Q:Hi! So, first I just wanted to tell you that your blog is awesome and I really really like it! (Also, as a Dane, I get super excited everytime you mention Kevin, so that's awesome!) Second, I wanted to ask you who you think should win the championship this year? It will obviously be a Mercedes, but which one do you root for? xD
Hej! Thank you for the message, I’m really happy you like the blog - I have to admit I’ve become a huge fan of Kevin this year, he’s such a great driver and a wonderful guy, I just love him.
As per the WDC, I’ve always liked Rosberg so it would be really cool if he could win the title: he’s got the talent, the ability and the cool head needed to win it (although since Spa he seems to have lost it a bit, I’m sure he’ll get it back). So I would be pretty happy if he won it, but if Lewis does that’ll be fine for me as well. Both drivers have made mistakes this year but all in all I think their performances deserve a world title - it’s a shame both can’t win it.
The development of the McLaren F1
Gordon Murray had a firm hand in every part of the production process:
“I had control over every single aspect of the car. I signed every single drawing and I drew a lot of the car myself. I think it’s probably the last road car drawn entirely by hand. The timescale and the rigidity with which that was controlled was straight out of F1.
"In Formula One you can’t miss a race; there’s no such thing as not going to the next race. So I drew up and managed all the schedules. I didn’t have a project manager, I managed the project myself. If anything got more than two or three days behind, we got together and put a plan in place to pull those two or three days back. That’s why it happened so quickly.”
On this day, 23 years ago, Ayrton Senna was crowned a triple world champion after finishing second in Japan.
Senna had arrived in Japan 16 points ahead of Nigel Mansell. After qualifying, Berger had clinched pole position with Senna in second and Mansell in third.
The strategy for McLaren was to let Berger keep the lead, with Senna behind holding Mansell back. On the 9th lap, the Brit tried to overtake the Brazilian but couldn’t control the car and spun. His hopes were over.
Senna said: “I saw the whole thing through my rear view mirror and admit that I wasn’t sad. In that moment I thought, ‘yes, now I can race the way I like to: in high gear and to win’. I was focused on the title. That was the opportunity I had been waiting for. There was no better way to win the world title than that: winning the Grand Prix as I did in 1988, in Japan. And I was just about to do so when Ron Dennis called me on the radio. I asked him to repeat the message and, once again, I couldn’t hear it very well. Then I decided to take my foot off the gas and let Berger pass.”
What Ron had asked him was to let Berger win the race. Senna: “If I’d said I hadn’t understood the request, everyone would have believed it. But Berger gave a beautiful performance and deserved to win as much as I did.”
Formula 1 posters - they don’t do them like they used to anymore! For more great motorsport art, you can visit this site
Q.- Do you think Lewis Hamilton is the toughest team-mate that you’ve had thus far in your 15 years of F1 and why?
Jenson Button: “Outright speed, yes. Outright speed, he’s the quickest. And also when he got it right in the race, he could really put it together. He was a very tough competitor, but he had his weaknesses - as every driver does - so you could always have a chance to beat him. But we had a good rivalry, definitely.”
The glorious McLaren F1 Longtail - shots taken by Wilson Hennessey and edited by Mustard Post.