F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Adrian Sutil warns F1′s new engine formula could lead to drivers running out of fuel in the closing stages of races next year.
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“I expect [to see] some cars at the beginning rolling out with one lap to go without fuel on board, so it opens up some opportunities.”
Toto Wolff: “We cannot be confident, it would be the wrong approach to say we have found the golden key now.”
“The change in tyres after Silverstone has certainly made a difference, but we need to come up the curve and get to know the tyres better, but otherwise it is a good car, the drivers are happy and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be continuing with our form.”
“The last time I lost my temper was…
DR: After the race at the Nurburgring (this year). I started very high up on the grid, and then – nothing. I was very frustrated.”
“One of the things that made all these drivers so deeply memorable is that they raced regularly in different types of cars. They weren’t pampered, highly-paid superstars restricted by contract and culture to a single category or team. They raced every weekend in different cars because they loved the sport and also needed to earn a living. This very diversity gave these drivers a grand patina, sadly lacking in today’s specialised age, which has cast a very long, agreeable shadow sure to last for many years to come.”
“While a standard engine is powered by a belt connected to the crankshaft, a turbo engine runs on its own exhaust steam, making it more energy efficient.”
“Of course, turbo engines are much more efficient, since they ‘run on their own exhaust steam.’ That would make them basically like, I don’t know, perpetual motion locomotives? That is very efficient.”
Yawn … Factory shutdown over, how long before 18:00 in the Uk #timedifference
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Renault have released their latest Red Bull-inspired creation. The Renault Megane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8 is a souped-up version of the standard Megane with added Red Bull stickers.
Just 30 of the £28,245 machines will be sold in the UK. Curiously it runs on Bridgestone tyres.
Comment of the day
Nick has no time for the view that the new engine formula will damage Formula One:
You think a smaller engine formula is going to kill F1? Irrelevance is what could kill F1 in a few years.
Just do a look around of current auto manufactures building V12 engines. Take a look at what kind of cars they’re driving in the WRC, WTCC or national cups.
I’d much prefer to see the current drivers in 1979 cars, but it’s not going to happen, much like I’ll never see a 400 bhp Ferrari in Group B rally.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Chris Monk, Ciaran, Omarr-Pepper, Jonathan, Camo8723, David Knutson and Sevrige!
On this day in F1
Ronnie Peterson scored his final Formula One win 35 years ago today at the Osterreichring. He lost his life just a few weeks later following a crash at Monza.
His Austrian Grand Prix victory came in a race run in two parts due to an early accident and worsening rain. Patrick Depailler claimed second place ahead of Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari.
Here’s the start of the race including Peterson’s team mate Mario Andretti crashing out:
Image © Force India