F1 Fanatic round-up
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“German luxury carmaker Daimler has taken full control of the Mercedes Formula One motor racing team after buying a 40 percent stake owned by Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Aabar Investments.”
“[Renault head of trackside operations Remi] Taffin added that the fact that Renault’s other teams had successfully used the revised newer specification of alternator last weekend meant that Red Bull should have no concerns about its reliability for Brazil.”
“Although Dennis did little to stop speculation that relations with [Lewis Hamilton's management team] XIX had however soured through the saga, wryly suggesting that ‘Simon [Fuller] only pops up when we win’, he insisted that he hopes Hamilton continues to enjoy success in his career going forward and that he personally was ‘not upset’.”
“The second year is always difficult. You get a big crowd for a new event, but here you can see they are behind us, which is good.”
“My focus would be on the diffuser. They could adjust the way it behaves and small alterations will change it dramatically. I’ve done that myself in the past using body filler, believe it or not.”
“Red Bull is asked whether it thought of sacrificing Mark Webber in a similar manner, to move Alonso back across to the dirtier part of the track. ‘We never considered it,’ says team principal Christian Horner. ‘If everybody did it, the next thing you know Alonso might have ended up on the front row.’”
“His second ever win was in the States obviously and I remember that very well, and we had a great time after that. We’ve had some amazing highs together. I don’t want to make it easy for him to leave this team, but at the moment let’s focus and see if we can get the win in Brazil.”
“We know that the changes we’ve made will have an influence on things like aerodynamics for the teams; it will deflect more, the rear tyre in particular.”
“Formula One racing was valued at $10 billion by Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC in a lawsuit that seeks $650 million from Bernie Ecclestone for diverting the sale of a stake in the company to a lower bidder.”
Le golf avec Jacques Laffite, c’est du sport… twitter.com/JeanEricVergne…
— Jean-Eric Vergne (@JeanEricVergne) November 19, 2012
Comment of the day
Interesting to see how hard it will be for Vettel to match Schumacher’s records. Even though he has had tremendous success so far, he will likely even have to improve his race to win ratio to get ahead on wins (I just guess that he won’t do much more than 300 races) and it is hard to imagine he will always be in a team as competitive as Red Bull in the last few years (though not impossible if he always makes perfect career decisions).
His strength in qualifying might get him ahead in those statistics, though, if his cars allow it. Then again, even if he doesn’t match any of those statistics, he already is one of the more (most) successful drivers ever. Good for him (bad for those I support).
From the forum
- United States Grand Prix awards
- Was the 2009 season more interesting
- @JPF1 has questions on how to get to the Circuit de Catalunya and where are the best seats
No F1 Fanatic birthdays today.
On this day in F1
The only United States Grand Prix to be held at Riverside took place on this day in 1960 and was won by Stirling Moss.
Team mate Innes Ireland made it a one-two for Lotus ahead of Bruce McLaren’s Cooper. Ferrari did not enter the race.
The circuit has since been demolished and a shopping mall now stands where it used to be:
Image © Daimler/Hoch Zwei