In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says the 2012 United States Grand Prix will not go ahead.
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“Asked if the United States Grand Prix was in danger of being dropped ahead of the final World Motor Sport Council meeting in New Delhi on December 7 when the 2012 calendar is officially ratified, Ecclestone said: ‘Yes, it will be, for sure, 100%.'”
“Not only did that payment not come through by July 31 ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ which presumably played a big part in creating the current crisis ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ [Texas state comptroller Susan] Combs now says that no payment can be made until after the event has taken place.”
“Texas politicians please consider: a Grand Prix doesn’t cost taxpayer $25 million, as country collects Tax/VAT revenue during Grand Prix! Possibly will break even. On top, one should value PR return for Texas/Austin! but even without, big events hosted over a few years are good for the tax man! For sure.”
“According to team insiders, the [Jock] Clear-[Michael] Schumacher-[Peter] Bonnington partnership has become an incredibly tight unit, a team within a team, determined to beat the car on the other side of the garage.”
“Given that Hermann Tilke had a clean sheet of paper with a fairly healthy figure on the bottom line, it seems a waste of space in every sense to have come up with so many slow and medium speed corners and just the one mildly elevated section. That said, the television cameras do not capture the challenge of putting together a perfect lap on a track that makes substantial physical demands on the drivers.”
“Wow we have Vitaly Petrov testing on circuit this morning! That’s an unexpected surprise.”
“The aim of the test was to get enough miles for the superlicence and we accomplished that.”
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Comment of the day
So if a tyre failure did not cause Vettel’s retirement in Abu Dhabi, what did? Here’s a theory from Coefficient:
Red Bull tend to need to under pressure their tyres before a race because they produce so much downforce.
The massive downforce leads to higher tyre temps and of course higher tyre pressures as the temp expands the gases in the tyres. The higher the tyre pressure, the less grip because you are presenting less compliant rubber to the track surface. Less grip means graining/high deg due to sliding.
In this instance, after sitting on the grid the tyres were cold and under pressured so when the lateral load built up as he entered the quick left hander the tyre deformed abnormally and simply peeled off the rim which is why we see the tyre move inboard as the car slides laterally away from the apex.
Its no surprise to see [Adrian] Newey going too far on certain aspects of car set up.
From the forum
- Vickyy wonders about F1 prize money
- World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will have a new team mate next year as Citroen drop Sebastien Ogier for Mikko Hirvonen
- JR Hildebrand, the IndyCar rookie who came within one corner of winning the Indianapolis 500, signs a contract extension for 2012, as does Charlie Kimball
Happy birthday to Mujahid Rahman!
On this day in F1
Five years ago today Adam Parr became CEO of Williams.