Ayrton Senna, Williams, Imola, 1994

Adrian Newey speaks on what caused Senna’s crash

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Adrian Newey gives a rare interview on the crash that killed Ayrton Senna.


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Ayrton Senna’s death ‘changed me physically’, says Adrian Newey (The Guardian)

“There’s no doubt the steering column failed and the big question was whether it failed in the accident or did it cause the accident? It had fatigue cracks and would have failed at some point. There is no question that its design was very poor. However, all the evidence suggests the car did not go off the track as a result of steering column failure.”

Formula 1 teams agree to abandon 2013 rules revolution (BBC)

“The changes agreed will include… the retention of the moveable rear wing – or drag-reduction system (DRS) – that was introduced this season to make overtaking a little easier.”

Australian GP to stay at Albert Park – Govt (Super Sport)

“The Australian Formula One Grand Prix will remain in Melbourne’s Albert Park precinct as long as the state of Victoria continues to stage the race, state government officials said on Monday.”

Ferrari Driver Academy expands in the Orient (Ferrari)

“The Ferrari Driver Academy, the young driver programme launched by the Maranello Scuderia in 2009 will now oversee the Chinese Driver Series, the Asian series seen as a stepping stone to Formula 3 and GP3 for drivers coming from karting or junior formulae, with drivers competing in Formula Abarth cars.”

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Comment of the day

Sebastian Vettel‘s ‘number one’ finger is now a permanent feature at the old A1 Ring. DaveW is not a fan:

The immortalisation of Vettelfinger is bizarre and I think Vettel will be embarrassed about, eventually. A generation from now people will wonder why on earth some guy imprinted the back of his hand with forefinger extended, and the explanation will not be credible. Because who does that? Is it an ironic homage to the American-style giant foam finger once popular at football games? Is it typical of an obscure Kung-Fu fighting style?

From the forum

Skett spotted an interesting programme with an F1 angle on the BBC.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Ponzonha and Tenerifeman!

On this day in F1

Carlos Reutemann won the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder 30 years ago today.

But the weekend was marred by tragedy including the death of mechanic Giovanni Amadeo, who fell into the path of Reutemann’s car in the pits during practice.