Daily: 26th September 2011

26 September, 2011 at 00:01 (GMT+01:00)

By Bridget Schuil

(Shall we try the soundtrack thing again? Click here and press play on the video window. You can come back to appreciate the beautiful video if you need a pick-me-up of awesomeness later in the day.)

Hello! I hope today finds you in fine spirits and good health. Despite Senna having an appalling weekend – Renault had tyre trouble, leading to Senna’s brief flirtation with the wall – and Schumi attempting short-distance flight, there were some positives this weekend.

- The championship is still open mathematically. Vettel only needs to score one point in the remaining five Grands Prix, but we’re talking possibilities, not probabilities.

- We were privy to a Massa rant following an incident with Hamilton.

- All of this year’s rookies finished their first night race. Di Resta and Perez even scored points after coming in sixth and tenth, respectively.

- Kovalainen finished ahead of Petrov and Alguersuari in addition to the usual suspects at the tail end of the field.

In other motorsport news, Kevin Magnussen won the British Formula 3 race at Donnington. He moves up one place in the championship, leaving him third.

Conrad Rautenbach won the penultimate round of the South African Rally Championship, putting him at the top of the standings.

When I stumbled upon an article commemorating the 20th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s death, I thought I would find things that had happened this weekend in history.

Today was the first practice session under artificial lights in 2008. The Singapore Grand Prix weekend has evolved into a far more glamorous creature than that first event!

In its short history, the race has generated some controversy. This is the second anniversary of the announcement of Briatore’s and Symmonds’s bans from Formula 1, following Piquet’s admission that he had intentionally crashed in Singapore 2008.

Today in 1725, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot was born in Void, France. He designed and built the first automobile. It was steam powered, travelled at 2 mph, and needed to stop every 10-15 minutes to have its boiler refilled. One of the prototypes was involved in the world’s first automobile accident in 1771 when the vehicle collided with a wall.

To finish off, I’d like to leave you with Angolan Spiderman and the fifty most important landmarks in the world (I’m quite patriotic that Victoria Falls made it onto the list, photographed from our side, rather than from Zambia).

See you in the comments!

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