Authorities attended the Balcarce cemetery on Friday to get the body of Juan Manuel Fangio exhumed to solve two paternity cases.
DNA samples were taken from the remains of F1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio in Balcarce, Argentina. The five-time Formula One world champion was born and died in the town in Buenos Aires province. Fangio was never married and he was thought to be childless. However, two paternity cases emerged in the last ten years in Argentina, leading eventually to get the body of Fangio exhumed. Ruben Vazquez and Oscar Espinosa both claim to be the children of the legendary driver.
Fangio won five Formula One world championship titles in the 1950s. He was only one-time champion, when he had a near fatal accident in Monza in 1952, breaking his neck as he was thrown out from his car. However, he made a comeback at 42, and went on to win four more titles.
Two men claims in Argentina to be the children of the legendary driver, Juan Manuel Fangio. With the purpose of subject to a DNA test was the body of Fangio exhumed on Friday in Balcarce. The procedure started just after 11 am local time in the hometown of the five-time Formula One world champion of the 1950s, online mobile news report.
To get the corpse of Fangio exhumed and perform a DNA test was ordered by a Mar del Plata judge. Mar del Plata is next to Balcarce in Buenos Aires province. The law-case had begun in 2013, as the 77-year-old Oscar Espinosa wanted to prove that he is the son of arguably the best racing driver of all time. The 73-year-old Ruben Vazquez has similar claims. His lawsuit was started in 2015. Now, after the body of Fangio exhumed, the tests can settle both cases.
Espinosa became a racing driver himself and is recognized as Oscar ‘Cacho’ Fangio in the world of motorsport. Juan Manuel Fangio did not married in his lifetime. He did not had any acknowledged children either. However, he and Espinosa’s mother, Andrea Berruet had a long relationship. According to Vazquez, his mother, Catalina Basili told him in 2005 that he is the son of the legendary driver, from a relationship in the 1940s.
Authorities in Buenos Aires province got the corpse of Juan Manuel Fangio exhumed on Friday. Genetic samples were taken from the remains of the legendary Grand Prix driver. They will be to subject of DNA tests in order to determine whether two men are the children of arguably the best driver in motor racing history, or not.
One of them is Oscar Espinosa, a former racing driver himself, who was referred as Cacho Fangio in the world of motor racing. The other one is Ruben Vazquez. The two started separate lawsuits. Fangio is regarded as the best racing driver ever by many of those, who follow sports scores. He dominated Formula One’s first decade in the 1950s, winning five world championship titles. He died in 1995 at 84 years of age, without marrying or having officially recognized children.
The 73 year old Vazquez stated that his claim has nothing to do with money. He said, “There are no economic interests in my request. I just want to be recognised for the Fangio surname.” Andrea Berruet, the mother of Espinosa had a long relationship with the legendary driver that ended in 1960. He supported his claim to be Fangio’s son with letters the F1 legend wrote to Berruet.
According to the order of Judge Rodrigo Cataldo to get the corpse of Juan Manuel Fangio exhumed, the process was carried out on Friday. The genetic samples that were taken will be the subject of a couple of DNA tests. The point of the procedure is to determine two men’s paternity cases. Ruben Vazquez and Oscar Espinosa both claim to be the son of the Formula One legend.
Representatives of the Juan Manuel Fangio Foundation were present at the Balcarce cemetery. The five-time F1 world champion was born in the Argentine town in Buenos Aires province. Fangio died at 84 in his hometown 20 years ago, on July 17, 1995. He never married and did not have officially recognized children, as many of those, who follow sports scores news in Argentina might know.
Vazquez started his paternity lawsuit ten years ago. He said, “The paternity request was started a long time ago and I’ve had to overcome a lot of blockages and obstacles.” He added, “I have no contact with the Fangio family and of course I’d like to know them.” According to Vazquez, her mother, who died at the age of 103 in 2012, signed papers in front of a notary public, stating her son’s father was Fangio.
