Teams cautious on qualifying changes

F1 Fanatic round-up

In the round-up: Ross Brawn says qualifying is “a great show” despite drivers not setting times.


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Abu Dhabi GP – Conference 2 (FIA)

Ross Brawn: “As Martin [Whitmarsh] said, we should be careful not to fiddle with it because it?s actually quite a good show. I think that last run in Q3 for pole position or whatever it is is a great show. I think the fact that some teams choose not to run in Q3 is not really very significant.”

Romain Grosjean – “I?m like a kid at Christmas” (Renault)

“The medium tyres were quite difficult to drive with, the prototype softs were better in terms of degradation, but it is always difficult to know what to expect when you go from one tyre to another.”

HRT aims to run 2012 car in first test (Autosport)

“The HRT team says it is hoping to have its 2012 car ready for the first test of the pre-season next year.”

F1 Fanatic via Twitter

“Virgin to run Robert Wickens, Charles Pic and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs in the Young Driver Test next week.”

A complete guide to all the participants in the young drivers’ test will be published next week.

Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa’s feud is unhealthy and unusual (The Guardian)

James Hunt and Mario Andretti nurtured a mutual dislike that came to a head when they crashed at Zandvoort in 1977, while Andretti was trying to take the lead from Hunt around the outside of a corner. ‘In Formula 1,’ the English public schoolboy announced afterwards, ‘we don’t overtake on the outside.’ ‘Where I come from,’ retorted the man who served his racing apprenticeship on American dirt tracks, ‘we overtake wherever the hell we can.'”

Petra Ecclestone’s ??12m wedding

“She spent in excess of ??12 million on my daughter?s wedding which I did not know about until afterwards.”

Kingfisher Airlines seeks govt help, more flights cancelled (The Times of India)

“The seriousness of the crisis was underlined by the urgent request Kingfisher owner Vijay Mallya made to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi to help Kingfisher in infusion of funds through banks at low interest rates, besides other concessions in line with what Air India was getting, sources said.”

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Comment of the day

Uan on Sebastian Vettel winning the Driver of the Weekend vote for the Indian Grand Prix:

Now he?s won the real Grand Chelem (pole, win, fastest lap, all laps led and Driver of the Weekend)

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On this day in F1

Ryan Briscoe had his first test for the Toyota F1 team ten years ago today.

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61 comments on Teams cautious on qualifying changes

  1. mole (@mole) said on 12th November 2011, 9:15

    I like the Abu Dabhi track – there, I said it! …and I’m a bit confused about all the hatred towards it

    Those weirdly angled corners and bit under the hotel in the last sector and the chicanes and U-turn in the first sector are pretty cool. The middle sector is anonymous, but we need some straights to connect the thing up after all.

    The reason it’s bad could be because of little elevation change, and little to see outside the track limits – but it’s a desert, what can you expect?!

    One frustrating race watching Alonso trying to pass Petrov doesn’t make for a bad circuit, the inaugural race was pretty exciting. It’s not nearly as boring as Valencia, the Hungaroring or Bahrain anyway!

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 12th November 2011, 9:45

      I’m a bit confused about all the hatred towards it

      I’d say that most of it stems from the way the developers were all but handed a blank cheque to build a circuit, and then seemingly put most effort into fancy buildings and waterfront sections. Yas Marina was literally built from the ground up – the island it sits on is completely man-made. More than any other circuit, Abu Dhabi had the potential to be the best of the new generation of circuits; Tilke could have done anything with it.

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 12th November 2011, 9:36

    That’s a nice COTD, @uan ! :)

    That’s a great pair of quotes from Hunt and Andretti. Gotta say, I agree with Andretti on that one!

  3. wow, COTD. That feels like a grand chelem in itself! :)

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