Maria De Villota (13.01.1980 - 11.10.2013) "Maria was a little ball of energy, an amazing, incredible lady. I last saw her at the Spanish Grand Prix in May. She was blown away by how happy people were to see her. I think that really touched her.In the Suzuka paddock you could see how much her passing has affected people. I won’t just remember her for what she achieved in motorsport. I’ll remember her for being special, for her character and strength. It was because she was special that Maria was breaking barriers in motorsport. It was because she was special that she looked like she had overcome such a tragic accident. She will never be forgotten in our sport.” (Susie Wolff) (x)
“This [new] generation of F1 drivers is not used to seeing big accidents. Bianchi’s accident makes me very angry, because I have the feeling of being back in the 80s when this type of accident happened every two or three races. This brings me back very bad memories” - Alain Prost
i know a lot of us are devastated about Jules right now, and i thought it would be nice to make a flag of support for him, but i felt like it was really important to have the whole F1 family involved in as many ways as possible, because our solidarity and concern for one another, for Jules, his…
Today is truly a bad day in the world of Formula One.
Italian racer Andrea De Cesaris has passed away. The 55-year-old was killed in a motorcycle accident outside of Rome earlier today.
He was riding a Suzuki 600 and although the details of the accident are not yet known, he was killed on impact. De Cesaris competed in over 200 Grand Prix between 1980 and 1994. He never won, but he did procure one pole position and five podiums during his career.
As is our tradition, here’s a nice picture of the older Andrea.
One of my absolute highlights this season was seeing Jules finally be the first driver to score points for one of the newbie teams. I couldn’t watch Monaco this year so I didn’t see it live, but I listened to the whole race over the radio during a very long car journey, and I was ecstatic when he made it over the line to take 2 points for Marussia.
I’ve followed Jules’ very short F1 career with interest so far, and I’ve always been sure (like everyone else!) that he will go very very far. .
We’re all behind you Jules. You’ve been in my thoughts non-stop all day, and will be in my prayers tonight.