Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2011

Horner names Button as Vettel’s biggest rival

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2011

In the round-up: Red Bull team principal Christan Horner tips Jenson Button to be Sebastian Vettel’s closest rival in 2012.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Red Bull’s Horner see Jenson Button as main rival (BBC)

“Jenson had a great year last year and you can?t rule him out. He will probably be the strongest challenger.”

Red Bull won’t regret leaving FOTA – Horner (ESPN)

“I think the problem with FOTA is that its purpose had become clouded and it was dealing with issues that were beyond its remit. Therefore, we chose to step out of FOTA for the time being and wished them well for the future. But we are very comfortable with our decision and we’d rather be master of our own destiny than a part of FOTA at this time.”

Lopez: F1 is missing Kubica (Autosport)

“We were ready to carry on and figure out how to make him get back sooner inside the car and perhaps later in the championship. But I’m not at all happy for what happened later. We couldn’t do more; I don’t think it was Robert…”

Motor racing-Hamilton makes Monaco a home race (Reuters)

“It was a bit boring where I was living before, not many people around, so it was good to move.”

Scarbs' Seat Leon F-duct
Scarbs' Seat Leon F-duct

ScarbsF1 via Twitter

“F1 aero tests, I can confirm the F-duct has no benefit on a Seat Leon!”

South Africa ’72 – 40 years ago today (McLaren)

“I spoke for the first time. ‘Very pleased to meet you, Mr Andretti. And congratulations on your win here last year. How?s the car going so far?’ ‘Not as well as in 71, I can tell you that, replied Mario… and I was off.”

Williams Reports 2011 Annual Results (Williams)

Adam Parr: “We have made a number of new technical appointments that will strengthen our performance in Formula One and we are delighted with our new partnerships with Renault in Formula One and Jaguar on the C-X75 hybrid supercar project. Our new business developments across Williams Hybrid Power, Williams Advanced Engineering and the Williams Technology Centre Qatar are delivering promising results.”

Martin Brundle: When I see the movie, I see the Senna that I knew (The Sun)

“You could see it in qualifying in a Formula One car and I saw it in Formula Three where he could be at one with the car, the car just sliding on the absolute limit of adhesion. Watching his qualifying laps in a turbocharged Formula One car is still mindblowing today.”

Comment of the day

The response to one of yesterday’s articles suggests the Drag Reduction System debate is here to stay in 2012. Here’s a thoughtful view from GT_Racer:

Was hoping they would just stick to the one as I think the one zone at Melbourne a year ago kind of worked better than what we had most other places.

Having said that however I?d much rather there be no DRS zones at all, Either ban it or if they’re going to keep it just let them use it everywhere a certain number of times per race like the push-to-pass systems you see used in other categories.

Looking at the polls from the link in the article it seems that majority of fans don?t necessarily have a problem with DRS but do have a problem with the way it’s used.

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On this day in F1

Speaking of DRS, this time last year everyone was wondering how the new device would change F1. Rubens Barrichello offered some thoughts:

“I think it should be used in a way that should help promote overtaking. But people will be tempted to do flat corners with that down.”

Barrichello’s warning was heeded by the FIA, who banned drivers from using DRS in the tunnel at Monaco and through Eau Rouge at Spa.

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