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“When the mechanic with the wheel gun removed the nut to put another on, the gun slipped in his hand and he accidentally depressed a trigger that sent a ‘go’ signal to the man on the front jack.”
“Honda plans to begin operations in Milton Keynes in June 2014, with the facility – already being used by Honda associates Mugen – providing a base for their trackside support operations, as well as a suitable location to rebuild and maintain power units.”
“Ecclestone, however, will not be lending a helping hand as he said: ‘We have agreements that require us to treat all the teams equally’.”
“The current contract runs out in 2015 and the work is necessary for the city to secure another five year deal. The new facility will include 40 pit garages with VIP hospitality above it, plus a new race control and podium area and a new media centre.”
“At the end of last year, we as pit reporters lost a key tool with the end of Fanvision?óÔé¼Ôäós deal in F1. Having lost one critical link to real time information we had to rely on what we could see again with our own eyes in the pitlane in practice. Now this tool has been taken away, too.”
This PDF of Ayrton Senna’s contract to drive for Lotus in 1987 is part of a large archive of documents from tobacco companies on the University of California’s website which includes more on other F1 drivers and teams who had tobacco sponsorship over several decades. Have a search through the archive here.
There will be a pitlane walkabout from 1700 – 1800 on each day of the F1 Test next week. Tickets are available at ?é?ú10 per head…
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Comment of the day
You could take the view that the engineers are micro managing their drivers to an almost ridiculous degree. You often hear Rob Smedley telling Massa exactly when, where and how much KERS to use, or what gear to use going round a corner.
It?óÔé¼Ôäós shocking to me to hear a driver (as an F1 driver, supposedly one of the best in the world), being told how to drive their car, or take a drink.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Abishek, Sohan and Speeder_76!
On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher scored a controversial win in the British Grand Prix 15 years ago today.
The race was run in soaking wet conditions and led by Mika Hakkinen until he went off and the Safety Car was deployed. Schumacher was given a drive-through penalty for passing overtaking under yellow flags but contrived to serve it on the final lap after he’d already won the race.
Hakkinen survived to take second ahead of Eddie Irvine.
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