F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Jackie Stewart repeats his offer of help to the under-fire Romain Grosjean.
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“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.”
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.”
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 reason the little teams get so excited about being 10th is because there is a difference of $17.6 million between the two places.”
“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.”
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.”
“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.”
“2012 FIA Formula Two champion Luciano Bacheta will be given a Williams Formula 1 drive at Silverstone next week (18 October).”
“Take the first bus of the morning and head to one of my favourite spots in the whole world – 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.”
“A lack of available historical content not provided for by FOM means not only that a lot of viewers lack context when watching races and seasons, but that it forces individuals with a legitimate curiosity to pursue illegitimate means to satisfy it, ultimately depriving FOM of profit.”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) October 9, 2012
— Lucas di Grassi (@LucasdiGrassi) October 9, 2012
— Warwick Pugh (@wozzly) October 9, 2012
Been reading F1 guide that came with Seoul airport bus ticket. Hmm. Refuelling and ‘bumper to bumper’ racing two things to watch out for.
— Alan Baldwin (@alanbaldwinf1) October 9, 2012
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.
From the forum
- BBC say their peak audience for the Japanese GP highlights on BBC1 and BBC HD was down compared to the 2011 live programme: 2.7m versus 3.1m
- Join the discussion here if you’re going to the 2012 Korean Grand Prix at Korean International Circuit
- Great tips from @Girts on how to write a great comment
No F1 Fanatic birthdays today.
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.
Image © Lotus F1 Team/LAT