F1 Fanatic round-up
Ron Dennis on Neil Armstrong
McLaren group executive chairman Ron Dennis had this to say about the late Neil Armstrong yesterday:
I was saddened to hear of the death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon.
The achievement of Armstrong and his colleagues remains perhaps the single most iconic triumph of scientific ambition, against all odds, that the world has seen. It was, and is still, truly inspiring.
It certainly inspired me. In 1969, when Armstrong took that famous ‘one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’, I was a 22-year-old motor racing technician. But Armstrong showed me, and many others like me, that in our own small way we could also dare to try – and ‘dare to try’ remains a McLaren mantra to this day.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“F1 commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has married for the third time, committing in secret to Brazilian fiancee Fabiana Flosi at a ceremony in Switzerland.”
Codemasters creative director: “Sometimes I think the hardcore community think we are trying to dumb down the game or turn it into an arcade game, but the commentators on TV are always explaining these things and that’s what we are trying to do. It’s more of an accessible game.”
“The punishment which hurt most and to be honest, still hurts now, was being excluded from the world constructors’ championship of 2007. Many within the team, myself included, felt incredibly angry that in a year where we had a real chance of winning the ‘team’ championship, something we hadn’t done for almost ten years, the stupid actions of one or two individuals had taken it away from us all through no fault of our own.”
Watching DTM at Zandvoort, looks tricky with the rain. But not enough to put wets on. Easier decision sat on my sofa with a cup of tea!
— Paul Di Resta (@pauldirestaf1) August 26, 2012
Comment of the day
Are tickets sales for the Belgian Grand Prix really that poor? @Spawinte has this to say:
I don’t believe those poor tickets sales stories either. I was there in 2010 and the place was rammed come race day.
If they are true it’s because general admission prices are very bad value for money. Views of the track are blocked by trees in many of the most spectacular places or just limited viewing space. They’ve got so much open ground at the track that they’re not making use of.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Vettelfan, Pemsell and Monosodico!
On this day in F1
Jack Brabham won the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport 45 years ago today in tricky wet conditions, followed by his team mate Denny Hulme.
As was so often the case in 1967, Jim Clark led to begin with but his Lotus suffered a technical problem – this time it was electrical in nature.
Here’s footage from the race:
Image © McLaren/Hoch Zwei