Singapore Sling change to cut lap times by a second

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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.”


Comment of the day

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:

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142 comments on Singapore Sling change to cut lap times by a second

  1. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 13th September 2013, 6:27

    Alonso : We are one second quicker because we don’t have to negotiate the chicken at singapore :D

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th September 2013, 7:07

    Interesting that no one comments on this but in the Sky article about how the Ferrari deal came about, one part is that Luca had to be convinced to get over his hurt pride.
    But a far more interesting one, is that it was not Ferrari choosing but Kimi choosing. That nicely explains why they had Hulkenberg on standy too.
    If Kimi really wanted to stay with Lotus, but did not get the guarantees over money he asked for, does that mean that is the reason the RBR deal fell through too? As in, Kimi had a deal prepared with RBR as backup for Lotus and waited. Then he saw a second backup deal (Ferrari) so he could give Lotus more time. Red Bull did not want to wait and signed Ricciardo. Kimi then signed with Ferrari when the Lotus guarantees did not show up.
    Not sure its a good option for Hulk when the money is not there. On the other hand, 10-15 Million for Kimi is quite a bit different than some 1-4 million for Hulk I presume. And its a team that Kimi would have been happy to stay at.

  3. JCost (@jcost) said on 13th September 2013, 8:04

    On COTD:

    Nasr is a good driver, but on money side, one should notice that his two main sponsors are Banco do Brasil and OGX, the former has problems with the latter which is a sinking boat and owes a respectable amount of money to Banco do Brasil and a debt restructuring to prevent a potential write-off is on the way…

    Despite OGX problems, Banco do Brasil is very solid and if Massa fails to get a seat, some sponsors will push to get a Brazilian driver in F1 and he might have his shot.

    And today is Kobayashi’s birth day :) Happy b’day Kamui!

  4. Rob Wilson (@rob-wilson) said on 13th September 2013, 8:08

    This baffles me, I thought the only reason they put the sling there in the first place was to slow the cars down enough so there’s no danger to the parliamentary building or something like that..and it turns out when push comes to shove they can actually just put a normal corner there…eh?

    As I understood it, the sling was a nesessary evil that couldn’t be avoided, they needed the cars to crawl through that section of the track and that was that. Clearly if enough people moan, anything can be changed.

  5. Imre (@f1mre) said on 13th September 2013, 8:12

    WHY was that chicane removed? Seemed to be a big challenge for the drivers. And that was a unique part of the track.

    • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 13th September 2013, 15:10


      Because it was annoyingly difficult to get even in the f1 game and it made cars ending up in pieces rather than slowing them down which is the sole purpose of the chicane .

      I think the problem was the construction and awkward position rather than the chicane itself which made people approach at dangerous speeds to “slingshot or zip ” through trying not to lose time .

      As a Hamilton fan , very disappointing memory of him touching the wheel in the wall in 2012 during Q3 , thus damaging his gearbox on the long run which proved very costly in the race :-(

      • Imre (@f1mre) said on 16th September 2013, 9:56

        @hamilfan: So it was too challenging!? Why should anyone make a track easier for the Formula One drivers!? Do we really want 20 similar(ly boring) tracks???

        • Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 16th September 2013, 18:06

          @f1mre Maybe it was an unnecessary challenge to say the least. More like a blister or something in the general scheme of things . It can never be compared to the truly challenging corners like Eau Rogue or the Monaco Chicane which would separate the best from the rest . It is not that f1 racers can’t race the slingshot , it’s just that I am not too sad it’s gone either as it did not sit well with the overall layout construction-wise .

  6. rankx (@rankx22) said on 13th September 2013, 8:56

    Some pompous Ferrari guys are always good for a laugh.

    Luca di Montezemelo – Kimi had not been very respectful of him when the time came to leave

    You don’t like me firing you? How rude!

    • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 13th September 2013, 10:48

      @rankx22 That’ the way I read it too. And then I wondered who had actually persuaded Luca to re-engage Kimi. Would it have been Domenicalli persuading Luca? I can’t really imagine Kimi, kissing Luca’s ring and murmuring “Padrone . . .”

  7. I have to say that I love these old Pirelli advertisements. I’m very happy that Pirelli uploaded these videos on their youtube channel.

  8. One less chicken in F1. Good.

  9. Michael Brown (@) said on 13th September 2013, 12:49

    The Singapore Sling was either a love it or hate it chicane. Like Monaco, some people saw it as a challenge, while others saw it as an unnecessary safety risk.

    It’s no Eau Rouge, or Maggots-Becketts, but it was the track’s signature turn. Considering that the following corner will have a higher entrance speed, I think the change is good. I will miss the Singapore Sling, though.

  10. the_sigman (@sigman1998) said on 13th September 2013, 13:32

    Amazing footage!

  11. Couldn’t agree more with the COTD however for me I would really like to see Felipe Nasr take the seat, he has the maturity of JB the consistency of the ice man and the overtaking ability of Lewis Hamilton. I think the hulk will be better off at Sauber next year as they are sure to bring an much more competitive package than this year where as Lotus may slip further into the midfield

  12. BJ (@beejis60) said on 13th September 2013, 17:28

    Is anyone else getting annoyed with all the talk and videos about Rush? Just release the movie already.

  13. marcus (@wombat1m) said on 13th September 2013, 19:05

    To me who has been to the Singapore race four time there is nothing wrong with the Singapore sling – the fact drivers tried to almost straight line it across the curbs out of one the fastest straights on the track, and then risked flying up into the air, was their problem. You could have driven it safer and slower ie round the curbs a wee bit more, which I believe is what they are there for, whatever but most chose not to, which looked great for TV when they got it wrong, and was their choice – its the challenge that makes it fun to watch.

  14. liam (@) said on 14th September 2013, 17:56

    Think I’ll wait until at least FP1 is over. Hard to judge the track at this stage with new Turn 10.

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