F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: 300 farmers protest their loss of land to make way for the Buddh International Circuit.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Over 300 farmers — whose lands were acquired for Jaypee’s Formula One race track — held a mahapanchayat [meeting of farmers] at Kanarsi village under the banner of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, about five kilometres from the track site, on Wednesday and threatened to ‘dismantle the racing track with force if necessary’ if their demands were not met.”
Vicky Chandhok: “It will project India as a technologically driven country, since F1 is the world’s most technology-driven sport. We already have a few drivers in the international arena and F1 has huge television audiences, so you can expect a lot of youngsters to take to the sport.”
“If Kimi won the championship, he did it by luck, because he didn’t deserve it. Felipe [Massa] deserved it a lot more. He was always more capable than Kimi and it was easy to beat him.”
Various titbits on the upcoming new Formula 1 game. Includes more coy hints about the presence of the safety car, and some revealing insights into how restrictive the FOM licence is.
Anthony Hamilton: “I’d like to think that there is an interest – Paul is a Mercedes protege. I’m proud of him. He will make a great replacement for someone at a top team.”
Rob White: “The introduction of turbochargers and reduction of revs will result in less noise. However, it’s extremely important to understand that these are going to be special engines that will make lot of noise, which would be a sort of a success factor for this formula.”
“Watch Jenson [Button] race along the streets of central Manchester in a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car on 29 August – part of our bank holiday event.”
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Comment of the day
Was Channel 4′s F1 bid realistic? Based on what we saw yesterday, Journeyer isn’t sure:
Channel 4 actually proposed a lot of general things. Even without any specifics, they would’ve needed a lot of money to pull it off.
Even more extended coverage than the BBC? (They mentioned no red-button hideaways). Shows that use the FOM archive? Those things don’t come cheap. And that’s without even going into Channel 4′s limited budget – even with the ad breaks.
All this is secondary to what they’re willing to pay Bernie, that is true. But I also think Channel 4 was promising the moon here, and ended up being an unfeasible option.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Alan Jones won for Williams in the Austrian Grand Prix on this day in 1979.
He was followed home by Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari and Jacques Laffite in a Ligier.