Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2012

Alonso “under real pressure” says Whitmarsh

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Suzuka, 2012In the round-up: McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says Red Bull are putting Alonso “under real pressure” in the championship.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Alonso is under ‘real pressure’ (BBC)

Martin Whitmarsh: “Fernando is under some real pressure, more pressure frankly from Sebastian [Vettel] than us. But nonetheless we have closed the gap and we have five races to go.”

Alonso still tough to beat, says Horner (Adam Cooper’s F1 blog)

“Fernando is a very shrewd and formidable opponent. Over a season luck tends to balance itself out, and Sebastian?s had two DNFs because of reliability, Fernando?s been unlucky with Grosjean, who seems to be a common factor in some of the incidents, and the puncture that he picked up today.”

Domenicali bullish over development (ESPN)

“We need to stay very rational because, for example, we saw McLaren had an unbelievable pace in Singapore and everyone was saying ‘Oh, they are flying’ and this weekend obviously we didn’t see that kind of situation. We saw this weekend for sure that Red Bull was impressive, so we need to see what we can do in order to match their development or if this track was better for them. I don’t know, but for sure we need to know that the others are pushing a lot and we need to make sure we are keeping the same kind of pressure – positive pressure – on our engineers to make sure that we deliver the development.”

Red Bull say new aero device no ‘silver bullet’ (Reuters)

Christian Horner: “As with all these things, there’s never a silver bullet and I think it would be very difficult to say the car’s performance here is purely down to a rear wing.”

Maldonado keeps options open for 2013 (Autosport)

“At the moment, for sure, there is the chance to go to other teams. But we are considering remaining here, and it is still too early to say anything. The team, usually they confirm the drivers at the end of the season. So we are talking, we are negotiating…”

Button demands action after Romain crash No9 (The Sun)

“He?d either win or crash [in GP2] and it seems he has the same philosophy in F1. He needs to change his views.”

From Japan to Korea ?ǣ News Bulletin (Ferrari)

“Facing a decidedly longer journey are Team Principal Stefano Domenicali and Technical Director Pat Fry, who flew this morning to Maranello.”

Video: Community joins famous faces at BRM day (Stamford Mercury)

“Sir Jackie [Stewart] drove a BRM P261 racing car at the event and Damon [Hill], whose father Graham was the first British driver in a British car to win the world championship in 1962 with the BRM team, drove the BRM P578/1, nicknamed Old Faithful.”

More on the event here. Thanks to Chris Harris for the tip.


Comment of the day

@Gwenouille hopes Kamui Kobayashi can hold onto his place in F1:

I?d be gutted if he were dropped by Sauber.

After all Perez is considered a great prospect and both have scored the same amount of points in their two years rivalry. And a guy named Grosjean ruined his gem of a qualifying in Belgium that could have brought a podium too.

I think that this podium may well mean much more to him than we think. After all, he was such a curiosity when in appeared in 2009: instantly hailed as the future Japanese drivers’ champion. He surely feels hugely relieved now, and I think he’ll tackle the next Grands Prix with great great self-confidence. I am sure there is more to come from him this year…

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On this day in F1

Mosport held its last Canadian Grand Prix today in 1977. With new world champion Niki Lauda having quit Ferrari, Gilles Villeneuve was drafted in to replace him.

James Hunt was scrapping for the lead with Mario Andretti when they came across Hunt’s team mate Jochen Mass, who was a lap down. Hunt crashed while trying to lap his team mate, then infamously thumped the marshal who came to his aid:

Andretti’s engine failed late in the race which left Jody Scheckter to win for Wolf followed by Patrick Depailler in the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34 and the chastened Mass.

Image ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo