F1 Fanatic round-up
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
Sports minister Suat Kilic: “If it wants to, the private sector can bring Formula One. But there is no question of us paying the cost of the rights which have been proposed to a private company to bring Formula One.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “With the changes we’re making to the compounds we’re trying to bring back some degradation levels, because quite frankly at the end of the season we were in negative degradation and maybe not where we were asked to be. We were maybe repeating some races from the past where we were down to one pit-stop and I’m not going to say it was too easy, but teams were dominating the situation.”
“The Austin race is scheduled for November 17, the same weekend that the University of Texas are hosting a college game against Oklahoma State.”
“We came out with a car which had flashes of pace. Sebastian [Vettel] won in Bahrain, Mark [Webber] won in Monaco. But we didn’t have the level of consistency we wanted, and as an engineer that was very frustrating because the truth is we didn’t properly understand the car and what was happening.”
“You can never say never and I’ve had a great time. I think it will always be my home. I’ll always look at it as where I’ve come from. Going back there would be nice one day. But I want to go and experience some things for a bit.”
“Ayrton [Senna] of course should own the final word on the topic of statistics. Ayrton won three world championships, but only after he had overtaken the records of Brabham, Stewart, Lauda and Piquet. And sure, Niki marked the going rate for an emergent F1 star, but it was Ayrton who was the first driver to breach the million bucks per race line in 1994.”
“@anilp228: return of A1 ring on the cards?” Highly unlikely, from what I hear
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) December 6, 2012
I really really really don’t want turkey back on the calendar. #justsayin
— Marc (@MarcCox) December 6, 2012
Hi everyone, we are aware of the changes to the F1 calendar for 2013 and we’ll update you regarding FoS as soon as possible…
— Goodwood FOS (@fosgoodwood) December 6, 2012
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) December 6, 2012
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Comment of the day
I’d have included a lot of delighted Japanese fans shouting “Kamui – Kamui!” after Kobayashi nabbed third at Suzuka. That gave me goosebumps.
Also Alonso stopping on track and soaking up the atmosphere of a home win in Valencia was very special. I loved seeing him interact with the marshals and the crowd.
From the forum
Looks like our online racing leagues are getting busy as we head into the off-season:
- 2012/13 F1F Formula One PS3 Winter World Championship
- The Collantine Cup – Episode III
- 2012 F1F Formula Two PS3 World Championship
Happy birthday to Stretch!
On this day in F1
And happy birthday to Robert Kubica who is 28 today!
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