F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Ferrari chief designer Nikolas Tombazis says the tam deserve “six out of ten” for their results so far as the team’s qualifying performances are still not up to scratch and they have missed some opportunities.
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Tombazis: “If I was to score our overall performance, I would only give it a six out of ten and that’s for two main reasons: one is that we are not yet quite where we want to be. In the first four Grands Prix, we were not really able to fight for pole position and that is one of our main objectives at the moment. Secondly, if you look at the actual results, even if it’s true we’ve had a win, which naturally we can be very pleased about, we have also had two very bad results where we scored very few points.”
“The reason I love street circuits like Monaco is there is no room for error and if you make a mistake, you pay. I don’t want people to pay by being hurt, but losing time, or having the car stop; that’s what racing is about.”
Gerard Lopez: “I am convinced, and I don’t say this lightly, that if Kimi gets what he wants from us in terms of performance and so on, we will see Kimi moving forward with us.”
“It’s important to pick up good points early in the season against our competitors and to be ahead of McLaren after four races is a credit to the team and a nice feeling.”
“Renault Sport have now confirmed to F1Technical that Red Bull Racing is indeed using a McLaren Electronic System alternator in combination with the Renault engine. The firm notes this is the case ‘for some time now’, with all other Renault powered teams still using the Magnetti Marelli alternators, similar to last year.”
Giedo van der Garde: “I’m excited about the weekend ahead, especially as we have some more new parts on the car that should help us build on the step forward we saw from my team mate’s car in Bahrain.”
“Former F1 and IndyCar driver Derek Daly discusses racing today and tells our host, Alex Pombo, if racing is easier today than in the past.”
Red Bull junior drivers for 2013 (left to right) Antonio Felix da Costa, Carlos Sainz Jnr, Danill Kvyat, Beitske Visser, Tom Blomqvist and Callan O’Keeffe.
Back in my old office for a few lap….. Rientrato nel mio vecchio ufficio per qualche giro…. pic.twitter.com/ICrkROTi6J
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Comment of the day
Do we really want more characterful drivers, asks @Tango:
Somehow, we all lament that we do not have a James Hunt on the grid anymore. But as soon as a great driver acts naturally (and by that, I mean, like a human being), we, as in “the fans”, fall on him like a ton of bricks.
At the time, Hunt could get away with smoking, boozing, having sex with the entire world, allegedly sniffing rails of powder, hitting marshalls and drivers alike and wow, what a likeable man he was.
Hamilton has a “serious girlfriend”, a dog, and the most extravagant stuff he does is recording his music and wearing a cap the wrong way round. Suddenly he does what we have all done many times (namely, ranting about parents / former boss, which we are indeed grateful for, even if it doesn’t stop us ranting anyway) and wow, what an ungrateful brat he is. He doesn’t even get half the leeway Webber or Raikkonen get. And lets be honest, most of the time, Raikkonen is just being plain rude.
I believe great athletes can’t be what we (and their sponsors) would like them to be (perfect). So if for once, one of them would even try the slightest to act normally (or even extraordinarily, I don’t care), I’m all for it. And if by doing so he feels better, happier, it doesn’t even matter if it makes him quicker or not, it seems fair.
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On this day in F1
Argentina’s last F1 driver Gaston Mazzacane turns 38 today. After serving as Minardi’s test driver in 1999 he was promoted to the race team the following year. He lasted a full season before being dropped and hired by Prost, who let him go just four races into his second season.
Here’s Mazzacane in action for Minardi at Spa-Francorchamps in 2000:
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