F1 Fanatic round-up: 29/6/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Coming up on F1 Fanatic later today, find out how you fared in the latest round of the Predictions Championship.

In the meantime, here’s the round-up:

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Valencia thriller puts Sebastian Vettel back on track (BBC)

Martin Brundle: “[Webber’s crash] was so reminiscent of my crash in Melbourne in 1996. In that situation, you just feel like you’re in suspended animation and slow motion, you have all the time in the world to think about things and wonder what’s going to happen next.”

Is Formula 1 bringing itself into disrepute? (The Buxton Blog)

“Nobody wants to see a race decided in the stewards office after the chequered flag has fallen. As Lewis proved in Valencia, and as we have seen many times in the past, a driver can often pull out the most incredible races when he has an obstacle, or a penalty, to overcome. What is most galling for the fans of this sport and for the drivers themselves, is when they are penalised off the track for something they have done on it.”

Why the FIA called it right in Valencia (Autosport, subscription required)

“Bear in mind that there was probably less than a car’s length in it between Lewis and the safety car. Also, there was no back-up timing loop at that point, so Whiting wanted to see footage of the incident. This, initially, was from an angle that was not conclusive and so there was a delay while aerial footage was sought. This confirmed that Hamilton appeared to be guilty but that it was indeed a close call. There was more to check. Depending on where the timing transponders are placed on a car ?ǣ for instance if one was at the back and the other at the front, you can have a situation where one car that appears to be ahead of another one actually records the same time. So, when it’s that tight, installation positions have to be checked, times and distances noted and calculations made.”

Former F1 engineer unveils new city car (CNN)

Gordon Murray’s latest creation is no McLaren F1.

Comment of the day

Yesterday’s big talking point was just what Lewis Hamilton was doing when the safety car came out. Chalky’s not convinced he would have had enough time to realise he had an opportunity to delay Fernando Alonso and act on it:

I know F1 drivers are supposed to be quick thinking, but we need to remember it?s not just a wheel and pedals in those F1 cars.

The drivers have a delta time to drive under the safety car, plus numerous over settings, that are probably relayed to the driver from the pits, to change to save fuel etc as soon as he passed the start/finish line.

It then seems that Hamilton spots the safety car alongside and hesitates, trying to work out what to do.

With no time to confirm off his team, he makes a decision to pass the safety car, assuming he was ahead before the safety car was officially on track.

After all this, we are expected to believe that he thought: ??Well if I back up Fernando and then gun it past the safety car, Fernando will get stuck and 15 other drivers maybe will pit and get out before him. That?ll work out nicely and really stuff up Fernandos race.?? I just don?t think so.

It was wrong to wait that length of time to penalise Hamilton. FIA should look into how NASCAR sort out cars behind the safety car.

I feel for Fernando, but it?s just luck and Ferrari did not have the luck today. Fernando?s radio transmissions were amusing though. Having the radio transmissions really bring the race alive at times.
Chalky

From the forum

Ned Flanders picks up on an interesting point from Mark Webber about the merits of Tecpro versus tyre barriers.

Site updates

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Changes have been made to the site overnight which will hopefully prevent this from happening again.

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On this day in F1

Wind the clock back 30 years to 1980 and we find the French Grand Prix crowd being denied the result they wanted as Williams’ Alan Jones beat the Ligiers of Didier Pironi and Jacques Laffite at Paul Ricard.

It came at a politically-charged time. Jones had won the Spanish Grand Prix but took no points from it as the race was stripped of its championship status due to a row between several of the teams and the sport’s governing body.

The Australian driver was glad of the opportunity to wave the Union Flag from the cockpit of his car after winning the race on FISA president Jean-Marie Balestre’s home ground.

Here’s some footage of the race (with rather inappropriate music):

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