F1 Fanatic round-up
F1 Fanatic Live
First of all, those of you in the UK remember that the clocks go forward one hour at 1am on Sunday morning.
F1 Fanatic Live will be running today for the GP2 feature race from Malaysia, followed by the Malaysian Grand Prix and finally the IndyCar Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
You can join in here:
And here are the start times for those races:
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“High-level sources close to the outfit have revealed, however, that the team is unhappy about the deal that has been put on the table, and especially the way that terms being offered to all the front-running outfits are not the same.”
“Obviously it was tough with the conditions we have now and we are not competitive. We did one lap, we knew it was not possible to compete with the guys in front so ninth is okay.”
“Maybe I am a bit disappointed as I very well could have ended up in P3 – or even on pole position. But I made a small mistake and there you go. And then with the penalty, of course that costs us even more.”
“I look forward to overtaking, definitely, tomorrow. I think we have a good speed advantage. I have a good speed advantage over the people in front, so that should definitely help with overtaking.”
“This year it is likely to earn $550m in TV rights, according to Formula Money, which tracks F1 finances. But F1 is broadcast mainly on free-to-air TV around the world, so could potentially increase its TV rights revenue substantially by switching to pay-TV broadcasters (F1 struck a deal with British Sky Broadcasting last year).”
“Normally our starts are pretty strong and there’s a lot of track between the start line and the first corner, so if we have no problems this time I’ll be looking to make up as much ground as I can before we get there.”
“Here this circuit is a little bit more representative for the rest of the year, and that’s good, to have a car that’s competitive in both those tracks.”
“For rival teams to replicate this system, they will need to find space to package the ducts inside the footwell area. As we saw in 2010, teams can be very imaginative in creating way to package this sort of solution. But this will take time and may explain some team’s opposition to the legality of the system.”
“Still believe that Vettel will come out on top of Webber especially regarding points as I believe he will be stronger in the races.”
Comment of the day
Djdaveyp85 is disappointed with Nico Rosberg’s qualifying performances:
One thing that has disappointed me in both qualifying sessions so far this year… Nico Rosberg.
He has had a car that has nearly-pole potential at both races and in both qualifying sessions so far he has snuffed his chance to put his car into a great position.
Every time he has had a good chance to be in such a position so far he has cracked under the pressure (remember the mistake coming out of the pits at Singapore a few years ago where he had potential to get into a race winning position or at least a good podium?).
He needs to sort this aspect of his driving out and deliver on the potential that we all know is there.
From the forum
- Kimi Raikkonen and lovely hair in a new TV ad for Rexona
- Rubens Barrichello will start his first IndyCar race from 13th, Will Power is on pole position – video from qualifying
- Luiz Razia wins the GP2 season opener in Malaysia – video highlights from round one
Happy birthday to Guilherme Teixeira and Marc!
On this day in F1
Karun Chandhok’s first appearance for Lotus (now Caterham) at Melbourne in 2011 did not go well.
He crashed at turn four on his first lap out of the pits:
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