Mark Webber, Red Bull, Montreal, 2012

“All the teams understand the tyres now” – Marko

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Montreal, 2012In the round-up: Red Bull’s Helmut Marko believes the teams have unlocked the mysteries of the 2012-spec tyres.


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Q&A with Red Bull?s Helmut Marko (F1)

“At the first couple of races, if you were able to get the tyres to temperature it didn?t matter what car you were in – tyres temperature meant everything, the car nothing. That is now a thing of the past, as all teams do understand the tyres now and that means that we go back to the ??usual? balance of power.”

Austin?s F1 track gets inspection next week (Austin-American Statesman)

“Circuit of the Americas, the $300 million racetrack under construction in southeastern Travis County, will be inspected next week by representatives from car racing?s governing body, FIA.”

Mario Andretti Joins Circuit of the Americas (Circuit of the Americas)

“Circuit of The Americas is proud to announce motorsports legend, Mario Andretti, as an official Circuit ambassador.”

F1 full of double agents (The Sun)

Adrian Newey: “Perhaps the most outrageous example of gamesmanship I came across was when a team planted an engineer at one of my former teams for a year. He was a mole and then the other team took him back, and I am even told that during that time he was getting two salaries.”

Webber struggling with final chicane (Autosport)

“”I’m not happy in the last chicane. Normally I am [happy there], but I can’t get into it and then I have poor change of direction.”

Montreal F1 protesters target downtown site (CBC)

“Protesters have taken to the streets for the third consecutive day to voice their opposition to the Canada Grand Prix, one of Montreal’s biggest tourist draws.”

Heikki Kovalainen via Twitter

“Wow what a quali today, had massive moment in the last chicane was out of control, lucky not to have yesterday’s repeat.. On the limit!”

The FIA force Red Bull to change axle hole design feature (BBC)

“BBC Sport understands that on arrival at the Canadian GP, FIA race director Charlie Whiting felt that the holes in the Red Bull axles – which have been on the car since the start of the season – were also illegal.”

Ted’s Qualy notebook (Sky)

Red Bull’s axle holes had been on the car since the second pre-season test in February.

The most powerful woman in Formula 1 (CNN)

Video interview with Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn.

Comment of the day

Is 2012 losing its unpredictable edge? Damonsmedley thinks so:

Had a strong sense of deja vu, too, as it reminded me of the 2010 season with Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton and Webber battling it out for pole.

All the whining about F1 being too predictable will look a bit silly later in the year, especially if someone runs away with it like in 2011. There?s only so many drivers that will win this year, and the championship story will develop itself along the way.

And hopefully that feeling of deja vu continues, as I?d readily welcome another 2010!

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On this day in F1

Lewis Hamilton scored his first F1 victory five years ago today.

He won a dramatic Canadian Grand Prix which was interrupted by a shocking crash involving Robert Kubica, who was fortunate to escape serious injury.

Nick Heidfeld finished second ahead of Alexander Wurz.

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