F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Former F1 driver JJ Lehto is sentenced to two years in prison.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Former Finnish Formula 1 driver and Le Mans winner Jyrki Jarvilehto, who raced as JJ Lehto, was sentenced on Wednesday to two years and four months in jail for a drunken boat accident which killed his friend.”
Video of Sebastian Vettel receiving his world drivers’ championship trophy.
“The decision we took [to sign Romain Grosjean] was purely a sporting one and absolutely not based on the financial support that we could get directly or indirectly.”
“The 2011 generation of blown floors are discarded. For 2012, the exhaust must exit in a prescribed box that is in a similar location to the top exit exhausts of circa 2008. It is also subjected to particular exit angles and diameter as a means of providing further restriction. This does not mean that exhaust generated downforce is a thing of the past – it is very hard to stuff that back into Pandora’s box. However these changes, coupled with the recent technical directive banning off throttle blowing create an environment where exhaust generated downforce for 2012 will be a much smaller proportion of the total than it was in 2011.”
“On every lap of every Grand Prix, more than 500 sensors on each of our Formula 1 cars monitor and transmit vital performance metrics, in real time. Over the course of a race weekend we capture more than a billion data points. Processing, understanding and acting immediately on the implications of this data, are critical to our race-winning strategies.”
“Michael Schumacher is an improbable contender for becoming Chairman of German football club 1. FC Koln, it has been revealed in the German media.”
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Comment of the day
The performance of the Mercedes – safely behind the big three, safely ahead of the others – probably masked what is in fact a worrying peformance gap between the top and the mid-tier teams, which is now set to only grow with the likely abandoning of the RRA.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Fernando Alonso did his first test for McLaren five years ago today.
Alonso, who had just won back-to-back championship titles for Renault, appeared in an unbranded McLaren wearing blank overalls in a test at Jerez in Spain.