F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Any hopes of seeing Fernando Alonso partnered by Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari appear to have faded as the team’s president Luca di Montezemolo rules it out.
Red Bull RB9
Red Bull are holding an event at their factory to reveal their RB9 to the press for the first time today. This marks a break with recent seasons when they have preferred to wheel their car out in the pits at the first test.
I’ll be there to bring you coverage from the launch which begins at 1pm UK time today. The F1 Fanatic Calendar has been updated to show the times of all the forthcoming launches:
Hopefully Red Bull’s launch will go better than Mercedes’ attempt to give the world a sneak preview of its W04 yesterday. Their website went down for hours and at the time of writing the car still hasn’t been seen properly. See the discussion here for more.
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“Asked if he could envisage Vettel at Ferrari with Alonso, Di Montezemolo said: ‘No, I don’t think so.’”
Monisha Kaltenborn: “It’s extremely challenging, and a fear we have as a private team is to make sure we don’t have any disadvantage compared to the manufacturer teams.”
“‘Mansell mania’ it was called, especially when he won at Silverstone. People were going crazy. It was a really good time for motor sport in general, but especially in the UK. “Those times do mean a lot and that’s what I grew up with as a kid. I was racing in karts at the time, 12 years old. A lot of very good memories. Maybe we should have asked Nigel about having a red No5 before we decided to do it.”
“He makes his living by driving super-fast cars, but now Lewis Hamilton has splashed out on an even speedier mode of transport – a £20 million private jet.”
“The first car to be built left Maranello this afternoon, setting off on the long trip to Jerez de la Frontera in Spain, scene of the first of just three test sessions this season.”
“Two of the greatest F1 drivers in history, Ayrton Senna and Jim Clark, both won their multiple world titles with the same team. This doesn’t seem to be an issue for these two, so it makes no sense for it to be deemed detrimental to Vettel’s championships. It’s not just that a driver wins the world title because he’s in the best car; the best drivers usually drive for the best teams.”
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Comment of the day
Very smart, it’s different, I like it. I can see the comments about how it looks like the HRT in 2010 coming from a mile off.
The nose looks very interesting. Its nose looks much lower compared to the rest of the field so far, I wonder if they’ve missed a trick here or are very confident about getting enough air to the floor of the car. The sidpods also look very small and aggressive.
Not bad at all Sauber.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
A row about racism in Formula One was sparked off five years ago today when Lewis Hamilton was abused by fans during an F1 test in Spain:
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