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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Marco Andretti fans the conspiracy theory

Marco Andretti, the latest of the American racing family’s dynasty to race in the Indy 500, says that his father’s brief race stint at McLaren in 1993 was “sabotaged” by the team.

While the generally accepted explanation for Michael Andretti’s aborted F1 career was a lack of commitment, son Marco told the Associated Press McLaren was more interested in moving him out of the way so as to promote the promising young Mika Hakkinen.

Andretti claimed not only did his father receive an inferior car to teammate Ayrton Senna, they would also fiddle with the electronics to make the car more difficult to drive.

Only intervention by Senna himself allowed for Michael Andretti’s strong performance in his final race at Monza, his third place podium a result of Senna insisting they have equal cars.

Michael would not rehash the issue when asked, only commenting it wasn’t a great experience.

Still, Marco, who tested a Honda in 2006, isn’t turned off of Formula One. He would make the move if he could win, but he believes many would like to see him fail, too.

Like Graham Rahal, Marco Andretti believes he’d also be satisfied spending his entire career in the U.S. now that Champ Car and IndyCar have unified.

Silverstone under threat (again)

Fresh off striking Magny-Cours off the calendar, Bernie Ecclestone expressed doubt the British Racing Driver’s Club (BRDC) can raise the standards at Silverstone to keep it on the calendar in 2010.

Ecclestone told the Daily Telegraph the BRDC knows the terms that must be met to keep the race, but he wouldn’t lay money on them being met.

600th Grand Prix for Williams

The Monaco Grand Prix marks the 600th Formula One race for Williams.

Williams' debut was the 1969 Spanish Grand Prix with a Brabham BT26 driven by Piers Courage.

Two weeks later the pair netted a second in Monaco.

Williams has gone on to win a total of 113 races, seven driver’s championships and nine constructors' championships.

Rossi regrets not switching to F1

Bike star Valentino Rossi admitted to “some regrets” he didn’t switch to Formula One, and says he still has curiosity as to what he might have accomplished.

The last time he drove an F1 car was a test for Ferrari in 2006, when he was within reach of Michael Schumacher, but elected to remain in MotoGP.

More recently he has dabbled in rallying, but Crash.net reports the Italian told Affari Italiani he still has more to accomplish in MotoGP.

He is expected to renew his Yamaha deal in the near future.

Ferrari, McLaren top practice sessions

Kimi Raikkonen took the first session in Monaco Thursday, setting a best lap of 1:15.948 .

Lewis Hamilton was second and Heikki Kovalainen third. Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg rounded out the top five.

Hamilton answered in the second session, topping the sheets with a best lap of 1:15.140.

Rosberg continued to impress, improving on his morning performance to nail down P2. Raikkonen and Massa were third and fourth, with Kovalainen completing the top five.

First session victims included Jarno Trulli, who made contact with the wall, and Nick Heidfeld and David Coulthard struggled with mechanical problems.

Meanwhile, both Renaults had issues at St. Devote in the second session, Nelson Piquet’s day coming to an end when he lost his wing. Don't miss the top stories of the day, subscribe to the SpeedRead Web newspaper now! -- Email SpeedRead -- Learn more about author C.D. Six


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Marco andretti is a knucklehead

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