I think we’re all a bit sick of the politics in F1 at the moment so let’s lighten things up with the first link today:
Barrichello’s unwise worlds to the world’s media spoofed in this video – with cameo appearance by some F1 Fanatic charts from these race analysis pieces:
- Did Brawn deliberately give Barrichello a poor strategy to let Button win?
- Super-soft tyres key to Button’s win and Vettel’s disaster (Monaco GP analysis)
"There were 3 high ranking Chinese officials greeting the spectators from the 2005 Chinese GP official program (click on the above image). Two of them are now in jail for graft…"
"I do not see him as a sportsman, but rather as a super-effective middle manager who was always willing to sacrifice what was right to ensure that his employer (and thus he) got what was required. It did not matter how this was achieved. To me, the argument that “I was only following orders” is not acceptable if the underlying “morality” is not right. Sport is not about winning at any cost. It is about winning in the right way."
"A Toro Rosso spokesperson has confirmed to GPUpdate.net that Alguersuari will be taking part in a straight-line test for the Faenza-based team, seemingly in preperation to drive in Bourdais' place for the remainder of the 2009 season."
"We're expecting the double diffuser, a new nose – in fact almost half the car will be new. We are looking for a big step forward." But who will be driving the other car?
Kimi Raikkonen: "I'll show up with a new rear wing, which worked really well on Felipe [Massa's] car and there's the possibility that we'll have further modifications." Seems Renault and McLaren aren't the only teams splitting their development between two cars.
"Apparently, the real talent behind the BGP 001 is a guy lower down the seniority ladder in the aerodynamic department. This chap has been identified by the other teams as one to keep an eye on, so I'm told, but you can be sure Ross Brawn will be protecting his assets."
"Paddock rumour continues to question the long term involvement in the sport of Toyota. Rival team principals say that Toyota management continue to look them in the eye and give assurances that they will stay to 2012 at least, but doubts still remain. Many were puzzled by Toyota’s decision not to host the Japanese GP at Fuji any longer, despite the net cost to them being probably less than $10m."
Sir Martin Sorrell, CVC board member: "[Ecclestone's] comments were disgusting. He issued a full apology after taking advice. Any other CEO in any other business would be gone."
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