F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Lotus technical director James Allison says that, on paper, the E20 is not well-suited to the streets of Monaco.
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“If you take Barcelona, we were really very strong in the first two sectors; which are more of the sweeping parts of the track, and less good relatively in the third sector, which is the slower, twister part. Perhaps if we look back, of the five races we’ve done so far, the race where we were least impressive was China and that’s a track with relatively few sweeping corners and lots of lower speed traction events. So there is a train of thought that Monaco might not play to the strengths of our car.”
Luiz Perez-Sala: “They are more competitive than us. They have done a good job and I think short term we have many things to focus on in the building of the team.”
“F1 does not appear to need this artificiality to bring the teams closer together. There is real evidence to suggest that the cars are genuinely close, especially with the loss of exhaust-related downforce, a feature around which Red Bull built their championship-winning car in 2010 and 2011.”
“Watching 1982 Monaco GP. What a crazy race! My Dad did the last two laps with no rear wing I had no idea. He came within half lap of winning.”
“Formula 1 racing driver Heikki Kovalainen is to be immortalised in Angry Birds lore with a new Angry Birds Heikki release set for June 18th.”
Comment of the day
A late addition to Stats and Facts from Andrew81:
I’ve just unearthed another stat from this unusual Grand Prix. Maldonado ended another victory drought, that of the number 18, which hadn’t won since Peter Gethin triumphed in the the fantastic Italian Grand Prix of 1971. This was actually the longest victory drought of any number used in F1 today. That record now lies with the number 21, which has only Jackie Stewart’s victory in Argentina 1972 to its name (back when drivers changed numbers during the year).
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On this day in F1
The non-championship Syracuse Grand Prix was run as an F1 race for the last time 45 years ago today.
Just 12 cars were entered for the race and four of these were withdrawn. The finish was declared a dead heat by Ferrari drivers Mike Parkes and Ludovico Scarfiotti.
They shared first place with Jo Siffert third in a Rob Walker-run Cooper, two laps down.
Image © Lotus F1 Team/LAT