F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton was unhappy with his start, strategy and pace – as well as being hit by numbers falling from his pit board.
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“I wasn’t really informed. I didn’t have the information to say Sebastian was going to get me. I could easily have pushed. Those are communication things which you work on. I just have to ask them next time to give me more info.”
“It is understood that Ferrari, McLaren and Mercedes are unhappy that holes in the floor in front of the rear wheels of the RB8 do not comply with the regulations.”
“The hole caught the attention of rival teams during the Monaco weekend, and McLaren wrote to Red Bull at 1.32pm on Saturday, just prior to qualifying, expressing its opinion and giving the team a chance to change the car – something that clearly was not going to happen at such a late stage.”
“Talk focussed on whether the cut-out on the Red Bull constitutes an enclosed ‘hole’, hence meaning the floor is not ‘impervious’, as opposed to the cut-outs in similar places on the Sauber (red arrow in right-hand drawing) and Ferrari, for example, which are open at the floor’s edge.”
“Insiders are adamant that [Sebastian Vettel] has signed an option with Ferrari for 2014, subject to competitive form from the Prancing Horse stable for the rest of 2012.”
“You need to win. We need to be scoring all the time and then when days like this come along, you cannot let them go – at all. You have to grab them with both hands.”
Mark Webber: “I think, in general, qualifying has gone very well for me this year. Seb got me once in Bahrain, the rest have gone for well for me. Set-up-wise, we’ve always been pretty close, we always work very well as a team, to get the most out of both cars. He made some changes before qualifying, which – it looks in hindsight he wasn’t particularly happy with.”
“There is always the danger of complacency, and I am always reminding people the next accident is around the corner. There’s always that possibility. You can’t consider it is not going to happen because, inevitably, it will. We have to keep vigilant.”
“The Automobile Club de Monaco found a solution, but the start of the Porsche Supercup race was delayed by 15 minutes while the blockage was removed.”
Comment of the day
CeeVee on yesterday’s two big races:
Thank goodness the Indy 500 was on later and showed what motor racing should be. More changes for the lead in one race than we get in a whole season of F1 and, shock/horror, they took place on the track. Yes, tactics played a part but they didn’t dominate the way they do in F1 and they have tyres that allow the drivers to race.
F1 has been degenerating ever since it stopped being a single seat formula and became races with a driver in the car and a dozen or so co-drivers in the pits, monitoring systems and feeding driving instruction out to the car. The contrast between Monaco and the Indy 500 showed why F1 will never really succeed in the USA, it’s just not interesting enough.
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On this day in F1
Andrea Moda were surely one of the most hopeless entries ever seen in Formula 1. They only started a single race – the 1992 Monaco Grand Prix.
That was thanks to Roberto Moreno, who dragged the S921 through pre-qualifying on this day 20 years ago, before going on to qualify.
Here’s some rare video of the team at the only race they ever qualified for:
Image © McLaren/Hoch Zwei