A round up of interesting F1 blog posts and news items from the past few days.
Including rumours of unhappiness at Force India, David Coulthard being urged to quit F1 sooner rather than later, and one fan who really, really likes Peter Windsor…
Tensions at Force India – Problems for Mike Gascoyne at Force India sound rather similar to those he had at Toyota: “The relationships within the team have been deteriorating gradually in recent months and, despite the long-delayed arrival of the team’s seamless gearshift, we hear that they have now got to a point at which action is necessary. It seems that this will boil down to a decision between team principal Kolles and engineer Mike Gascoyne.”
Revenue from F1 puts Hilton out in front – McLaren’s backer Hilton is taking its sponsorship model into other sports.
Lewis Hamilton Takes Second In European Formula One – “There are very few things that will get me outta bed at 4:30 AM, and Peter Windsor is one of them.” A big fan of Speed TV/F1 Racing’s pundit Peter Windsor.
Ferrari F2008 – revised sidepod chimneys and winglets – Kimi Raikkonen’s pit stop damaged the chimey and winglets on the rights hand side of his car. Did that cause his retirement? (Thanks Sumedh)
Ferrari confirm breakage of con rod caused engine failure of Raikkonen – According to Ferrari a con rod failure put Raikkonen out, similar to that which ended Massa’s race at Hungary.
Time has come for David Coulthard to call it quits – The Times’s Ed Gorman thinks David Coulthard should quit before the end of the season.
Dino Vittorio Marcellinus Toso – A fine and moving tribute to the Renault aerodynamicist Dino Toso, who passed away last week (sub. req.).
Massa Finally Showed Some Muscle – “F1 is like a procession of expensive cars. No overtaking maneuvers were done during the entire race except for the one Coulthard pulled over a Honda car and the front runners lapping the bottom dwellers.”
How KERS will ruin great racing – “The teams that were lucky enough to strike on the right technique first time will crush their opponents. Closer racing in 2009? Don’t count on it. Make the most of the great racing of 2008 while you can.”
Hamilton reveals how flu nearly cost him European GP points – “He said the neck pain was so bad that he was struggling to stand, and was forced to resort to pain-killing injections as well as support from his trainer.”
Valencia GP2 race reports from Maximum Motorsport:
Feature race: Title rivals Pantano and Senna stop on final lap at Valencia
Sprint race: Di Grassi lucks in to win as Pantano extends title lead