F1 Fanatic round-up
In today’s round-up, Ecclestone has used the injuries he suffered in his recent mugging as part of a watch ad. More significantly, he’s hired the man believed to be the replacement for Paddy McNally at Allsport. Read on for more.
“Both the comment and the original, untouched picture will form part of the ad, appearing in [today]‘s Financial Times and International Herald Tribune for one day only (8 December).”
“David Campbell, who has overseen the O2’s emergence as a premier destination for top music acts, live shows and sporting events, is to leave in the first half of next year, according to people familiar with his plans. I understand that Campbell is to become the managing director of Allsport Management, the arm of F1 which handles trackside advertising and sponsorship, merchandising and corporate hospitality.” He is expected to replace Paddy McNally who will retire next year.
An inspired idea for a review of the races!
Looks like Felipe Massa has crashed his boat. Surprisingly, not into Vitantonio Liuzzi’s boat…
Tim Goss: “It’s looking very good. We can’t say much about it at the moment, but Doug [McKiernan, chief aerodynamicist] and his team have done a great job of creating the aerodynamic platform for the car, and it is looking good.”
Michael Schumacher “I’ve always done well in the rain even though I perhaps didn’t enjoy the race very much.”
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“All three new teams worked differently. With Virgin Racing Xtrac taking the internals only so they ran their own programme with assistance when required. Lotus Racing used the complete Xtrac gearbox and the common hydraulic system but again managed the programme themselves.
“However with HRT Xtrac provided engineers and technicians embedded into the team to not only oversee the programme ensuring product lifing, but also to carry out all new builds and overhauls of the gearbox and hydraulic system.”
“Is it true that carbon fibre has to be kept in the freezer before it is used? Indeed, that’s true. The resin in the fibres begins to harden when exposed to temperature – even ambient room temperatures. That’s why the material becomes incredibly hard when cooked at the high temperatures in our autoclaves. To prevent this from happening prematurely, the material must be stored in a frozen condition.”
Comment of the day
Today in tactics that will guarantee you a COTD: use an obscure word properly. Bonus points to Sergio Perez (no, not that one) for “homonymous”:
I, for example cannot rate Senna, Chandhok or Di Grassi because frankly they were driving completely useless cars. I hope they get a chance next year, and that those cars get better, at least to be half a second close in qualifying to the midfield.
As for my homonymous, Sergio Perez, I hope he delivers. Because I’m already preparing myself to be in the receiving end of the weekend Sergio Perez joke towards me here in my town…
From the forum
Guy asks about drug and dope testing in F1.
Bumper birthday fun today – happy birthdays to Rick DeNatale, Koper, James_mc, Joey-Poey and Gfasulo!
On this day in F1
The FIA World Motor Sport Council cleared the way for the return of many electronic driver aids on this day ten years ago:
The World Motor Sport Council noted the unanimous recommendation of the Formula One Technical Working Group that all restrictions on the electronic control of engines and transmissions should be removed, but confirmed the decision of the Formula One Commission that the Technical Working Group should incorporate this recommendation in a package of new measures to use electronic and other means to improve safety in Formula One. The Technical Working Group is also required to propose measures which will absolutely guarantee that there can be no additional use of electronics as an aid to competitive driving in Formula One.
Launch control, traction control and fully automatic gearchanges were legalised at the 2001 Spanish Grand Prix. The return of the technologies at the start of the season was blocked by Ferrari, who wanted more time to develop their systems.
Many of these systems have now been banned again including traction control, which went at the end of 2007.
Read more: Banned! Traction control