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“He was with Jordan when I met him – he was the data engineer of Ralf Schumacher – and stayed with the same team through its many metamorphoses. Then he switched to Sauber and for whatever reason he didn’t feel so much at home there, and then he came to us. Hopefully he’ll be a fixture in our team for the next couple of years.”
Video of Lewis Hamilton’s crash yesterday.
Valtteri Bottas: “I think the last race I’ve done was an F3 Macau race at the end of 2011. It’s been a while, but it doesn’t feel like that. I feel like I am definitely ready to race.”
Cyril Abiteboul: “We are quite flattered that James Allison is paying attention to what is happening at our exhausts. There are different ways of looking at it, and definitely we are outside of the cone.”
Felipe Massa: “In the morning, I didn’t even do a flying lap because we used the time available to do constant speed runs and to analyse various aerodynamic solutions. All the changes to the car took longer than planned, but in the afternoon, I managed to do three long runs which were very important in order to understand which direction we need to follow in the coming days.”
“KFA CMD Vijay Mallya admitted in his notes with the accounts that ‘the company has incurred substantial losses and its net worth has been eroded’ but said: ‘the company is in constant dialogue with DGCA and is confident of meeting DGCA requirements for renewal of the permit and re-start of its operations at the earliest.’”
“Watched by Melbourne Grand Prix chairman Ron Walker, making his first public appearance since it became known he was fighting a serious illness, former V8 Supercar driver Cameron McConville performed complete spins in the two-seater racer on the Icehouse rink at Docklands on Tuesday.”
“Having stepped into the ailing Honda concern at the end of 2007 and been presented with a dog of a car, Ross Brawn politely talked more about 2009 than the coming season – and with good cause, as it turned out.”
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Comment of the day
GT_Racer on Sky’s plans to show F1 testing in 3D:
This isn’t something been done by FOM and FOM will have no involvement in it.
This is sky taking there own equipment and staff to cover the test themselves & there live broadcast will not be available to any other broadcaster.
There won’t be any in-car cameras, Depending on what system TSL use at the test’s there may not be any live on-screen timing graphics and the coverage is unlikely to be anywhere near as comprehensive as what you get during a race weekend.
As for FOM, As I said in an earlier post they have already done there own 3D trials and were not impressed so don’t expect FOM to take the race coverage 3D anytime soon.
Final point, 3D cameras take a lot longer to setup & ensuring you get the 3D effect requires specific camera locations for 3D and a specific way of operating the cameras (In terms of panning/zooming). This is why 3D is harder to do for live events, especially fast paced sporting events like F1.
Based on my experiences with 3D & everything I’ve seen/heard from motorsport broadcasters who have tried 3D already, I expect this to be a one-time thing which sky won’t do again. It may be a bit of a novelty for the 3D viewers but again since i don’t expect it to work I think most will end up switching over to the standard HD coverage.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Victor and Rebecca!
On this day in F1
Force India launched their first F1 car five years ago today. The team got off to a slow start in F1, failing to score a point during the season:
It’s also Christian Klien’s birthday – the former Red Bull and HRT driver is 30 today.
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