F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Rory Byrne, who masterminded the cars which brought Ferrari a string of championship successes in the early 2000s, has returned to the team to work on their car for the new 2014 rules.
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“Ferrari are tapping the talents of Rory Byrne, the South African designer whose cars took Michael Schumacher to seven Formula One drivers’ titles with Benetton and Ferrari, to help with development of their 2014 car.”
“Just like the weather, there were good days and there were dark days during that period. Chief among the latter was the announcement that, by mutual consent, the team and its race driver Timo Glock would go their separate ways after three seasons together. Timo is a world-class driver who has contributed an enormous depth of experience to our team; we would miss him for sure. Unfortunately, though, the ongoing challenges facing the industry meant that we had to take steps to secure our long-term future.”
“They all look fairly similar — although some, thank goodness, have smoothed out that ugly nose problem of last season. There is good reason for the familiarity; the technical regulations haven’t changed much since last season. The big changes will all occur next year, especially with the change in the engine specifications.”
Comment of the day
Following yesterday’s look at the best starts to a season by a driver, @Racer offers some that didn’t get off to a good start but ended well:
James Hunt for McLaren, Brazil 1976: Took pole only to crash out due to a sticking throttle. Won the drivers’ championship that year.
Nelson Piquet for Brabham, Canada 1978: Crashed in practice, qualified 14th and finished 11th. An uncompetitive full season in 1979 followed, but then many competitive seasons including two drivers’ championships.
Ayrton Senna for McLaren, Brazil 1988: Black-flagged for changing to the spare car too late. However he had shown promise by taking pole and climbing from last to second within 20 laps. Won the championship that season.
Michael Schumacher for Ferrari, Australia 1996: He retired with a car failure having been outqualified by Irvine! Somehow he dragged the dog of a Ferrari to three wins and third in the drivers’ championship. This was followed by several years of narrowly missing out, but once his got started there was no stopping him…
From the forum
- A question about camping from a reader planning a trip to this year’s British Grand Prix
Happy birthday to Willis and Tom.Y!
On this day in F1
The first world championship race in Brazil was held 40 years ago today. Victory went to home hero and reigning champion Emerson Fittipaldi:
We also wish a happy birthday to 1964 world champion John Surtees, who is 79 today!
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