F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: the apparent closure of the Simply the Ticket company website has left some F1 fans confused, angry and ticketless.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Many F1 fans have found themselves without tickets for upcoming Grands Prix, including the British GP at Silverstone, despite paying for them, due to the apparent closure of a business called Simply The Ticket. Fans, many of whom are travelling to Valencia this week for the European GP, became alarmed when tickets did not arrive and have been trying to get information over the weekend. The company’s website and Twitter account are no longer active.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “If F1 is perceived as a gas-guzzling sport that has no regard to the technologies that are very relevant to automotive companies, then we really promote the wrong image. F1 should be about efficiency. People are talking about the efficient use of resources. No sport should be at liberty to spend almost unlimited amounts of money and resource with no focus on efficiency.”
Paul Hembery: “I think you have to look at someone like, maybe Michael getting the pole position. He probably would have won Monaco if he hadn’t been penalised, so why not there? Michael for Valencia, that’s where the money needs to go.”
Jenson Button: “We’ve had seven different winners and no clear championship leader has emerged, so I’ll be looking to get a decent result under my belt next weekend in order to get my title bid back on track. I know just how strong Vodafone McLaren Mercedes can be. Valencia is a track I really enjoy; I’ve already won on a street circuit this year so I’m definitely optimistic about having a great weekend and picking up the momentum again in the title fight.”
“Documents recently filed by the Formula 1′s Jersey-based parent company Delta Topco show that David Campbell was awarded a stake – understood to be 0.1pc – in the motor-racing business, which is estimated to be valued at $10bn when it is floated. The holding is split between former London O2 Arena boss Mr Campbell and his wife Tracey and comes despite his resignation in April, having been appointed to the role [head of marketing and hospitality] in July last year.”
““We have experienced incredible demand for reserved grandstand seating tickets, and customers have quickly purchased our available inventory,” said Julie Loignon, COTA’s vice president of public and community relations. “As such, we are considering installing more reserved seats between Turns 9 and 10 and between Turns 11 and 12 in place of other types of seating that had been planned for those areas.””
“Fifty young people are in the final stretch in the race to grab an opportunity to work with F1 world champions Red Bull.They are battling for one of five internships in five key areas of the business. The month long schemes are in aerodynamics, electronics, marketing, IT and procurement. Milton Keynes-based Red Bull were keen to open the opportunities to anyone aged 16 or over, regardless of experience.”
“Audi has won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 11th time in 13 years, with victory this year going to André Lotterer, Benôit Tréluyer and Marcel Fassler (the same trio as won last year), but this year they were in an Audi R18 e-tron quattro, a hybrid which uses the Williams Hybrid Power flywheel KERS system. A second Audi R18 e-tron quattro finished second, driven by Tom Kristensen, Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish.”
“Anthony Davidson has described himself as “overwhelmed” by the messages of support he has received in the wake of his horrific crash during the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race on Saturday. The Sky Sports F1 co-commentator and analyst suffered two broken vertebrae after a collision with the Ferrari of Piergiuseppe Perazzini flipped his Toyota airborne and into a tyre wall.”
Red Bull Racing and BBC F1 commentator David Coulthard paid a visit to the city of Baku in Azerbaijan on Sunday for a demonstration run. Here’s amateur footage from the event.
Comment of the day
Guest writer Tim Ferrone has revealed his pick for the top five greatest ever car designers in F1 history. Do you agree with his choice for number 1? Prisoner Monkeys explains why he believes Colin Chapman should take the top spot.
Personally, I think Newey is a little over-rated. Not so over-rated that he doesn’t deserve to be on the list at all, but I’d be very hesitant to name him the greatest of all time. To my mind, Colin Chapman deserves that title. Newey once said that when he was young and inspiration hit, he had to write it down or draw a design, even if it was three in the morning, but as he got older, he grew confident that the idea would still be there in the morning. I think Chapman would maintained this I-have-to-write-this-down-right-now approach even into his old age.
I also find that some of Chapman’s innovations were a bit more pure, for want of a better word. When he built the Lotus 88, he could have made something that would have beaten the competition and stayed comfortably within the rules – but instead, he built one of the most creative and precise pieces of engineering the sport has ever seen, and all in the name of pushing the limits of engineering. On the other hand, I can’t see Newey doing something like that, risking the entire car being banned in the pursuit of engineering. To my mind, car racing was just a means to an end to Chapman; a competitive environment would allow him to explore the limits of engineering faster and better than if he did it as a side project.
I also think some of Newey’s designs are over-stated. A lot of people expected Red Bull to be in front this year, not because they had the best drivers or the best team, but because they had Adrian Newey, as if HRT could recruit him and de la Rosa and Karthikeyan would be fighting for the World Championship overnight. That hasn’t happened for Red Bull; the RB8 is a good car, but it is hardly the standout of the field (right now, I think the McLaren, Lotus and Sauber are probably the three with the most potential). Don’t get me wrong – Newey is very, very good at what he does, but I think far too many people consider him to be the fact that ultimately decides a team’s success or failure, as if the drivers and engineers play no part in it.
From the forum
Who will be the first repeat winner of this year’s season?
Also, after being crashed into and taken out of the Le Mans 24 Hours, what is next for the Deltawing project?
Happy birthday to Titch!
On this day in F1
Jacques Laffite charged to victory in the Swedish Grand Prix 35 years ago today. He worked his way up to second place and was poised to take advantage when Mario Andretti ran low on fuel late in the race.
It was the first ever victory for him and Ligier. Jochen Mass was second for McLaren ahead of Carlos Reutemann’s Ferrari.