F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Teams continue to protest Mercedes’ rear wing design and use of DRS.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Teams have continued to lobby Whiting since returning from Malaysia last week and BBC Sport understands he will look in detail at their arguments this week before trying to come to a definitive position on the issue.”
“I’m not Charlie Whiting so I can’t tell you if it is legal or not. All I can tell you is that the antis argue the system should be deemed a driver-operated aerodynamic device, and therefore banned, while Mercedes insist that it isn’t a driver-operated system and so there’s no valid reason for it to be banned.”
The Malaysian Grand Prix in three-ish minutes.
“Fans of F1 and rally cartoonist Jim Bamber can see a selection of his work here http://bit.ly/HadIqe”
Comment of the day
Two more suggestions for teams who bounced back from poor seasons:
1997: (founded) Six points scored.
1998: Five points scored. Then…
1999: 36 points scored (four podiums including a race win).
Over a season, the most notable improvement in a car has to be the MP4-24. From being two seconds off the pace to what I consider the best car on the grid by the end of 2009 is staggering.
From the forum
- Formula Renault 3.5 champion and F3 Euroseies champion Robert Merhi join Mercedes’ driver development programme
- Power wins, Barrichello eighth in an exciting IndyCar race at Barber
Happy birthday to JT19!
On this day in F1
Victory in the United States Grand Prix West at Long Beach went to Lotus driver Mario Andretti on this day 35 years ago.
Jody Scheckter led most of the way in his Wolf before suffering a puncture four laps from home. He recovered to finish third behind pole sitter Niki Lauda.
Here’s the start of the race:
Image © Daimler/Hoch Zwei