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> A List of Legendary Winners
dijous, 15 de març de 2007
This Sunday (18 March) in Melbourne, on the other side of the world, sees the start of the Formula One World Championship: the biggest media event, and the most widely followed, in the world's motor-sport calendar. The event in question is the Australian Grand Prix, the first of the races that make up Formula One's race calendar, and an event that involves huge amounts of money.
Although the majority of grand prix races take place in Europe, the traditional home of Formula One, they also take place on other continents; proof of the worldwide interest in the competition. Having said that, the grand prix with mythic status takes place in Europe: the Monaco Grand Prix, with its circuit that runs through the streets of Monte-Carlo, making it one of the most spectacular in the race calendar.
Formula One also holds one of its races in the Catalan Countries, with a long history of motor sport and motorcycling. The Circuit de Catalunya, at Montmeló (Vallès Oriental), will be the venue for the fourth race of the season and will be held on 13 May.
Eleven motor-racing teams compete in Formula One's World Championship, with two official drivers per team. This year the competition is very open due mostly to the retirement of the German driver Michael Schumacher, who won seven world championships. However, some drivers and teams are starting out as favourites. Let's have a look at which ones they are.
The Spaniard Fernando Alonso, world champion for the last two seasons with Renault, is facing the challenge of winning a third title but with a new team: McLaren. It should be said, though, even with the retirement of Schumacher and his intelligent driving style, that Alonso is not the only driver with a chance of becoming world champion. Favourites are the Brazilian Felipe Massa, who has performed very well in trials, and the Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen, considered by many to be the top favourite.
…and Team Favourites
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When it comes to teams (or constructors) things are clearer, with Ferrari being widely tipped as favourite. We shouldn't forget that the Italian team's official drivers are Raikkonen and Massa who, between them, are expected to accumulate more points than any other of the driver duos making up the eleven participating teams. Experts are putting Ferrari ahead of McLaren (Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton) and Renault (Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen), the winning team from last year.
A List of Legendary Winners
First held in 1950, the Formula One World Championship's list of winners is full of legendary figures: top-level spectacular drivers such as seven-times winner Michael Schumacher, five-times winner Juan Manuel Fangio from Argentina, and, with four titles, the French driver Alain Prost who took part in some epic duals with the Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna, one of the most highly regarded drivers of all time who was killed in an accident when he was at the height of his career. Senna won three championships the same as Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda and Nelson Piquet. With two titles to their names are no-less famous names like Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Emerson Fittipaldi.
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