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“We would all love to have quicker lap times, extremely consistent tyres, finishing with the race pace like we had in qualifying. That’s obviously what the drivers would love, but that wasn’t the most exciting thing for the racing. Trying to find somewhere in the middle is never easy and at the moment we have a pretty good show for the crowd. Whether it’s by design or accident… it’s turned out that way.”
“Due to the lack of running for Paul [di Resta] today we have chosen to split the final day of Mugello testing between Paul and Nico [Hulkenberg]. Paul AM & Nico PM.”
“Exhausts [on day two at] Mugello: Top exit: Mercedes, Lotus, HRT, Marussia. McLaren-style exhaust: McLaren, Williams, Force India, Sauber and Toro Rosso. Sauber ramp: Red Bull. Red Bull tunnel: Caterham. Ferrari have Ferrari exhausts, which might change to the Sauber (Red Bull) exhaust or perhaps McLaren (McLaren) exhausts…”
“It is a matter of record that Ecclestone owned Kyalami in the 1980s, having bought it for a pittance (plus liabilities of one million rand, then $500,000) on the day of the 1979 Grand Prix. It was sold on public auction at the height of the FOCA/FISA war a year later; rumour had it Ecclestone appointed a frontman to appease FISA, which accused him of conflict of interest as FOCA boss, Brabham team owner and circuit proprietor.”
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Comment of the day
Atticus saw Jenson Button’s demo run in Hungary on Tuesday:
I live in Budapest and I was there. These parades brings the action so so close. Button literally did his spins 10 metres away from me. Indeed, there were a lot of people out there. Jenson did his runs, signed autographs and one girl incidentally noted how small he is – despite being of the tallest on the grid. I managed to take some magnificently polished close-ups of the MP4-26 as well, they are among my best latest photos. (I am an amateur photographer.)
And boy, these V8 sounds good nevertheless – I only heard them live once so far in 2009 at a similar event of Red Bull in Budapest. The V10s of 2005 at the Hungaroring are an even more distant memory. I hope to get to Spa or Monza this year or the next – if Spa remains.
All in all, Button’s demo run was a great experience.
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Happy birthday to J.Danzig!
On this day in F1
Nigel Mansell made it four wins from four starts at the beginning of the 1992 season with victory in the Spanish Grand Prix 20 years ago today.
Mansell dominated the wet race but Michael Schumacher impressed for Benetton, finishing second after Riccardo Patrese crashed. Jean Alesi completed the podium for Ferrari.
Here’s the start of the race. You can see how the track has changed since its original incarnation, including the loss of the fast Nissan chicane, the changes at Campsa, and the more recent addition of a chicane before the final corner.
Image © Red Bull/Getty images