Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2009

Patrese says Ferrari should hire an Italian

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Giancarlo Fisichella, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2009

In the round-up: Riccardo Patrese suggests Ferrari should replace Felipe Massa with a young Italian driver.


Riccardo Patrese official website

“Maybe Ferrari, if they wanted, could have an Italian driver as the second driver in the team particularly as [Felipe] Massa hasn?t looked particularly good in the last couple of seasons. They could take a small risk to take a young Italian driver but this hasn?t happened since the time of Michele Alboreto.”

Exclusive Mark Webber Q&A: Still hungry for success (F1)

“Last year it was never just the two Red Bull drivers. It?s true Sebastian [Vettel] had a fantastic season last year, but in 2010 everything was much closer. And I think it is the goal to bring it back to that at least.”

Force India ‘must define’ ambitions (Autosport)

“The question for the shareholders I think really is: do you want to stay the best of the rest, or do you want to make a move to become a podium contender?”

Williams admits Newey mistake (Sky)

“He wanted some shares that I didn’t want to give to him at the time. [That] was arguably, with hindsight, a mistake. Adrian is quite a remarkable individual.”

Alonso on track at Jarama: “Moving forward step by step” (Ferrari)

“It?s true there are only four more days of testing and we will have to also make use of the first Friday at a race weekend to continue with development, but the car is reasonably complex and needs time, as was the case over the first eight days. It is definitely too early to say where we are compared to the others. Red Bull is very strong, but that?s hardly a surprise.”

India ??to open up air sector in effort to save carrier? (The Times, subscription required)

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Comment of the day

Vjanik on why F1 needs greater variety in track design:

F1 teams build the fastest cars for the tracks that they race on. top speed is just not as important on F1 circuits as cornering speed (in terms of lap time gain) so logically team spend more time and resources on downforce. But if you took the F1 teams and gave them an oval calendar you would see how fast they can go in a straight line. remember these are prototypes that are tailored to their environment. change that, and the cars will change too.

If you took Formula 1 rules and applied them to the oval, you would get much faster lap times than by using the IndyCar rules. Thats what makes F1 the highest form of motorsport.

Don’t forget that the easiest part of the track for an F1 driver is the straight. Thats where they take a break from the g-forces, talk to their enegeneers, etc. Its also where they achieve the top speed, but if that speed was 20 or 30kph faster it wouldnt change much. they wouldnt probably even notice.

But if you can go through Eau Rouge 10kph faster, trust me, you notice. And thats where true skill and car development is. Not on the straights.

I think we should have more variability of tracks on the calendar. Not necessarily ovals, but more tracks like Monza or the old Hockenheim, so that aero is not always king.

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