F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Sergio Perez criticises Pirelli have his tyre failure in Korea which was caused by a flat-spot (pictured below).
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“I think that this is not normal at all. We have a lot of lock ups and it’s easy to lock up in a Formula car. But what is not normal is that we get used to seeing explosions of the tyres and the tread coming away from the tyres. It is absolutely not acceptable for the teams and the drivers. It is just not acceptable.”
Eric Boullier: “Hulkenberg and Massa are the two drivers you have to consider because of their experience and profile.”
“Not too long ago, people were saying [Nico Hulkenberg had] made the wrong decision and I’d made the right decision to stay. But if you look at it now, peoples’ opinions are maybe a bit different.
Globo claims Bernie Ecclestone has signed a contract extension for the Brazilian Grand Prix to remain at Interlagos until 2020.
“With the FOM world TV feed now using on-board Infrared (IR) cameras, it’s been interesting to see how the tyres temperature changes around the lap. But in Korea we were treated to a rear facing IR camera on Mark Webber’s car that showed the front of the T-Tray splitter warming up and staying hot around the lap.”
“Even Singapore it was not even a tenth of a second in qualifying. He’s not that far away, and things can always go such that I get a shot.”
“I’m looking forward to Brazil in lots of ways in terms of getting more results and having more races to get a nicer finish to the year than we have had in this middle part.”
Jean-Eric Vergne: “We struggled the whole weekend to find a correct balance. In the end both cars retired because of brake-ducts being broken. It was probably the issue that we had in the weekend.”
Adam Hay-Nicholls: “That’s the most annoying thing about Vettel. That, and his screeching “Yes! Yes! And yes again!” over the radio as he crosses the finish line. It’s not that it’s arrogant, it’s that it’s forced. Which is strange, because Vettel is actually one of the most genuine drivers in an environment where many are out of touch with reality (Exhibit A: Lewis Hamilton).”
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Comment of the day
I have to agree with Vettel here. Even in 2011, most of the races were fairly close in the end and there was always a chance that a small error by Vettel would have meant that he would have lost the lead.
This is quite different compared to Schumacher and Barrichello having disappeared out of view after five laps never to be seen again until they lapped most of the field.
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On this day in F1
Alfonso de Portago, the only Spanish driver to score a podium finish before Fernando Alonso, was born on this day in 1928. He shared second place in the 1956 British Grand Prix with Ferrari team mate Peter Collins.
The aristocrat was a versatile sportsman, competing in horse races and the Winter Olympics. He continued racing for Ferrari in 1957, but was killed in the latter stages of that year’s Mille Miglia. His Ferrari 335S crashed into the crowd, killing nine spectators as well as De Portago and his co-driver. The shocking crash led to the end of the Mille Miglia as a competitive time trial.