of fraud by Ecclestone in the 2006 sale of Formula One’s commercial rights.
A verdict in the London case is expected next spring. If it goes against Ecclestone, it could force a quick end to the iron-fisted control he has built since entering the sport as a team owner in the 1970s. That has alarmed those in Formula One who credit him with turning the sport into the globe-spanning financial bonanza it has become in the last 25 years.
Others have been encouraged by the sweeping changes they believe would be possible in a post-Ecclestone era, including new rules for profit-sharing by the teams that would end the era of cloistered, billion-dollar agreements and secret payments into Swiss bank accounts that have been exposed in the London court. Those deals have effectively stripped Formula One over the past decade of control of its own affairs, handing the sport’s ownership — and billions in profits — to outside investors, and enabling Ecclestone to accumulate a personal fortune of at least $4 billion. They have also left all but 4 of the 11 teams that will compete at Austin — Ferrari, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Red Bull — flirting with bankruptcy on a race-to-race basis.
One team, Lotus, has admitted that it has been unable to pay Kimi Raikkonen, a former world champion who is the team’s lead driver, any of the $15 million it owes him for the 17 races he has contested this year.
This is the mood set, and in the paddock let me tell you gossip runs hotter than some engines, all eyes, and ears are open so look out what you say and whom you say it to.
Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel surged to the lead in his Red Bull at the start of the German Grand Prix on Sunday and held off a strong challenge from the two Lotus cars to win his first race on home soil.
There were no tyre blowouts but the race had its share of bizarre incidents, with a loose wheel flying through the air in the pit lane and an abandoned car drifting on its own down the track as if wanting to get off the track all on it’s own.
Vettel started second behind pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and powered past the Mercedes driver into the first bend.
“That was a tough one,” Vettel said as he whooped in delight over the team radio on the slowing down lap.
It was Vettel’s first victory in his home race and the 30th of his career.
“Unbelievable, I’m very happy,” said Vettel. “Kimi was pushing very hard in the race, they tried to do something different with different compound tyres.
“I was pushing really hard throughout and very happy to finally win in Germany.
“I could feel him coming with more and more pressure. I had some laps when Romain was very close.
And in a mad dash to reach the paddock, he bumped over a central reservation and hurtled down the wrong side of the road.
The 28-year-old then stunned the home crowd, who came here to roar on his Mercedes’ teammate Nico Rosberg and Red Bull’s reigning champion Sebastian Vettel, by pinching pole with a last-gasp flying lap.
And this came after what the 2008 world champion claimed had been a “disastrous” weekend.
He said: “It’s really overwhelming to get pole after the last couple of days I’ve had.
“We have been struggling since first practice, through second and third. They were just disasters.
“And it was even worse this morning. We went into the truck, worked hard, made a lot of changes and, fortunately, the car was beneath me and I was able to put in the time I did. “I’m proud to get pole but Sunday is the important day.
“I just hope I can give Red Bull a run for their money.”
Hamilton, who also took pole position at Silverstone last week, will have to fend off a challenge from Vettel and his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, who qualified in second and third.
Last Sunday’s British Grand Prix winner Rosberg was left fuming at his team after their gamble not to send him out for a second run in Q2 meant he qualified in 11th.
He groaned: “The team underestimated it and it did not really work out.”
Today’s race had been under threat as F1 stars considered going on strike following the tyre blow-outs which rocked the British GP.
However, the new Pirelli rubber, which has been re-enforced with bulletproof material Kevlar, stood up to the brutal Nurburgring circuit.
And Vettel, who has never won his home Grand Prix — or in July — does not expect there to be a problem this afternoon.
He added: “I am confident we won’t have any problems but once the race starts we leave it to race director Charlie Whiting.
“We can’t see from the cockpit what is going on. Charlie is the one who will be deciding. We had a good chat with him on Thursday night and he is aware of what is going on.
“We were close to having a red flag at Silverstone and we’ve learned our lesson.”
Jenson Button again struggled to trouble the pace-setters and will start in ninth.
But the Brit is optimistic about turning his sluggish McLaren around.
He said: “My lap was as good as it’s going to get for us at the moment — in fact, it was one of the best laps I’ve done in a very long time.