F1 Fanatic round-up: 23/7/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Practice for the German Grand Prix starts today so make sure you join us for the live blogs and remember to post your predictions.

Here’s today’s round-up:

Links

German Grand Prix Thursday press conference (FIA)

Not the most exciting affair from the looks of it.

Red Bull: Driver parity best solution (Autrosport)

Christian Horner: “If the component fails through no reason of the driver – and let’s not forget that it wasn’t because Sebastian had smashed the wing, it was a component that failed ?ǣ then the same rules will apply. But we will work very hard to hopefully not be in that unenviable situation again.”

Edmonton Indy could be handed to F1 promoter (CBC)

“Octane Management, promoter of the Montreal Grand Prix in the Formula One series, would be responsible for the Indy’s bottom line, though the city would still have to kick in an unspecified amount of sponsorship money.”

Comment of the day

Plenty of mourning for the lost old Hockenheimring yesterday. Here’s what -A- had to say:

There were some solid reasons for building the new track and layout as it?s being used today, but I agree with those who are saying the old circuit had a unique character.

For the drivers, navigating the motodrome with not as much downforce as they?d have liked (because set-up had to be amended because of the long straights) was a challenge ?ǣ and nobody could afford to get bored on the top speed parts, because nailing the braking points and turning the car through the chicanes was essential. The old circuit also presented a challenge for engine manufacturers, as there was a lot of room on the circuit to show performance differentials between different engines.

One has to accept the change, though, I think, as obviously, the old parts of the circuit have been demolished, forest being planted in place. There?s nothing left of what once was out there.
-A-

From the forum

HounslowBusGarage wants to know When was pit-to-car radio introduced?

Site updates

I’ve fixed a bug which prevented comments people had left on images from displaying, meaning we can have lots more caption contest fun!

Let’s get started with this snap of Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher yesterday.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Matt!

On this day in F1

On this day in 1999 Jean Todt admitted he nearly replaced the injured Michael Schumacher with test driver Luca Badoer – but instead opted for Mika Salo.

Badoer finally got to drive a Ferrari ten years later, only to be dropped after two races. Looks like Todt got that one right…