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Lewis Hamilton Won The F1 2008 Drivers’ Title!

4 Nov

The 23-year-old Englishman, needing a top five finish to be champion, only seized fifth place for McLaren Mercedes again, after losing it, on the final lap of a tense, dramatic and rain-hit Brazilian Grand Prix won by his title rival and local hero Felipe Massa of Ferrari.

As well as being the youngest champion, Hamilton also became the first black Formula One title holder on a stirring afternoon in front of an impassioned 100,000 crowd at the Interlagos circuit.

Hamilton’s triumph made him first Briton to take the world title since Damon Hill in 1996 and the first McLaren champion since Finn Mika Hakkinen in 1999. He is Britain’s ninth champion.

The previous youngest champion was Alonso who was 24 years, one month and 27 days old when he won the title in 2005.

Hamilton was 23 years, nine months and 26 days old as he drove to glory on Sunday.

Massa had been hoping to be the first Brazilian champion since Ayrton Senna in 1991.

While Hamilton and Massa will be back next season for Scot David Coulthard this was the last race before retirement but the veteran winner of 13 grand prix did not make it to the first bend after slipping off when his Red Bull was hit by Nico Rosberg’s Williams. – AFP/yt/de

(channelnewsasia.com)

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Are Singapore Roads Bumpy?

7 Oct

I thought I’m the only one who is having a bumpy ride on my phantom. Bumpy roads are good for Singapore economy, when your vehicle breakdown, you need to send it for maintenance and repair, and the motor shops bosses will be smiling. Did the MRT trains cause F1 car gears to fail or was it because of the bumps?

Are Singapore Roads Bumpy?

Anyway, here are what Formula 1 drivers had to say about Singapore roads (Marina Bay Street Circuit).

“The circuit is interesting, very bumpy in places, especially into turn number 7, and we have to keep an eye on that because it can become a problem.” – Fernando Alonso (Renault)

“Through certain corners there was lots of bottoming, and when you hit a bump it would throw the car around quite a bit – but it’s an amazing venue.” – Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

“In general, the track surface has a lot of grip but in some points there are some bumps that are a bit of a pain.” – Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

“The track was quite bumpy.” – Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren)

“As expected the track is quite demanding – not only for the driver but also for the car. You are always going round corners and the surface is very bumpy, especially in two or three places. It is very important to have a stable car here as you can easily lose a lot of time in several corners.” – Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber)

“In general I like the track although some parts are too bumpy.” – Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

“The circuit is interesting to drive and it’s very bumpy which adds to the excitement as the bumps bounce the car all over the place.” – Jenson Button (Honda)

“It’s a very tough track, hot and bumpy, probably the bumpiest track surface we encounter all season.” – Kazuki Nakajima (Williams)

“The track is really bumpy and the car is quite tricky to handle at the moment.” – Timo Glock (Toyota)

“The track is very difficult, but unfortunately the surface is very bumpy which does not make life easy.” – Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso)

“There are hardly any shadows and you can see very well. It’s a very nice track but unfortunately, the quick parts are the bumpiest and so we are having to run the cars quite high, which obviously reduces performance.” – Sebastien Bourdais (Toro Rosso)

“Bumps are an issue, and there are plenty!” – Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber)

“We worked really hard today but unfortunately our practice was compromised as the car was bouncing and touching the ground so much. I was a passenger for the second session really as we could not resolve the problem, despite trying many different solutions. The layout of the circuit is quite good but it is very bumpy which has been the cause of the problems with our car.” – Rubens Barrichello (Honda)

“It is really bumpy out there and I struggled a little bit with driving at night because there are some dark spots which make it a bit harder than normal.” – Jarno Trulli (Toyota)

“There were also several bumps, probably more than at any other circuit, and sometimes it actually hurt when I was driving, particularly my legs as they crashed into the monocoque over some bumps.” – Adrian Sutil (Force India)

What to expect from the F1 teams next year? Most probably they will use high grade suspensions on their grand prix cars. LOL.

Drivers’ interviews taken from http://www.formula1.com