In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel says it’s an “incredible experience” working with Adrian Newey:
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“This is where Adrian is so brilliant. He gives me confidence and he designs world-beating cars. It is an incredible experience to work with him. I think we can do even better.”
“the most difficult part for us was before the summer break when we just didn’t have the pace. The reason why we were not fighting for the title isn’t just the reliability issues, the pace in that period of time wasn’t good enough compared to our competitors.”
“Enhancing the side activities to the Formula 1 race here will be key to the Republic’s aim to draw in more tourist dollars, Second Trade and Industry Minister S Iswaran has said.”
“You could host the whole F1 season in Austin and football would still be king. As [former National Football League] player Ricky] Williams puts it: ‘If you want to be an actor you go to LA, if you want to be in fashion you go to Paris or New York if you want to play football you come to Texas.'”
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@Tim believes the importance of the the different between engines is overrated:
The main differences between the engines (as described by David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello a few years back) is drive-ability, i.e. where the power is produced an for how long.
The engines have pretty much been the same since ?óÔéĽÔäó06, the only change being a 1000rpm drop in the regulations. The engine suppliers are all most likely maxing out what one can get from a 2.4l V8.
The biggest factor that separates the teams top speeds is the amount of downforce they put on the car on any given weekend. The aim is to get as much downforce with as little drag as possible, so as to be quick down the straights and through corners. It?óÔéĽÔäós about time people give the whole engine-top speed thing a miss.
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Happy birthday to Michael S!
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And happy birthday to Red Bull’s star deigns Adrian Newey who turns 54 today.
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