"Honda's Shuhei Nakamoto has this week left his position with the Formula One team." The former aerodynamicist had shouldered some of the blame for Honda's post-2006 slump. He said last year: "To be honest, I don’t have enough development experience in Formula 1 cars. Everyone knows my background is as a motorcycle chassis designer. Motorcycles never use downforce. In F1, aero is maybe 70 or 80% of the performance – in this area I have no experience. Everyone in our team knows this.”
Giorgio Pantano: "I challenge anyone to have a CV as good as mine. I won two karting world titles, three European, three Italian, German F3, GP2 and was always at the front in F3000. But now I don't have a seat in F1, is this a joke?"
'[Red Bull Racing technical director Geoff] Willis says that teams will deliberately develop their cars to make it more difficult for rivals to follow in their slipstream. "Probably one aerodynamic development will be to disturb the air flow of the following car in order to make your own car less prone to be overtaken," he added.'
"Back in 1998 there were 11 of 16 races held in Europe. The "flyaway" Grands Prix were in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Japan – all countries with a healthy tradition in the sport… Next year F1 will gain a high-paying race in Abu Dhabi, but will lose both France and Canada. This means that there will be eight races in Europe and nine flyaways – and no events in North America."
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