Apologies those of you who noticed a ‘phantom’ round-up that briefly appeared on the site yesterday due to a technical glitch. This one’s the real deal…
“Although neither team principal showed a great appetite for all of the serious track action to be held on the same day, Horner does think the schedule on Fridays needs to be looked at, with one idea to move pre-event scrutineering back a day.”
“I feel it would be suicidal in the circumstances to drop Vitaly Petrov. His nationality opens the way for major league sponsorship from Russia.”
“At one point a girl with an “I love DC” (David Coulthard) t-shirt came in and made a beeline for Sebastian Vettel. He gave her a bit of a funny look and joked “Who’s DC?” but he signed his name on the t-shirt anyway, and then above the “I love DC” he wrote “I’m not sure if…” It was great fun and the girl actually gave him at t-shirt, although I’m not sure he knew what to do with it.”
“Fans can still buy tickets in the Support Pit Grandstand and the South Grandstand. Both cost Dh2,000 for three days and Dh1,800 for two days. Tickets are still available for the Al Jood hospitality area of the North Grandstand, which cost Dh4,250.”
Monisha Kaltenborn: “Kamui [Kobayashi] is no longer a rookie because he has one year. He has shown a remarkable performance this year. He has gained his experience, which he will be able to utilise the following year.”
Comment of the day
Horacio takes a dim view of drivers who ‘get stuck’ behind their rivals:
To me it is extremely disappointing to verify how this new view of a driver getting stuck behind another is more and more common.
This is, to put it simply, against the ultimate core of racing: you need to overtake the guy in front of you. If you can?óÔé¼Ôäót, don?óÔé¼Ôäót complain, this is what racing is all about. This ?óÔé¼?ôgetting stuck?óÔé¼?Ø trend is just plain nonsense, unless we are talking about some kind of business, not racing.
From the forum
The alternative HRT acronyms thread is attracting a lot of responses.
There may be a brief period of down time tonight as some work is done on the server. This is an attempt to address, among other things, the problem experienced by some users whose comments are not appearing automatically.
Happy birthday to Magnificent Geoffrey and pablopete80!
On this day in F1
Qualifying for the final race of 1983 framed the three-way championship showdown between Nelson Piquet (second on the grid), Rene Arnoux (fourth) and Alain Prost (fifth).
Arnoux’s team mate Patrick Tambay took pole position at Kyalami in South Africa. The slowest qualifier, Piercarlo Ghinzani in the Osella, was 8.3s slower than Tambay’s Ferrari.
To put that into perspective, in Q1 at Suzuka Sakon Yamamoto’s HRT was 5.3s slower than Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.