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“The FIA has attempted to close the loophole with a new rule that asks teams to nominate any one engine map used in the first four races of the season as a “reference” map.”
“By using the map to retard the ignition at key points, it is possible to have the engine produce less torque than it is capable of in chosen parts of the rev range. This is what Red Bull’s Hockenheim map was doing.”
“It’s not [something] that I will push. I have to see what the options are and then I will decide. If there is an opportunity with them [Ferrari] or another team then that is the time to know.”
“No-one seems to be making any decisions until it is clear what is going to happen with Bernie Ecclestone. His staff insisted up until Saturday night that he was going to be in Germany, but he did not show up and while he does miss quite a few races these days, this one appears to be rather more significant.”
“The Toro Rosso team were wheeling the car back from scrutineering and they deserted the car in the pit lane when it started chucking it down.”
“The replay of the Hamilton overtake showed the positioning of the Red Bull and McLaren to be identical to the controversial moment with Button a few laps later. The difference this time was that Vettel, instead of running off the road at the exit, ducked inside and got alongside Hamilton, only for the superior grip from the fresh Pirellis to shoot the McLaren forward. Button, as Horner pointed out earlier, was struggling. Had Vettel tried a repeat of the inside line, he might have stood a better chance. Certainly a more legitimate one.”
“Now, 40 years later, it’s easy to judge. Jackie [Stewart] was, of course, right. But we have to remember the context of the times. Life was as valued as it is today, but the acceptance that death was a price racing drivers should almost expect to pay was a deep-rooted attitude that divided a tough sporting world. To some extent, it always will.”
Comment of the day
James Brickles has an alternative plan for slowing down drivers who go off the track:
If I recall, didn’t Snetterton use long stalks of corn as a means of slowing the cars down when they go flying off the track?
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On this day in F1
The 1992 German Grand Prix was another win for Nigel Mansell but he had to work for it, passing Ayrton Senna after pitting. Mansell accomplished this by cutting across a chicane in a manner which certainly would not be tolerated today.
Senna got ahead of the Williams pair by not stopping for fresh tyres. Riccardo Patrese spun out trying to pass Senna for second place on the last lap, promoting Michael Schumacher onto the podium in his first home race.
Here’s the battle between Senna and Patrese:
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