Practice for the Canadian Grand prix starts today so make sure to join us for live commenting during both sessions. Here’s today’s round-up:
“Montreal has achieved a sell-out crowd for its first Formula 1 race in two years, with the organisers of the Canadian Grand Prix reporting that they closed sales for 2010 this afternoon.” From looking at our Canada discussion page it seems plenty of F1 Fanatic readers are going to be there!
Comment of the day
After TommyB’s excellent guest article on motor racing’s triple crown, Lustigson did a trawl of the history books and found this fascinating fact:
There are only six drivers that have won just two of the three great races in the past 99 (!) years: Tazio Nuvolari, Maurice Trintignant, AJ Foyt, Bruce McLaren, Jochen Rindt and Juan Pablo Montoya.
From the forum
“It’s not impossible to pass, but it’s very very difficult here. This is a new purpose built circuit, built to the highest safety standards, but of course the consequence of that is that it is much slower, and more difficult to pass.” Anther whinge about the state of modern Formula 1? Nope, that’s James Hunt in 1979 talking…
On this day in F1
Today is the 55th anniversary of the Le Mans Disaster. The crash during the Le Mans 24 Hours race claimed the lives of 80 spectators plus driver Pierrre Levegh, whose Mercedes flipped into the crowd during the race.
In the aftermath of the crash the French Grand Prix was cancelled and Switzerland banned motor racing entirely – a ban which remains in place.
A recent BBC documentary “The Deadliest Crash” told the story of the accident and is still available on iPlayer for those able to view it. It contains some new photographs and footage of the incident and is definitely worth a look.
This short newsreel film shows what happened but be advised, it is grim viewing:
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