F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: The future of the United States Grand Prix will be decided on Wednesday.
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“The deadline hasn’t been met so we are still trying to make it happen.”
No surprises on the list so far, with no drivers confirmed at Force India, Toro Rosso and Williams.
“I think the tyres in terms of durability and degradation they got disturbingly better as the year has gone on, and I think we would like to give them the challenge of making high degradation tyres and give us a bit more headache.”
“Looking at all the other cars over the course of the season, they all gradually became lookalikes of the RB7… they’re just painted differently! (laughs) The longer the season lasted, the more RB7s there were on the grid.”
“McLaren takes a punt on ratios in qualifying – and these can’t subsequently be changed without penalty: it runs a longer top gear in a bid to increase straight-line speed and take maximum advantage from its drag-reduction system. Red Bull adopts a set-up that’s better suited to the race, but still manages to lock out the front row.”
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Comment of the day
A cheeky Comment of the Day from Celeste:
I was going to comment on Kimi´s comeback… but I lost motivation in the middle of writing.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Five years ago today Toyota completed a two-car test at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were the only cars at the track, and afterwards Trulli complained the track had been too cold for most of the test to do much useful running.
Given the repeated calls for the reintroduction of in-season testing, it’s worth remembering how much money teams spent in the pursuit of little gain before the current ban with tests like this.