It’s a bumper round-up today so I’ll shut up and let you get on with reading it:
Christian Horner: “Hopefully he?óÔé¼Ôäós got enough engine mileage to be able to run unaffected to the end of the year. He was a bit tight already on engine mileage this weekend, which is why you saw him do fairly few laps.”
“The patch is now in submission with Microsoft and Sony for all three platforms, and once this process has been successfully completed the patch will be released, ready for you to download.”
“A repeat of the Korean track delays should not and must not occur in America, and neither can the small problems we experienced over the weekend. Abu Dhabi has now set the bar for F1 tracks so high that we may never see a circuit of the quality of Yas Marina again, particularly not ones which are privately run rather than state financed. But while Austin/India/Russia may not be able to match Abu Dhabi, they have got to be right, and Austin in particular has got to be right first time.”
“In most other spheres of sporting endeavour, this redoubtable character already would have earned elevation to the Premiership. But, sadly from Di Resta?óÔé¼Ôäós perspective, F1 marches to its own drumbeat, which explains why it isn?óÔé¼Ôäót necessarily the best drivers who command a starting berth in Bernie Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós empire.”
“I won’t be asked to support Lewis. But if I can’t mathematically win I’d do whatever I needed to, to help the team. My championship, if the other guys don’t have non-scores, is pretty much over. But you don’t win championships by sitting back and saying, ‘I can’t win it any more’. You have to keep on fighting. Seeing what’s happened to the Red Bulls here proves it can turn around easily. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, it’s a very small chance but that’s all I need to keep pushing.”
“I?óÔé¼Ôäóve got to say that Jean Todt has I think played a good role. I think he?óÔé¼Ôäós busily and quietly reforming the FIA in the background, which I know has probably caused some discomfort within that organisation. I think he hasn?óÔé¼Ôäót used F1 as a personal platform for his own promotion, and I think that?óÔé¼Ôäós very, very positive.”
Rubens Barrichello: “All we want is for the GPDA to be closer on the future of the sport, so that whenever they create a new wing or a new circuit or whatever we should have a vote. This is quite good. He has been very receptive.”
“New circuits always present a new challenge to the F1 photographer, however if it?óÔé¼Ôäós designed by Hermann Tilke as they all are these days then it generally means disappointment and this circuit is just that with giant fences and very few holes cut in them it?óÔé¼Ôäós not good.”
“In keeping with its philosophy of supporting aspiring young drivers, Volkswagen Motorsport will assess the ability of a group of talented female racers nominated by their ASNs on 2nd November at the Oschersleben circuit in Germany. This will not only include an assessment of their racing potential, but also classroom theory.”
Comment of the day
Overall it?óÔé¼Ôäós 10-7 to Hamilton.
If you discount the races where either retired or had car problems, it?óÔé¼Ôäós a massive 8-2.
Crucially, if you look at what the drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó positions were before ill befell them, it?óÔé¼Ôäós an even more staggering 14-3. Button has only beaten his team-mate on track three times. I didn?óÔé¼Ôäót think it would be that low.
From the forum
Here’s a great thread from VettelS – Questions we all want answered.
Regular commenters will spot the long-overdue return of the HTML tag buttons allowing you to style your comments with a quick click.
Today we’re wishing very happy birthdays to CRM and Gwen!
On this day in F1
Just three years on, already the strange coda to the 2007 world championship is largely forgotten. It’s hardly surprising given the many other dramatic events of that turbulent season.
Six days after the Brazilian Grand Prix, which Kimi R?â?ñikk?â?Ânen had won to claim the world championship, the FIA said there would be a 20-day wait for the outcome of an appeal by McLaren against several other cars for using fuel that was at the wrong temperature.