F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: HRT delay the first appearance of their new car after failing a crash test.
“14 crash tests passed. Chassis approved but the two that failed (by minor margin) prevent us to have the car ready for first Barcelona test.”
Technical director Pat Fry: “I am not happy with where we are at the moment. There is a lot of room for us to improve. Reliability-wise it is good. Performance-wise I think we are okay.”
“On the first day the car was good, but I have to say that on the second day it was even better. If it only set the fifth-best time then it was down to the fact that we tried different things.”
Technical director Paddy Lowe: “My model of it is that it’s not a case of us missing some trick. It is not a trick or a loophole that we did not spot. We have always known that you can lift your chassis there, but have chosen to not do it now.”
“It is going to have a big impact on the racing because the compounds are closer now. It is difficult for me to foresee how that will go, but it will be different.”
“It’s been two months since we were in the car so it does take a couple of laps to get back in the rhythm, but the car feels fine and as we expected.”
“No running for me today unfortunately. Hoping for a better day tomorrow.”
“Until it takes concerted measures to reform the electoral, penal and judicial processes, international observers as well as ordinary Bahrainis can have little confidence that Bahrain is on the path to reform and political stability. We urge the FIA to reconsider its decision to continue with the race.
“Lord Ahmad Of Wimbledon; Lord Ahmed Of Rotherham; Lord Alton; Lord Avebury; Baroness Falkner Of Margravine; Lord Hylton; Caroline Lucas; Lord Boswell.”
“It has been announced today that Heikki Kovalainen has joined IMG Worldwide as his new management team, as well as being represented for all future commercial interests.”
“The circuit authorities say that they had negotiated a deal with the Formula One group to host a race every two years for just €9.8 million ($13 million), which spread across two financial years meant an annual investment in F1 of only $6.5 million. Without the F1 deal the Nurburgring would likely sink further into financial trouble as the race generates not only spectators, but also visitors throughout the year.”
Pictures of development at the new home of the United States Grand Prix.
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Comment of the day
I bet Hulkenberg was pretty annoyed with Bianchi – I know I would be if I were him.
As for Ferrari, I want to believe that they can mix it up with Red Bull and McLaren this year, but there’s just a niggly part in my mind that says that they’ve possibly been too aggressive. As was said above, they had a solid car in Silverstone, when the exhaust-blown diffuser was restricted with the engine mapping taken away, so surely they should have evolved on that concept if their car wasn’t gaining much of a benefit from it as Red Bull and especially McLaren had done.
It’s also nice to see that Lotus can continue the quick times with Grosjean, even if times at this stage do mean nothing.
From the forum
- When he’s not crashing Force Indias, Jules Bianchi will be racing in Formula Renault 3.5 this year
- Nissan to join V8 Supercars from 2013
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Happy birthday to Aqeel!
On this day in F1
Teams ran with messages of support for the injured Robert Kubica in testing on this day last year: