F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: A new series featuring former F1 drivers is planned in India.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Vitantonio Liuzzi, Giancarlo Fisichella, the legendary Jean Alesi and Heinz-Harald Frentzen have been linked to the series.”
“Each driver will only get six days of running before the start of the season, so every kilometre in testing will have to be useful. I can’t wait to get started!”
“Dieter Gass, former deputy technical director at Lotus and previously at Toyota, has joined Audi to work on their DTM and WEC teams.”
“We want to reacquaint ourselves with the taste of winning that has eluded us for a while. Last spring, we made important changes to the structure of the technical part of the team and now we have adopted a new approach, a less conservative one, in the design of the new car. The philosophy behind the 2012 car is very different to that of 2011, especially in some key areas like suspension and aerodynamics.”
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Comment of the day
It would be silly to write them off for 2012, but signing a host of “star name” designers is not an automatic guarantee of success either.
Bob Bell has been at Mercedes for a few months but Costa and Willis have only just joined and probably won’t be able to make a significant impact on the W03. There’s also the potential problem of how to get that many senior people working closely enough together and all pulling in the same direction. Too many cooks, etc.
That said, I’d agree that Mercedes should be able to get closer to the top three teams in 2012. If anyone can overcome the problems of coordinating lots of senior engineers then it’s Ross Brawn.
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On this day in F1
Ten years ago today Silverstone dropped its earlier plans for a pit complex at the straight following Club corner.
A new pit building was eventually completed in that location and used for the first time this year.