F1: Italian Grand Prix – live!
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- Qualifying: Hamilton masters conditions to surpass Schumacher
The drivers are all getting into line in readiness for the anthem.
And here’s Liam Cunningham, who deftly inserts the phrase “sphincter tightening” within two seconds of being on screen.
Bending the elbow.
A quick reminder as starts are practised, bites are found and such:
This is how they will start…
Actually, perhaps I’m talking nonsense. Damon Hill has just noted that the difference between Gilles and Jacques Villeneueve was “passion and anger”, which is why Gilles is a great. Fine line innit, in more ways than one.
There’s a serenity about Lewis Hamilton these days, which hasn’t always been in evidence. He treats setbacks with equanimity – well, relatively speaking and some of the time – seems to have twigged that a race is only a race – and generally seems pretty chuffed with existing.
This can only help his racing. He has all the speed, wit and daring that he’s always had, but perspective never did anyone any harm, and it particularly suits him. His performance in qualifying for this race was majestic, and though the weather forecast suggests that it will not rain, thus giving the rest a chance, he looks set to move to the top of the drivers’ championship for the first time this term – any win will do it.
Source: Formula 1