F1 Fanatic round-up
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“A number of Formula 1 teams expect the Bahrain Grand Prix to be called off amid security concerns caused by civil unrest, BBC Sport has learned.”
“There’s been some media speculation recently to the effect that the teams may seek to cancel this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix. That wouldn’t be possible. Teams are unable to cancel Grands Prix.”
“A centrepiece of [Jean] Todt’s evidence is a letter he received on Wednesday from John Yates, the senior police adviser to Bahrain’s ministry of interior, even though Yates warns that the current violence is placing ‘innocent members of the public in significant danger’. He goes on to describe recent reports of the situation in Bahrain as ‘distorted’ and ‘inaccurate’ before adding: ‘From what I have seen and witnessed, the willingness to reform is real and is being led from the highest level of government. Numerous and significant, tangible changes have already been made, particularly in relation to human rights.’”
“Dr Shehabi is one of many activists in Bahrain and abroad calling on Mr Ecclestone to cancel the race. ‘I enjoy Formula 1 and my husband is a motor sports fan. But how can we enjoy that when entire villages are under siege? When a man is on hunger strike?’ she said.”
“The 24-year-old was making a martial arts short film, ‘Kung Fu Vettel: Drive of the Dragon’, in a promotion for team partner and car manufacturer Infiniti alongside Chinese actress and model Celina Jade.”
“[Vettel] is a very balanced person. His head is not disturbed by all this VIP ********. He is not disturbed at all. Lewis is as good as Sebastian in terms of pure speed and talent but sometimes gets disturbed through his different lifestyle.”
“From Caterham’s Chinese Grand Prix preview: ‘Overtaking is difficult’. Williams say: ‘The longest straight in F1 means one thing: overtaking.’”
Comment of the day
Joel Holland has doubts about Williams’ latest signing:
Jamie Green: 29, British, seven DTM wins and from 73 races.
Susie Wolff: 29, British, two seventh place finishes from 61 races.
Now, far be it from me to suggest this decision was not made based on driving ability…
From the forum
- The funniest press release I’ve read in a long time: Lotus hit back at Sniff Petrol, Joe Saward, Caterham…
- Video of Niki Lauda’s 1976 Nurburgring crash being re-created for the film Rush
- The lap record at the home of the Bathurst 1000km touring car race has fallen… to a Formula Three car
- Toyota postpone their WEC debut at the Six Hours of Spa after a crash in testing at Paul Ricard
Happy birthday to Amy and Ben Thomas!
On this day in F1
The 1987 F1 season got off to a late start at Jacarepagua in Brazil.
Alain Prost with new McLaren team mate Stefan Johansson in third.
In between then was Nelson Piquet, who had to made an early pit stop due to overheating caused by debris in his radiators.
Fellow Brazilian Ayrton Senna briefly led but retired with engine trouble. Here’s footage of him during the race:
Image © Bryn Williams/Crash.Net