In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton explains the steps he’s taken to avoid repeating the costly mistakes he made in 2011.
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“In Malaysia, for example, I flat-spotted a tyre which then led to me having to use the wrong set of tyres which then led to me running seventh which then led to me having a penalty with Fernando [Alonso]. It’s just trying to avoid those pitfalls.”
Luca di Montezemolo: “I have an idea: giving a minor team a Ferrari from the previous year and forcing them to field a young Italian. That would be fantastic…”
“It was a difficult winter because I was told quite late they no longer wanted me because I was quite sure before [Lotus, formerly Renault] had said they did. But my head never dropped. I always thought something would happen. I was quite clear in my mind to prepare for this year.”
“I was out for three years, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm now 43 and I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know if I can compare myself to when I was 30.”
“At least, unlike so many of his compatriots of earlier eras, [Jarno Trulli] has lived to tell the tale. But Formula One needs an Italian driver more than Italy needs another winemaker.”
“Fernando Alonso is an amazing driver. It?óÔé¼Ôäós because he is so talented that it makes me so angry to see him resort to such silly behaviour sometimes.”
Comment of the day
Aetost says there is more to Marussia’s problems than just their approach to design:
Everyone keeps blaming [Nick] Wirth?óÔé¼Ôäós all-CFD approach for Virgin?óÔé¼Ôäós misfortunes. Still, I fear the blame for their poor form is mostly down to money, or -more accurately- down to the complete lack of money.
Virgin made no secret of the fact that they had the smallest budget of the whole grid, and it showed.
According to Racecar, Wirth spend ?é?ú17.6m for CFD, a budget that, according to Scarbs, and I’m quoting here, is “well below other mifdield teams”. So not only did Wirth have fewer tools, the ones that he had were not good enough. Had Virgin had enough money to burn, they wouldn?óÔé¼Ôäót have contested the world championship with shopping carts, CFD-only or not.
So, their prospects for 2012 boil down to this: whether they have enough cash, or not. And judging by the sponsor-less MR01 and the the fact that Marussia is just a (very) small-time car manufacturer, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not that optimistic.
And another thing: according to an Autosport interview Pat Symonds gave a couple of months ago, the wind tunnel model for the MR01 was going to be ready by March, so it?óÔé¼Ôäós safe to assume that the MR01 is also an all-CFD affair.
From the forum
- Plans for the F1 Fanatic 2012 Australian Grand Prix Meet-up
- The guess the circuit thread is still going strong
Thanks to everyone who’s given feedback on any problems encountered since the new design was launched.
Several tweaks have just been made to fix some of the problems people have encountered, read about them here:
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On this day in F1
Sebastian Vettel got his 2010 championship campaign off to a perfect start with pole position for the season-opening race at Bahrain:
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