Another one for Seb?
In this week’s edition of The Racer’s Edge I had a lot of fun with some of my favourite people, namely the supremely-talented World Series by Renault Championship leader, Kevin Magnussen; Sweden’s F3 maestro, Felix Rosenqvist; my mate Rob Wilson; and Ant Rowlinson, Editor of F1 Racing. You’ll know Kevin and Felix from previous shows – and I make no excuse for inviting them on again. If these guys aren’t serious racing drivers, and future F1 winners, then I’m a soccer-loving couch potato who only likes motor racing when there’s lots of overtaking. Calm, quiet exteriors belie the razor-sharp minds of both of them. I caught up with Rob as he drove to a speaking engagement in Derbyshire and the conversation took the usual turns: drivers he’s been training recently, the passing of George Bignotti, the mystique that is Michael Schumacher, the closing of Mallory Park. You know, the usual things. And Mr Rowlinson, speaking on what he said was a new, ultra-fast internet link (!), did a very nice job of taking us through the latest edition of his mag. You’ll love his background story to Fernando Alonso’s “selfie” – a word I learnt only recently (from Sharon Swart, the very attractive and intelligent daughter of Ed and Sally Swart – Sally as in Sally “Jim Clark” Stokes). Sharon is an accomplished film producer, based in California, you might be interested to know. Anyway, she encouraged me to take some “selfies” when we drove Jim’s Elan around Goodwood recently and this was the result. Fernando, for his part, certainly did the job with Lorenzo’s iPhone in Monza. Anyway, this being the build-up to the – wait for it – Korean Grand Prix, I asked a couple of our guests what they thought about F1 at present – about Seb Vettel’s domination. The answers, I think, you’ll find amusing.
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Watching this several days late and Vettels victory is a matter of record. To be honest I see it more as a team domination rather than the work of one driver. Iam sure Vettel is every bit as good as people say but I also believe that there are several drivers on that grid who would perform as well in that machinery. Horner, Newey and the rest of that team, mechanics and everyone, are working like clockwork together. That is the real domination.