October 2014 News
New Minister Of Hinchtown

Oct 1 - IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe,
known as the mayor of Hinchtown, is now
the minister too!

Saturday he married IndyCar driver
and Kathleen Thompson in
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De Silvestro's Sauber deal breaks down

Oct 1 - Lella Lombardi was the last woman to start a
grand prix, with the last of her career coming in 1976 in
Austria. Since then
Divina Galica, Desire Wilson,
Giovanna Amati and, most recently, Susie Wolff have
all taken part in a grand prix weekend but not qualified
for a race.

Simona de Silvestro's hopes of becoming the first
female F1 racer since 1976 have suffered a setback after
Sauber ended her testing deal due to "financial reasons on
her side".

It was hoped De Silvestro, who spent four years racing in
Indycar, would take part in Friday practice at next
month's US Grand Prix, but a financial dispute with
Sauber means she will no longer drive for the team. De
Silvestro will retain her status as an affiliated driver,
however, with the team still hopeful of giving her
opportunities to drive at some point in the future.

De Silvestro completed tests earlier this year in old
Sauber cars in Fiorano and Valencia after joining in
February and has made it clear she has her eyes set on a
2015 race seat. But the 90-day window in which her
superlicence could be secured has now expired, leaving
her F1 future hanging in the balance.

A team spokesman said: "Simona's driving programme is
not being continued due to financial reasons on her side.
Everybody in the team who worked with her during the
last six months is very disappointed it came to this point,
because they liked working with her. We are now looking
at other possibilities for Simona to continue working with
the team, but that will take time."
Bianchi undergoes surgery after Suzuka crash

Oct 4 - A typhoon blowing into Japan put the F1 grand
prix at Suzuka in jeopardy.  The rain came and the first
nine laps were ran behind the safety car.   Before the
race could really begin,
Fernando Alonso's Ferrari
stopped, probably due to electrical problems.

Nico Rosberg started from pole, his team-mate
Lewis Hamilton soon got around him and would hold
the lead to the end.  As the Mercedes cars finished 1-2,
Red Bull finished 3-4.

It looked like in spite of the rain, the race would finish
it's total 53 laps, however a serious accident involving 24
Jules Bianchi resulted in the race being red flagged.

The FIA statement in full:
"On lap 42,
Adrian Sutil lost control of his car, spun
and hit the tyre barrier on the outside of Turn 7. The
marshals displayed double waved yellow flags before the
corner to warn drivers of the incident. A recovery
vehicle was dispatched in order to lift the car and take it
to a place of safety behind the guard rail. While this was
being done the driver of car 17,
Jules Bianchi, lost
control of his car, travelled across the run-off area and
hit the back of the tractor.

"Once the marshals reported that the driver was injured,
medical teams were dispatched and the safety car was
Frenchman Jules Bianchi scored the first championship
point for Marrusia at Monaco this year.
deployed. These were followed by an extrication team
and an ambulance. The driver was removed from the
car, taken to the circuit medical centre and then by
ambulance to Mie General Hospital.

"The CT scan shows that he has suffered a severe head
injury and he is currently undergoing surgery. Following
this he will be moved to intensive care where he will be
F1 Silly Season

Oct 3 - Sebastian Vettel began his F1 career in 2009
with Infiniti Red Bull Racing.  He went on to win the
championship from 2010-2013.

This season Vettel has not won a single race.  
Meanwhile, his new team-mate
Daniel Ricciardo has
not only out qualified him, he has won three races so far
this year - the only driver to beat the Mercedes team.

Vettel told his team this weekend that he will be leaving
the team next year.

Red Bull has announced that he will be replaced on the
team by
Daniil Kvyat, a young Russian who drove his
rookie year this year for Toro Rosso.

Max Verstappen, 17, will replace Kvyat at
Toro Rosso.

All these drivers were developed through the Red Bull
Junior Programme.

Vettel's departure has massive significance in terms of the
driver market. The 27-year-old has been widely tipped to
move to Ferrari, with
Fernando Alonso strongly linked
with a switch back to McLaren.
Daniil Kvyat will move to Red Bull.
Dutchman Max Verstappen
(His father is former Formula 1
driver Jos Verstappen.)
Simona de Silvestro had been looking to use IndyCar to
springboard up to Formula 1.
Marquez Retains MotoGP Crown in Motegi

Oct 13 - The 2014 MotoGP World title was clinched by
Marc Marquez at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan as he
finished in second place behind race winner
, with Valentino Rossi also on the podium.

Lorenzo took his second successive victory as his great
recent form continued but the story of the race was all
about Marquez as he got the job done to secure the 2014
title with three rounds to go. Marquez crossed the line
1.638s behind Lorenzo to collect the crucial points for
the World Championship win, as Rossi completed the
rostrum in third.

Marquez did not make the best start off the line but
Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3),
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea
(Pramac Racing) in the opening laps to hunt
down the front group. He then picked off pole man
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and won a midrace
battle with Rossi overtaking at the second attempt on lap
nine for second position.

Behind Lorenzo, Marquez and Rossi, Pedrosa eventually
finished in fourth place, missing the podium by 0.555s,
with Dovizioso in fifth.
Lorenzo and Rossi congratulate Marquez
U.S.G.P. Curse?

Oct 31 - Formula 1 is now in Austin Texas for the U.S.
Grand Prix.  However, two teams did not show up,
apparently due to financial problems.  Those teams are
Marussia and Caterham.  

In addition, defending champion
Sebastien Vettel will
not be participating in qualifying, but starting the race
from pit lane!

I wondered if F1 would screw up in Austin like they did
in Indianapolis, and now we see they have.

At Indy for the 2002 U.S. Grand Prix, the winning
Michael Schumacher, pulled over before the
finish line to let his teammate,
Rubens Barrichello win.
Then in 2005, a much greater travesty unfolded.  After
the cars completed their warm-up lap, all of the cars,
except for six, pulled into the pits and did not run the
race because they didn't like their tires.  I was there and
this antic was the most maddening I have experienced in
any sporting event in my life.

Finally in 2006, only 8 cars finished the U.S. Grand

A rumor surfaced while I was writing this that Lotus,
Force India and Sauber could boycott this weekend's US
Grand Prix!  It would be over the same old issue where
F1 teams who are not at the top feel misrepresented and
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