Kamui Kobayashi, Hungaroring, 2012

Grosjean deserved longer ban, says Kobayashi

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kamui Kobayashi, Hungaroring, 2012In the round-up: Kamui Kobayashi says Romain Grosjean should have received more than a one-race ban for his crash at Spa.


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Grosjean ban lenient – Kobayashi (BBC)

“One race I was really surprised. I expected more than one race. He has had seven crashes in 12 races. It’s more than half. That’s too much.”

Maldonado hopes to see a lot less of the stewards (Reuters)

“I have been penalised quite a lot at the moment, we need to try to do something different, to be away from the stewards. I am doing my best and this is the solution, to be away from them.”

Kamui Kobayashi Q&A: Sauber?s potential ‘simply amazing’ (F1)

“There was somebody literally jumping to the front – jumping on other cars. That was very surprising for me – even with many years of racing under my belt I cannot remember being in such starting chaos. And why this time? Couldn?t it have happened in Budapest where it would have been no big deal for me. I was so far back on the grid that I wouldn?t have minded someone crashing at the front.”

Vettel puzzled by qualifying pace (Autosport)

“Qualifying was disappointing, but Sunday afternoon was okay and just before qualifying on Saturday morning was fine. Why? There is still not a one hundred per cent bulletproof answer, as there was nothing wrong with our qualifying.”

Italian GP – Conference 1 (FIA)

Felipe Massa: “I think qualifying is definitely important for us, just to have an easier race. I think maybe qualifying was not so great for me this year but I always had good direction, good pace in the races, not counting the first few races but afterwards, yes. I think qualifying is very very important so we focus on that and try to have an easier direction in the race, especially from the beginning to the end.”

Jenson Button: “I think I?ll have the same team mate…” (Adam Cooper)

“I was surprised to see what I read yesterday. I haven?t got a clue if there?s any truth in it at all. I think I?ll have the same team mate next year ?ǣ because this is the best choice for him.”

Lewis Hamilton refuses to rule out McLaren exit as speculation grows (The Guardian)

“Hamilton declined to comment specifically on his future on Thursday but said: ‘I want to win. You always want to win, that’s why most drivers exist and that’s why teams exist.'”

A game of bluff? (Sky)

Ted Kravitz: “If Hamilton’s management think they’re going to go to McLaren with a threat of Mercedes then they’ve chosen the wrong team because that team Mercedes might be out of Formula 1 sooner rather than later.”

Coulthard: The F1 family will raise a glass to Zanardi (The Telegraph)

“Alex left his mark on the paddock in other ways. An infectious character and a seriously driven individual, I remember once in practice Budapest when he exited the pits and blocked me for a whole lap. I pulled him aside later and asked him why he?d done it as I had been on a hot lap. He just smiled and said he had had track position.”

What might have been! (ESPN)

Karun Chandhok: “If you watch a lot of the starts even in F1, the guys who go around the outside are able to make places up and avoid chaos better as you have the tarmac run off area to use if you need it. Considering this then, I can’t quite understand why [Romain Grosjean] was trying to move all the way across to the inside of the track and the resultant carnage was a real shame because more than anything, I feel like we were robbed of a race.”

Formula One Betting: Italian Grand Prix Preview (Unibet)

My Italian Grand Prix preview for Unibet.


Comment of the day

@F1antics on how the BBC/Sky deal has changed their F1 viewing:

Last year I watched every practice, qualifying and race and followed a lot of F1 media, often paying for content. I paid to visit one of the factories and travelled to watch some team testing. My interest in the sport prompted me to buy tickets for this year?s Canadian Grand Prix (where I spent money attending F1-related events), and I renewed my team membership.

I didn?t want to buy a Sky contract this year; it?s a lot of money to pay when I hardly watch TV, and wouldn?t want to watch any of the other channels. I did try a Sky monthly ticket at the start of the season, to watch on my laptop. I found it was a poor quality service with long time lags, and Sky?s customer support was abysmal.

So then I tried watching the BBC highlights, but I find the racing doesn?t interest me at all if I can?t watch it in full, with simultaneous live timing, and with other live commentaries/forums/team telemetries. I still tune in to catch a bit of the Jake Humphrey/Eddie Jordan/David Coulthard show, and BBC?s live race coverage has been great ?ǣ I think it?s better than last year.

But, to cut a long story short, my interest in F1 has waned. I doubt I?ll attend any races in 2013, I haven?t renewed my media subscriptions, and I doubt I?ll renew my team subscription when it expires. It?s a shame to have lost my passion, but I need to see live races to sustain it.

So I?m slowly beginning to find other things to do with my time and money. I don?t feel I?ve lost out, but I do think that F1 has. I?m just one person who was contributing to F1 salaries, but what if there?s more like me who?ve decided to spend their money on something more rewarding? The big players in F1 probably earn enough not to be affected, but the smaller players are surely going to suffer if there?s fewer people following the sport.

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On this day in F1

David Coulthard won a processional Italian Grand Prix on this day in 1997.

For the first half of the race Jean Alesi held the lead for Benetton, but Coulthard’s refuelling stop moved him ahead.

Alesi and Heinz-Harald Frentzen followed him home, with world championship contenders Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher fifth and sixth.

Here’s the start of the race:

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