Jenson Button, McLaren, Suzuka, 2012

Button says tyres could give him shot at victory

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Suzuka, 2012In the round-up: Jenson Button says “difficult” tyres could give him a chance to win at Suzuka.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Suzuka victory possible – Button (BBC)

“The tyres are difficult for everyone here. They have been difficult all year but especially here with blistering and graining – strategy is going to be important.”

Raikkonen sets target of beating Alonso (Sky)

“Right now we try to gain on points on Alonso. Hopefully at the next races we can get the maximum out of whatever package we have.”

Drivers call for chicane guidelines (Autosport)

Paul di Resta: “It’s dangerous, the closing speed, with a car that’s doing 315kph [compared] to a car that’s in first gear doing probably 60kph. It probably needs to be looked into, for getting gaps, how slow you can actually be going.”

Button ready for senior citizen role (The Telegraph)

“I also love sombreros and, for me, that is key. When Martin [Whitmarsh, McLaren?s team principal] told me Perez was coming, it made me smile because I love margaritas and sombreros. There is a good picture of me somewhere wearing a sombrero and not much else.”

Hamilton hoping “that something magical happens” (Adam Cooper’s F1 blog)

“Unfortunately in this sport as soon as you start qualifying you?re stuck with it,?? said Hamilton of his choice. As soon as I did my first lap I thought immediately this is wrong. I did everything with the adjustments that I have with the steering, I had the front wing maxed out, but it just wasn?t enough to overcome the issue I had.”

Japanese GP – Conference 3 (FIA)

Sebastian Vettel on Michael Schumacher’s second retirement: “I think it’s a loss for Formula One. It’s a shame, obviously, I think it was good fun to have him around, race against him and joke with him, so I think I will miss that but obviously you can understand his decision and, as I said, we will miss him, but obviously wish him all the best for his future, and hope we still have him around somehow in some function.”

Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel’s F1 title fight is No1 in Japan (The Guardian)

Button: “I was very surprised when I heard Lewis was going. Because every season you race for this team you win grands prix. We all have different challenges and things we want to achieve. He wants to try something new.”

Red Bull RB8 – new front wing (F1)

“There was speculation in the paddock that the changes were also to better comply with the more severe FIA load tests introduced at Suzuka.”

Michael Schumacher and Retirement, Round 2 (IHT)

“This sounded like a man who will succeed better in retirement this time around. It sounded very much like a much more mellow and complete person, who has grown from his latest foray into racing.”

36 Years On… Hunt takes victory at a wet Mount Fuji (McLaren)

“That Sunday at Fuji truly seemed like the day that would never end. In modern day Formula 1 at some of the more far-flung races the press corps are quite accustomed to being bussed-in from outlying hotels and guest houses. But back in 1976 it all seemed most unusual.”

Formula One Betting: Japanese Grand Prix Preview

My latest column for Unibet looking ahead to today’s race.


Comment of the day

Alex Brown (@Splittimes) on Vettel’s reprimand for impeding Alonso during qualifying:

After watching the footage again (first saw it on BBC highlights program), I?d say that whilst Alonso probably brakes around the same point he normally would, Vettel?s presence compromises his line.

This does affect the braking as he has to turn in slightly earlier. You can?t turn and brake hard at the same time (see the countless lock-ups at this corner as drivers attempt to trail brake into it), so turning in earlier means coming off the brakes earlier. This creates an over-speed into the apex. You can see Alonso turns in twice. I?d call that cadence braking, as in: brake, off brakes, turn, straighten, on brakes, off brakes, turn again. That?s not a quick way to drive a car. And the whole incident was avoidable.

These things happen though. What is immeasurably more annoying is that it took three hours to get a decision, an inconsistent decision, and then no explanation from the stewards. Vettel and Alonso are doing their thing at 200mph-plus and 5G braking, so a slip up here and there is to be expected.

I expect the same level of performance from the organisers as I do the participants, and this does not demonstrate that.
Alex Brown (@Splittimes)

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On this day in F1

Victory for Jim Clark in the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen 50 years ago today meant he remained in with a chance of clinching the championship in the final race.

But that wouldn’t come for over two-and-a-half months, with the season finale not until December 29th in South Africa.

Behind Clark’s Lotus came championship leader Graham Hill (BRM) followed by Bruce McLaren’s Cooper.

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