F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen points out Lotus have not done as well on low-downforce tracks such as Monza, scene of next week’s race.
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“Low downforce has not always been the best for our car, but the factory has been working hard to get more speed and stability for us with some changes to the car.”
“Lotus says that proving it can deliver a strong car next year, rather than giving reassurances on money, is the key to it securing Kimi Raikkonen for the 2014 Formula 1 season.”
“The race in Canada was tough. I made a mistake there that I apologised for immediately and I’ve made sure that I used what happened there positively so I can keep improving.”
“Join us in sending a message to Shell that the Arctic is not its test track. Tell Shell that you can love F1 and polar bears, too.”
“Drenched through, teeth chattering, I kept a shaky lap chart, routinely checking on the BRM’s lead, and assuming that Ickx was saving his attack for the late stages; back then, there was no question of halting the race early – indeed there was not even the ‘two-hour’ rule, at which point races are now automatically ended. No, it was 80 laps, and it would take as long as it took.”
Huge hints that Kimi Raikkonen just signed for Ferrari
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 29, 2013
Great night last with the 46 crew.
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Comment of the day
There were loads of interesting responses to yesterday’s articleon DRS> Here are two very different views:
You know what almost killed my passion for F1? Multi-billion dollar parades.
DRS does one thing and it does it well: it eliminates (part of) the negative effects that a front-running car has on the downforce available to an approaching car. If it were nothing more than a gimmick, we’d see car B overtake car A in the first DRS zone, car A overtaking car B again in the second DRS zone, et cetera. Which is something that rarely happens.
So what DRS does, is save a faster car — this part is essential! — approaching a slower opponent from being held up. The opposite happened all the time in the not too distant past; anyone remember the Trulli trains or Ferrari’s 2010 Abu Dhabi debacle?
DRS is an artificial measure, of course, but it’s something that the FIA had to create because the teams couldn’t agree on a more thourough solution to the problem of turbulent air. The original proposal for 2014 was to exchange parts of the aerodynamic advantages gained from wings for underbody aero.
I am very happy with DRS — as well as with Pirelli’s high-degradation tyres as a matter of fact — but I do agree that DRS should (have) be(en) a stop-gap measure until the problem of turbulent air disturbing the airflow over the following car is fixed in a more thorough manner.
Not just DRS, the whole sport in general. Going to a live race is not an option, it’s a waste of far too much time, money and energy to be enjoyable. Watching on TV has become a juggle of HD BBC coverage with a coverage team that I’m not overly keen on, or a Sky Go stream which often crawls to a JPEG slideshow.
The racing isn’t all that great, the cars are irrelevant and ever-converging, the drivers are little more than mannequins with pull-string voiceboxes, the tracks are becoming increasingly vast and grey, in places with no real right to be holding such an event, and the politics becomes the main story most weekend.
But all of this is OK, because there are tens and dozens and scores of cheaper, better, more interesting motor racing series out there with a myriad of different and wonderful cars and drivers with personalities. And they’re all racing. Side by side, nose to tail. All the time. From lights to flag.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Liedra and Fritz Oosthuizen!
On this day in F1
Miguel Angel Guerra, who had one of the shortest ever F1 careers, turns 60 today.
Guerra failed to qualify in three races for Osella at the start of 1981. He made it onto the grid at Imola but tangled with Eliseo Salazar on the first lap and crashed, injuring his ankle. He subsequently returned to racing in his native Argentina.
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