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Formula Renault 3.5
I’m commentating on highlights of Silverstone Race 2 for Formula Renault 3.5 with Martin Haven tonight at 8pm on ESPN (UK). If you’ve not seen it, it’s definitely a race worth watching.
The programmes are also going out on ESPN America. See here for more:
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Technical director James Allison: “Although we would like to have it at Monza – because it is the type of circuit that rewards such a thing – we don’t have the DRS device configured to cope with the Monza level of downforce. So it is not even on the table. In Singapore you won’t see it either, because it’s too high a downforce circuit with insufficient straights for it to be worthwhile. The earliest you might see it now is Suzuka.”
“He stopped contact with us months ago. I cannot make any assumptions about anything because I am not in contact with him anymore.”
“Sources have revealed that the proposal that has been put forward to the teams is for the entry fee to rise to €500,000 (£395,850) per outfit, plus €7,000 (£5,541) per point scored in the championship.”
“It was embarrassing for Lewis I think, and I’m sure he will learn from that. But it hasn’t driven a wedge [between Hamilton and the team], I’ve known Lewis since he was 11 years-old. He’s someone who has grown up in the team, he’s grown up in the glow of public criticism. Some things he has learned, some things he is yet to learn.”
“We work so hard to improve the car and keep things like that secret and private. I didn’t want to see it on Twitter. It was the whole telemetry from qualifying. It wasn’t just the rear wing. I was very surprised and disappointed.”
“Sources close to the FIA have suggested that a tougher line is likely to be taken from now on by race stewards appointed by the governing body in order to tighten up driving standards – not just in Formula One, but in the GP2 and GP3 feeder series.”
Martin Brundle: “There appears to be an actual or mental ‘black book’ kept by the stewards, and although the stewards vary from race to race, they obviously carefully note those who regularly turn up at the headmaster’s door. That’s inevitable and it’s right to react to a pattern or serial offender. Maldonado has now received nine penalties in 2012 and he was top of the tables last year with nine too.”
“Safety is paramount – that’s a given – but after that it should all be about spectacle. Not in the way the characterless concrete behemoth of the monstrosity that is Shanghai’s circuit provides. Unique in provoking feelings of awe and despair in equal measure. Not in the way Bahrain’s desert track resembles a bland 1980s computer game. I’m afraid the addition of a few palm trees and two ponds containing aquamarine-coloured water doesn’t cut it either!”
“During the race, I climbed up the famous Agip advertising panel, pushed open a hole and watched maybe four or five laps from there. After that I went to the two Lesmos and Ascari. At the end of the race, I was at the Parabolica. Then I saw some ‘tifosi’ cutting the fence with special cutters and going through onto the track. This seemed like a good idea to me, so I went with them but the police took a dim view of it and tried to surround us on horses.”
“Next year’s Formula 1 game is unlikely to be released on next-generation consoles – despite rumours that the Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 could be released during the second half of 2013.”
“Pastor delivered his second best qualifying performance of the year yesterday, but amid the focus and pressure of the qualifying session he was still able to demonstrate his compassionate side. He wore a black ribbon on his helmet as a mark of respect towards the 42 people who died in an oil refinery fire in Amuay, Venezuela last weekend. Pastor is not alone; the entire Williams F1 Team shares in the country’s grief.”
Comment of the day
James Hosford (@Hosford90) urges realistic expectations of Jerome D’Ambrosio’s performance for Lotus:
I’d be very surprised if Jerome does anything spectacular. As excited as he’ll be for any chance to race again, you gotta feel quite sorry for him in a way. In these modern times without testing, a one-off drive is pretty much the worst possible scenario you can find yourself in. You need so many races just to get on the pace after all that time off, and he’ll have one.
Although he’ll not be happy with it, I personally will be perfectly impressed and convinced he’s done a solid job if he can manage to qualify solidly in the midfield, around the sixth or seventh row, and score a point. That’s about what I predict.
James Hosford (@Hosford90)
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On this day in F1
Jochen Rindt died during practice for the Italian Grand Prix on this day in 1970.
Rindt was leading the championship at the time, and as no one was able to beat his score before the end of the season he became F1′s first and, thankfully, only posthumous champion:
Image © Lotus F1 Team/LAT