F1 Fanatic round-up
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says he will not stand for re-election as chairman of the Formula One Teams’ Association.”
Ferrari head tyre engineer Hirohide Hamashima: “My understanding so far is that the previous company’s tyres had a flat working range and the current tyres have more of a peak. So it is important to prepare the tyre properly and also the driver has to make an effort to use it for the best behaviour and those factors will be very important for the future.”
The Circuit of the Americas is coming along nicely.
“In an open letter to his staffers, the third in so many months, Mallya warned, ‘If some colleagues feel that I will be pressurised by flight cancellations, they are wrong. Instead, I will stop my own support as a few are effectively holding the entire company to ransom…’”
“At the 1971 Italian Grand Prix [...] it was announced that Jacky Ickx’s Ferrari was fastest much to the delight of the local press. According to [Muchele] Dubosc’s timing, however, Matra’s Chris Amon had gone 0.42 seconds quicker and such was her reputation that the organisers could not ignore Matra’s claim. It’s hard to imagine today but when the times were rechecked, Amon was indeed quickest – his pole time exactly as Dubosc had recorded.”
“Tom Stallard, who won a silver medal in the men’s eight rowing at the 2008 Beijing Games, is more widely known within the team as Jenson [Button's] performance engineer.”
The continuation of my mid-season review for Unibet.
Comment of the day
I think we can guess who Davros is referring to:
It must be frustrating for Frank Williams that his best driver has the temperament of a chimpanzee on fire.
From the forum
- Rubens Barrichello is considering switching teams in IndyCar
- @Mrshoestore has a question about Going to the Korean Grand Prix
- The London Olympics 2012 are coming to a close but our discussion thread is still going strong
Happy birthday to Wes!
On this day in F1
Damon Hill came oh-so-close to scoring Arrows’ first F1 win in the Hungarian Grand Prix 15 years ago today.
The reigning world champion had enjoyed little success after being forced out of Williams the previous year. But Arrows’ Bridgestone tyres suited the Hungaroring and he squeezed past Michael Schumacher on lap 11 to take the lead.
But disaster struck in the closing stages. A hydraulic failure hobbled his car and Jacques Villeneuve snatched the win off him on the final lap.
Hill coasted in second as Johnny Herbert took third for Sauber.
Here are the dramatic final laps of the race:
Image © McLaren/Hoch Zwei