F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Contrary to some reports earlier on Tuesday, FOTA are opposed to racing in Bahrain.
Meanwhile, the FIA’s seven-page report on conditions in Bahrain has been leaked.
“In a letter to the FIA, the teams say they are implacably opposed to the race happening in 2011. They say it is not practical to add the race at the end of a long season.”
“My understanding is that [FOTA] want India reinstated to October 30th date and oppose Bahrain rescheduling for logistical reasons”.
“Thanks to various people who brought this to my attention: leaked FIA report on Bahrain: http://is.gd/5LjDE0”
“There is unease in some quarters at the deep relationship of Nicolas Todt, the president’s son, with Bahrain, whose ruling family are involved in his racing team.”
Carlos Gracia: “I have spoken to human rights groups and they told me they (human rights) have not been violated. These are freely expressed opinions. I think the opinions of those on site are worth more than those who have no knowledge of the situation”.
“Just spoke to Human Rights Watch Deputy Director for Middle East Division. Bahrainis won’t give him a visa to assess situation. Surprised?”
“Doctors and nurses put on trial in Bahrain yesterday told relatives they were beaten with hoses and wooden boards embedded with nails and made to eat faeces. They also had to stand without moving for hours, or even days, and were deprived of sleep in order to force them to sign false confessions.”
“The film is now set to expand onto more screens from this weekend. In addition, there will be a special Senna day on Tuesday 21st June, with the film playing across an additional 200 sites nationwide for one day only”.
Details on additional screenings of Senna in the UK.
“Council Member Laura Morrison expressed some surprise this morning that F1 organisers had proceeded without first asking the city. ‘You all placed a bet on getting this approved,’ she said to F1 attorney Richard Suttle. ‘What happens if it doesn’t get approved’ by the city? ‘Does it just shut down?’”
Head of engine and electronics Luca Marmorini: “KERS is very important and good usage can give you an advantage of say 0.4 seconds per lap.”
“Nico Hülkenberg was back in the VJM04 last week as he joined the team at Cotswold Airport for our first aero test of the year. The car was packed full of sensors and instruments to measure aerodynamic performance. The data recorded will help the team validate the numbers generated from the wind tunnel and CFD simulations”.
Pictures from construction of the Buddh International Circuit in India.
Thanks to BasCB for the tip!
“Q: If you could choose one former world champion as your team mate, who would you choose and why?
SP: Ayrton Senna. [...] But I would want him as a team mate for only a few races – otherwise he probably would beat me all the time. And it is not good when your team mate outperforms you all the time.”
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Comment of the day
Good thing there wasn’t an Adrian Sutil car in the nightclub in that clip. Allegedly.
From the forum
OK, I’ve figured out what video I’d look for in the FOM archive. What rare F1 footage would you seek out?
On this day in F1
Ludovico Scarfiotti died in a hillclimbing accident on this day in 1968.
The nephew of Fiat boss Gianni Agnelli, Scarfiotti started 12 F1 races, eight of them with Ferrari.
His sole win came in the 1966 Italian Grand Prix, making him the last Italian to win his home race driving a Ferrari.
Three years earlier he won the Le Mans 24 Hours sharing a Ferrari 250P with Lorenzo Bandini.
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