F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: As Red Bull’s investigation into Sebastian Vettel’s disastrous fuel shortage in Abu Dhabi continues, suspicion falls on a faulty piece of refuelling equipment.
Abu Dhabi Young Drivers’ Test day three
The three-day Young Drivers’ Test at Abu Dhabi concludes today. Here’s the line-up for the final day of testing:
Red Bull: Robin Frijns
McLaren: Oliver Turvey / Kevin Magnussen
Lotus: Davide Valsecchi
Sauber: Esteban Gutierrez
Toro Rosso: Luiz Razia
Caterham: Alexander Rossi
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“Renault suspects that the fuelling equipment, referred to within the team as the ‘robot’, used on Vettel’s car was at fault.”
“Sometimes the drivers feel like they have been portrayed as the villains of the case, but that’s not true. We are here chasing dreams, and I am here chasing my dream which is to be in F1. I’m a very talented driver and I had results all throughout my career; I was F3 champion, I was third in F3000 and I was vice champion in GP2 with victories. I showed the results that I needed and I think that I have the talent.”
Images of a new front wing McLaren tested at Yas Marina yesterday.
“Richard Cregan, former Toyota F1 team manager and now CEO of the amazing Yas Marina F1 complex in Abu Dhabi, was in relaxed mood when I spoke to him on the Monday after Kimi [Raikkonen's] win.”
Rubens Barrichello on the 2005 United States Grand Prix: “It was bad because mentally you knew that there was only six cars out on the track. For me, I still had to fight for it but it was a horrible feeling.”
- 2005 United States Grand Prix review: Schumacher wins, F1 loses in six-car sham
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“When you are running in traffic on an oval you must also consider the cars behind you. If someone is very close to your tail, you will feel it. The back end of your car will get very light. Before I drove Indycars I never thought this could happen with a formula car. It is really amazing and it emphasises the fact that you must have your wits about you at all times during an oval race.”
“And with advancements in the tyre modelling and incorporation of an active differential, players could perform doughnuts for the first time ever. Oh, and they could also tumble upside down for the first time too. These kinds of advancements weren’t trivial.”
Tomorrow driving in the RBR! Looking forward for that championship leading car!
— Robin Frijns (@RFrijns) November 7, 2012
— Caterham F1 Team (@MyCaterhamF1) November 7, 2012
Comment of the day
[Tony] Fernandes is a great businessman yet the team under his leadership failed to achieve its goals. I think he understood that things are not going they way they should and a person more experienced in racing should take the helm.
I would also expect some significant changes in their technical department, it seems that the root of their lack of progress in the last two seasons is over there. Last year their goals were largely overoptimistic, yet this year they seemed to be achievable. Now they have been surpassed by Marussia in the constructors’ championship, so result-wise it’s even a step back. Caterham needs changes.
From the forum
- Hungarian press reports claim the Hungaroring has secured a contract extension to 2021
- 2012 F1 season review: Best moments of the year
- 2012 F1 season review: Worst moments of the year
- Valtteri Bottas is getting closer to a Williams drive next year according to reports in Germany
Happy birthday to Soundscape!
On this day in F1
Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell’s final confrontation came to a controversial end in the Australian Grand Prix 20 years ago today.
Mansell led the race but had Senna close behind him. On lap 19 Senna ran into the back of him at the hairpin, putting both out (see video).
That left their team mates leading, Riccardo Patrese ahead of Gerhard Berger, only for the second Williams to retire with engine failure. That meant Berger won his last start for McLaren, despite a late charge from Michael Schumacher in the Benetton.
Schumacher’s team mate Martin Brundle joined him on the podium in his final race for Benetton.
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