Numerous big news stories broke over the last week so lets glance back through some of the most important that we covered in the last seven daysThe Sun Newspaper in the UK (often described as “The Scum”) shocked the public last week by releasing footage of a young Queen Elizabeth II, the current monarch, playing with her mother and uncle, who became Edward VIII, in the gardens of Balmoral Castle using a Nazi salute. The private film made in the 1930s has sparked furious debate with many now calling on the Royal Family to open their archives and make their family links with the Third Reich a matter of public record.
Services for the 298 passengers and crew killed in the MH17 plane crash were held around the world last week on the first anniversary of the tragedy that saw a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 shot down by a BUK surface-to-air missile system during the Ukrainian civil war battle for Shakhtarsk Raion. Neither side has yet taken responsibility for the incident and have instead concentrated on blaming each other although the weight of evidence points to pro-Russian separatists having fired the missile.
In the US an attack on a military recruitment office and Navy & Marine Reserve Center in Chattanooga last week left five members of the armed services dead with numerous others wounded in two separate gun attacks perpetrated by 24 year old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez who was killed at the scene. Although his motive remained unclear the authorities sought to establish if he’d had links to any terrorist organizations like ISIS when it became clear he was heavily influenced by radical Islam.
In sport the Formula One world pledged to keep safety its foremost concerned after French driver Jules Bianchi died as a result of the extreme head injuries he suffered following a crash in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. “We must never let this happen again.” Said Bernie Ecclestone hearing the news, but can Formula One retain audience figures if the danger is removed? You’ll have to read our daily news pages to find out, but in the meantime lets review some of the big stories we covered over the last seven days.
1. After the 46-0 record defeat many fans thought that the loss would help Micronesia to get a FIFA membership.
2. Rivaldo and son both scored for Mogi Mirim in the club’s Brazilian Serie B victory.
3. The future of the German GP was hanging in the balance despite the fact that the event was included to the 2016 F1 calendar.
4. Online gambling firm 888 agreed to buy Bwin.Party for a fee of USD 1.4 billion.
5. Lord Holmes called Premier League sponsors and broadcasters to consider pulling out of football unless disabled facilities are being improved at stadiums.
6. Jules Bianchi’s death shook the world of Formula One after the Frenchman was in coma for nine months.
7. Manchester United reportedly approached Bayern Munich to buy intelligent forward Thomas Muller.
Meanwhile on the isolated pacific island famed for its mysterious statues the Easter Island Statue Project has been excavating a pair of the giant “heads” over the last three years finally revealing that the “Moai” actually have bodies in scale that were buried during a volcanic eruption. Covered in ornate carvings the purpose behind the Moai remains a mystery but the project hopes to make an inventory of all the island’s statues although this is destined to take quite a while given these two took so long.
Jules Bianchi’s death might not come as a shock but it still hurt the world of motorsport.
Bianchi suffered severe head injuries in the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. He went out of the track in the pouring rain under double yellow flags to hit a recovery truck that was there to pull out Adrian Sutil’s car. The German unfortunately crashed at the same place just minutes before. Despite the very bad conditions, safety car wasn’t deployed.
Tragically, as the inquiry found out, Bianchi was unable to slow down his Marussia, before he left the track. The 25-year-old Frenchman was in coma for nine months before he died in his hometown, Nice on Friday night. He is the first F1 driver to pass away due to injuries sustained in a Formula One car since the great Ayrton Senna died in 1994.
Formula One drivers and teams will expectedly hold a minute’s silence before the start of the Hungarian GP on Sunday, gambling news report. They will remember Jules Bianchi, the first F1 driver who died of injuries he suffered in a Formula One Grand Prix in more than twenty years.
The 25-year-old Frenchman crashed in the Japanese Grand Prix last October. His accident was so tough that many of those, who follow sports scores feared the worst. However, Jules Bianchi’s death still shocked the people around motorsports. He passed away on Friday in his hometown, Nice after being in coma for nine months.
The Grand Prix Driver’s Association released a statement about the fight for safety, which never should be over. It said, “It is at times like this that we are brutally reminded of how dangerous racing still remains. Despite considerable improvements, we, the grand prix drivers, owe it to the racing community, to the lost ones and to Jules, his family and friends, to never relent in improving safety.”
Formula One Group Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone expressed that Formula One is safe after Jules Bianchi’s death. He revealed that his priority is to make the cars faster at the moment, according to online mobile news. He added that he thought that Bianchi, who passed away at 25 in Nice would have wanted the same.
Bianchi suffered an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in October, 2014. He was in coma for nine months before he died in his hometown. “First he was a very, very, very nice person” Ecclestone commented the sad news. “Secondly, he was very talented, so it’s a great loss, a loss to the sport and obviously a big loss to his parents.”
Ecclestone then added that Jules Bianchi’s death was the consequence of an extremely unfortunate incident, as he hit a truck that was deployed inside the crash barriers to extract Adrian Sutil’s car. He still considers F1 safe. He said, “Formula 1 is safe now, the cars are super safe, the circuit is safe, everything is good, as I say, if that truck hadn’t have been there it wouldn’t have happened.”
Four-times Formula One world champion Alain Prost revealed that he thinks F1 should never be satisfied with their safety efforts after his fellow Frenchman Jules Bianchi’s death. Bianchi hit a tractor that was on the side of the track to pull out a crashed car without the safety car being deployed. As a result of the accident, F1 adopted the virtual safety car system, as keen followers of live sports results might remember.
Prost said, “I just think there was a small misjudgment that cost very dearly. There was an accident, pouring rain and appalling visibility. There should have been a safety car to slow the race down before the recovery truck went on track – that’s the misjudgment.”
He added “They have done a lot for safety. We had not had a fatal crash in F1 for 21 years, it means that a lot of work was done. But like everywhere, there’s always a little bit more to be done. The only thing that still was to be done for safety was about this recovery truck that goes on the circuit.”
Though the German GP is expected to return next year after it was included to the 2016 Formula One calendar, its future is not safe at all.
The 2015 German GP was originally scheduled to this weekend. However as the Nurburgring and the Hockenheimring both struggle financially, the event was dropped from this year’s Formula One calendar. Since Stirling Moss won the 1961 race in a Lotus-Climax at the 22-kilometer-long Nurbugring Nordschleife, no year passed without Germany hosting a Formula One Grand Prix.
Though Formula One was done with the Nordschleife after Niki Lauda’s horrible accident in 1976, it was always either the Nurburgring Sudschleife or the Hockenheimring that hosted the event since 1961. With the Nurbugring being pulled out this year, possibly for good, the future of the German GP lies at Hockenheim. But first of all, a sold out race is a must for 2016.
A sold out 2016 Grand Prix in Hockenheim might save the future of Formula One in Germany. The track is also prepared to hold the 2017 German GP if needed, gambling news report. To secure a long term future for the race in Germany, it is necessary to attract the fans in numbers.
The 2015 German GP was scheduled to this weekend initially before it was cancelled in March, as keen followers of live sports results might remember. The Nurburgring would have hosted this year’s event originally, however the leaders of the circuit were unable to reach an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone.
To step in for 2015 wouldn’t be a profitable move for Hockenheim. However the venue had no problem with the 2016 German GP. So that the event was scheduled to the recently issued provisional 2016 calendar, that includes as much as 21 races. If everything goes according to plans, next year’s season would be the longest ever in Formula One history.
Hockenheimring executives stated that a sold out 2016 German GP is a must for keeping the event in the Formula One calendar for long. The German Grand Prix was scheduled for 2016 but that doesn’t guarantee that the series will return to the country in the future beyond next year.
It never happened since 1960 that the German GP was left out from the F1 calendar, as many of those who follow sports scores might know. This year however Nurbugring pulled out because of financial problems in March. Then it was too late to strike a lucrative deal with Hockenheim, and the 2015 German Grand Prix was dropped.
The event was already under threat in the past years. Sebastian Vettel might have dominated the series, but home supporters just weren’t interested. Only 50,000 supporters were watching Nico Rosberg claiming his home victory in a Mercedes last year. Now it seems that the 2016 German GP will be held at Hockenheim, but nothing else is a certainty.
Though Mercedes was there to help out the organizers, no deal was agreed in March. This meant that the German GP was dropped from the 2015 Formula One calendar after it was alternated between Nurburgring and Hockenheim for years.
Georg Seiler, Hockenheimring’s managing director expressed that the future of the German GP is up to the 2016 event. According to experts only a sold out event can keep Germany in the F1 calendar. Seiler said, “We need a well filled house next year so that Formula One has a future. We must tell the fans: come to the race next year and secure the future of F1 at Hockenheim.”
He added, “It is very sad because Formula One is an image carrier all over the world. For other countries it is part of their tourism promotion, money comes from other areas and they can stage the races without problems.”
Formula One must be really boring now. Not just for spectators, but for drivers as well. Lewis Hamilton is so fed up with things for example, that he started to criticize… the trophies. Not the lack of competition, the artificial overtaking process or the quiet and not very intimidating cars, but he slapped those who provide the actual pieces representing Grand Prix wins on the podium.
He wants quality pieces, preferably made of gold, okay, who doesn’t, but it is somehow ridiculous if you hear a driver complaining about baubles. Especially if that particular driver is a two-time world champion, who won his first British Grand Prix in 2008 in pouring rain…
Two-time British world champion driver Lewis Hamilton is the number one favourite to win the 2015 British Grand Prix. He won four out of eight races this year and in the build up to this year’s event, he recalled the 2008 Silverstone race, where he was able to pull out a victory in his second season.
“My favourite British Grand Prix is still that win in the rain,” he said. “I qualified fourth but then the heavens opened and I knew that it was my day. I got a great start and I just followed the lines that I took from my experience of Formula Renault days. It was a great race and everybody was standing every single time I went through Abbey, in the pouring rain with umbrellas up. That was a really special time. I won by 68 seconds.”
Seven years passed since Hamilton’s first championship-winning season, Formula One is considered to be in decline, but Mercedes’ British driver is the number one personality in the business, according to British followers of sports scores. Without him, the stands of the former military airport probably wouldn’t be packed this weekend, but he is a guarantee for high spectator numbers.
Lewis Hamilton has won so many trophies in his Formula One career that he became an expert on the quality of the awards. No joke, and it wasn’t posted on a brand new gambling blog started by Hamilton either, this is really about those pieces the drivers get on the podium.
Hamilton prefers gold, though it turned out that he will be racing at Silverstone for another plastic bauble this weekend, after online gambling news revealed the trophy of this year’s British Grand Prix. Hamilton revealed that he was so annoyed by its cheapness that he took the point to Bernie Ecclestone, the owner of the commercial rights of F1.
Hamilton said, “We just need to make better trophies – it’s shocking how bad the trophies are.The trophies are as good as… at go kart level, it was really bad.” He went on to add, “Formula Renault was just little boxes with a car in the middle. Formula Three was good, and at the beginning of my Formula One career the trophies were really good. But now they are just terrible man. They are so bad. I told Bernie and he got the trophy guy in the room and I just said, ‘you know’.”
While Lewis Hamilton was on the racing track all the time to pursue his dreams about becoming a Formula One world champion, his younger brother, Nic, who has cerebral palsy, spent virtually three years in his bedroom to do something similar in the virtual world.
Nic Hamilton became so good at computer racing games, that after a while Lewis didn’t have any chance against him, though the latter had the occasion to try a few professional simulators during his career.
Though Nic’s condition makes it difficult to walk and also causes pain for him and tied him to a wheelchair for the majority of his childhood, he was so good at simulators, that he had the opportunity to become a real racing driver.
At 23 he became the first disabled driver in the history of the British Touring Car Championship last weekend, gambling news report. “I became UK online champion in 2009”, he expressed “And it got to a point that when I was playing against Lewis I was always faster than him.”
He added, “Some people might call it sad, but for me it was a form of motorsport and actually the thing that started my whole career. That’s how it became real – basically it was his idea saying: ‘You need to get in a real car.”
Formula One returns to Europe after a trip to Canada, where Williams driver Valtteri Bottas was able to finish in front of the two Ferraris, though it was reported before the race that the Italian outfit brought an updated and more powerful engine to Montreal. Felipe Massa thinks that their Mercedes-powered car has the potential to fight for a podium finish again, while Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne revealed that he thought that four-time world championship winner Sebastian Vettel was the best choice for Ferrari. Now there is a Le Mans winner amongst the active drivers, as Nico Hulkenberg was able to pull out a victory in France last weekend in a Porsche.
Sergio Marchionne, the president of Ferrari believes that Sebastian Vettel will take back Ferrari to the top. The German driver took over Fernando Alonso’s seat as the Spaniard left Scuderia for McLaren. Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix this year and with his constant presence on the podium makes him the number one opponent for Mercedes.
Marchionne expressed that now they have the best man for the job, gambling news report. He said, “He is a complete driver. It is one of those things that is very difficult to find, he understands the car really well, and his execution style is beyond reproach.”
Marchionne also stated that he believes Vettel belongs to a delicate group of world champions. He added, “We are lucky to have him; my only objective is to give him the car that can make him win. That is it. The rest he needs to do and he can.”
According to sports scores news, Williams driver Felipe Massa thinks that the Grove-based outfit can put some pressure on the Ferraris at the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend. His teammate, Valtteri Bottas was able to beat the Scuderia’s two cars in the last race in Montreal, however the Ferrari factory provided some key engine updates before the event in Canada.
Massa expressed that the Mercedes powered Williams cars have the potential to top the Ferraris once again. He said, “Looking at the upgrades on the [Ferrari] engine the difference [to Mercedes] is still similar and I think it shows that we can still fight at the front.”
The Brazilian driver revealed that he doesn’t know when the Mercedes factory will perform some updates regarding their engine. He said, “I don’t know when Mercedes will put some upgrades on the engine maybe when they do we can get stronger in that area.”
Nico Hulkenberg, who succeeded with Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber in a Porsche, is the first active driver in Formula One who was able to win Le Mans in 24 years. That was the 17th title for Porsche, which is a record in the history of the competition, online mobile news report.
The last time an active F1 driver won Le Mans was in 1991, when Johnny Herbert was part of the team that came first. After the race, Hulkenberg said, “I’m speechless right now, to be honest.” The 30-year-old Tandy was more communicative. He revealed, “I could retire from racing tomorrow and look back on today and I am sure I would be happy for the rest of my life.”
Another Porsche, featuring former Formula One driver Marc Webber, came second and the best Audi was third, which meant that Porsche was able to end Audi’s five-year-long streak. The German car manufacturer won 13 of the last 15 editions of Le Mans.
17-year-old Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen made a mistake while chasing Romain Grosjean almost two weeks ago in Monte Carlo, ending the race of the Lotus employee, who was challenging for points. Some said that the Dutchman’s recklessness and his dangerous driving lead to the crash, while others suggested that it was a racing accident, and however it is tempting to blame the young driver’s lack of experience, this is not right. Almost every driver and expert agrees though that Verstappen should not say anything like that he said to Grosjean after the race.
Romain Grosjean expressed his disappointment over Max Verstappen “forgetting” to apologize after their crash in the last race in Monaco. The Dutchman was trying to get past the Lotus driver, who was on worn tyres, until the young Toro Rosso driver made a mistake and hit the Frenchman from behind.
The incident divided experts and followers of sports scores. Grosjean blamed the young and reckless Verstappen, while the 17-year-old Dutchman stated that the Frenchman brake-tested him. After the incident, Grosjean was out from the race, and however he was challenging for points, what really hurt him was that Verstappen did not offer an apology at all.
“It does [disappoint me] because we went to the stewards after the grand prix and I tapped him on the back, thinking he could say ‘I’m sorry’ but, instead, he said I brake-tested [him], which is completely wrong as I actually braked later than the lap before,” said Grosjean. “It is not the way I’d like things to happen.”
Max Verstappen was criticized by Felipe Massa several times in the aftermath of the Monaco incident, when the young Dutchman hit Romain Grosjean from behind. However, the 17-year-old Toro Rosso driver stated before the Canadian Grand Prix, that he won’t alter his driving style, though being under fire from drivers, fans and followers of live sports results.
Massa expressed after the race in Monte Carlo that the dangerous Verstappen should be penalized after the accident, and he was duly handed a five-place grid penalty by the FIA, and he also got two penalty points to his Super License. He will serve the penalty in Montreal this weekend. Massa also said that the Dutchman braked too late before hitting Grosjean.
Verstappen responded to that statement in the press conference before the Canadian GP. “Everybody can have their opinion, that’s the first thing, but I looked at my data, I didn’t brake any later,” Verstappen revealed. “I had braked later in the race before that but on the lap I crashed, it was exactly the same lap as the lap before and I got my penalty.”
Jenson Button, world champion of 2009, expressed that he was astonished by Max Verstappen saying Romain Grosjean braketested him when the Toro Rosso driver hit the Frenchman in Monaco nearly a fortnight ago. Button said that Verstappen should think twice before he speaks to the media, according to gambling news.
Button revealed however that he didn’t think that the cause of the accident was Verstappen being inexperienced. The 35-year-old Mclaren driver had problems only with the Dutchman’s remarks to journalists, saying, “He’s obviously inexperienced, it’s easy to go and jump on the bandwagon with that.”
“I think, the thing is, you’ve got to be very careful with what you do say in the press,” he went on. “To point the finger at someone and say that they braketested you, that’s serious. I don’t think that happens in motorsport these days, we’re all grown-ups and we don’t do things like that in Formula 1,” added Button.
He also talked about the importance of not touching the walls and the barriers in this depressingly tight venue. If we have a look at the most spectacular overtaking moves of the last decades, we will see that if you would like to see the chequered flag, it could be helpful to avoid touching the moving features of the motorsport competition too.
The exit at the Swimming Pool complex at Monaco street circuit was refurbished for this year with the barriers moved inwards and a kerb installed instead, gambling news report. Theoretically, with the barrier removed from the apex, it is easier to take the corner now than it was before, however former Formula One drivers expressed that it is still tough to get it right.
Vitantonio Liuzzi recently drove in Monaco in the Formula E series. He said, “Yes it is definitely still a challenge there, even though it is a slightly different line and trajectory”. When discussing the corner, Liuzzi, who spent six seasons in the Formula One between 2005 and 2011, also explained the significance of avoiding the walls in Monaco these days.
He expressed, “I still think it is the toughest part of the circuit and you can gain quite a bit still and honestly touching the walls a lot at Monaco is a myth. You might do it a few times and get away with it but generally it is not worth the risk.” Apart from the changes at turns 15 and 16, several parts of the track have been resurfaced, and some adjustments have been made at Tabac.
The Monaco GP is recognized as the most precious one in the calendar because of the status and the glamour style of the Principality. However, the race itself can be quite boring many times, as it is virtually impossible to overtake in the streets of Monaco. For the bravest, is still possible though, but to perform a move like that, one have to be patient, expedient and skillful as well.
Like Michael Schumacher in 1998, who wrestled with Alexander Wurz from the Loews hairpin to the tunnel, however, as the Austrian was equally aggressive to his counterpart, the two touched several times. Though the German won the battle, he lost the war eventually as both of their cars damaged heavily, ruining their races respectively.
Nico Hulkenberg was luckier last year, exploiting a slight error made by Kevin Magnussen to get past him in the same section of the track, without banging his Force India dangerously against the McLaren. Kimi Raikkonen made a cleaner maneuver against Mark Webber in 2006, but it was delicate as the Finn overtook the Australian unexpectedly while climbing up the hill.
In 2013 Sergio Perez provided the show overtaking Jenson Button and forcing Fernando Alonso out of the track at the chicane a few laps later, after the Spaniard had to give the position back to the Mexican. Perez’s race ended soon however, when he hit Raikkonen at the same corner.
Equally remarkable was Nigel Mansell’s pass on Alain Prost in the tunnel in 1991 when battling for the second place. Those, who follow sports scores, might remember Schumacher infamously overtaking Fernando Alonso in 2010 after the safety car went in at the end of the last lap. However as that move went against the rules, Schuey was handed a time penalty after the race.
That marked the start of a four-month-long period, when the German was leading the championship. Rosberg might hope another success would trigger something similar this year, however it won’t be easy for him to take the lead from his teammate in the Principality again, as Hamilton enjoys a confident, 20-point lead.
Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg picked up his first victory of the year in Barcelona and now he prepares to win his third GP in a row in his home city. Keen followers of sports scores might remember that after the German driver came second in Monte Carlo in 2012, he won the event in 2013 and 2014, emerging as the Monaco specialist of the field.
With the German Grand Prix being cut from the calendar, this race will be Rosberg’s only true home GP this season, as he is a Monaco resident and was grown up in the Principality as well. After he edged closer to his teammate and biggest rival Lewis Hamilton with a win in Spain, he looks forward to continue closing the gap between them.
He said, “There’s still a long way to go this season so it’s all there to fight for, I’m just taking it race by race. Next we have Monaco – the most legendary, exciting and challenging event in the calendar. Throughout the whole weekend, the atmosphere is very, very special”.
Rosberg also emphasized the importance of the rare opportunity to stay in his place for the night before the race. “It’s a home race for me and it’s strange to just walk or take a scooter to the racetrack – but also very cool to sleep in your own bed each night“, he revealed.
Nico Rosberg was accused of drawing yellow flags deliberately after last year’s qualifying session in Monaco, however he was found innocent by the stewards. Nevertheless he clearly benefited from the appearance of the warning signals as his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, had no opportunity to take the pole position after the other Mercedes ran wide in turn 5.
After the controversial qualification, Rosberg went on to win the race and reclaimed the lead in the championship, but he virtually started a war within the team that lasted until the end of the year. This season is a different story however, with Lewis Hamilton leading the field confidently from the opening weekend of the season, but tensions are still there between the two.
Though they are in different shape psychologically compared to their respective states twelve months ago, a victory in Monaco would be crucial again. After winning here last year, Rosberg held the lead in the championship until the Singapore GP in September, and the 29-year-old German now obviously plans to launch a similar streak.
Meanwhile Hamilton would place another strike on Rosberg, if he managed to win his teammate’s favourite race – the German won multiple races in Monaco only. At the end of the day this should be another showdown between the two, and the best could be even happier than the luckiest Monte Carlo casino winners.
That’s how this Formula One Drivers’ Championship is going: Another race, another leader, another bunch of storylines. Lewis Hamilton blew past Mark Webber early in the Belgian Grand Prix and hung on to take an easy win. With Hamilton’s victory came his new no. 1 standing on the table, three points ahead of Webber, as his McLaren team completed a two-race comeback.
“This last push in the championship couldn’t have started better for me,” Hamilton stated on the official Formula One website. “This victory was the perfect way to bounce back from Hungary.”
Webber won pole position for the first time in six races and snapped Sebastian Vettel’s four-race streak at the position; however, it did him little good, as he found himself in sixth place going into the first turn. Hamilton had claimed the lead by the end of the second lap, which was followed shortly thereafter by a downpour and the safety car’s appearance.
Still on something of a dangerous track, Vettel collided with Jenson Button in the 16th lap to take the latter out of the race and Vettel out of contention for good.
Hamilton increased his lead when race resumed but his teammate Jenson Button’s championship aspirations suffered a setback when Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull hit him during lap 16.
Interestingly, Hamilton was considered the underdog at the sportsbooks among the big four going into the race at 5/1 odds, while Webber was third on most bookmaker’s tables at 4/1. Vettel was getting 9/4 odds in most shops, while Fernando Alonso, who was never in it in Belgium, had been the favorite.