F1 Fanatic round-up
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John Booth: “We have a fairly significant upgrade for this race, comprising a new rear wing, exhausts, floor and side pods. I would have to describe this as our ‘first proper wind-tunnel generated upgrade of the season’; we’ve had some smaller parts in Malaysia and China, and a few small iterations recently, but this is the first fully developed package that is not just a modification of existing elements.”
“It doesn’t really alter the way I go racing because I race to win, and that’s what I’ll be doing, especially at my home Grand Prix. And we can still compete for the championship. I feel what happened is just a blip in what can be a great year.”
Christian Horner: “We effectively ran Mark [Webber's] race in reverse, so we started on the hard [tyres]. He had two new sets of option tyres available to him. We wanted to make use of those in the back end of the race. He was unlucky not to get [Michael] Schumacher at the stop, and then he really made use of those tires as others ran into trouble. Given a few more laps, we were looking like a Montreal situation.”
“To be honest you really don’t pay too much attention to reputation when you’re in that sort of situation. When you’re out there it doesn’t matter who it is you’re racing. You see a car: you try to attack or defend. Beyond that you really don’t take too much notice. It was a good little fight though, taking those guys on.”
“What better way to divert attention away from a rather damaging £28m tax inquiry than to lend his support to a £35m London Grand Prix.”
“When asked if in fact he was endorsing a shallow publicity stunt to distract from the bribery allegations levelled at him, Mr Ecclestone was less forthcoming.”
“Firstly notice how the step in the nose is very abrupt, the 12cm area to merge the nose into the step does not appear to have been exploited, leading to this sharp step. From this angle we can also see why teams want the chassis as high as possible; the space below the raised chassis creates the least obstruction for the airflow passing through the front wheels and onwards towards the diffuser.”
“[The 2011 season] was very hard, because on the one side the company was doing OK commercially, but on the other side you had these awful weekends. From a commercial sense and a business view the company is doing very well. It makes a lot of sense to be there from the pure perspective of an investor.”
Highlights from the last race, including a highly frustrated Heikki Kovalainen.
“By today’s racing climate many would have thought Nino was too old to be starting in F1, at the time of his first race he was 43, but in the days of fifties racing when fatalities were common and the machinery regularly broke experience was a very important trait, and Farina had it in droves, he’d won his first major race in 1940 in Libya and was even a doctor of engineering.”
Comment of the day
Yesterday’s comment of the day on the subject of grid girls and grid guys inspired considerable debate. Here’s Tim Katz’s view:
As an openly homosexual man (gay, queer, poof – whatever you like), grid guys would be just as offensive to me. It’s the objectivisation of a human being that gets me down; the expectation that some kind of titillation or desire response can be elicited by the display of an attractive body in a totally irrelevant situation.
Sexual response has got nothing to do with racing. Racing has got nothing to do with sexual stimulation. Don’t try and create a response from irrelevant stimuli.
Grid candy (male or female) is as relevant to a grid of racing cars as a display of beautiful food would be to a football match.
And anyway, how many grid guys would you include with the girls – 50%? One in ten?
From the forum
- The missing Frank Williams quotes on F1.com has turned into a missing article
- Guilherme is trying to draw an F1 car using a CAD package
- Discussion area for those going to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone
Happy birthday to Rhys!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher who’s 37 today. Unlike his brother, he insists he is not considering a comeback.
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