F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Speculation over how Mercedes’ “front wing F-duct” works.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“I think it works differently to that shown [in Auto Motor und Sport] it’s all about managing the balance of downforce at speed.”
“This airflow is fed to the diffuser, boosting the downforce generated at the rear of the car. This has also improved the way that the Mercedes uses its rear tyres.”
“It was clear that a number of correspondents were tweeting simply because it was the thing to be seen to be doing. I’m not talking about race fans looking for an outlet for their genuine sorrow and shock. I’m referring to those whose profile in the sport seemed to demand – in their minds, anyway – some sort of statement of grief even though they knew next to nothing about Wheldon and wouldn’t know an IndyCar if they tripped over one while checking out their mentions on Twitter.”
“The bottom line is what we do might not be the safest so there is always some risk but we are ready to take that into account because we love racing and we love motor sports and it is dangerous.”
“It meant a lot to win at Monza as it was where I got my first Grand Prix win, but also for the whole team. In particular over the past two years we were struggling a bit, we weren’t quick enough on the straights, so to come back this year and win – for Renault it was the first time they have won there since 1995 was great.”
“Hopes of an increase in spectators from 160,000 to 200,000 over the weekend did not become a reality, despite the fact that ticket prices were dropped by 30%.”
“The country’s only big racing export, Mun Sung-hak, has also struggled to gain traction in his debut season in Formula Two. The England-based driver has found it difficult to compete financially without the same kind of sponsorships that are often available to talented young European drivers.”
“Fabio Leimer and Esteban Gutierrez will drive for Sauber in the young driver test at Abu Dhabi.”
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Comment of the day
Electrolite wants more continuity among F1 teams when it comes to names:
I don’t want Formula 1 to be a rich men’s playground where investors can stick their noses in and out as and when they feel like it.
I want everyone running the teams to be in it for the long run, at least a few years to become established and such commitment I’m sure would deliver better results with his kind of prevention in place. It messes the people who work for the teams around, messes the fans around, and in the case of BMW with Williams/Sauber, for example, really screws over teams with heritage, an identity
From the forums
- Our growing collection of F1 drivers in TV adverts now includes Eddie Irvine flogging burglar alarms, Michael Schumacher in a Ford Mondeo and James Hunt with classic comedy duo Morecambe and Wise.
- We’re starting to hear from readers who are Going to the Indian Grand Prix next week.
- The car which was involved in an enormous fiery crash at the Bathurst 1000 will be running again at this weekend’s Gold Coast 600.
- Further debate over whether the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead.
Following a request from a reader, data on how many places each driver has lost and gained on the first lap over the course of the year has been added to the statistics pages:
Happy birthday to DanThorn and shaggymike!
On this day in F1
Ayrton Senna won his third world championship 20 years ago today.
Title rival Nigel Mansell spun into retirement in the early stages of the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.
Senna handed victory to team mate Gerhard Berger at the end of the final lap, and Mansell’s team mate Riccardo Patrese finished third.
Here are the closing stages of the race including Senna handing the win to Berger: