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Chipper's Guide To F1 Stars

Thorpe Groyney

Open your mind
Nov 20, 2008
Surely it's plain to see?
My lad, in his infinite wisdom, is commemorating his 14th birthday by writing an a-b-c guide to the 2010 Formula One racing season. Now, normally, with petrolheads, they look and sound particularly trainspotterish about the sport. He, though, isn't. This is some of what he's written so far on what's ... "true about F1 stars".


Nico Rosberg was originally named John Lemmon but changed his name aged 18 to avoid confusion with legendary Beatles singer Paul McCartney.

Michael Schumacher is black.

Sebastian Vettel once ate 18 pork pies at once. He said "They tasted too much like rubber to be considered a pie."

Mark Webber claims that Australia is the home of Chinese food, saying "We just call it food here."

Jenson Button was actually born in a large tin of mayonnaise.

Lewis Hamilton lives at a YMCA flat in Coventry where he shares a room with Gary Barlow.

Fernando Alonso won the 1988 world title by one point from Sir Tarsole Marques and Rene Arnoux by clever use of wing mirrors, pit stops, dynamite and laxatives.

Robert Kubica is Ghanian.

Sebastian Buemi made history aged 21 when he became the first Red Bull driver to race in F1 without ever having driven. The management team are now carefully planning a "tragic accident" for him at the Chinese GP.


I don't know about you but I think I'd be more inclined to buy a guide like this than F1 Racing magazine. Or anything really.