F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Toro Rosso celebrates “perfect strategy” as Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastian Buemi finish in the points for the first time in 2011.
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“Toro Rosso secured a double points finish for the first time in 2011 as a bold pre-race strategy switch paid dividends for them at the Canadian Grand Prix.”
“‘I am very happy because to finish eighth having started last from the pit lane is a really good result for us,’ [Jaime Alguersuari] said after the race. ‘The team did a good job and we also made the most of every opportunity that came our way, some of them down to the bad luck of other teams.’”
“Mark Webber felt Lewis Hamilton’s move on him at the original start of the Canadian Grand Prix was ‘clumsy’, though the Australian was delighted that he was able to make up all the positions the incident cost him by the end of the epic, rain-interrupted race.”
“The FIA is pushing ahead with its clampdown on ‘extreme’ blown diffusers, commencing with the British GP next month. On Saturday the FIA wrote to the teams to confirm that the ban on engine mapping influencing aerodynamics – which was put on hold after a previous attempt before the Spanish GP – would go ahead. It cites cost implications of a development race as the main reason.”
“The paddock was buzzing on Saturday morning in Montreal with a few juicy rumours knocking about, including stories about attempts to revive the French Grand Prix. The French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has asked for a meeting with Renault F1 boss Eric Boullier following some fairly trenchant remarks about President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government’s failure to support France’s motorsport industry.”
“Tyre manufacturers Pirelli have announced ’Gymkhana’ legend and World Rally Championship star Ken Block is to be given the chance to drive their Formula One test car. Block will get behind the wheel on August 5 for a one-off drive at the famed Monza circuit in Italy.”
“Well done Button. Amazing race. Congratulations, well deserved… Not much in the pocket for us this weekend – drive shaft failure.
“‘Do you think JB will lose the win via the stewards?’ Shouldn’t lose in my opinion.”
“Lewis Hamilton has vowed never to stoop to the bad-boy tactics used by brutal racers like German legend Michael Schumacher.”
“Niki Lauda has called on the FIA to hand Lewis Hamilton sanctions for what he believes is dangerous driving, warning that if there is no reaction to his latest collisions then someone could get killed.”
“When the final decision came on the fate of the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix, it was certainly the right one. And although it may have been reached for all the wrong reasons, including logistical inconvenience and sheer embarrassment, it yielded an unexpected bonus: a couple of weeks in which the world could take a close look at the tangled moral universe of Formula One.”
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Comment of the day
What did you think of the Canadian Grand Prix? Mole says:
The greatest sportsmen win on a bad day.
That’s the single most important lesson I’ve learnt from sport. Vettel drives immaculate races, he really does, and that takes skill – however that’s what a computer can do, pick the most optimal path and take it.
The human element to F1 is something we don’t see so much nowadays, but Button went through a great trial today. In football, this was akin to Manchester United winning 1-0 after being a man down to Bolton. It took grit, determination and experience for Button to win today. His tyres were older than Vettel’s, yet he was a huge amount faster per lap – the driver clearly making the difference.
I know Vettel may win the season rather easily, but this win today impresses me so much more than an easy championship. Congratulations Button, you may treat us fans rough with your qualifying results, but you make up for it with these breathtaking races!
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On this day in F1
Jacky Ickx won the Jochen Rindt Memorial Race on the Hockenheimring on this day 40 years ago.
The race was held in honour of the reigning world champion, who had lost his life at Monza the previous year.
Ickx was fastest in qualifying but the first grid slot was left vacant as a mark of respect.
He dominated the 35-lap non-championship race, finishing 53 seconds ahead of Ronnie Peterson’s March, with John Surtees third in his own car.