F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he’s going through a difficult time emotionally.
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“I wear my heart on my sleeve and that gets me in trouble a lot of the time and I generally find it very, very hard to fight my emotions. I’m going through… I’m trying my hardest to be positive but I’m going through a really, really tough time at the moment with the loss of someone really, really special in my life. My world’s turned upside down, but I have a job…”
“I’m not really thinking about the championship now. There’s really no point thinking about it – especially as he [Sebastian Vettel] is over 60 points ahead.”
NB. Hamilton is 58 points behind Vettel.
Kimi Raikkonen: “After the Safety Car we were pretty OK and the cars, three of us, had similar speed and it’s very difficult to overtake anybody. I could run longer and we had a think about it, if we can try to run until the end but we had a massive problem with the radio. I could hear them but they could only hear me between two corners. So I’m wondering if we should have done it, take a gamble and try to go to the end because the tyres were pretty OK, my speed was pretty OK so it was hard to know what happens in the next ten laps.”
“To recover you need to win two or three races and at the moment it seems we are not able to do so.”
“I felt the push from the crowd and I tried to focus during the last couple of laps, knowing it would be very close with Kimi once he had passed Romain. Incredibly tough and the Lotus was incredibly quick and good at looking after its tyres.”
“An FIA spokesman has confirmed that Allen suffered two broken ribs, a broken collarbone, concussion and bruises.”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) July 7, 2013
An awful moment, made my memory flash back to Imola '94 when dear old Alboreto's Minardi lost a wheel, bounced amid the Ferrari mechanics.
— Steve Matchett (@MrSteveMatchett) July 7, 2013
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Comment of the day
@Giuseppe asks what can be done to prevent drivers losing wheels in the pits:
Unless something is done to stop/prevent it, this sort of problem will keep happening in this mad dash for shorter pit stops.
Could it be possible to implement a safety system that simply prevents the car from starting if one of the tyres hasn’t been properly secured to the hub? I’m not engineer, so I have no idea how it could be done, but I’m thinking of some sort of hub sensor that prevents the car from shifting into gear (or otherwise prevents the car from starting) if it detects a fault.
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