November 20th 2012

Birthdays:
Gunnar Nilsson was born on this day in 1948. The Swede competed for Lotus in the 1976 and 1977 Formula One seasons, winning the 1977 Belgian Grand Prix. He also took several podiums, even in his debut season, and was clearly talented. He signed for Arrows in 1978 but sadly he got testicular cancer and died in October 1978. He did compete in three IROC races in 1978, with some decent results.

On This Day:
Stirling Moss won the 1960 US Grand Prix, only the second championship race outside the Indy 500 to take place in the US. In second was Innes Ireland, and Bruce McLaren came third. Jack Brabham took the fastest lap and finished fourth. Race promotor Alec Ulmann had struggled to get support for the race, and paid Moss his victory money out of his own pocket. Thankfully for Ulmann, the Grand Prix received more support in later years.

News:
Sau Paolo is the location for the final race of the 2012 season, and yet another championship showdown. However, there have been an awful lot of shootings in the area recently, so pray for the safety of the F1 personnel out there.
While Vettel didn’t get the drivers’ championship yesterday, Red Bull did get the constructor’s championship. Ferrari and McLaren are in a tight fight over second.
Rumours suggest Caterham may announce that French driver Charles Pic has signed for them for the 2013 Formula One season.

Today:
Formula Renault 3.5 test drivers are heading to Spain for tomorrow’s tests. F1 people head Brazil-wards

Stat of the Day:
Red Bull have matched only Ferrari and Williams in achieving 3 consecutive constructor championships in F1. McLaren scored 4 consecutive championships from 1988-1991, and Ferrari scored 6 from 1999-2004. Can Red Bull meet McLaren’s record in 2013?

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