F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Martin Whitmarsh joins the call for a rethink of F1′s future engine rules.
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Martin Whitmarsh: “If it were my call I’d probably go for a turbocharged V6. I think more and more cars are going to be turbocharged.”
Dany Bahar: “I think the judgement made it clear that the Lotus name in F1 belongs to us, and the Team Lotus name belongs to Team Lotus. That is a clear judgement and nothing can stop us from using our name in F1.”
“The only problem with this location was that it has the pit gantry roofs in the way, so half the time you just fire away and see what you get. I saw Hamilton was very close and he went for it on the inside, but Button kept his line and came across on him.”
“Sebastian [Vettel] is remarkably level headed. He is a very private man and isn’t into the fame at all. He thinks a lot about what he does and rarely makes the same mistake twice. And he is very hard working. He is always in the paddock in the evening, speaking with his engineers, going through the data and reflecting on what he did in the car. I think that’s one thing all great drivers have in common.”
“If approved, the new agreement would have Formula One promoters place an estimated $4 million into a state trust fund account every year for the 10-year duration of the contract.”
“The F1 Fanzone big-screen British Grand Prix broadcast planned for Kensington Gardens has been cancelled. They say a ‘major partner’ withdrew.”
“The history of the periscope exhaust, as this was at first a retrograde step in aerodynamic development. Historically F1 cars ran their exhausts straight out of the back of the car. Only the introduction of ground affects and turbo engines forced a packaging rethink to exhausts routing through the top of the engine cover.”
“It’s important everybody remains who they are. There is no point in trying to be someone you are not. The way he drives now is how he drove to win the world championship. He’s always been like that and he will be like that for the rest of his career. There is nothing wrong with it at all.”
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Comment of the day
It would be an enormous feat if they would actually get close to reaching that goal, as Team Lotus has at least double the budget and better drivers as well to go with the world championship Renault engine and RBR gearbox!
This is starting to feel like really a real race team, finally.
From the forum
Polishboy808 is thinking well outside the box with this one: What if… there was no drivers’ championship?
Happy birthday to Chris P!
On this day in F1
It was Ferraris in first, second, third and fourth places in the Belgian Grand Prix 50 years ago today.
Phil Hill, on his way to the world championship, led home Wolfgang von Trips and Richie Ginther.
The fourth Ferrari of Belgian driver Olivier Gendebien was entered under the name of Equipe National Belgie and ran in yellow instead of red, but was run by the Ferrari team.
Also driving for Equipe National Belgie, but driving a Lotus, was Lucien Bianchi. He was the great-uncle of Jules Bianchi, the GP2 driver on Ferrari’s driver development programme who has tested for the team.
Both drivers as well as some fabulous footage of the old Spa-Francorchamps circuit can be seen in this clip of the race: