Off season is a good time to go thru this edition again. Here are some interesting moments that I would like to share with the F1 Weekly familia.
The Fifties: The Autopsort magazine is started by Gregor Grand in 1950, and I have been loving and reading this magazine, and the British racing green Motorsport magazine since the 70s. Mighty fine publications.
Also in the 50s, in the world of racing these were the major items (apart from the obvious)
Ferdinand Porsche passes away in 1952.
In 1953 Oulton Park circuit is opened in Cheshire, where Mister Brazier and I went in April for British F3 – good chance we may do the same in 2012. Italian legend Tazio Nuvolari passes away.
1957 Last Mille Miglia won by Pierro Taruffi in a Ferrari. Final GP win for Maserati at the Nurburgring with Fangio’s epic drive.
1959 Lee Petty, papito of Richard, wins the inaugural Daytona 500. And, on a very humble note, yours truly makes his debut in the Grand Prix of Life at the Karachi Rickshawdromo.
1960 First GP win for Lotus car, courtesy of Stirling Moss in a Rob Walker entry.
1961. The 100th Formula 1 GP takes place in Germania, the winner, Stirling Moss, his final success before near fatal crash at Goodwood.
1963. The start of the Great Australian Race Bathurst 1000 and the ear engine revolution at Indy, courtesy of Chapman and Lotus.
1964 Jim Clark wins British Touring Car championship in a Lotus Cortina.
1965 Last Le Man victory for Ferrari, courtesy of Masten Gregory of Kansas and Jochen Rindt of Graz, Austria – this car is now at the Indy museum.
1966 Birth of Can Am series, John Surtees is the first champion.
1967 First season of Formula 2. Mario Andretti wins
1968 Le Mans takes place in September because of trouble in Paradise.
1969 We close the decade with four in a row for Ford at Le Mans. Jackie Oliver and Jacky Ickx were the winners in the most beautiful racing car of all time, and in the most beautiful paint scheme of all time – the John Wyer entered Ford GT40 in Gulf colors. All this of course my humble opinion.
Folks, cage rattling is nothing new in Formula 1. Just like Peggy Lee’s Fever cage rattling started long ago. And some drivers did sizzle out.
We start with the 1963 season when Monte Carlo was the season opener. Jim Clark won the first of his two championships, winning seven of the ten races, and scoring 63 points. He was on the podium in every race except for the season opener.
His teammate was Trevor Taylor. He finished 16th and had only one point to his name at the end of the season.
In 1969, another Scottish driver won the first of his three championships. Jackie Stewart scored 63 point, won six of the eleven races – including fice of the first six.
His teammate was Jean Pierre Beltoise, he finished fifth with 21 points and no wins. His best finish was second in his home grand prix at Clermont Ferrand.
1972, a season to remember for Emerson Fittipaldi. The man from Morumbi in Sao Paulo, becomes the youngest and first Brazilian world champion at the age of 25, taking five wins, finished on the podium in eight of the 12 races and scored 61 points.
For his teammate, Dave Walker from Australia, a season to forget, he did not even score a single point. This from a driver who was British F3 Champion in 1971…..but then again, they say some Lotus 72s are more equal than others. Welcome to the world of ACBC.
1976, fun loving and party boy James Hunt on the Neil Sedaka programme in the season finale at Mt Fuji track, laughter and championship in the rain as championship leader Niki Laua calls it quits after a few laps
Hunt’s tally of 69 points included six wins while his teammate Jochen Mass went winless and finished 9th with 19 points.
1981 – Nelson Piquet picks the first of his three championships driving for Bernie Ecclestone on a handshake deal, scoring 50 points, one more than Reutemann, with three wins. His Mexican teammate Hector Rebaque was 10 in the championship with 11 points.
Rebaque’s F1 career was over but he got himself on the Mexican radio by winning the Indy car race at Road America the following year.
1982 Keke is King. The season and championship should have belonged to one of the Ferrari drivers in their beautiful 126C2, but the tragic season saw Gilles Villeneuve crash fatally at Zolder while trying to better teammate Didier Pironi’s time – and Pironi himself crashed into the Renault of fellow Francaise Alain Prost while leading the championship.
Keke Rosberg’s teammate was Derek Daly, who was 13th in the final standings with 8 points.
Two items stand out for Rosberg from this season. His only victory came in the Swiss Grand Prix at Dijon Prenois –and his great battle to the finish line with Elio de Angelis in the Austrian Grand Prix – highly recommended on You Tube by the Bradford Exchange.
