Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Hockenheimring, 2012

Stewart offers help to Grosjean again

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Hockenheimring, 2012In the round-up: Jackie Stewart repeats his offer of help to the under-fire Romain Grosjean.


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Stewart offers help to Grosjean (BBC)

“It’s his first full season in F1 and he is fast enough to win races. I actually think he could have won one or two Grand Prix this season, but at the moment his potential is being overshadowed by the number of accidents he’s having.”

Red Bull shrugs off FOTA meeting snub (Autosport)

Christian Horner: “You have got FOTA that doesn’t consist of some teams but does consist of others. I have no idea what the topic of discussion was; they obviously feel that it doesn’t apply to Red Bull.”

Perez: a diamond that needs to be honed (GrandPrix)

Martin Whitmarsh: “I think we’ve got someone who wants to go out there to race and challenge. There’s a diamond that needs to be honed there, and that’s quite an interesting challenge.”

The value (or lack of it) of F1 pay-drivers (Joe Saward)

“The reason the little teams get so excited about being 10th is because there is a difference of $17.6 million between the two places.”

Curfew-running (Darren Heath Photographer)

“One and a half minutes later and the final beep-beep from the F1 paddock gates chimes. 01:58. They?re out. They?re clear. 40-plus hard-working Red Bull crew night-time curfew-running?? again.”

Korean GP Preview (Williams)

Bruno Senna: “The Korean Grand Prix is a different to other races. It is a high downforce circuit so should suit our car. It?s also one of the tracks we have the least amount of practice on as it is fairly new to the calendar and therefore we haven?t had any running in our simulator, so it will be interesting to see how we get on.”

“Trying all the way to Brazil” (Ferrari)

“One also has to factor in the way some circuits are better suited to certain cars than others. Throughout this season, no real pattern has emerged to help predict who will be quick where: recently McLaren put together a string of three very strong races, but in Suzuka, we were a match for them, while Red Bull always seem to go well in Japan.”

F2 champion Bacheta to drive Williams F1 car at Silverstone (Formula Two)

“2012 FIA Formula Two champion Luciano Bacheta will be given a Williams Formula 1 drive at Silverstone next week (18 October).”

F1 diary: Japanese Grand Prix (The Telegraph)

“Take the first bus of the morning and head to one of my favourite spots in the whole world ?ǣ a grassy hillock with the Degner Curves on one side and 130R (the left-handed sweep taken at 190-odd mph) on the other. Romain Grosjean’s Lotus is compelling to watch through Degner, using more and more kerb until he finally dispenses with the track altogether and flirts with the gravel, which subsequently seems to calm his approach.”

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Comment of the day

@Silverkeg welcomes Lotus’s change of approach:

I?m glad Lotus have re-focused their development. The Double DRS always seemed like a great concept that would be extremely difficult to get right in the real world. Their development in other areas has seemed to slow due to the resource consuming mature of the Double DRS red herring.

Hopefully their new exhausts and other upgrades can keep them in touch with Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari whom have all out-developed them. Although the drivers’ championship seems out of reach for Kimi Raikkonen, they still have a good chance of surpassing Ferrari and maybe McLaren in the constructors’ championship.

A win would be most welcomed for one of my favourite teams, but that is probably a bit hopeful. More podiums and points from both drivers would go a long way though, recapturing some early season form. None of the tracks left look like they will prove a particular challenge for the E20.

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On this day in F1

Ten years ago today the FIA proposed a package of changes to the F1 Commission including drastic measures such as rotating each driver between teams during the season and introducing the use of success ballast.

Although these never came to pass (thankfully) other changes such as long-life engines and gearboxes, and restrictions on testing, were introduced.

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