It’s Grand Prix Saturday and you know what that means – get your predictions in here before final practice starts!
Done that? Good, here’s the round-up:
ESPN commentator Steve Slater, who also does PR for the Singapore Grand Prix, argues why that race and the Monaco Grand Prix are F1’s only true street tracks: “Valencia, along with Abu Dhabi, is created around a vast newly-built yacht marina, in this case originally devised to host the America’s Cup. Worse still its outlook presents TV viewers and visitors with vistas of industrial suburbs and container parks. Monaco it ain’t! ”
As mentioned in John Beamer’s last technical review, the exhaust-driven diffuser was originally tried by Adrian Newey on the McLaren MP4-18 which never raced. Scarbs gives some more background on the technical innovation du jour.
“[Tony] Fernandes also sought out the blessing of the Chapman Family and when Colin Chapman?óÔé¼Ôäós son Clive asked him whether the new team?óÔé¼Ôäós first victory would be a first win for Lotus Racing or the 80th victory for Lotus, Tony was very clear. It would be Lotus?óÔé¼Ôäós 80th.”
Vijay Mallya: “Let?óÔé¼Ôäós be clear; motor sport is not that advanced in India for a variety of reasons, to throw up drivers who would ultimately reach Formula One. We have drivers ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ Narain Karthikeyan, Karun Chandhok, and a couple of others, Armaan (Ebrahim), and there?óÔé¼Ôäós a boy called Patel ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ they?óÔé¼Ôäóre talented drivers. Now I must decide whether they suit my requirements in Force India Formula One or not. I have been very fair, I?óÔé¼Ôäóve given at least one of them the opportunity in the driving simulator and I put four drivers in and I selected the best one of the lot which happened to be Paul di Resta, so it isn?óÔé¼Ôäót as if I?óÔé¼Ôäóve got a shut mind here. But I?óÔé¼Ôäóve got to start looking for somebody really young, and as I have said to you before and to many others, amongst 1.2 billion people there?óÔé¼Ôäós got to be a Lewis Hamilton somewhere.”
Comment of the day
This time 12 months ago there was a lot of support for FOTA among fans. Comments like this one from Don Speekingleesh say a lot about why that has changed:
Great. So FOTA are going down the Mosley route. Come up with an utterly moronic idea, and then quietly drop it when they realise nobody likes it and it doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót work anyway.
From the forum
Should they make Grands Prix longer? Or shorter? Or leave them as they are? Travis raises the question.
Happy birthday to Kathryn S, Alex Bkk and Greg!
On this day in F1
In the aftermath of BMW’s maiden win in the Canadian Grand Prix I wrote that their triumph “vindicated their split from Williams” two years ago today.
At that time it was hard to foresee that a little over a year later they would announce they were leaving the sport.