In 1984 Niki Lauda won his third and final championship with McLaren. In 1985, the super rat was cornered like a rat by the little frog. Alain Prost takes championship # 1 of 4 with 73 points, and five wins.
Lauda was tenth with only 14 points.
Warerloo or Honolulu, in motor racing, as Derek Daly said, there is no place to hide. You don’t even need Martha Reeves on your team.
Greetings from Red Bull
Don’t try this at work. Happy New Year and Career.
The 6th edition of the Le Mans Classic will be held on the 6th, 7th and 8th July 2012.
Renault Classic will once again be present at this meeting of enthusiasts, by taking part in the race with,
for the first time, three cars – the A442 B, the M65 and one A110 1300 – and by putting in place a Club
Renault space which will this year be dedicated to the anniversary of the Alpine Renault A110. We
therefore invite all A110 owners to join us and take part in this exceptional event by registering
before 25 February 2012 and we ask all enthusiasts to join us from Friday 6 July from 2pm.
Registrations may be extended to other Renault and Alpine racing cars from 25 February according
to the filling rate of our area.
The Renault Classic team hopes to share with you in this weekend of automotive passion.
Renault Sport Technologies, a breeding ground for F1 drivers
Scuderia Toro Rosso have named Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne as their drivers for the 2012 season, the first time two Formula Renault 3.5 Series rivals will be driving side by side for the same Formula One team. In taking the step up from the Formula Renault 3.5 Series to motor racing’s blue riband class, the Australian and the Frenchman are following the trail blazed by Robert Kubica, Sebastien Vettel and Jaime Alguersuari. Their promotion takes the number of drivers in the 2012 Formula One field who have earned their spurs in the World Series by Renault’s leading class to five, with world champion Vettel, Pastor Maldonado and Charles Pic the other members of that esteemed quintet.
The driver development programme put in place by Renault Sport Technologies continues to go from strength to strength, with the recent arrivals of Charles Pic, Romain Grosjean, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo in Formula One cementing World Series by Renault’s reputation as the springboard for reaching motor racing’s top table. All four made their breakthroughs in Formula Renault 2.0, with Pic, Ricciardo and Vergne graduating to Formula Renault 3.5 Series, and Grosjean catching the eye in his Lotus Renault GP F1 demo drives for World Series by Renault, while also helping to bring the New Formula Renault 3.5 development programme to a successful conclusion.
The Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 3.5 single-seaters are both designed to prepare drivers for the rigours of Formula One. Learning the ropes in Formula Renault 2.0 national championships and then Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, budding young drivers also have the opportunity to shine in Formula Renault 3.5 Series and earn a place on the big stage. Out of the 21 drivers with confirmed places on the Formula One grid in 2012, no fewer than 12 have earned their spurs in a Renault Sport Technologies car. Among them is Felipe Massa, the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion in 2000, the same year that Kimi Raikkonen caused a sensation by securing an F1 drive on the strength of his Formula Renault 2.0 UK title win, a crown lifted three years later by Lewis Hamilton. For his part, Kamui Kobayashi took the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 crown in 2005, while Grosjean is himself a former winner of the French Formula Renault 2.0 championship.
Pic, Ricciardo and Vergne have also performed with distinction at the wheel of a Formula Renault 2.0, with Vergne taking the French title in 2008 and the Australian topping the Formula Renault 2.0 WEC standings that same year. Making the switch straight from Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 to Formula Renault 3.5 Series, meanwhile, Pic secured a stunning first win in the class on the streets of Monaco in 2008. Continuing their ascents, Ricciardo and Vergne then enjoyed a season apiece in England, Ricciardo lifting the British International F3 title in 2009 and Vergne succeeding him as champion a year later. Their next destination was Formula Renault 3.5 Series. The 2010 runner-up, the Australian has successfully combined his Formula Renault 3.5 Series and Formula One duties with HRT this year, while Vergne, who finished second in the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, earned his 2012 Formula One slot after impressing in testing.
The trio’s promotion to Formula One is richly deserved and puts Renault Sport Technologies’ development programme firmly in the spotlight. A selection of other drivers, among them Robert Wickens, are also in with a chance of joining them next season, and their progress will be monitored closely by all World Series by Renault stakeholders, who will continue with their task of nurturing the champions of tomorrow. In lining up for the 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 3.5 Series championships, those future stars will have no shortage of role models to emulate, with Pic, Ricciardo and Vergne the latest to show that anything is possible with enough hard work, dedication and the support of a programme tailored to helping drivers reach the peak.