In the round-up: calls to change F1’s red flag rules after the Monaco anti-climax.
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“The rule allowing work on the cars, and specifically to change tyres under red-flag conditions, has its origins in concerns for safety. Red flags most often occur because of the onset of very heavy rain, which requires competitors to take on grooved tyres. It’s an essential rule but one that now seems ripe for some fine tuning according to circumstance. It would not be too much to expect the race director to decide, given specific race conditions, whether a tyre change is necessary for safety purposes or not.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “I’ve had a lot of people shout at me from the boats around the harbour and say, why were they allowed to change? It took away something from the race – and the big question was could they have lasted? That is what we were all asking with six laps to go and that was going to be the excitement: would Sebastian hit the [tyre degradation] cliff?”
“At the end of the day this is motorsport and we are supposed to see racing. Not many people overtake in Monaco and I tried to do that.”
“There was no one from XIX Entertainment, his new management company, to turn to, only Nicole Scherzinger, his pop-star girlfriend, not exactly versed in Formula One crisis management. But Anthony took only minutes to find his son in the McLaren motorhome to talk him down from the fury that led to his explosive BBC interview that triggered a visit to the stewards for a humiliating apology.”
Robert Kubica’s manage Daniele Morelli: “I think you have to ask [Gerard] Lopez why he made such a statement that is in clear opposition to what the specialists are saying.”
Fernando Alonso: “Already today, I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been talking to the engineers about the new parts we will have in Montreal, but above all, of the steps forward we must take for Silverstone, when we will back at a track which requires a lot of aerodynamic downforce. That?óÔé¼Ôäós where we will really see how our season is going to pan out.”
“Now South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have agreed to call the road Sir Frank Williams Avenue, to honour the Grove-based F1 boss.”
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Comment of the day
By the luck of our choice, I watched that accident happen right in front of me.
After the insanity of the lead changes over the last ten laps, we thought JR had it in the bag. I said to my brother ?óÔé¼?ôhere he comes?óÔé¼?Ø as they came around, I turned and saw him go high and SLAP!
Everyone was shocked. I hadn?óÔé¼Ôäót even been cheering for JR the rest of the race, but when it registered what just happened I started shouting ?óÔé¼?ôGO! GO! COAST!?óÔé¼?Ø We weren?óÔé¼Ôäót even sure if he won or not until we heard over the loudspeakers that Wheldon passed him before the line.
As gutted as I am for Hildebrand, I have to say that I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been waiting my whole life to get to go to this race and this is a memory I will never ever forget. I feel like I got to see a historic moment that will be repeated again and again for years to come.
I hope it doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót sound like I?óÔé¼Ôäóm bragging, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm just still on a high that my first time going was so special.
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On this day in F1
Gilles Villeneuve scored a surprise win in the Monaco Grand Prix 30 years ago today.
The start of the race had to be postponed for unusual reasons: a fire broke out in the Loews hotel above the tunnel, and water used to extinguish it had flooded the track. Once the surface was declared sufficiently dry, the race got underway.
Nelson Piquet led but crashed out while trying to lap Eddie Cheever and Patrick Tambay at Tabac.
That left Alan Jones in the lead, but he felt the Cosworth engine in his Williams hesitating occasionally. Villeneuve drew him in, and burst past on the start/finish straight to claim victory.
Here are the final laps of the race: