F1 Fanatic round-up
In today’s round-up, Michael Schumacher reveals his concerns over the Mercedes, a strange story abut Robert Kubica, and look out for me on “The Fastest Lap” next week:
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“Yes, we are slightly concerned but then on the other hand we know where we will and want to go to.”
“Some observers believe the church may be trying to hijack Kubica?óÔé¼Ôäós predicament for their own ends. Pope John Paul II is due to be beatified on May 1, a crucial step on the road to sainthood, a process which requires the proof of miracles. After his spectacular accident in Montreal in 2007, Kubica distanced himself from reports that his survival was a miracle in the John Paul II beatification process.”
“A shortage of spares meant Lewis was only able to record 36 laps during the third day of this week?óÔé¼Ôäós Jerez test. While this hampered running, on-the-spot repairs were effected, and the relevant new components will be delivered overnight ahead of tomorrow?óÔé¼Ôäós running.”
I’m going to be on Peter Windsor’s “The Fastest Lap” next week. Note to self: get haircut…
“Nick and the team evaluated a new floor upgrade. Pressure tapping and flow viz paint allowed the engineers to verify its aero characteristics. Also he ran back-to-back tests on all four Pirelli tyre compounds for the first time. This confirmed the different degradation rates and variations in new tyre performance. Nick and his team played around with the set-up early on and changed a few things during the day ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ this included the weight distribution and the toes and cambers for the Pirelli tyres.”
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Comment of the day
Nick Heidfeld looks a shoo-in for the Renault seat and that suits chimpymech just fine:
Heidfeld is the most under rated F1 driver of recent history, he?óÔé¼Ôäós done a solid job with the equipment at his disposal ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and with a little luck could have achieved a lot more.
He?óÔé¼Ôäós not the glamour choice but I?óÔé¼Ôäóm an F1 fan not a glitz fan. Give Nick another chance, he deserves it!
From the forum
Who’s up for watching the Daytona 500?
A bumper batch of birthdays today – all the best to Sparky, shyguy2008, Sebastien Carter, geo132 and Jason!
On this day in F1
Jim Clark won the fifth race of the 1966 Tasman series at Warwick Farm 45 years ago today.
With F1 engine sizes increasing from a maximum of 1.5 litres to 3.0, Clark raced a Lotus fitted with a 2.5-litre Coventry Climax engine.
Graham Hill was second in a BRM ahead of Frank Gardner (Brabham) and Jackie Stewart (BRM).
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