F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: The Austin GP promoters tout the race’s benefits for the local economy.
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Document produced by the United States Grand Prix promoters describing the anticipated benefits to the local economy from the race.
“One feature that I haven’t seen before is that the entrance to many of the corners is going to be wider than the preceding straight. So if the straight is three cars wide then the entrance to the corner at the braking zone will be five cars wide to encourage overtaking and alternative lines.”
“The news that Red Bull is going to pull out of NASCAR and leave its team to find other partners has led to the suggestion that the Austrian drinks company will probably be spending its US motorsport budget on something else – and the suggestion is that this will be as the title sponsor of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.”
“Wow cool just realised I still have the lap record in Valencia. Let’s see if the Red Bulls will take it off me this year! What do you think?”
“The group includes Paul Ricard circuit director Gerard Neveu, which suggests that the track that hosted the race 14 times between 1971 and 1990 is the most likely venue.”
“Q: You can only drive at one circuit for the rest of your life – which circuit, past or present from anywhere in the world, do you choose?
MW: Sepang. It’s a great track. It’s a tough race, with the conditions that are always there, but I love the track.”
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Comment of the day
How will the new restrictions on engine mappings affect the teams? Some thoughts from Lee:
Red Bull, Renault and Ferrari are the teams that seem to be exploiting this more than others. Red Bull in particular appear to have a boost mapping that gets them away from the field quickly before they settle back down to normal pace and apparently their qualifying mapping uses 40% more fuel then normal.
Just look at the evidence. In Canada Vettel’s car looked like it had rockets attached at the start and on each safety car restart yet near the end of the race Button was able to catch him very quickly indeed. It looked very much like they did not have enough fuel to run the special mapping and get away from Button.
From the forum
Ajokay is trying out a (no doubt unofficial) F1 management game on his phone.
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On this day in F1
Ayrton Senna won the United States Grand Prix at Detroit on this day 25 years ago.
Jacques Laffite claimed second place after passing Alain Prost. Laffite was enjoying a resurgence in form for Ligier, but it was sadly curtailed three weeks later when he broke his legs in a crash at the British Grand Prix, ending his F1 career.
Here are the closing stages of the race: