Speed, Speed and More Speed
Kings of the Road 公路霸主
Michael Schumacher has dominated Formula 1 for the last decade, to a degree that, some would argue, has taken the excitement out of the sport. He has a number of intrinsic strengths that make him so formidable. He is easily the most ruthless and aggressive driver on the circuit. There is no one who comes close to him in wet-weather conditions. Apart from the fact that he is a great racing driver, he understands all the factors that go into a win. There is no one who understands a racecar better than him. His greatest strength is that he has the ability to motivate the entire team of Ferrari engineers and technicians to give him the fastest car possible. His record speaks for itself.
Renault driver, Fernando is a pure product of the new generation. His driving style is very aggressive: he brakes later and harder, and makes big inputs with the steering. He has huge talent, and an incredible ability to ③adapt to whatever the car is doing: he knows how to get 100% out of a car that isn't perfectly set-up. Finally, Fernando tends to use the traction control a lot: on the exit of slow corners, he gets his foot flat on the floor as soon as possible!
Also a young gun, Button forced the world of Formula 1 to sit up and take notice when he made his debut in the 2000 season, finishing eight. This season he made headlines for his acrimonious departure from BAR. Like Alonso, it is believed that he has yet to reach his full potential and will be a big name for years to come.
captivate /`k2ptiveit/ v.迷住；迷惑
spectator /spek`teit9/ n.观众
intrinsic /in`trinsik/ adj.(指价值、性质)固有的
formidable /`f5mid9bl/ adj.强大的；令人敬畏的
ruthless /`r6Flis/ adj.无情的；残忍的
circuit /`s8kit/ n.绕行一周
brake /breik/ v.刹车
steering /`sti9riM/ n.操纵；掌舵
traction /`tr2kH9n/ n.牵引
acrimonious /,2kri`m9unj9s/ adj.严厉的；辛辣的
① nerves of steel 钢铁般的意志
② not to mention 不用说
③ adapt to 适合；调整