F1 Fanatic round-up
In today’s round-up: Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn now owns one-third of the team.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
Peter Sauber: “Transferring one third of the stake to her represents an important step for me in providing continuity. My desire is to ensure that the company continues to be led as I would want over the long term.”
“Drivers and teams do everything they can to try to predict how the car is going to be at a given race and how the tyres are going to behave. But it looks like there are some other ingredients that can tip it in a different direction for you and you suddenly end up in a whole other box.”
“Everyone has to learn F1 again. It has become a kind of lottery to find out the window in which a tyre works. And I do not believe this just happens on purpose to create more overtaking and tension in the races. I suppose no-one really understands these tyres.”
“Young American racer and GP3 Series race winner Conor Daly has been chosen by the Sahara Force India F1 Team to conduct aero testing for the squad this week at Cotswold Airport [formerly Kemble] in Gloucestershire, the team has announced this morning.”
“I can have a five minute chat with Button or Webber for example, but drivers generally are often more than a little self-centred, guarded, arrogant, into themselves, blinkered etc, etc. I don’t mean to sound disingenuous about them – there are of course exceptions – but it is often the case.”
“As I was heading back I could hear this explosion and everybody looked up at the smoke so I ran back through it all to see people pulling all the fire extinguishers down the pit lane. It was absolute bloody chaos, but what was amazing about the fire was the camaraderie and all the support that the teams gave.”
Former Tyrrell chief mechanic Neil Davis: “I was over at Lotus, borrowing some bits and pieces [another interesting reflection on the times] when I turned round and saw a huge orange ball of flame where our team was. Ken [Tyrrell] had been using a five-gallon churn to add petrol to one of the cars. Fortunately the tanks were nearly full and Ken was adding the last little drop when the whole thing erupted like an inferno. Ken dropped the churn, partly on fire.”
“The car, which had a reserve price of £550,000, was being sold at the Northamptonshire racing circuit. However, it was withdrawn after bidding ended at £505,000.”
Contrary to the headline, this Toleman TG184 is not the car Ayrton Senna made his F1 debut in – that was the TG183B. Pictures of both below.
How to make the perfect salad Nicoise. Also, an interview with Williams test driver Susie Wolff.
Comment of the day
Does the significance of the next race, the Monaco Grand Prix, get lost in today’s crowded schedule? Here’s what Bullfrog has to say:
I’m loving the sense of occasion in the weeks before the Indy 500, and there’ll be similar anticipation for Le Mans when testing gets underway. But the other event in the racing “Grand Slam”, the Monaco Grand Prix, doesn’t have the same build-up. It’s crammed into a packed calendar and presented as just another F1 event that begins with the same old team press releases full of words like “aggressive”, “programme” and “challenge”… seems a shame to me.
From the forum
- A reader makes a last-minute decision to go to Monaco and has some questions
- Lola enter administration
Happy birthday to Ponzonha and Tenerifeman!
On this day in F1
Nigel Mansell’s domination of the 1992 season showed no sign of stopping in the San Marino Grand Prix.
He won from pole position for the fifth race in a row. And for the fourth time in five races he spent every lap in the lead.
Team mate Riccardo Patrese was second and he spent every lap in that position as well. Ayrton Senna, third, finished almost 50 seconds behind Mansell.
Here’s the start of the race:
Image © Sauber F1 Team