Myself I have a long history with F1. Started off doing some photography in the early 80's with some great names around me, like Senna, Piquet, Prost, Lauda, Mansell and Rosberg. You can see some photos here: http://www.bmwe21.net/?page_id=343De Villota loses an eye after extensive surgery following crash during testing
Marussia test driver Maria De Villota has lost her right eye in the wake of Tuesday's accident at Duxford Airfield. The 32-year-old Spaniard is described as being in a 'critical but stable' condition after undergoing considerable overnight surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Team principal John Booth said: 'Maria emerged from theatre at Addenbrooke’s Hospital this morning after a lengthy operation to address the serious head and facial injuries she received in the accident at Duxford Airfield.
According to eyewitnesses, the accident occurred after De Villota had pulled up in front of her mechanics after completing her first lap of the day. As the mechanics approached to wheel the car back for service, it accelerated forwards and crashed into the stationary team truck parked nearby. The front of the Marussia car was destroyed in the crash and De Villota's helmet was seen to impact with the side of the truck. The cause might have been the car's anti stall system coming into action.
Over the 80's and 90's I've been a close follower of F1, hardly missing out on watching a race. These days I don't stay home for a F1 race anymore, but I love the way the current season is developing with 7 different winners in the first 7 races, leaving all possibilities still open. Not attending races anymore as the circus has become too big and commercial to be able to catch the atmosphere in a good way, but the vintage F1 racing that's been touring Europe for a few years now is a wonderful way of going back in time. See some examples in this link, taken at last year's Oldtimer GP in Germany: http://www.bmwe21.net/forum/viewtopic.p ... 09&start=3
Any other Formula 1 fans here?