F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Adrian Newey gives a rare interview on the crash that killed Ayrton Senna.
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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
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?
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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.