F1 Fanatic round-up
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Renault Sport F1′s managing director Jean-Francois Caubet believes that a lifting of the current limitation of manufacturer to supply a maximum of three teams would be a big help – especially amid uncertainty about the number of outfits independent suppliers PURE and Cosworth may reach deals with. That would leave the way open for Renault to supply up to six teams, which could mean that the costs of its deal may not be as high as those engine makers only supplying two or three teams like Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari.”
“Up-and-coming racing drivers are to benefit from the experience and insight of Jenson Button and Alex Wurz after the pair became the first Formula 1 drivers to sign up to an online coaching website. The SAFEisFAST website, run by the American Road Racing Drivers Club, launched the ground-breaking online initiative earlier this year and signed up a host of American racing stars including Dario Franchitti to provide expert advice to aspiring drivers, who were given the opportunity to submit questions to the famous racing names.”
Luca Baldisserri: “Perez is undoubtedly talented, but he often lets himself down by being too aggressive which, especially in Formula 1, does not deliver results. The Montreal race was a great response, a race in which Sergio not only ran at a great pace, but also managed his race very well, managing to stay on track for fifty laps on the same set of tyres.”
“We have to understand the tyres better, although we do understand quite a lot by now. It is an interesting topic – one that I would say is key to this year’s championship. But if you take those seven different winners then all the others are also trying to get acquainted with the tyres – not just us. It is a very difficult language to learn!”
“If we manage to exploit our full potential as a team, in other words get everything right from Friday morning to Sunday evening, a great deal is possible. After seven races it is patently clear that the C31 can be fast on virtually any kind of track.”
“This weekend’s Le Mans 24 hours will feature twenty-two former F1 drivers among those entered for the classic French race. Best placed to win the event is former Toyota F1 driver Allan McNish, and former Minardi and Williams driver Marc Gene, who race for the factory Audi team, the outright favourite for the event, having won the previous two years running.”
InsideSimRacing.tv speak to Codemasters developers Paul Jeal and Stephen Hood about their upcoming F1 2012 game.
Comment of the day
I am of two minds about your view on the tyre war. On the one hand, we F1 fans enjoy the engineering side of the sport, with teams cleverly finding innovate systems to make their cars go ever faster. Why shouldn’t the tyres be part of that package? And if not, why stop at fixing the tyres? The engines are very expensive, so perhaps there should be a single engine supplier as well. Aerodynamics are largely irrelevant to the road car industry, so perhaps there should be a standard aero-kit as well.
I guess the only way to minimise the chances of one team or driver running away with all the races is to have a very constrained rule book – which is what we have now, but many people complain about the lack of freedom the engineers have in designing their cars. And it’s not just F1 that’s struggling with trade-off between engineering freedom and parity, as in touring car series there are (or were, I haven’t kept in touch) these silly rules that the winners have to take extra weight on board, and in IndyCar with 3 (if you count Lotus anyway…) engine suppliers, parity is also a topic of discussion.
I suppose what I’m trying to say is that I would welcome another tyre supplier back in F1. It would be a good opportunity to get rid of all the silly tyre rules (having to race both compounds and starting on the Q3 set), it would improve the purity of the racing (even if that sounds a bit silly), and we might still see some interesting racing (for instance if one tyre supplier is better for qualifying, and the other(s) for the race). What happened in 2002 with one guy completely dominating was unfortunate, but by no means the only logical outcome of having multiple tyre suppliers, nor is domination ruled out with a single tyre supplier. Last year, for instance, it may have been that Vettel’s domination was partly due to the fact that he got on with the Pirellis better than his nearest rivals.
From the forum
An interesting debate around the friendships and relationships that exist between current F1 drivers.
Going to the European Grand Prix at Valencia? See what other Fanatics are doing here.
Happy birthday to David A, Vikas and Mateuss!
On this day in F1
James Hunt passed away on this day in 1993. The 1976 world champion died of a heart attack at the age of 45.