On This Day:
Rain affected the start of the 1994 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Poleman Michael Schumacher (GER) led the championship by five points before things got under way. It was a straight battle between Schumacher and rival Damon Hill (GBR), and the Brit won out to close the gap to a single point before the final race of the season. Jean Alesi (FRA) finished up the podium for Ferrari. Hill’s Williams team and Schumacher’s Bennetton team continued in their head-to-head for the 1994 constructor’s championship.
Caterham and Renault have announced a new partnership to built sportscars through Renault’s Alpine brand. They hope to produce a new design of car for production in 2015. This helps to build on the partnership between the two companies from their F1 engine supplier partnership.
F1’s three-day young driver test in Abu Dhabi will feature Antonio Felix da Costa (POR) and Robin Frijns (NED) (Red Bull), Gary Paffett (GBR), Oliver Turvey (GBR) and Kevin Magnussen (DEN) (McLaren), Nicolas Prost (FRA), Edoardo Mortara (ITA) and Davide Valsecchi (ITA) (Lotus), Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) and Robin Frijns (again) (Sauber), Luiz Razia (BRA) and Johnny Cecotto, jr. (VEN) (Toro Rosso), and Giedo van der Garde (NED) and Alexander Rossi (USA) (Caterham). This is generally a good representation of skill from GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5, as well as a few drivers from other series.
GP3 has a two-day post season test in Estoril. Mitch Evans (NZL) will be testing the GP3/13 car, while the older GP3 car will feature a number of other drivers with a variety of talent and money – not necessarily in proportion! The full list of participants for today can be found here.
Stat of the day:
Seven drivers this F1 season so far have managed to complete more than 1000 laps. Out of a total of 1065 laps, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) has managed to finish every single one. Felipe Massa (BRA), who has finished every race apart from the opening round, has completed 1051 laps; Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), who only retired in Monaco, has completed 1049 laps; Mark Webber (AUS) has done 1044, while his teammate Sebastian Vettel (GER) has done 1035. Next is Heikki Kovalainen (FIN), who like Massa has finished every race but Australia and completed 1032 laps. Finally Paul di Resta (GBR) – 2011’s most reliable driver – has come back from only completing two laps in his home grand prix to manage 1014 laps so far. Just outside the 1000 mark is Bruno Senna (BRA), who has completed 998 laps.