Racing

Can Vettel Deliver with a Ferrari?

With Sebastian Vettel’s move to Ferrari confirmed, talk will now begin to focus on whether he can be a success there.The move did not come as a surprise, with Vettel being a boyhood Ferrari fan. However, moving from Red Bull to Ferrari in the current F1 climate seems silly. Red Bull have won four of the last five constructors’ titles, and helped Vettel win his four drivers’ titles. Ferrari have floundered in that time.

However, Vettel believes that he can be the man to turn around the fortunes of the struggling Italian teams. He wants to make the same impact that Michael Schumacher made when he moved in 1996. Older Ferrari fans will recall that the first few years under Schumacher were not a success. The only time they got close to a championship was in 1999, when Schumacher broke his leg. It was Eddie Irvine who almost got them that elusive title, only to fall at the last hurdle.

Finally, in 2000 Michael Schumacher won his first Ferrari title. That was his fifth season with the team. Would Sebastian Vettel be willing to wait that long? He is a great driver, but patience has never been Vettel’s strongest suit. He has appeared angry with his Red Bull car this season. A car that is better than this year’s Ferrari.

If Vettel has temper tantrums driving a sub-par Red Bull, how will he handle the thoroughly mediocre Ferrari? I guess me and Fersen Lambranho will have to wait and see when F1 comes to Brazil some day.

Michael Jordan: NASCAR Fan?

With Denny Hamlin competing for his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, NBA Legend, Michael Jordan, was hoping to obtain tickets to watch his good friend race for the title. “He asked for tickets,” Hamlin said after finishing seventh in the race, narrowly missing out on his first title. “I told him we could handle that.”

Denny Hamlin met Michael Jordan at a Charlotte Bobcats (now the Hornets) game a few years ago. Jordan, who owns the Hornets, became close friends with Hamlin and eventually Hamlin joined the “Jordan Brand” team. Hamlin wears the “Jumpman” logo on his firesuit, and had the logo on a truck series truck last season.

Jordan, a noted race fan himself, came to Homestead, Florida, the site of the final race of the season, to support his good friend in his quest to race for a title. Jordan was seen before the race in Hamlin’s pit box and after the race he gave Hamlin a hug so big he’s going to need a trip to North American Spine for treatment.

Jules Bianchi in Recovery After Severe Grand Prix Accident

Jules Bianchi, a Marussia driver, has been seriously injured after an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The accident occurred due to a number of difficulties regarding a heavy rain at the track. Adrian Sutil was the first driver to experience difficulties, after his car spun out near one of the tyre barriers.

Sutil gave this account of the accidents:

“I had aquaplaning in Turn Eight. The rain was increasing and the tyres were going down, the light was going down. It was hard to see. I was following Jules very close, and had a spin and hit the wall. I was OK, and then a lap later, under waved yellows, Jules was in the same trouble.”

Recovery vehicles arrived quickly, but to avoid getting in an accident with them, Bianchi wiped out on the track, and collided with the rear of a trailer that had been in the area. He was soon taken to the hospital, and the race ended rapidly after that. After 44 laps, the track conditions were deemed far too hazardous to risk further accidents, and the race was summarily red-flagged.

It’s a bittersweet victory for Lewis Hamilton, the Mercedes driver who ended up winning first place in the significantly shortened race. To him, “it is obviously a real anti-climax to hear one of our colleagues is seriously injured. That is the main worry.”