F1 Fanatic round-up
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“The car was really quick in the last two races and I think we can look forward to some really strong performances next year.”
“Pre-tax profits at the McLaren Formula One team accelerated 38 per cent to £22.9 million in 2011 according to its accounts.”
“He seems to have problems if he doesn’t win. When he doesn’t win, then he develops incredible political skills.”
“In recent years the [Nurburgring] has paid only $13 million per race, but the money has been spread over two years thanks to the alternation of the German GP with Hockenheim, which means that the Nürburging only had to find $6.5 million a year. The word is that FOM has even offered to run the race for free on the understanding that it takes the revenues of Grand Prix Rheinland-Pfalz GmbH & Co. KG, the company that has been set up to run the race.”
“Hopefully before the end of the year we’ll have a nice clear path to follow.”
“For me, inside me, I know what happened, I know the story, I know how Ayrton was just before his accident after I retired, I keep that for me.”
Peter Sauber tells Blick the Sauber C32 will make its debut on February 5th.
Official race video edit.
“Before the recent focus on pit stop speed, gun men would signify they were done by raising a hand in the air and when the jack men saw the two hands at their end of the car, it would be dropped back onto the floor. When the chief mechanic saw four hands and both jacks out of the way, he’d release it. Now the action of raising a hand 50cm in the air is considered to take too long and so the flick of a switch or button on the side of the gun shaves off valuable hundredths, that’s how thoroughly things are analysed.”
“Following Ayrton [Senna's] death, Bruno’s career came to an abrupt halt as his family, understandably given his uncle’s tragic death, didn’t want to see him racing. His father’s death, just two years after Ayrton’s, in a motorcycle accident in 1996 must have only served to strengthen his family’s protective instincts.”
“If I was to pick a driver for Canadian kids to look up to when plotting a course to Formula One, I’d tell them to look up to Robert Wickens.”
F1 has the revenues to support, and needs, 12 teams, 24 drivers. Good people at HRT who deserve to be racing.
— Adam Parr (@adam_s_parr) December 3, 2012
Train tracks off! Smell ya later braces yeehaa pic.twitter.com/4mp0tD1s
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) December 3, 2012
— Enigma (@EnigmaF1) December 3, 2012
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Comment of the day
It’s interesting. Luca says many things that have been said in the comment sections and on the F1 Fanatic forum, and they weren’t controversial. Many would call those ideas quite sensible, but when they come from Luca people immediately dismiss them. Let’s see:
Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel deserved to win,
We were expecting more from Schumacher,
It’s time for Bernie Ecclestone to retire,
Ferrari puts the team before the drivers,
Aerodynamic development should be limited, as it’s not road relevant,
F1 needs to open development in other areas to remain innovative, road-relevant and attractive for manufacturers.
How exactly is any of that illogical?
From the forum
- More discussion of potential changes to the Hungaroring to aid overtaking?
- @Ashes1991 shares some great pictures from the Italian Grand Prix
- @Fer-no65 was not impressed with the Red Bull showrun in Argentina
Happy birthday to Noel and sw6569!
On this day in F1
Francois Migault, who died on January 21st this year, was born on this day in 1944. Migault was born in Le Mans and his greatest motor racing success came in the 24 hour race in which he placed second with Jean-Louis Lafosse in 1976.
In F1 he made 13 starts but never scored, his best result 14th in his home race at Dijon for BRM in 1976.
Image © McLaren/Hoch Zwei