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Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “If a fan on the grandstands doesn’t see much running in Q3, then that fan casts the blame on Pirelli thinking that we don’t want to spend any more money in order to supply more tyres.”
“Mr. Donald Mackenzie, Managing Partner of CVC Capital Partners, said: ‘This is great news for Formula 1 and an important step in its development. CVC became the controlling shareholder of Formula 1 in 2006. Since that date we have supported the company and its management as they have grown the company with great success. The addition of these three highly regarded investors to our share register is validation of this success, and we look forward to working with our new partners over the coming years.’”
“The deals by Waddell & Reed, BlackRock and Norges Bank Investment Management, which each invested separately earlier this year, put the total price of the company at $7.2bn, or $9.1bn including debt.”
“I wouldn’t appoint somebody to do my job because nobody would run the business the way I do. You might as well have asked Frank Sinatra who he would appoint to replace him. Somebody can sing but can they sing like Sinatra? No. Will somebody run the business the way I run it? No. They might run it better but they wouldn’t run it the same.”
Pat Fry: “Apart from this sensitivity to temperature, [the tyres] are also quite sensitive to the way the drivers use them. In a race where three pit stops would be considered the norm, if the driver is very very careful on the rear tyres, you might be able to keep them in good enough shape to do just two stops. But if you push hard on the tyres they degrade and a driver can damage them a little bit by pushing.”
Caterham technical director Mark Smith: “There is a cost implication [of building a wind tunnel] but equally we’re aware that, at the moment in some of the discussion forums within F1, the idea of cost saving is being discussed, and it’s important that we set ourselves up going forward to be optimum in that respect. At the moment, the Williams wind tunnel is a very good tunnel for us, it works well, and when we’re in Leafield it will be quite convenient.”
“I sense that, in no particular order, we can point to the arrival of Mike Coughlan, vastly improved aerodynamics, some new and very clever personnel in key positions, a vigorous desire to recover and, of course, that Renault engine that has served Red Bull so well these past few seasons.”
“The Rush crew has visited the Brands Hatch, Crystal Palace, Snetterton and Cadwell Park circuits, as well as spending a large chunk of time at its own specially created pit/paddock facility at Blackbushe airfield.”
“It was an epic climax to a race that all hard-core Formula One fans cite as a classic. But it could never happen today, thanks to the introduction of KERS – the system that stores energy from braking which can then be used to provide a power boost – and DRS, the drag reduction system, in which the rear wing can be adjusted on certain parts of the circuit to increase the car’s top speed.”
“Team founder, Sir Frank Williams, whose team won the most recent Grand Prix in Spain, attended the show on Monday.”
Comment of the day
Raymondu999 on Paul di Resta’s prospects:
To be honest I find di Resta to be a bit of a Button. This isn’t to say he’s good, nor does it say he’s bad. I’m saying he’s in the same category as Button. His strength has generally been his consistency in my opinion, and his highest high is never too far from his lowest low.
Most of his better drives, for example, have come from tyre saving and just choosing his fights, and being smart about his race management. I don’t think we’ve seen a race from him that has become amazing thanks to prodigious pace. This isn’t to say he doesn’t have it – I’m just saying he hasn’t shown it.
From the forum
- Very funny video of Jenson Button and David Coulthard being interviewed by a young fan from robk23
- Important lesson for any racing driver – make sure you notice when the race has finished
- GP2 relaxes its tyre rules
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Happy birthday to Emmet!
On this day in F1
One of the most remarkable conclusions ever seen to a race in any series unfolded in the final laps of the Monaco Grand Prix, 30 years ago today.
Alain Prost was leading when he crashed his Renault as rain began to fall. Brabham’s Riccardo Patrese took over the lead but spun at the hairpin.
Didier Pironi was next to lead for Ferrari but stopped in the tunnel with an electrical problem.
Meanwhile Andrea de Cesaris, who would have inherited the lead from Pironi, was parking his Alfa Romeo having also run out of fuel. Next Derek Daly came to a halt with no rear wing, front-left damage and a broken gearbox having clouted the barrier at Tabac a few laps earlier.
Finally Patrese got his Brabham going again and crawled home to win. He stopped to pick up Pironi on the way home – the Ferrari driver classified second despite retiring – while de Cesaris was given third.
Here’s the drama as it unfolded, complete with commentary from the BBC’s Murray Walker and James Hunt:
Also, happy 40th birthday to Rubens Barrichello!
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