F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Mark Webber says he’s “uncertain” about Red Bull’s potential at Singapore but expects them to be “very competitive” at the next two races.
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“We are back on high downforce and the track temperature is quite hot, so it is hard on the tyres. My prediction is that we will be very competitive in Suzuka and Korea. In America and Brazil we should be strong. The uncertain candidates are here and a little bit in Abu [Dhabi], but at the rest we should be strong.”
“Max Chilton, has been elevated from our Young Driver Programme to the position of Formula 1 reserve driver with effect from the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix next month and for the rest of the current F1 season.”
Lewis Hamilton: “When we had troubles in the pitstops we eventually got it right. You trust the people you are working with – there has to be a lot of trust in every team. When the driver is going around the track at 200mph, you have to have confidence the team has done a good job, which I have always had.”
“He has had an incredible run through the year with great consistency. He would be even further ahead if he didn’t have his problem in Spa. He was quicker than me that weekend, so his lead would be even greater.”
Jenson Button: “I think it’s great. Every day I read the papers and the websites – because we all do, even if we say we don’t. I don’t know how much truth is in any of it – and I’m not saying you guys (the media) don’t always write the truth – but there are many interesting things out there.”
Ted Kravitz: “Or what’s much more likely I think maybe is Kimi Raikkonen. He’s won a championship, he’s won races and he knows how to do it. You could parachute him into that McLaren and he could do the job.”
McLaren managing director of marketing Ekrem Sami: “The Singapore Grand Prix has gone from nought to 60 in an amazingly short time. In commercial terms, Monaco used to stand alone as the most important race in the calendar, but because of the increasing significance of fast growing Asian markets to our partners – such as Vodafone, Johnnie Walker, Exxon Mobil and GSK – Singapore is now also a jewel in the crown. Add in the amazing spectacle of an F1 race, at night, around the iconic high-rise Singaporean streets and you have a very attractive proposition.”
Hermann Tilke: “There are two kinds of thrills. One [circuit] has one or the other, not usually both. One is a difficult circuit – fast corners and a flow that keeps it interesting for the drivers. On the other hand we have the spectator: they want to see challenging races with lots of passing and overtaking, they want to see the drivers make mistakes.”
“The organising committee has lowered the ticket prices this year to make the event more accessible to local fans. The cheapest ticket for the preliminaries on Friday costs W10,000 (£5.50), down 46% from 2011. Meanwhile, the most expensive ‘R’ ticket on racing day that puts spectators on the main grandstand costs W890,000 (£489)”
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Soon you'll all know where i will be driving next year. Thank you all again
— Jaime Alguersuari (@AlguersuariJA) September 20, 2012
They got me out of the car with no problem, they do a great job. We are very lucky to count with them at the tracks pic.twitter.com/DWEKfTrN
— Ma Qing Hua (@maqinghuaF1) September 20, 2012
We laid wonderful Prof to rest in his beloved Borders, today, as a lone piper played. I can't remember a sadder day than this. Love you Prof
— Manish Pandey (@mpandey69) September 18, 2012
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) September 20, 2012
— Christian Nimmervoll (@MST_ChristianN) September 20, 2012
Comment of the day
Dan Harrison wasn’t impressed by the limited questioning in yesterdays’ drivers press conference:
To have six F1 drivers available for questions and run out of ideas after 15 minutes was shocking. No wonder Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel spent the entire time larking about.
When Sergio Perez was asked whether he’d been approached by any big teams and responded with a story-crushing “no”, the interest drained out of the room – presumably the journalists were wondering where today’s Hamilton story was going to come from.
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On this day in F1
F1 returned to Austria 15 years ago today. The 1997 Austrian Grand Prix was held at the A1-Ring, a remodelled and renamed version of the Osterreichring.
For the first half of the race it looked as though it might produce a surprise winner as Jarno Trulli, substituting for the injured Olivier Panis, led for Prost.
But Jacques Villeneuve took the lead off Trulli, who later retired with a blow engine.
With Michael Schumacher only able to finished sixth, Villeneuve closed to within a point of his rival in the championship.
The race also saw this alarming crash involving Jean Alesi and Eddie Irvine:
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