Tyres, Hockenheimring, 2012

No changes to tyres this year: Pirelli

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Tyres, Hockenheimring, 2012In the round-up: Pirelli say they won’t change the tyre compounds this year as they don’t want to risk favouring a particular team.

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Pirelli won’t alter 2012 tyres (ESPN)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “We could have done some changes mid-season this year, but having a season with teams so close together we felt that any changes we made could backfire because maybe one team would find that the change would be better suited to them and may give them an advantage, so we couldn’t do that this year.”

Ricciardo confident of new STR deal (Autosport)

“It’s always very late and since I started with the Red Bull junior team, the earliest news I got was November. If it comes before that, I would be [surprised].”

Hungary race highlights video (F1)

Even in highlights form this was a less than thrilling race.

Desert Islands Discs (BBC)

F1 heroes including Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham and Jim Clark interviewed on their lives and favourite types of music.

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Comment of the day

Girts is sceptical about local reports of a Grand Prix in Latvia:

A traditional April Fools’ Day joke in my country among the sports journalists is the announcement of an ‘upcoming’ Latvian Grand Prix. However, in the latest issue of the business magazine Kapitals (‘Capital’, the local analogue of The Economist) it is argued that an F1 race in the streets of Riga would be the most profitable global sporting event that one could theoretically organise in Latvia.

What is more, the authors of the article have had a chance to talk to Bernie Ecclestone (at least that?s what they claim) and he has praised the Latvian economy and said that he would be ready to invest in the race himself, similarly as he did with the London Grand Prix.

While it?s still highly unlikely that we will see an F1 race in Latvia over the next 10 or even 20 years, it?s interesting to note that this is the first time ever when some more or less serious analysis of such a possibility has appeared. It?s also noteworthy that ‘readiness to invest in new races’ seems to have become Bernie’s new PR strategy.
Girts

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On this day in F1

Ayrton Senna scored his third consecutive win of 1988 in Hungary.

But he had to fight team mate Alain Prost every step of the way. Prost even nosed ahead at one point only to run wide at the first corner, allowing Senna back through.

Senna won by half a second, pulling level with Prost in the drivers’ championship by doing so. But, crucially, he was already six-four up on wins.

Here’s a portion of the opening laps around the original configuration of the Hungaroring, which was even twister than it is today. This was the last time this particularly layout was used. See this article for details how the track has changed since then:

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