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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.”
“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].”
Even in highlights form this was a less than thrilling race.
F1 heroes including Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham and Jim Clark interviewed on their lives and favourite types of music.
Great to look back at some f3old races! Time goes very quick!!Nice to remember great days :)Monza 08 yfrog.com/h050zqzij
— Sergio Perez (@SChecoPerez) August 6, 2012
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.
From the forum
- Is Michael Schumacher having a better season than it looks?
- We had a look at F1 2012 yesterday but some are looking forward to another Codemasters racing game
- Pirelli? Bridgestone? Michelin? What tyres do you have on your car?
Happy birthday to Matthew McMahon, Penelope Pitstop and Ell!
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:
Image © Mercedes/Hoch Zwei