“Bahrain is probably more advanced in creating democracy than any other country in the entire Middle East. Look at Syria and Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, and they are not as advanced in their democracy as Bahrain. But Bahrain does have a problem with religion, just as we did in Northern Ireland.
None of these countries have full democracies. But no democracy has been created without time. It’s ironic that a meeting about Bahrain is going to take place in China, where they’ve had Olympic Games and everything else.
If we don’t go to Bahrain how are we going to suggest that we’re going to go to Russia in 2014? And we go to Korea. We’ve got to be very careful.”—
Sir Jackie Stewart, three-time F1 World Champion, current team chief, delivers facts
Day 20 - Which frontrunner team would you most like to drive for?
Ferrari. Who wouldn’t?
Day 21 - Which midfield team would you most like to drive for?
Williams. Just to meet Sir Frank would be a dream come true.
Day 22 - Which backmarker team would you most like to drive for?
Caterham. Hernandes seems like one of the best team bosses on the grid.
Day 23 - Your favourite season and why
Very hard to choose, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 have all been stellar, and the on track action the last two seasons has been some of the best ever. I’ll go with 2000, because it was Michael’s first with Ferrari.
Day 24 - Least favourite rule change
When they banned tyres stops in 2005. Pure insanity.
Day 25 - Funniest driver
Heikki. I got a picture of him wearing a shirt that says “Shit happens” holding a broken golf club. Nuff said.
Day 26 - Best radio transmission
"Felipe baby" or Kimi’s reaction to being told he was world champion. Or Michael’s reaction at the end of Japan 2000.
Day 27 - Your favourite F1 quote
Nelson Piquet: “I don’t give a shit for fame, I don’t give a shit for society. I don’t want to make friends with anybody who’s important. I just want to win.” Nuff said.
Day 28 - Your favourite F1 moment
Mika’s overtake on Michael, Spa, 2000. Phwoar. You can find it on youtube by searching “best overtake ever”
Day 29 - Who is going to win the current World Championship?
No idea. Safe bet would be Jenson at this point I think.
Day 30 - Why you love F1
Alfa Romeo, Scuderia Ferrari, BRM, Cooper, McLaren, Brabham, Lotus, Tyrrell, Matra, Ligier, Arrows, Williams, Benetton, Renault, Fangio, Clark, Sir Jack, Moss, Stewart, Amos, Ronnie, Gilles, Niki, Nelson, Hunt, Prost, Nige, Ayrton, Gerhard, Alesi, Rubens, Michael, Mika, Kimi, Jarno, Fisi, Panis, Webbo, Nando, Spa, Monaco, Silverstone, Nurburgring, Hockenheimring, Monza, Imola, Suzuka, Montreal, Adelaide, Melbourne, Istanbul, turbos, V12s, slick tyres, Loews Hairpin and the back straight of Shanghai. Formula One.
Mclaren: This one’s pretty obvious, Lewis Hamilton
RedBull: Mark Webber, I think he’s extremely under-rated, he is BRILLIANT!
Ferrari: Tough one this, but I think Felipe Massa
Mercedes: Nico Rosberg, I think he will go very far once he gets a good car under him!
Lotus: Kimi Raikkonen, he is a supremely talented driver, and hilarious!
Sauber: Kamui Kobayashi, he drives like he’s a veteran, not scared of who he’s racing, although Sergio is coming up in my books this season, he two is awesome!
Force India: Paul Di Resta, an extremely good driver and very honest!
Torro Rosso: Daniel Ricciardo, he’s just such a cheeky chappy!
Williams: Bruno Senna, he drives well and his style is lovely!
Caterham: Heikki Kovalainen, a brilliant driver who deserves a better car! And he has the BEST helmet in F1
Marussia: Timo Glock, he’s a great driver, don’t get me wrong, I think Charles is great, but I haven’t seen him race enough yet
HRT: errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, tough one errrrrrr, Pedro de la Rosa, he’s so far managed to stay out of the way of the top teamsF1
McLaren: Neither. Next you’ll ask which is my favourite meat (pro-tip: I’m vegan)
Red Bull: Mark Webber. OZZIE OI BRO
Ferrari: Fernando. I can’t help but admire his supreme talent. Probably the best all-round driver in Formula One at the moment.
Mercedes: Michael. Grew up following Michael, and I hate him for his wrong doings as much as I love him for his walk-on-water victories at Spain, Spa, Monaco over the years. Seriously, Monaco 1997 Michael had the race won after just a few laps. Same as Spa that year.
Lotus: I don’t know how to hate Kimi Raikkonen. Is it even possible?
Sauber: This is probably the toughest combo in the grid to pick a favourite. Every time Kamui steps into the cockpit you know something exciting is going to happen, I love his driving style and his willingness to fight for every inch of the track is electrifying. But on the other hand, you have the likeable and super quick Mexican Perez who impressed me thoroughly at Malaysia. Tough call, but I’ll go with Kamui.
Force India: Nico Hulkenburg. He put a Williams on pole in 2010. Nuff said. This guy has zounds of talents, he should try to make his way into Ferrari’s short list for the second driver that I’m sure will become free at the end of the season. (Sorry Felipe baby, but I think its time :(
Toro Rosso: Quick pair of lads, Vergne probably a bit more talented, but Danny Ricciardo is my boy. Plus he has Parkway Drive lyrics on his helmet.
Williams: Pastor Maldonado, has impressed me thoroughly in the first two grand prixs, just needs to put the finishing touch on it. Showing great talent.
Caterham: I am a Petrov fan. He is fast and doesn’t take any bullshit. Would love to see him become a regular for the next decade.
Marussia: Timo Glock. Nice lad I reckon.
HRT: Not Narain. Sorry, wrong Indian. Gimme back Karun :(