Countdown to 2013 Formula One season: 105 days
On This Day:
American racing driver Lee Wallard, who won the 1951 Indy 500, died on this day in 1963. He was badly burned in a sprint car racing just a few days after his victory, and was unable to competitively drive after that. Wallard sadly died young of a heart attack, partly due to his burn injuries.
Formula One world champion Graham Hill died while piloting an aircraft on this day in 1975 in foggy conditions in London. Five members of his racing team were with him, and all six tragically died in the accident. Graham’s son Damon would go on to become an F1 champion too, and his grandson Josh is a racing driver in the Formula Renault NEC.
Swiss driver Zoel Amberg has been confirmed as continuing his Formula Renault 3.5 career with Pons Racing for 2013.
Carlos Sainz, who previously drove in Formula Renault 3.5, has been signed by Addax for the 2013 GP3 series.
Felipe Nasr was announced a few days ago as driving for Carlin in the 2013 GP2 season. The Brazilian drove for DAMS last season and had a good rookie year in the series.
Following footage that has come to light of a possible illegal overtake by Sebastian Vettel in the Brazilian Grand Prix, Ferrari are investigating to see whether they will be able to lodge a protest with the FIA. Theoretically, Sebastian Vettel ought to be given a drive-through penalty for an illegal overtake. This equates to a 20s time penalty, and would give Fernando Alonso the championship. The decision has to be made by the end of Friday (tomorrow), otherwise Vettel gets the championship.
It’s still the holidays!!
Stat of the Day:
By finishing one lap behind in the Brazilian GP, Kimi Raikkonen did not complete the season with 100% of race laps. However, he did manage to break the record for the total number of race laps completed in a single season. Kimi completed 1191 out of 1192 laps, for a total distance of 6084.5 km.