F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Martin Whitmarsh disagrees with Ferrari sacrificing Felipe Massa’s qualifying position to benefit Fernando Alonso.
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“McLaren’s Whitmarsh stressed that he was ‘not criticising’ Ferrari, but added that it was not the way he believed race teams should be run. ‘I don’t think so,” he said. “I think it was quite a tough thing to do personally. I’m not criticising anyone for what they do. Team principals have to decide how they run their teams and it’s very clear that Ferrari are very focused on Fernando.’”
“I am very proud of the decision and very proud of the team for telling the truth. Not many teams when they made that decision would have done that.”
Sebastian Vettel: “I think you misunderstood. I wasn’t complaining about Lewis, obviously. I wasn’t too happy send a nice big invitation to Lewis when I obviously had to go through Karthikeyan and he was basically right behind at the DRS zone; to do a big difference within one corner is hardly possible and then he took that opportunity – fair enough – down the straight and passed me. I tried to defend, I moved to the inside but I knew that he would have so much more speed that he can pick either side, so it didn’t really matter what I was doing and after that, I was obviously not too happy, because on all the laps before I tried to manage the gap to him, tried to manage the tyres until the end of the race, to be able to attack towards the last couple of laps. We had, I think, something like 20 laps, 15 laps to go at the time. It was not targeted at Lewis, it was more targeted at the backmarker which, as I said, gave a nice big envelope with an invitation to Lewis.”
Christian Horner: “I think the new version has raced on other engine cycles [at other teams], so hopefully that is what we will have for Brazil.”
“[Mario Andretti] said although the track has the best design for spectators that he has seen, he doesn’t expect a ‘big wow’ from foreign visitors. ‘The Formula One contingent is very used to being in the Taj Mahal,’ said Andretti, a Circuit Of The Americas ambassador. ‘Nothing is going to impress them.’”
“The first year of a new grand prix always attracts more people than the subsequent years. The US Grand Prix at Indianapolis had 225,000 in its first year, in 2000, but never again. So the real test will come not just this weekend, but next year and in the following years. For the moment, it still feels pretty weird.”
“More Formula One visitors are expected to come to Austin from Mexico than from any other foreign country, said Steve Alberts, communications manager at the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Four charter flights from Mexico were set to arrive in Austin carrying about 500 fans, said Jim Halbrook, a spokesman for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and more Mexican fans are flying to other Texas cities.”
Kevin Garside: “Alonso has enhanced his reputation this season by the brilliant husbandry of an inferior car, nicking a win here and there. That is precisely what Vettel did until Newey found something on his drawing board in the latter part of the season that worked.”
Today's F1 podium has a estimated collective 60 million yearly pay check #cool
— alex wurz (@alex_wurz) November 19, 2012
Bit off for FOM to not play the full Vettel message on the main feed. They did the same with Webber in Abu Dhabi. #F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) November 18, 2012
This race is entertaining conclusion – F1 cars have too much grip – bring on 2014
— Racecar Engineering (@RacecarEngineer) November 18, 2012
Comment of the day
@PaulT praises Pirelli’s appropriately Texan headgear:
The Pirelli Stetsons on the podium were a small but inspired touch and will certainly have helped make the race (and F1) memorable to US fans.
I can’t remember if this has been done before (I mean swapping the traditional baseball caps for some other headgear with a local flavour).
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Ten years ago today Bernie Ecclestone denied a report claiming he was about to bring the interactive F1 Digital + television service to an end. A few days later he admitted the story was true.
The subscription service was only offered in the UK for one year in 2002. After it was wound up many of its features began to appear in free-to-air broadcasts.
Here’s an advert for the service from the 2002 season:
Image © Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo