F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Jenson Button will have a five-place penalty for a gearbox change at the Japanese Grand Prix.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Post-race investigations of his gearbox after the Singapore GP [uncovered] an identical gearbox problem to that which had put Lewis Hamilton out of the race.”
“The team’s intention is to retain current driver Felipe Massa, but Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta are options.”
“Team owner Peter Sauber admitted at the Singapore GP that he would sign Schumacher ‘immediately’ if the former world champion became available, while Mercedes are believed to have offered the German a management role within the team.”
“Teams do not have to run the fairing, some teams might be happy to simply keep their existing stepped nose design for 2013.”
Vijay Mallya: “I still remember the situation in 2010 when Williams pipped us by one point at the last race, so I guess it’s not over until it’s over! I’m still hoping that we can do it and one strong podium finish could help to wipe out Sauber’s advantage.”
“‘The real trouble is that sometimes the data matches and this creates even more confusion,’ [Luca di] Montezemolo was quoted as saying by Gazzetta dello Sport.”
“Greece unblocked a subsidy of 28.9 million euros ($37.2 million) for the construction of an international-standard racetrack that can be used for staging Formula One car racing, the Ministry of Development said.”
“Story was based on interview with [Robert] Kubica’s hand surgeon that was printed in Polish newspaper Super Express in the middle of Seprember, but there is one big problem. Someone put in Rossello’s mouths something that he never said.”
Alain Prost: “Visibility at the front was something I found quite difficult to deal with today. Apart from that all the systems in the car, the engine, the gearbox, the brakes – they’re all fantastic. Very good.”
“British driver Luciano Bacheta has clinched the 2012 FIA Formula Two Championship at Italy’s famous Monza circuit today (Sunday, 30 September) to secure a prize test drive with the Williams Formula 1 Team.”
“For many years Economaki’s keynote Speed Sport News column called ‘The Editor’s Notebook’ was a must-read for everyone involved in American motor racing. He was able to move effortlessly from Formula 1 to NASCAR, midget and sprint car racing, Indycar racing, drag racing and every form of short track oval racing. A mention in Economaki’s column could make and sometimes break a career in the sport.”
— Christian Nimmervoll (@MST_ChristianN) October 1, 2012
The tyres will be tested well in #Japan, with a number of long and fast corners – We even have a meeting room named after one of them – 130R
— Williams F1 Team (@WilliamsF1Team) October 1, 2012
Comment of the day
@Joao-Pedro-CQ was very pleased to see an article on Antonio Felix da Costa:
I, as a Portuguese, have been completely delighted with Da Costa’s performances. He is bringing a new hope to our country that maybe, someday, we will be able to win in Formula One, not only races, but also championships. He has been absolutely fantastic, even more since he signed with Red Bull, and it was a shame he couldn’t win GP3.
He his magical and it’s a great feeling for me to watch him racing, it brings emotions I haven’t had in a while. When he gets to F1, he will be awesome!
From the forum
- @John-H was so pleased with his Hamilton-to-Mercedes predictions he’s started a place to gloat
- The Pocono tri-oval and Reliant Park street circuit return on the 2013 IndyCar calendar
- Koiranen replace Ocean in GP3 in 2013
Happy birthday to Scribe and Stacy!
On this day in F1
James Hunt won the United States Grand prix 35 years ago today – but he lost his championship to fourth-placed Niki Lauda. Between them came Mario Andretti and Jody Scheckter.
Lauda did not return to Ferrari after the race, announcing a switch to Brabham for 1978.
Hans Stuck took the lead from Hunt on a wet track at the start of the race, before sliding off in the early stages with a clutch problem.
Image © McLaren/Hoch Zwei