Charles Pic, Marussia, Marina Bay, 2012

Pic to be penalised 20s for red flag infringement

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Charles Pic will get a time service and has to serve a day’s ‘community service’ for the FIA for failing to obey red flags during final practice.



Charles Pic, Marussia, Marina Bay, 2012Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Hamilton will be ‘very cautious’ (BBC)

“There are some interesting characters around me so I’ve got to be very cautious. I don’t want to get in his way; hopefully he doesn’t want to do the same.”

Webber warning for Grosjean on eve of Singapore Grand Prix (Daily Mail)

“Yeah, he’s okay. He knows I’ve a good right hook on me so he will stay away from me. But he better put his sneakers on if he hits me.”

Alonso eyes podium to keep title bid ticking along (Reuters)

“Today, pole position was absolutely out of our grasp: Hamilton was on another planet. We must settle for this fifth place but that doesn’t mean we are not hoping to improve on it tomorrow, our target is the podium.”

Q&A with Red Bull’s Christian Horner (F1)

“Q: It is no secret that Red Bull Racing is struggling with this year?s tyres. Not too long ago you, Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko, Pirelli?s Paul Hembery and Formula One group CEO Bernie Ecclestone put your heads together. What was discussed?
CH: Ha, that had nothing to do with Red Bull Racing. We were talking about another form of motorsport!”

Pirelli eyes Kubica for 2013 test role (Autosport)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “I don’t know if he is able to do it at the moment. But he is that type of person if physically he could get back in, then maybe doing a year with us would put him in a good situation to come back in in 2014. It would be wonderful if we could do that.”

Singapore GP – Conference 3 (FIA)

Sebastian Vettel: “I think we’ve discussed it many times, every year actually, to find a better solution in turn ten which probably requires to take a little bit of land from the cricket club for those couple of days or maybe remove the pavement for three/four days. I don’t know, but if you consider the costs for this whole event, I think taking a pavement away and putting it back on shouldn’t be a big problem, but in terms of safety, yeah, I think that’s one of the worst corners we have on the calendar, because you’ve got these big kerbs, big bumps and it’s a bit tricky to find a better solution right now with the space we have, but I think that’s something we need to work on.”

Ted’s Notebook – Singapore Qualifying (Sky, UK-only)

Webber escapes a penalty for impeding Glock after Marussia failed to present evidence at the stewards’ hearing.

Formula One Betting: Singapore Grand Prix Preview (Unibet)

My look ahead to the Singapore Grand Prix for Unibet.

Comment of the day

The new F1 2012 game has divided opinion. Here’s two contrasting views:

I love this game. I bought it the day it came out, as with the other versions, and it?s fantastic. I can?t understand all the complaining that comes along with it from a few of the users.

The handling is much more refined than in previous versions, and although it can be perceived as quite complex at first (for some people), after a short while, it becomes very easy and you can build up a nice consistent rhythm.

The AI are more difficult as well. On some modes (Such as Season Challenge), the artificial intelligence is far too easy, even on hard, but in career, it?s very good.

Driving the Caterham in Melbourne, I soon found that I was about a second or so faster than my team mate, and the other lower teams, but I was still about a second from the lower reaches of the midfield. This kind of put me in limbo, but I still had fun pushing the car as hard as I was allowed.

Been playing this game since yesterday morning & sad to say that I hate the way it feels, or lack thereof.

Playing with a wheel is a dead experience for me, I’m not getting any real driving feel through the wheel like on every other driving/racing game I play. You get some vibration from hitting kerbs/running off track but there is nothing from actually driving.

Unlike on other games/simulations there is no feeling for loss of grip through the steering, You can?t feel the brakes begin to lock and the whole thing reminds me off driving with a pre-force feedback wheel, Vibration but no feedback.

Also there is way too much rear end grip and way too little front-end grip. The cars all understeer horrifically yet its practically impossible to get the back end to slide, You can just slam the throttle down & get no wheel spin at all. And yes I do have all the driver assist/aids turned off!

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On this day in F1

Practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on this day last year was red-flagged after problems with the kerbs. They have been fixed for this year’s race:

Image ?? Marussia