I’m off to Brands Hatch today to watch the Formula Ford Festival so if you’re heading down that way give me a shout on Twitter or leave a comment below.
Here’s today’s round-up:
Norbert Haug: “It would be nice for Paul, nice for our junior scheme, nice for DTM to bring another driver up and hopefully he has a good chance.”
“My buddy in Korea tells me already there are concerns with infrastructure and track surface and seems hotels are miles away for team members.”
“Red Bull Racing and Racing Gold are offering a limited-edition run of objets d’art crafted from components taken straight from the team’s F1 cars. Like everything else in Formula 1, everything in the “Part of the Team” collection is ridiculously expensive, but the proceeds benefit the Wings for Life spinal cord research foundation.” (Thanks to Tracy Smith for the tip)
Comment of the day
Too few characters in the pit lane these days? Doug thinks so:
Such a sad day to see the end of Jordan, Minardi and Tyrrell who may never have been world champions, but contributed so much towards F1 in the nineties/noughties. With Eddie Jordan, Ken Tyrell and Paul Stoddart, I felt you got to see the real side of F1 rather then corporate Jean Todt at Ferrari and Ron Dennis at Mclaren.
Nowadays, you don’t see the team managers as much for the lower teams: Toro Rosso, Virgin, HRT and Force India. The exception being Lotus where it is good to see Mike Gascoyne always willing to please the fans.
From the forum
The silly season rumour du jour: Maldonado set for Williams?
On this day in F1
The first F1 race to be held at Las Vegas took place on this day in 1981.
The unusual circuit was based in a car park at Caeser’s Palace casino, and featured a very cramped layout.
It was the scene of Nelson Piquet’s first championship win and Alan Jones’ final Grand Prix victory.
If, like me, you loved Clive James’ commentaries on the old Grand Prix season review videos, you’ll get a kick out of the preview of the race below which includes him driving the track with Piquet.
Piquet’s remark that he might be sick while driving the track turned out to entirely accurate – he did vomit during the later stages of the race en route to winning the title: