Sergio Perez, Sauber, Monaco, 2011

Monaco to modify barrier Perez hit

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Expect to see more headlines about Bahrain as the state of emergency is due to end there today and the FIA is set to decide on Friday whether the race will happen.

I’m going to be on “The Flying Lap” this evening to discuss the Monaco Grand Prix with Peter Windsor and Sebastien Buemi.

Here’s today’s round-up:


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

FIA To Move Monaco Chicane Barrier For 2012 (Speed)

“It?s hoped that without the crane, the barrier can be moved back to the trees and an extra 20 meters of space can be gained. The TV camera position, currently in front of the crane, would be moved to the trees.”

Drivers call for safety talks after two crashes at Monaco (The Independent)

Jenson Button: “The cars have improved dramatically in terms of safety since Karl Wendlinger’s accident and the circuit has improved. The barrier’s been moved back since my accident [in 2003], so there have been improvements, but we need to find a solution because we all love racing here.”

Boullier says Heidfeld must improve (Autosport)

Eric Boullier: “Let’s say good, but not good enough. Sunday is okay. Sunday’s pace is good, it is very good, but obviously the higher we qualify on the grid, the better the chance we have to score more points.”

Bahrain organisers ready to host Formula 1 Grand Prix (BBC)

Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed Rashid Alzayani: “We went through a rough patch and we need nice moments in our history now for the nation.”

FOTA Fans Forum ?ǣ 2011: Canada, Britain and Italy (FOTA)

“If you are interested to attend, please send an email to ?ǣ presenting a question that might be then raised during the meeting and indicating all your contact details.”

David Coulthard: Lewis Hamilton was wrong, but he has apologised and we need him on the Formula One circuit (Daily Telegraph)

“All I can say is, you reap what you sow. Don?t now expect Lewis to say anything interesting over the coming days, weeks or months. Do expect him to give a lot of one-word answers about front wings and KERS devices. I for one won?t blame him.”

Penalised Hamilton threatens to quit F1 if he can’t race in his own way (Daily Mail)

Jackie Stewart: “??He [Hamilton] did run into some very controversial manoeuvres whereas Jenson Button passed Fernando Alonso in a very clean and decisive way. It took him quite a few laps to achieve that, but patience paid off.” Er… when?

F1 diary: Monaco grand prix (Daily Telegraph)

“I first had a Monaco media pass in 1983 and the intervening 28 years have done nothing to dilute the impact of F1 cars’ close passage. It might not be a venue that permits proper racing, but there is no finer showcase for driving commitment.”

Crashes, Stoppages and Accuracy (La Canta Magnifico Blog)

“Case C is for when the red flag flies between 75% and the end of the race. The race result is called then and there. No restart is attempted even if it would be easy to do so. The race is deemed to have finished when the red flag flies, though there is a count-back rule.”

Charlie Whiting: Re-Start Regulations Were Correctly Enforced In Monaco (The Race Driver)

“For a while now ?ǣ ‘for at least the past six or seven years’, according to Charlie [Whiting] ?ǣ a red flag has been interpreted as a race suspension rather than a race stop. That being so, it is effectively the same as a Safety Car period, even to the point of ??modifications?? (including tyre changes) being carried out on the cars.”

Formula One Fantasy – Force India?s Paul di Resta (F1)

“Q: If you could add one thing to your team?s motorhome, what would it be?
PdR: Probably more people. I come from DTM and there you have a much livelier paddock.”

A strange decision (Joe Saward)

“It is upsetting that [Flavio Briatore] should be feted by the sport he screwed.”

Hugo Chavez on Twitter

“@PastorMaldo Courage my dear fellow! Better days will come, brother! Remember that every beginning costs! A hug!”

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Comment of the day

Hyoko picks a Driver of the Weekend. If you’ve not voted for your yet you still can:

Vettel would have earned it if he had still managed to win without the red flag or the tyre change. As it was, there?s a big lucky factor in his win.

Alonso or Button could have rightly earned it by winning, or missing it by being unable to overtake Vettel. As it was, they lost their fair chance, again by blind luck.

So I won?t give it to any of the first three, though anyone of them who had got the win without the rubbish ending would have earned it for me.

So my $0.02 go to Kobayashi. He was terrific. Hope to see him in a top team as soon as possible. Maybe in a (seriously improved) Ferrari team. With a bit more polish and a decent car, this guy has what it takes to be the next champion.

From the forum

A great idea for a post from Ajokay on IndyCar-style trophies for F1.

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Josh and Kevin Hodge!

On this day in F1

This time last year the fall-out from the collision between the two Red Bulls in the Turkish Grand Prix was the hot topic:

Image ?? Sauber F1 Team