F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Not everyone shares Bernie Ecclestone’s enthusiasm for India’s F1 track.
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“Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone took one look around the Buddh International Circuit on Wednesday and exclaimed: ‘Great job!’”
“Our commentary cell in India. No window, nowhere near track. Apologies in advance we cannot do our job properly in here: http://campl.us/gBwW”
“Our company did a lot of the grandstand work [at Buddh International Circuit]. Our chaps are telling us the whole circuit is still powered by generators. [...] Our pictures from a week ago showed huge amounts to do. Respect to them.”
“There are very interesting details with the entries to the low speed corners after long straights which are very wide but narrowing on exit which should promote overtaking with the DRS in the race into turn one and into turn four, in general, it’s a very nicely put together track.”
“Away from the track and off the record, though, there were those who still had to be convinced about the viability of the facilities to run a Grand Prix. ‘Listen, mate,’ said one engineer, who did not want to be named, ‘the place is chaos. The electricity doesn’t work [continuously], the gas doesn’t work and there are problems with the plumbing.’”
“Bit of a wander. Wanted to see the stairway to heaven. Here it is http://t.co/BTChPKsK”
Christian Horner: “It is a conversation we would need to have with the drivers, but I am sure Mark [Webber] would want to achieve it under his own merit. I am not sure he would like to be given something, but I am quite sure if asked the question, Sebastian [Vettel] would be willing to do that.”
“To have two crashes like this in one week has obviously put the focus on safety. It has improved immeasurably in the last couple of decades. People such as Sir Jackie Stewart had to deal with this sort of thing frequently compared to the relative rarity now. The powers-that-be are always looking to make it safer. In Formula 1, in particular, the FIA and the teams do a great job on that. But motorsport will always be dangerous – just because of the speeds involved – and people will always want to do it.”
“I was third back in 2004 and obviously won the championship in 2009, so finishing second doesn’t mean so much. But the aim for the rest of the season is winning races.”
“No, I have not got any offers from any other team. There have been rumours and discussions going around, but I can only refer to what Vijay Mallya said.”
“We hated the HANS [Head and Neck Support] device when they were introduced. But it is a much safer way to go racing. In terms of safety I think every driver would like our heads to be not so exposed to injury. We need to talk to the FIA and discuss it.”
“Criticised by local media for not having an Indian driver, Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya was convinced the boys had it in them to become the country’s answer to McLaren’s [Lewis] Hamilton.”
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Comment of the day
StefMeister’s thoughts on the future of IndyCar oval racing:
Milwaukee and New Hampshire came back on the schedule this year and both put on a good race (ignoring the mess at the end of New Hampshire). However the crowd at both was quite poor. The 1.5-mile, high-banked Texas oval has consistently drawn a good crowd and been one of the best promoted races thanks to circuit owner Eddie Gossage and the Iowa oval is much the same and is usually a sell out.
I see a lot of people saying ‘slow the cars down’, I don’t think thats the answer as getting them to run slower would just make the cars easier to drive flat out all the way round on all ovals and lead to more pack style racing.
In its worth remembering that it was when the IRL dropped the CART formula and went with lower powered cars and high downforce that we started to see the pack racing. CART/ChampCar ran with more power and less downforce on big ovals and produced some great racing without the big, close packs.
ChampCar tried the IRL formula at the German EuroSpeedway oval in 2003 and ran with less turbo boost and a higher downforce package and the racing was more similar to the IRL. Same is true when ChampCar ran at Las Vegas speedway in 2004.
The best way to disband the pack racing is to get them lifting in the corners, The answer to this is more power and less downforce to force the drivers to have to drive the cars again like in the CART days (as Alessandro Zanardi, Paul Tracy and other Ex-CART drivers have said).
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On this day in F1
Juan Manuel Fangio won his first world championship on this day 60 years ago.
The first F1 race at Pedralbes also saw the last world championship race victory for Alfa Romeo.