F1 Fanatic round-up
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“I am encouraging our people to look at the situation as an opportunity and not as a problem. The team that gets to understand the tyres the soonest in a most effective way will be the team that is most competitive.”
“Most people still struggle to understand what went on during the ‘tyre war’. What you ended up with was a couple of companies doing a great job but focusing on one or two teams to the exclusion of all the others. So from a sporting equity point of view it was great if you were a big team but if you were one of the mid-ranking or lower teams then you basically haven’t got a hope and that’s also not good.”
Jackie Stewart:”I think it’s much better to let that pass for the moment and stay with Red Bull because he’s got a team of people that he knows intimately now who are really imperative for him to have and they feel that it’s imperative for them to have him. I wouldn’t break that mold at this time. In fact I would almost wait until I had a very bad year with a Red Bull before I would think of leaving.”
Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn: “Our position, I think as all customer teams have made clear, is that the financial aspect is very important for us. We don’t want to return to the times when you paid so much more than today for the engine.”
“Michael should know the rules. He caused the aborted start because he left a huge gap to Kobayashi.”
The first part of my look at how the teams are faring this season for Unibet. Look out for part two later today.
Comment of the day
JimN has a few words for those who criticised Lewis Hamilton unlapping himself during the German Grand Prix:
Unlapping has never been penalised and many drivers have unlapped themselves over the years, often to end up with a good finish.
Eddie Irvine passing Ayrton Senna at Suzuka [in 1993], and Jim Clark in the 1967 Italian Grand Prix spring to mind. Clark actually fought back from being a lap down to the lead, although hit troubles later and finished third. There are lots of others I’m sure.
From the forum
- Much discussion of where Massa would go if he is dropped by Ferrari
- New profile menu and other changes
No F1 Fanatic birthdays today.
On this day in F1
The 1982 German Grand Prix, 30 years ago today, produced a win for Ferrari’s Patrick Tambay. He was the only Ferrari in the race after team mate Didier Pironi suffered career-ending injuries in a crash during practice.
But the race is best remembered for Nelson Piquet’s impromptu karate moves on Eliseo Salazar, who took him out of the race while he was leading on the home ground of engine supplier BMW.
Here’s the original footage complete with commentary by the BBC’s Murray Walker and James Hunt. Keep an eye out for a miffed Brabham boss Bernie Ecclestone back in the pits: