F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: New video from the Bahrain Grand Prix shows Romain Grosjean was instructed to let Kimi Raikkonen past for second place.
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Highlights from Sunday’s race, including Lotus telling Romain Grosjean: “Kimi is faster than you, do not hold him up.”
Ferrari head of race operations Diego Ioverno: “I would expect in three or four races that the field will be more spread. The top teams will go away and the others will stay the same, because the top teams can develop their car more. But saying that, understanding tyres is much more difficult this year, so anything may happen.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “At the start last year there was a lot of discussion and you will find that two or three races from now we won’t be having this discussion. Because the engineers will work out how to maximise the performance on the car they will find a balance and a relative level of normality will occur.”
“Surely we want to see a race that is not governed by tyres, that is run without constant interruptions for rubber. There is a balance of course and we should not return to rock-hard tyres. But Grand Prix racing must now take a step back, review the rate of degradation, and settle on a less extreme strategy for mixing up the order. We want racing on the track, not in the pit lane, please.”
Narain Karthikeyan: “The popularity of the sport is growing by the day. Formula One is in India to stay. Cricket has always attracted the crowds and hence the sponsors in India but with the IPL (Indian Premier League), a saturation point is fast approaching.”
Ecclestone is getting married for the third time.
Comment of the day
Lots of interesting points on yesterday’s discussion about tyres. DaveW believes the pendulum has swung too far:
If your car lacks basic balance, there is no driving around that or managing it any more. Look at Button, not known as a tyre destroyer. He had a dynamic imbalance in Bahrain from the start his race was basically finished–this tires would simply evaporate way early, forcing an early stop, and a spiral out of contention. Pirelli is not allowing “car control” or anything else to prevail over a poor handling car. It actually punishes this skill. More generally, Pirelli threatens to take complete control of the “racing” and to put it in one dimension—the sphere of guessing-managing the degradation curve.
If, as Keith says, as in 2011, the teams will crack the code and figure out how to lower and smooth the degradation curve, what will have been the point of Pirelli’s attempt to create fun chaos? It will have just been an experiment in computer modelling for the teams. Will they then revise their construction formula to start the game over again?
As far as the race ratings going up due to Pirelli, I think people are going to soon realise what is happening is not the racing they know and love. Like doughnuts and other sugary treats, this product will give tummy aches in large doses.
From the forum
- Davide Valsecchi claims his third win in seven days in GP2
- The Rally Argentina gets started – and it’s going to be a long, punishing event
Happy birthday to Russell G. and Varun!
On this day in F1
The 1957 Grand Prix of Naples – a non-championship event – was won by Peter Collins at the wheel of a Lancia-Ferrari D50.