Mixed emotions as Button promoted to podium in Melbourne


There were several story lines of note that came out of the result change when Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from second place in the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.

One of them we haven’t hit up to this point on MotorSportsTalk is the guy actually promoted to the podium as a result of the disqualification, McLaren’s Jenson Button.

Rookie teammate Kevin Magnussen has received a lot of virtual ink this offseason and especially after his debut, but Button shaded him throughout the race.

Once promoted, Button unfortunately did not have the chance to celebrate on the podium due to the lateness of the decision to DQ Ricciardo.

It would have been a nice touch after the loss of his father John this winter, who was a fixture at all but one of Button’s 248 prior Grands Prix. Button carried a tribute on his helmet.

Jenson did have some happier news with his engagement to longtime girlfriend Jessica Michibata also during the offseason.

“I’ll be honest: this weekend has been an emotional one for me, and the support I’ve had has been absolutely brilliant,” said Button, via the UK’s Mirror.

“That being the case, it would have been a real bonus if I could have celebrated my third place from the podium, alongside Nico [Rosberg] and Kevin [Magnussen].

“But I really feel for Daniel, who drove a great race in his first race for his new team, in front of his home crowd.”

For Button, the podium is the 50th of his career and his first Australian podium that wasn’t a race win, after three prior triumphs there in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

And for McLaren, the double podium is already two more than they had last year. With 33 points, they lead the Constructor’s Championship heading to Malaysia in two weeks.

Here were Jenson’s tweets after the race:

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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