F1 Fanatic round-up
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
Silverstone CEO Richard Phillips: “‘Our ultimate aim now is to try and preserve as much as we possibly can for Sunday,’ he told reporters, explaining half the public car parks had been lost to the weather and offering an ‘unreserved apology’ to fans.”
“Never seen Silverstone CEO Richard Phillips so shattered, Brave call to stand up and face the world.”
Silverstone director of communications Katie Tyler: “We try to plan for every scenario but at the end of the day we are surrounded by fields and the cost of tarmacing the whole site is not feasible. A lot of the fields are historical and ancient ground which you can’t tarmac. We know we’ve got a problem and we know it’s serious.”
“People wondering why traffic is so bad, highest ever Friday attendance today of over 80,000. More than most other GPs get on a Sunday.”
“Seven hours driving in and out of Silverstone today. So sorry for all the fantastic supporters of F1 out there today but I shared your pain.”
“You wouldn’t want to be racing in those conditions. There’s a lot of standing water. You have to memorise where the rivers are. One of the worst is the Hangar Straight before Stowe at 290kph, suddenly you cross a river which gives you wheel spin and at that speed it can snap out of control easily. If it is like this in qualifying [the session] will go ahead because it’s one car at a time. I don’t think we would want to race in those conditions.”
“The 2008 world champion is believed to have been offered a new five-year deal worth around £100m.”
Sound familiar? Perhaps you remember this story from last May.
“So for next year there is a pretty decent chance I’ll be racing in Formula One – let’s see, come November, who it is with.”
“It’s very easy to portray Red Bull as the blocker or the scapegoat, but all we want is to ensure that we’re not disadvantaged through the process. We are just a race team: we do not manufacture road cars, we don’t manufacture other automotive technologies, we don’t manufacture Formula 1 engines. We just want to make sure that whatever is agreed going forward is balanced.”
“Looking ahead quickly to Sunday – several teams are predicting a doomsday scenario similar to today’s weather. This was based on a large system that is set to move up the eastern side of England during the afternoon. Latest indications are that this is no longer a feature and we’ll be left with the ‘chance of developing showers’ scenario through humidity and storm development, rather than any established system that would cross over Silverstone and dump an inch or more of rain.”
“The UK government does nothing for the GP yet David Cameron is happy to go on Sky and bask in reflected glory of British teams’ success. ”
Comment of the day
Bpacman was one of several fans who suffered the weather and traffic problems at Silverstone:
We pulled off the M1 at 8:40am and then sat in a queue waiting to park until nearly 11.45am – missed the entire first practice. At least we got into the International Pits stand in time to see the chaos of the final corner in GP2 free practice! Still it sounds like some people had it a lot worse.
When we left the circuit, it took roughly one hour to get from the car park to the A43. As we exited the circuit we could see that a lot of people had simply abandoned their cars on the roadside on the way in. There also still seemed to be a queue on the side of the A43 heading into the circuit…
I’m planning to get to Northampton Park and Ride for 7am tomorrow – hope that’s early enough!
If you’re at this weekend’s race you can find other fans who are here:
From the forum
- A look at the special helmet designs being used this weekend
- Surprising news in GP2 as Coloni suddenly announce their withdrawal at the end of 2012
- Mechanics injured in pit lane crash in practice for the IndyCar race at Toronto
No F1 Fanatic birthdays today.
On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher won his seventh race out of ten in the 2002 season at Silverstone.
Bridgestone intermediates were the best tyres to have when a rain shower hit the track early in the race. Pole sitter Juan Pablo Montoya was the only Michelin-shod runner to score points.
He finished third behind the second Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello, who had to start from the back after he failed to get away at the start.
Here’s the start of the race:
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