October 30th 2012

Birthdays:
Giuseppe “Nino” Farina (ITA), the first ever F1 champion, was born 106 years ago today. He died on June 30th 1966, aged 59, whilst driving to the French GP.

On This Day:
Ayrton Senna (BRA) won the 1988 Japanese Grand Prix for McLaren, having taken pole ahead of his teammate Alain Prost (FRA). Prost also finished second, while Thierry Boutsen (BEL) finished third having started tenth. Senna secured the driver’s championship ahead of Prost (who lost out because only the eleven best results counted). Prost would have won the championship if all points had counted.
In 2011, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix was dominated by Sebastian Vettel (GER) who took pole, win, fastest lap and led every lap as well. He didn’t quite achieve that this year, since Jenson Button (GBR) managed to get the fastest lap.

News:
GP2 testing kicks off today with a lot of good drivers. Entry list day one (Italian).
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) has been confirmed for 2013 with Lotus, much as expected. The Iceman will be hoping for continued success, and hopefully a win or two.
At Force India, speculation is growing as to which drivers will join the team in 2013. Adrian Sutil’s (GER) name keeps cropping up despite his incident with Eric Lux last year in China. Sebastian Buemi (SUI) has been put forward by Helmut Marko. And there is also Jaime Alguersuari (ESP). The two current Force India drivers are also up for consideration.

Today:
GP2 testing in Barcelona.

Stat of the Day:
Kimi Raikkonen has completed 100% of laps of every race since he retired in Germany 2009. That’s 25 straight races. He has scored points in the last 14 races. It will be interesting to see if he can beat the current record of 33 consecutive race finishes, or 24 consecutive points finishes.

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