1. LAURENS VANTHOOR’S BRUTAL HONESTY IN SELF-REFLECTION
Belgian driver Vanthoor is renowned as one of the big characters of the Blancpain GT paddock and has never been shy of voicing his opinions on… well, pretty much anything. This is a good thing, and in an age when so many drivers are reluctant to accept responsibility of their own mistakes, it’s refreshing to see one of the finest drivers in his field admit to mistakes. I, and many others, love honesty.
It’s no doubt been a frustrating season for the WRT man as the car hasn’t always had the pace of say a Ferrari or Bentley, thanks no doubt to BoP. It would’ve been easy to target BoP and/or the car.
From the same qualifying session, incidentally, we had this…
2. TOM BLOMQVIST’S CLASS
Blomqvist lost the lead on lap 44 at the Norisring following Nico Müller’s pitstop. The Audi driver nipped out of the pitlane just in front of the Englishman to inherit the race lead, which he held to win the race.
Nevertheless, despite no doubt wishing he’d bagged a race win, Tom still took the noble approach of accepting a podium place. Not necessarily on behalf of just himself, but for the whole team. We like that.
3. RENAULT’S JOVIAL FAN INTERACTION
Renault once again showed the rest of the F1 paddock how to do it. If you take a little look down their Twitter time line, it won’t take you long to realise that they are the ones to beat in the social media world.
F1 is awash with fans from all over the world who’re entirely devoted to their teams and/or drivers. Many of whom pay good money to travel around throughout the season. The least they deserve is acknowledgement and interaction.
4. JEAN-PAUL DRIOT’S EMOTIONAL APPEAL
Jean-Paul Driot is co-founder of DAMS Racing and as such a key figurehead in all DAMS operations, it’s nice to see him exploiting social media to both interact with fans, but also to help boost his team’s chances.
The final Formula E weekend will soon be upon us and Renault E-DAMS are still in with a chance of clinching the team and drivers title. What he’s essentially asking for is for fans to vote for either driver in the FanBoost polls to give his drivers the option of an optional, temporary boost of power during the race. Sure, it’s gimmicky and has the same race effect as DRS (at which I despair) but hey, if it wins you races…
5. ADAM CHRISTODOULOU AND MARO ENGEL SHARE A LAUGH
These two won the 24 Hours of Nürburgring (yes, I know it wasn’t this last week) and can therefore joke about it. For the final 3 or 4 laps though, my face was genuinely like that…
Anyway, the reason I’ve stuck this in the list is because motorsport fans LOVE seeing drivers interact with one another. It’s kind of like sitting on the bus and your driver waves at his mate as they drive past each other, it’s just nice to see. With these two being teammates for the race too, you know it’ll be one of their finest moments in racing and not one they’ll ever forget.
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