Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Motor Racing News

Drayson at Le Mans

Lord Drayson and the Drayson Racing team are, once again, preparing to race in 24 Hours of Le Mans, the classic endurance race which everyone else builds their calendar around. It starts at 2pm UK time (3pm local) on Saturday and, well, the clue's in the name for how long the race is! Qualifying is three two-hour sessions: tonight (9pm-11pm), and tomorrow (6pm-8pm, 9pm-11pm), so we'll see how those go. Best wishes to Lord Drayson, Jonny Cocker, Emanuele Pirro and all the rest of the team!

Canadian Grand Prix

Also this weekend, there's the XLVII Grand Prix du Canada, from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in MontrĂ©al. That starts at 5pm UK time on Sunday, so just a short break after Le Mans for us petrolheads! Canada is a relatively unusual circuit these days, with high walls around the edge of the track instead of wide run-off areas - like Monaco, one mistake and it's Game Over. It's been a couple of years since the last F1 race there, when the track cracked and fell apart, but Robert Kubica made a very good showing in his BMW resulting in his only win of the 2008 season.

Massa Staying at Ferrari

Another piece of good news is that Felipe Massa has signed a two year extension to his contract, and so will remain with the Scuderia until 2012 at the earliest. With his injury last year and a tepid start to the 2010 season, it's about time things started going his way - good performances in the last couple of races put him 4-3 up on team-mate Alonso, now a contract extension means he can concentrate on driving rather than negotiations. "Felipe Baby" is one of the most popular and likeable drivers in F1, and an all-round good guy, so congratulations to him and I wish him all the best for another good couple of years.

- KoW

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