Vijay Mallya, Force India, 2011

Mallya: Grand Prix a platform to develop Indian motorsport

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Vijay Mallya wants the Indian Grand Prix to create a motor racing legacy.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Inaugural Grand Prix ? a dream come true for India (The Hindu)

“We will have to ensure that we use the Grand Prix of India as a platform to develop motorsport at the grassroots level and focus on improving our standards and infrastructure.”

Eric Boullier on the Indian GP: “India is a country that loves its sport” (Renault)

“With an Indian Formula 1 team and an Indian driver ?ǣ in Karun Chandhok ?ǣ in the sport, a race was always the next logical step. It is a big country; a promising, powerful nation that is at the forefront of a lot of global activity.”

Corporate India races for F1 sponsorship (YouTube)

Mark Webber column (BBC)

“I’ve had my share of bad accidents. Two Mercedes sports cars flipped on me in three days at Le Mans back in 1999. In the second of those shunts, I did think for a split second that I probably wasn’t going to make it. ”

Brawn argues Q3 no-shows not all bad (ITV-F1)

“It can add some interest in certain ways: you can have the cars at the back of that pack with new tyres and more opportunity perhaps in the race.”

Tamara Ecclestone’s ??1m cash romp and other tales of social awareness (The Guardian)

“Does a picture of Bernie’s eldest unmarried writhing naked on a million quid above a report that she just had it lying around count as looking “not too bright”? That will be an agenda item at the next Ecclestone family summit, perhaps.”

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Comment of the day

TimG has an historical perspective on Mercedes’ latest development:

In the mid-1960s, Lotus started a trend of having inboard front dampers (i.e. mounting them inside the monocoque, as they are now) to clean up the airflow through the front suspension.

[Ron] Tauranac failed to follow suit with Brabham and was criticised for being too conservative for failing to even contemplate the idea. What the critics didn?t know, however, was that Tauranac had looked at the inboard damper solution in the windtunnel (a rarity then) and found it made very little difference. Certainly not enough to make it worth living with the downsides of the change, i.e. making it more difficult for mechanics to adjust the suspension, restricting foot space in the pedal box, etc. Tauranac didn?t shout about his conclusions because he didn?t want to give away an advantage to his competitors.

Which just goes to show that there may be perfectly solid reasons for a seemingly “conservative” approach, even if apparent innovation adds an extra bit of interest for the dedicated fan. Just look at Renault’s side exit exhaust, which hasn?t exactly set the world alight although it did manage to set a couple of R28s going??

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