Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Montreal, 2011

Tost: Buemi and Alguersuari lacked the “right stuff”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Montreal, 2011
Sebastien Buemi, Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Montreal, 2011

In the round-up Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi weren’t good enough to race for Red Bull.


Franz Tost Q&A: Toro Rosso looking for winners (F1)

“When we speak about the ‘right stuff’ for Red Bull Racing we are talking about a double world championship-winning team, which means that drivers who get elevated there must have the ability to win races and championships. And it was from that perspective that second thoughts set in when it came to Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari.”

Williams sure FW34 a step forward (Autosport)

Mark Gillan: “Sometimes the car can not look good in certain areas but there is not much lap time by improving those specific things, but in areas such as the low speed, where you get most lap time to gain, those are areas to investigate to always try to improve.”

Bahrain return comes under fire (The Independent)

“Ecclestone’s words were ‘sad and disappointing’, said the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights. ‘It is not a good message for the race to go ahead.'”

Why this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix should not be taking place (The Guardian)

“I’ve never been to Bahrain, though I may have the opportunity in a couple of months’ time. Meanwhile, though, I feel a deep unease. I know the country is changing, but there are still too many surviving hardliners in the police and military. I have spoken to people who are out there and their reports of violence and torture are just too vivid to be untrue. It took me back to 1990 and the terrors of South Africa, to a time when some naive folk still clung to the notion that politics and sport could be kept apart.”

F1 Authorities rally to support Bahrain GP (James Allen)

“Given the state of play at the moment, it?s inevitable that the opposition will take the opportunity to make its point when F1 comes to town, not by disrupting the event because it will be easy for the authorities to secure the circuit, but downtown, where the teams, media and sponsors? guests stay. It?s a prospect that few relish.”

Barrichello to announce plans at start of March (GP Update)

“As I told Bruno [Senna], we were not fighting each other but fighting the team to give us the place. I talked to Bruno and I wish him all the best.”

Brundle Q&A: The 2012 Grid (Sky)

“When I saw the ‘De la Rosa to HRT’ headline, I just thought ‘that’s a good move – Pedro will make a good team boss’. It was only when I read the story that I realised he was coming back as a driver!”

Green is the colour ?ǣ Part 2; Aerodynamics (Lotus)

“Building underground also opened up other advantages, such as the stable temperature. At a depth of just 1.5 metres the ground temperature rests at an almost constant 10???C all year round. This means the facility consumes less energy, as it will not be subject to the large external temperature variations of an exposed building and requires less energy to heat and cool.”

Sky Sports to unleash major campaign for new F1 channel (Brand Republic)

“The campaign, which includes TV, outdoor, press, digital and social media, will continue for the rest of the season.”

Comment of the day

Yesterday we saw the first glimpse of the Mercedes W03. Harry Palmer looks forward to its arrival:

I’m really quite excited about the W03, despite the disappointment of the last two Silver Arrows (hope over experience and all that). I hope the delayed release is deliberate and considered rather than because they misjudged things.

I think the fact they announced the intention so early suggests the former but we shall see! I’m not too fussed if it’s ugly as long as it’s quick (though I’d rather it didn?t look like its nose had been smashed in just before they took the cover off).
Harry Palmer

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On this day in F1

Following several days of protests by pro-democracy groups in Bahrain, and an often brutal crackdown by the government, the GP2 Asia teams abandoned their attempt to hold a race at the circuit one year ago today:

Here’s an opinion piece I wrote the following day:

The F1 race was eventually cancelled, but not without months of wrangling.