Gravaters are back – at least for the time being. Here’s today’s round-up:
“For the first time, the RBS Williams F1 Conference Centre will be opening its doors for two days of public tours of the private Williams F1 Grand Prix Collection, the largest Formula One Collection in the world.” Who’s going?
Comment of the day
In our ongoing discussion about making F1 better Cacarella is one of several people who’ve suggested changing nothing in the rules, but simply covering the sport better:
I think the best thing that F1 could do to improve racing and ?óÔé¼?£the show?óÔé¼Ôäó (i hate that term as well), is to leave the sport alone. Try presenting and promoting an already incredible sport differently. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve watched a NASCAR race on TV, there is no room for error, there are a thousand overtakes in a race and the tracks are almost all the same (from what I can tell), and I found it the most boring spectacle ever! But they give their fans incredible race coverage, Internet coverage, the drivers and teams have personalities, and they appear on Television broadcasts to try and promote the racing.
As you may have seen yesterday I’m trialling a return of the Gravatars at the moment. If the site performance remains acceptable with them in place then they’ll be here to stay. I’ll let you know one way or the other.
Happy birthday to El Gordo!
On this day in F1
The last F1 race at the Spanish track Montjuich Park in Barcelona was held 35 years ago today.
It was a weekend which began beset by political strife and ended in tragedy. The drivers’ complaints about poor safety standards at the track led to the organisers threatening to impound the teams’ trailers if they refused to race.
They eventually did, though only after the teams’ mechanics had helped erect safety barriers around the track. But not all of these were properly secured and when Rolf Stommelen’s car hit one during the race his car was flung into the crowd, killing five spectators and injuring the driver.
The race was abandoned and half points given to the drivers. Jochen Mass scored his only Grand Prix win on this sad day and Lella Lombardi became the only woman to score in an F1 race, receiving half a point for sixth place.