In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says it’s “very hard to say” whether Robert Kubica will be able to make an F1 comeback.
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“It’s very hard to say whether Robert will return to 100% fitness and be able to race again in Formula 1. Now and again we speak and I know how much it hurts him to be so far away from what has always been his world.”
“It is possible that one manufacturer will do significantly better than the others, at which point you might end up with that manufacturer’s cars at the front of the grid. You could end up with an engine manufacturers’ championship.”
“F1 world champion and current Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver, Jenson Button, treated spectators at Luton Hoo Estate to a display of strength, speed, and endurance, but on this occasion there were no cars were to be seen, as Button and his competitors swam, cycled and ran at the inaugural Jenson Button Trust Triathlon.”
Comment of the day
I think the pit lane is an often-overlooked area for safety improvement.
I?óÔé¼Ôäóve seen several instances in the past several years where some pedestrian in the pit lane was nearly hit by a car coming down the pit lane.
Of course there?óÔé¼Ôäós the famous video of Patrick Head not bothering to look before crossing and nearly gets creamed. But random team members on the pit wall seem to frequently walk up and down the fast lane during a Grand Prix, which strikes me as absurd. Many times they?óÔé¼Ôäóre walking with traffic, so they can?óÔé¼Ôäót even see anything coming.
Of course F1 drivers have very good skills and might be able to avoid them, but what happens when two cars touch in the fast lane? Anyone in their path will be mown down. Pit lane speed limits are low, but someone could easily be killed by an out-of-control F1 car going 60mph.
Personally I think there should be a new rule: once the race begins, no one is allowed to go to and from the pit wall (barring some kind of emergency). Once you?óÔé¼Ôäóre in the pit wall area, you stay there until the race finishes. No walking/jogging back and forth between garage and pit wall.
From the forum
- Who is the modern F1 ‘rainmaster’?
- @SACripps is looking for help deciding which tickets to buy for next year’s Monaco Grand Prix
- And Paolo Lambchope (@Stuvy) is asking the same about this year’s Singapore Grand Prix
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On this day in F1
The first Turkish Grand Prix was held on this day in 2005 and won by Kimi Raikkonen.
Team mate Juan Pablo Montoya was on course for second place until being hit by the lapped Tiago Monteiro. Montoya later ran wide with damage, letting Raikkonen’s title rival Fernando Alonso through into second.
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