F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Vitaly Petrov thinks Ferrari will keep the under-performing Felipe Massa at least until the August break.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“I don’t think they’ll fire Massa just now. At least not until August.”
“The day has come for HRT Formula 1 Team to officially open its doors to the new headquarters at the Caja Magica in Madrid.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “The stewards took a decision. I didn’t anticipate the severity of that penalty – I don’t think many people did, frankly. With hindsight you can revisit your decisions. I stand by what we did. We have to accept that there was less fuel in the car than we anticipated. We were fully open with the FIA.”
“GP2, the previous championship which was promoted by Briatore and is now owned by the Formula One group is a major league rip-off. Teams cannot use parts unless they are supplied by he series, and these are supplied at a huge premium to normal prices.”
“There was one karting race when I was something like 14 years-old. I was in second place and I said to myself I will wait until the last lap and then I will then get him. On the corner I had planned to pass him, he defended and I didn’t expect that and he won the race. So what I took home from that day was that you shouldn’t wait forever to make your move.”
“The air outside the Ferrari enclave is becoming increasingly foul and I bear left as leave, aiming towards the end of the paddock where the horizon looks clearest. I try not to inhale while walking, but the back of my throat feels odd for the next couple of hours. If that’s what it’s like for me, on the fringe, I hate to think how it must have been for those closer to the blaze.”
“Before the start of the season I decided to look at what teams released and when so that I could write about it here. I’ve never previously taken a look across all the teams in this way, and what I found surprised me to the extent that I questioned whether or not the teams in one of the most commercial sports in the world have got it right.”
Comment of the day
However I picked this from Don Navarro as the winner:
Bernie: Bring out the 70-candle birthday cake from the garage!
From the forum
- Video shows why Schumacher got a reprimand for cutting the track to hold up Hamilton
- Still keeping tabs on the Nürburgring 24h with this great thread from Gerdoner
- Your thoughts on the BBC’s Top 20 F1 drivers so far
Happy birthday to Ned Flanders!
On this day in F1
Graham Hill scored his first F1 win 50 years ago today at the wheel of a BRM in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.
Jim Clark led early on for Lotus before hitting trouble with the new 25. Hill led home Clark’s team mate Trevor Taylor and Ferrari’s Phil Hill.
Here’s a short video from the race:
Image © Caterham/LAT