F1 Fanatic round-up: 30/9/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Interesting developments in the 2007 ‘spygate’ episode and more bad news on Korea in today’s round-up:


Motor racing-Former Ferrari engineer Stepney sentenced (Reuters)

“Local media reported that Stepney was sentenced on Wednesday to a year and eight months in prison and handed a 600 euro ($817) fine. Italy’s legal system means he is highly unlikely to serve any time in jail.”

Foreign Media Question F1 Korea Grand Prix (Dong-a Ilbo)

“This is not the first time that European media have attacked the F1 Korean Grand Prix. The focus was repeated delays in the completion of the racetrack originally set for August. Negative reporting on the event, however, was also been affected in large part by misinformation about the construction of the speedway, which has been communicated overseas. The paving of the Korea International Circuit racetrack for a second layer has been completed, with only the final layer yet to be paved.”

Unfall bei den Bauarbeiten in Yeongam (Motorsport Total, German)

Pictures show more problems at the Korean International Circuit construction site. Perhaps these are a creation of the wicked “foreign media” too…

Singapore spectacle vs Korean debacle (TopCar)

“Although the FIA?s own procedure states track inspections should be undertaken at least 90 days prior to a newly inscribed a Formula 1 event, the governing body has twice postponed the crucial inspection. A new date has now been set: 11 October, or less than a fortnight before the event. This appears in conflict with the contents of Art 3.4 of App L of the FIA?s International Sporting Code.”

Brawn: The ‘true Schumi’ set to return (ITV-F1)

??Next year we expect the Pirelli tyres will work better for Michael?s driving style and only then will we know if Nico really is quicker than Michael.??

Klien: I proved that I was quick (F1 Pulse)

“We are checking the possibility with teams who have a seat left for next year. The whole weekend in the car helped to show [my performance] to get a better chance for next year to get a drive.”

Comment of the day

Icthyes sticks up for Lewis Hamilton after his recent troubles:

I was watching an old documentary about Hamilton from after the 2008 season. In it Sir Stirling Moss said how in all 525 races (of all formulae) he?d been in, for all the great drivers he saw, in his time he only ever saw two or three actual ??racers??.

Being a racer is what got Hamilton where he is today. Looking back you can point to a few times where being more cautious would have helped him. But that?s hindsight. We?re not the ones trying to take a corner at speeds that would be impossible in the cars we drive. How many times in our lives have we wished we had been more bold in a situation, or not so rash in another, but we acted as we did because it was in accordance with our nature?

There will always be a long queue of people wanting to beat up Hamilton for their own various agenda or desires. As a fan, I?m not going to start demanding things of him just because we know better after the event.

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On this day in F1

Alain Prost kept his championship chances alive by winning the Spanish Grand Prix on this day in 1990. Above is an onboard lap of him driving his Ferrari 641 at the track.

His rival Ayrton Senna retired with a damaged radiator. That left Senna leading Prost by 78 points to 69 with two races remaining. But the points system of the time made the situation rather more complicated.

Drivers could only count their 11 best results of the 16 races, and with the two championship protagonists each having score in 11 earlier races, any further points scores would mean them having to drop their lowest score so far. Prost would only have to lose two points (fifth place) whereas Senna would drop four (third place).

If that all sounds unnecessarily complicated, it was. Thankfully the “best results count” was dropped at the end of the year. An unexplored explanation for Senna violently ramming Prost out of the next race in Japan to win the title was that maths was doing his head in.

Read more: Think the new F1 points system is weird? We?ve seen much stranger than that??