F1 » PIC FROM PAST: Fernando hitches a ride

Fernando Alonso hitches a ride from Mark Webber at the Nurburgring back in 2011... #ThrowbackThursday

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September 26, 2013 1:28 PM

All this "Formula One Taxi" stuff is all about imitating Senna and Mansell. Everyone who knows the modern history of F1 has seen or heard about the Senna and Mansell incident. Alonso and Webber want to associate themselves with an "Ayrton Moment." It makes them feel more important. Kinda like when Lulu dons his "Senna Lid."
Its one of the reasons these zeros keep losing out to boy wonder. Looking to the past for inspiration when they should be looking FORWARD. If you aren't constantly looking forward in F1, then you'll be looking at the back of a Red Bull.


September 26, 2013 1:43 PM

Ptolemy. giving another driver a hitch back began along time beforesnna / mansell! it wasfrequently done in f1 in the 50s, and before that in gp.

however, I wonder if webber stopped in the middle of the track on a blind corner, or whether Alonso ignored the marshalls and ran across the track in front of other cars?


September 26, 2013 6:37 PM

Have you heard the story of an old F1 driver who offered his mechanic a lift back to the pits at Monza. Half way round the driver forgot about the mechanic on the back, and did a lap at full chat to test the car out......he only remembered when prompted back at the pits.


September 26, 2013 8:52 PM

slag. I think that was well before the era of f1. if I am not mistaken, it was at a time when mechanics could be aboard cars, and one driver, asked his mechanic to ride on the side or back (cars were not rear engine) to identify a noise, and then forget about him.

the mechanic then hailed a passing Ferrari who stopped in the middle of the track, and picked him up.

ok, the last bit is false, Ferraris were not in existence at the time


September 26, 2013 9:09 PM

I thought it was a nice moment, good sportsmanship and reflective of the fact that these guys are friends off the track, as hard as they compete with each other (and they do, quite often).


September 26, 2013 10:31 PM

FreeJack, Yes nice sporting moment and they are no doubt mates with a lot of respect for each other but it's not the sentiment that was dangerous it was the way it was done. Hamilton and Rosberg came round a blind corner to find a parked car and a pedestrian on the racing line it could have ended in tragedy, thankfully it didn't but that had more to do with luck than design.

Richard I recall a story of Nuvolari and his mechanic having a bit of an incident but I can't remember the details right now, must be getting old :(

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