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Button disappointed by Vettel’s comments


He has been the most vocal driver during the multi 21 debate, and Jenson Button has today admitted that he is surprised by Sebastian Vettel’s most recent comments.

Vettel claimed that Mark Webber did not deserve to win the race in Malaysia, warranting his decision to overtake his teammate towards the end of the race. Button was not only surprised by the comments, but he also appeared slightly disappointed in the world champion’s actions.

“Lots of people have won world championships without being like that,” Button told Autosport.

“I’m surprised he said that, personally.”

The British driver won the 2009 title without a great deal of controversy, despite tensions between himself and Rubens Barrichello emerging at the Spanish Grand Prix. Button suggested that Vettel did not need to involve himself in such distractions, instead focusing on his championship challenge.

“He’s such a talented driver and he seems like a driver that the team love, and they should, he’s very successful.

“He seems like an easygoing character. It’s surprising for him to say that.”

The debate over whether the move was intentional or not has rumbled on, but Button is sure that Vettel was well aware of his actions.

“Obviously he’s done it once. He knew what he was doing.”

The team orders debate is unlikely to die down for a while, adding an extra dynamic to the race this weekend as both Webber and Vettel look to establish themselves as ‘top dog’ in Milton Keynes.

NHRA: New book a celebration of life, love and drag racing

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The overpowering smell from nitromethane that powers Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars in the National Hot Rod Association oftentimes brings fans to tears after getting a whiff of the stuff.

Now there’s a new inspirational book that will also bring tears to the eyes of die-hard drag racing fans.

Veteran crew chief Jim Oberhofer has released “Top Fuel For Life, Life Lessons From A Crew Chief,” a touching homage to both his late wife and persevering and overcoming adversity in the highly competitive world of NHRA drag racing.

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Oberhofer wears a number of hats as vice president of one of the sport’s most veteran and successful teams, Kalitta Motorsports, including serving as crew chief for Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta’s dragster.

Oberhofer relates a number of stories about overcoming adversity in the book, but none more touching than how he watched his beloved wife “Tammy O” lose a long and painful battle to stage 4 metastatic lung cancer.

While Oberhofer has spent his life using wrenches and tools working on 10,000-horsepower engines, his new book shows that he is also a very gifted writer.

Known in the sport as “Jim O,” Oberhofer describes the fight his wife went through in gritty and descriptive prose, but with a foundation built upon what the love of his life meant to him – and continues to mean to him more than two years since she passed away.

“When you take a long hard look at your life, I guarantee you that being a winner has little to do with crossing the finish line,” Oberhofer said. “After many mistakes and a whole lot of heartache, I learned that happiness comes from a deeper, simpler place. That’s the big win.”

“Top Fuel For Life” is available on Amazon for $19.95.

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Report: Ecclestone believes F1 could be sold by year’s end

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone on Tuesday said the racing series is up for sale and has as many as three potential buyers.

Ecclestone told The Associated Press that a deal could still be struck by year’s end.

“I think so, maybe this year,” Ecclestone said. “There are three people mentioned to buy. So it’s a case of whether CVC or Mr. Mackenzie wants to sell.”

Ecclestone was referring to F1’s largest and controlling shareholder, CVC Capital Partners co-chairman Donald Mackenzie.

But even if F1 is sold, the 84-year-old Eccelstone doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

“The people that I’ve spoken to … have asked me if I would stay,” Ecclestone told AP.

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