Singapore Sling 2013

Singapore Sling change to cut lap times by a second

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Singapore Sling 2013In the round-up: Singapore’s F1 circuit will be a second per lap faster now the chicane has been removed, Fernando Alonso reckons.

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FIA ready to get tough on cost cuts (Autosport)

Jean Todt: “We met in Maranello with a few teams, and a consensus was against this [RRA] proposal of cost cutting.”

Tavo sighting in Mexico (Austin-American Statesman)

“Another interesting figure in the picture is Johannes Hogrebe. He?s the Tilke engineer who worked with Hellmund and motorcycling legend Kevin Schwantz on the design of Circuit of the Americas, engineering their ideas into reality.”

Luca needed convincing (Sky)

“There was one big, seemingly insurmountable problem, they said. Their boss, Luca di Montezemelo. Kimi had not been very respectful of him when the time came to leave and that was causing an impasse.”

Vijay Mallya battles against winding up Kingfisher (The Times of India)

“Debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines’ beleaguered chairman Vijay Mallya is battling against aircraft lessors and financiers who moved the Karnataka high court for winding up the company for defaulting on loans by his holding company – United Breweries Holdings Ltd.”

Clive James: If Berlusconi ran the BBC… (The Telegraph)

“When the F1 circus was away touring the world, there was sometimes no saving the show from tedium: the tarmac sat cooking on the desert and you couldn?t see a tree. But lately, thank heaven, we have been back in Europe, and whether at last Sunday?s GP at Monza, or at the previous GP at Spa, the Beeb?s presentation team have proved that they are fully in command of their three microphones.”

Rush ?ǣ behind the scenes set report (McLaren)

“Cars are rolled back and forth along the grid, German-centric banners are pulled from the Armco and re-strung with smiley bright Brazilian logos. Quickly, the Nurburgring morphs into Interlagos, and the whole thing starts anew.”

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Funocsi on Raikkonen’s potential successors at Lotus:

Hulkenberg ?ǣ probably the best choice both for Lotus and him, no explanation needed.
Maldonado ?ǣ has a lot of money through PDVSA, he can be brutally fast but is inconsistent, good for occasional big results, not in a championship.
Kobayashi ?ǣ another good choice, he should get an F1 seat, and this would be a great opportunity for him.
Kovalainen ?ǣ this is his best chance to get into a better team than Caterham and he was pretty good with the Enstone team in 2007.
Valsecchi ?ǣ I don?t think he will get a seat with Lotus, he didn?t drive too much at the YDT which I would have expected as he is their test driver but I’m not ruling him out at all.
Felipe Nasr ?ǣ has great race craft, his overtakes are amazing and has wealthy Brazilian sponsors, and I heard he doesn?t want to get into F1 through a small team.
Robert Wickens ?ǣ he tested with Lotus in 2009, won Formula Renault 3.5 in 2011 ahead of Vergne and has a great season in DTM, and North America hasn?t had a good driver for a long time.
Funocsi (@Hunocsi)

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On this day in F1

Ferrari fielded two world champion drivers in a race for the last time on this day 60 years ago. That streak is set to end when Kimi Raikkonen joins Fernando Alonso at the team next year.

Alberto Ascari and Giuseppe Farina were among the Scuderia’s six-car team for its home race at Monza today in 1953.

They shared the front row of the grid separated by the sport’s only other world champion at the time – Juan Manuel Fangio, driving a Maserati.

The three fought for victory until the last lap when Ascari skidded, forcing Farina to take evasive action, and allowing Fangio to give Maserati their first world championship victory.

Here’s footage from the race and Fangio talking about it 13 years later in an advertisement for Pirelli: