Rooting through the videos on my phone, I found this little clip of Ken Block in rehearsals for Top Gear Live UK 2012.
It’s interesting to see that Ferrari are heralding the arrival of the film rush, despite the fact that it brings to life a period in Formula One history that was fairly damning for the Scuderia.
Enzo Ferrari was highly critical of Niki Lauda in the wake of his withdrawal from the Japanese Grand Prix, and subsequently the Championship.
Although almost 37 years have gone by, their rivalry remains one of the gripping and enthralling in Formula 1 history. The long duel between Niki Lauda and James Hunt that dominated the 1976 season has been turned into a major new film opening in cinemas worldwide on September 13.
With Chris Hemsworth as Hunt and Daniel Brühl as Niki Lauda, the film also sees Olivia Wilde playing Hunt’s wife, Suzie Miller, and Alexandra Maria Lara playing Marlene Knaus, Lauda’s then partner. Rush also features Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino, in the role of another Ferrari favourite, Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni.
The outcome of the duel between the two men leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of Ferraristi to this day. The 1976 World Drivers’ title should have gone to Niki Lauda and would have, had his tragic accident at the Nürburgring not knocked the Austrian driver out for three grands prix, allowing Hunt to make up ground lost in the early part of the season. Despite an incredible comeback, Niki couldn’t possibly have been at his best in the final races but somehow managed to be leading the standings three points ahead of his McLaren rival on the eve of the decisive Japanese Grand Prix.
However, Sunday, October 24th went down in history after Lauda decided to pull out of the race because treacherous weather conditions were making the track virtually, if not totally, undriveable. Even had the Austrian finished outside the points (at the time awarded from 1st to sixth positions), he would have been able to take his second Drivers’ title if Hunt failed to do better than fifth. However, Lauda took the decision to retire after two laps because he felt the track conditions were simply too dangerous.
Hunt finished the race in third position and, at the end of what was an extraordinary race, was declared World Champion. In the intervening decades, much has been said and written about that day and what happened before, during and after the race.
Despite the passing of almost thirty years and the enormous progress made in safety, the Rush trailer declares that one fact hasn’t changed: “There’s a lie that all drivers tell themselves: death is something that happens to other people”. Anyone that works in the paddocks knows all about that and never forgets it.
- Ferrari North America
Timo Glock has been confirmed as a BMW DTM driver for 2013.
In a joint statement released by Marussia he said: “I have had three excellent years with the Marussia F1 Team, during which I had the chance to actively participate in building and developing the Team in its endeavours to succeed within the Formula One World Championship.
"Although it is not the path I expected to be taking, I am in fact very excited about what the future holds in terms of my own career."
The announcement comes days after Robert Kubica completed 114 laps in a Mercedes DTM as he continues his recovery from a partially severed right arm.
Photo Source: Marussia
He may not be competing the entire WRC season but Sébastien Loeb did take the Monte-Carlo Rally this year.
Not only that he won for seventh time - and in the process, equalled the record of four consecutive wins held up to now by Tommi Mäkinen.
"It’s been a little bit peculiar, not because of how the rally has gone, but because we have had every condition possible this weekend… apart from dry roads!
"I think this is the first Monte-Carlo that I have competed in where I haven’t used slick tyres at all. We nearly dominated the event from start to finish, so I’m pleased about that and I’m going to really savour this win, especially as in all likelihood it’ll be my last one here."
It appears that Michael Schumacher doesn’t know when to quit (big surprise there). After dabbling in motorcycle racing following his 2006 “first” retirement, Schumi seems to be set in the mind that he has unfinished business on two wheels.
Last month, Porsche announced that it will field two new GT race cars based on the new ‘Type 991’ generation of the Porsche 911 in the Le Mans 24 hours race and in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
However, it has now revealed that it will revive its in-house factory team for its return to the prototype racing in 2014.
The company will design a new LMP1 hybrid that will be run by a full works team based at Weissach.
The inevitable demise of F2 has finally happened, as it was announced that the series will not run in 2013
In a statement, MSV boss Jonathan Palmer said: “As the FIA intended, F2 has always provided outstanding value and equality for its competitors.
"However, it has become progressively clear that the single operating team concept that enables these benefits has compromises that have, overall, reduced its appeal to drivers.
In other words… no body wanted to drive in it. Possibly because it was a dead end series that got little to no recognition from Formula One teams.
That being said, it gave Jolyon Palmer somewhere to play before joining the GP2 grid.
F2 joins Formula Palmer Audi in the MSV grave yard.
After just four year’s in existence, the stats of F2 don’t make for very impressive reading:
Number of Champions racing in F1 - 0
Number of drivers (total) racing in F1 - 0
Number of deaths - 1
Sebastien Loeb collected the Gregor Grant Award and International Rally Driver of the Year awards at this year’s Autosport Awards. Citroen also collected Best Rally Car.
Loeb said: “It is a huge honour to join such an incredible list of motor racing legends.
"I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been able to do something I’m passionate about for a living and I’m certainly sad to be closing the chapter on full-time rallying with Citroën.
"Nevertheless, a new and very exciting chapter now awaits me and I won’t be saying goodbye to rallying altogether just yet.”