F1 Fanatic round-up
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“[Valencia regional president Alberto] Fabra was ‘in a process of negotiation to reduce the cost of the Formula One levy’, Serafin Castellano, secretary general of the region’s ruling party, was quoted as saying in local media.”
“I would like something in my hands, something we can put on the table when we don’t have any proper offer from Caterham.”
“The possibility of a court case later this year between [Lewis Hamilton's] father and one of his on-track rivals, who is now being advised by his team-mate’s manager, will not be appealing. It is thought most likely that both parties will agree to settle before it gets that far.”
Christian Horner: “The bottom line is that the result sheet comes out at the end of qualifying and the end of the race, and the car complies with the regulations. All the rest is all bullshit.”
“[Lotus's new rear wing upgrade] is in addition to the DRS overtaking device that all teams use – it’s a kind of DRS-plus – and it will be especially effective at the next two races in Spa and Monza because of the long straights on those tracks.”
Comment of the day
Eleanore on race director Charlie Whiting:
I have to say, the most I took away from this – as bizarre as it was, and confusing for some time until a while after the race when it finally came out what actually caused this – was a reminder of the importance of Charlie Whiting’s job.
He’s always there, but I don’t think most watching tend to give him much thought. It’s his job as much as many others to make sure the drivers have a safe and proper start, and he’s obviously got a good eye up there.
(After all, the guy at the back did wave the green flag to give him the go ahead! Despite that, he still spotted that something was amiss and the start needed to be aborted.)
From the forum
- The next race on the calendar is one of the most popular among F1 Fanatics. Join is the discussion here if you’re going to the Belgian Grand Prix
- Where will Massa go if he does leave Ferrari at the end of the year?
- Thread for those going to the World Endurance Championship round at Silverstone
Happy birthday to EGC!
On this day in F1
Niki Lauda won the 1977 German Grand Prix – one year on from his dreadful crash at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
The race was now held at the Hockenheimring. Pole sitter Jody Scheckter finished second ahead of Hans-Joachim Stuck.
The race was also memorable for the antics of Hans Heyer, who started despite not having qualified. Read more about that here:
Here’s footage from the race weekend:
Image © Williams/LAT