F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he’ll be “pushing” McLaren to bring an upgrade for the next race at Spa.
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“But that’s going to come from more performance in the car and that’s what we’ve got to work towards. I really hope we have another upgrade in Spa and I’m going to be pushing for that upgrade.”
“Q: Your disappointment is obvious…
SV: I don’t know what you expect? We sit in the car for one and a half hours, race at the limit, it is hot as hell, and then you sit in traffic – which in itself is not a huge satisfier – and you know that you cannot get airborne to get into a better position. All you can do then is to stay focused. And of course if you know that you’ve been fighting for every inch and it didn’t pay off, that is a bit frustrating.”
Christian Horner: “In the end, we had to stop. With the differential issue and the tyres, you have a lot of wheelspin on the inside tyre and there is no way those tyres will get to the finish so we had to stop.”
Stefano Domenicali: “Fernando did a great race. We knew that we were in a defensive mode and to be in front of two cars, Button and Webber, that were faster than us in pure performance, for us it’s very important.”
“We still lack performance and we must push even harder on developing the F2012 if we want to fight all the way to the end to reach our goals.”
Bruno Senna: “There were a lot of battles for me and it was hard it keep the tyres alive because the temperatures were so high, but it’s good to start in ninth place and finish in seventh. I think this is a turning point for us.”
“Kimi Raikkonen on coming out of the pits alongside Romain Grosjean: “The team told me it’s going to be very close and I made a mistake with the pit lane speed limiter so it meant maybe five metres after the line I was still on it, so I thought that I really didn’t do a very good job out of there – but luckily it was enough gap and we were side-by-side in the first corner, but I could keep my position quite easily at that point. But it was one of those things: we had a lot of speed but just couldn’t use it in all the race.”
“Like the Monaco harbor, where multimillion-dollar yachts are anchored at track-side berths that can cost $100,000 and more during races, the RV spots at Circuit of the Americas won’t come cheap: $15,000 a year, with two- to three-year terms.”
Comment of the day
Patrickl was one of several people who did not think Placido Domingo a suitable candidate to conduct the podium interviews:
He couldn’t make his sentences work even though he asked pretty much the same question of each driver.
Still he managed to put in more words in his questions than he allowed the drivers to speak. Guess he’d rather hear himself talk than the drivers.
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On this day in F1
Jacky Ickx scored the final win of his F1 career 40 years ago today.
Appropriately enough it came at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, where he had often excelled in the past. Team mate Clay Regazzoni was second ahead of Ronnie Peterson’s March.
Here’s some footage from the race:
Image © McLaren/Hoch Zwei