F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel says 1970 world champion Jochen Rindt was more than just a great racer.
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“Everyone in Formula One is a quick driver, but then there have been guys who had that special something, who connected exceptionally well with the fans. Maybe they had a good sense of humour or could mock themselves. These things make these men linger in our memories even though their number of wins doesn’t match up to others… Jochen Rindt [...] won one championship but he was someone that went far beyond that title.”
“Williams caught the eye on Friday at the young guns test by running tubing from a hole in the FW34′s nose down to the front wing. Is a double DRS afoot?”
“It doesn’t get much better than what happened on Sunday – how we won and who we beat. How do you replace that when you’re not racing any more? Hopefully, I won’t have to find an answer to that question for a while.”
“The Hockenheim layout should be more suited to the F1 W03 than the high-speed Silverstone layout. We are bringing some further improvements to the car which should help our performance.”
Technical director Mark Smith: “We are fairly confident that we are closing the gap, and that is statistically a fact. I think we have quite a lot of momentum behind us now, so we feel that Toro Rosso are right within our sights.”
“Emilio de Villota motorsport’s F3 cars at Brands Hatch have “Por ti Maria” messages on their flanks. Other cars carrying similar messages.”
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Comment of the day
As yet another driver is docked places on the grid for a gearbox change, is it time for a better alternative?
I don’t like the way these cost-cutting-inspired rules interfere with the sporting side of things, and I wish they would do away with these gearbox penalties.
The engine rules work pretty well because a) you only get a penalty once you use more than eight engines, and b) because it seems to me that engine failures are more closely related to mileage, thus being more predictable.
Gearboxes, on the other hand, still look more susceptible to random failures. I would hate for the championship decider (let’s hope we get one this season) to be influenced by a cost-cutting measure on a part that is hardly a significant portion of a team’s budget.
From the forum
- I’m commentating live on Euro F3 Open and GT Open today – you can watch the races online, see this forum thread for details
- More progress in the COTA construction thread
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On this day in F1
The non-championship Reims Grand Prix of 1957 was won by Luigi Musso in a Lancia-Ferrari D50.
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