I’m hoping to get to Brands Hatch this weekend for the Formula Ford Festival. Make sure to say hello if you’re heading there too.
Here’s today’s round-up:
“When taking into consideration the machinery at their disposal, how much they have squeezed from what they have, how few errors have been made, there is a very real case to be made for putting Kubica ahead of all the other drivers this year.”
Willian Ceolin of Corrida de Formula 1 explains more of the background to this story: “According to sources, a Panasonic’s representative met Peter Sauber, Kamui Kobayashi and Monisha Kaltenborn, executive of the team, after the Japanese Grand Prix. Panasonic have sponsored motorsport since some years ago. The company already sponsored Kobayashi in feeder categories like European F3 and GP2 Series. Until the last year, Panasonic had a deal with Toyota whose contract would be until 2012. So, this money could be used to support the new local hero.”
“With F1 welcoming a new tyre manufacturer next season, there have been concerns that some outfits may try and get an edge by getting the tyre development to suit their car or preferences.”
“Instead of Prost as the villain, then, the role falls to FISA President Jean-Marie Balestre. Cleverly, he picks up this position not through anybody?óÔé¼Ôäós opinions, but through his own words and actions. Sometimes he makes you want to scream, he really does, his incredible outbursts, crushing arrogance and unbelievable bias making Max Mosley look like a positively even-handed pussycat.”
“Who is to say which team will do the best job? Maybe McLaren will ultimately fail and the questionable details heralding their demise in some media outlets could indeed become hard fact. But given the extraordinary roller-coaster ride this season, let?óÔé¼Ôäós not go there until the true story is created by the final addition of championship points rather than some sport editor?óÔé¼Ôäós need to sell tomorrow?óÔé¼Ôäós newspaper.”
A touch of Singapore Grand Prix glamour.
Comment of the day
Once a driver is given a gearbox change penalty the replacement gearbox is only required to last until the end of that Event (Japan)and may be changed without penalty for the next Event (Korea).
F1 Sporting Regulations:
“28.6 For the purposes of this Article only, an Event will be deemed to comprise P3, the qualifying practice session and the race.
a) Each driver may use no more than one gearbox for four consecutive Events in which his team competes. Should a driver use a replacement gearbox he will drop five places on the starting grid at that Event and an additional five places each time a further gearbox is used.
Any replacement gearbox must be fitted with the same gear ratios that were declared under d) below and will only be required to complete the remainder of the Event in question. Any change to the gear ratios declared under d) below will incur a further five grid place penalty. In either case a new four race sequence may start at the following Event.
From the forum
Can you create a hierarchy of F1 drivers? M.M.C. gives it a try.
On this day in F1
Five years ago today Renault announced they would give a test to an up-and-coming driver called Robert Kubica, who had just won the World Series by Renault.
Kubica drove for the team in December but Flavio Briatore decided not to offer him a contract and Mario Theissen snapped him up instead. After several practice appearance for BMW he was promoted to the race team halfway through 2006.