F1 Fanatic round-up
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?óÔé¼?ôThe situation depends on the results I get this year. They’ve been very inconsistent this year. Up to the Monaco GP I hadn’t even been on the podium, then I won. But qualifying has so far gone very well for me. As far as I’m concerned, I’m driving very well, and I see no difference with last year’s situation.?óÔé¼?Ø
Vijay Mallya: ?óÔé¼?ôFormula One is hard to predict at the moment. It?óÔé¼Ôäós seriously competitive with seven different winners in seven races, all of which is great for the sport. But while it?óÔé¼Ôäós hard to predict, we still need to lift our game, especially if we want to target fifth or sixth in the constructors?óÔé¼Ôäó championship. Yes, we?óÔé¼Ôäóve had one of our best starts to a season ever in terms of points scored, but the teams around us have also performed exceptionally well.?óÔé¼?Ø
Jean Todt: ?óÔé¼?ôFor me, Formula One is too expensive. If we do nothing, we could get into a situation where we have less than twelve teams on the grid.?óÔé¼?Ø
Technical director Mark Smith: ?óÔé¼?ôWe have a couple of quite significant updates coming in Valencia and Silverstone – we will take a look at a number of new aerodynamic elements in Valencia as well as some minor modifications to the floor, and even though we will not know exactly what they will give us until we get out on track, we are cautiously optimistic they will help us keep edging ever closer to the midfield.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôThis year?óÔé¼Ôäós race at Valencia will again hinge on race strategy, as this is a particularly hard track on which to overtake. Last year the top three finishers all used a three stop strategy, with used Soft tyres for the first three stints and new Medium tyres for the final stint. This year with the gap in performance between the two tyre compounds likely to be smaller, we should see more variety than that.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôRed Bull Racing’s ‘Faces for Charity’ initiative that it is running at the British Grand Prix has raised an impressive ?óÔÇÜ?¼1 million. The Milton Keynes-based outfit offered fans the chance to upload pictures of their faces, which will then be painted on to the side of the cars driven by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at Silverstone.?óÔé¼?Ø
Peter Windsor: ?óÔé¼?ôAs it happens, Pirelli have an impeccable record so far in terms of real tyre ‘problems.’ They have produced a range of compounds in concert with an F1 market survey that demanded “more overtaking” and “closer racing”. They have tried to be innovative when it comes to colours and graphics. They have provided more running data than any tyre company in the history of the sport. They have shrugged away unfounded criticism without rising to the bait.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôFormula 1 commentary legend Murray Walker looks at the career of 1992 world champion, and his great friend, Nigel Mansell, who has been voted number 13 in BBC Sport’s greatest driver series.?óÔé¼?Ø (Video. UK users only)
?óÔé¼?ôOn my way to Valencia,different kind of job this weekend. Steward in F1 race,should be interesting.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôWe caught up with Ross ahead of the European Grand Prix to talk about the 2012 season so far, the team’s performance and recent reliability issues…
Comment of the day
Really good to see the US GP seeing strong sales. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm always reminded of the message that F1 needs an American round if it?óÔé¼Ôäós to be a global sport, so it?óÔé¼Ôäós good to see it go back there on a circuit built specifically for this type of racing, much like Watkins Glen was when it maintained a strong following.
The acid test is yet to come, though, as year two will truly test how popular the sport is. That especially true considering that the grand prix in New Jersey is set to go ahead then. With the prospect of trying to attract fans deep into NASCAR country, it?óÔé¼Ôäóll be interesting to see how the organisers fare.
From the forum
Debating the BBC’s Top 20 F1 drivers ever countdown.
Users affected by the Simply The Ticket situation are telling their stories here too.
You will all be pleased to know that Keith will resume writing the round-ups from this evening onwards.
Happy birthday to Julie!
On this day in F1
Five years ago today the full scale of Robert Kubica’s crash in the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix became known.
Kubica survived a head-on impact with the wall at 230kph which produced a peak force of 75G. He missed the following race in Indianapolis, allowing Sebastian Vettel to make his F1 debut in his place.