New puzzle racing rares: Mathematical artist / Formula 1

New puzzle racing rares: Mathematical artist / Formula 1

Our puzzle of racing rarities features a driver who was able to calculate his chances in the race better than most. Who is this? Where and when was this photo taken?

We present a little slice of motorsport history every week, mainly from the archives of our partners at British photo agency LAT. The process is very simple – tell us who you can recognize, where and when the photo was taken (eg: Jo Siffert, Monza, 1970) and with luck you could win a small prize. Please do not forget your name, address, year of birth and telephone number. Send your solution to: mathias.brunner@speedweek.com.
The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday of the current week.

Final correct solution: China’s Ma Qing Hua drives an HRT racing car during free practice for the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix.

Years ago, Ma Qing Hua hoped to become the first Chinese at the start of the Formula 1 World Championship race. But nothing happened. Guanyu Zhou managed this alone in 2022 with Alfa Romeo (Sauber).

Hua, the Chinese touring car champion from 2011, did not go beyond testing and training at HRT (Spanish Racing Team) in 2012 and Caterham in 2013.

In 2014 he drove for Citroen in the World Touring Car Championship (and won the race in Russia, becoming the first driver from his country to do so in the FIA ​​World Championship), and from 2015 he was in Formula E – for the few . years, then disappeared from the international scene.

Hua was not the first Chinese in Formula 1. Ho Pin Tung, who was born in the Netherlands, was part of Renault’s youth development program in 2010. Tung drove in Formula Asia BMW in 2003 and became champion (10 wins in 14 races , podium 13). As a reward for winning the title, he was allowed to test for Williams – the first Chinese to race in Formula 1. However, because Ho-Pin was not born in China, many Chinese did not see him as a true patriot.

The Spanish Racing Team (HRT) could not score any points for three years under different owners and was coming to an end.

When the Spaniards were unable to pay the entry fee for the Formula 1 World Championship in November 2013, the end was inevitable. Layoffs and turmoil in the factory and the boss followed.

Former Formula 1 driver Luis Pérez Sala fought like a lion to maintain HRT. “But we couldn’t go on like this anymore.” The 1988 and 1989 Minardi (now Racing Bulls) driver said why the racing team was destined to fail: “We were promised support that never came.”

Pérez Sala avoided pointing fingers for legal reasons. But in Spain it was clear what the 32nd participant of the GP was referring to: few donors from Spain, very little support from the regional side, the logical result of the bad economic situation in the country, the participation of the financial group Thesan. a blow in the water, the team’s sales communication to China failed, and – last but not least – at that time “Mr. Formula One» Bernie Ecclestone, who for once was not ready to help the ailing team.

This brings us to a new puzzle: This driver was able to calculate his chances better than many of his rivals.

Get involved too! Send your solution to: mathias.brunner@speedweek.com. The deadline for entries is midnight on Sunday of the current week.