Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Albert Park, 2014

Raikkonen not happy with balance yet – Domenicali

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Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Albert Park, 2014In the round-up: Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says Kimi Raikkonen is not happy with the balance of his car yet.


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Stefano Domenicali: “It’s like the cat has to bite the tail…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“I think we need to help Kimi in trying to find the right balance with the car, helping him because he deserves that. I think there was an improvement during the days.”

Walker furious at the lack of GP ‘screams’ (The Age)

“I was absolutely delighted with the whole weekend, but I was not too happy with the sound. We are resolving that with Bernie. It’s clearly in breach of our contract. I was talking to him last night [Sunday] and it’s not what we paid for. It’s going to change.”

Teams may pay price for quieter F1, says Ecclestone (Reuters)

“We give the teams a percentage of the revenue we receive. So if we are receiving less revenue, whatever the case may be, certainly the teams wouldn’t get as much. So it’s going to cost them.”

F1 2013 vs 2014 sound comparison – Melbourne (YouTube)

Button ’emotional’ after podium finish (The Telegraph)

“This weekend has been an emotional one for me, and the support I’ve had has been brilliant. That being the case, it would have been a real bonus if I could have celebrated my third place from the podium, alongside Nico and Kevin. But I really feel for Daniel, who drove a great race in his first race for his new team, in front of his home crowd.”

Red Bull rivals followed FIA sensors (Autosport)

“On the back of clarifications made by the FIA earlier this month – making it clear that the fuel-flow rate being produced by the sensor would be the one that determined conformity with the regulations – no other team went down the Red Bull route and deliberately ignored the sensor reading.”

Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, Albert Park, 2014Australian GP report by Mark Hughes (MotorSport)

“‘According to our analysis,’ said Red Bull’s Christian Horner, ‘we are losing a second per lap down the straights.’ One second per lap appeared to be the advantage Rosberg enjoyed over the Renault-powered Red Bull here. Rosberg admitted that, having earlier in the weekend worried about the fuel consumption, in the race it was not a concern. “I could see from quite early in the race that it wasn’t going to be a worry.”

Red Bull will be cleared: Paul Stoddart (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Daniel [Ricciardo] did not gain any advantage and that will be proven by Red Bull in their appeal.”

Australian Grand Prix – weighing the benefits from a state outlay of $58m (The Guardian)

“‘I don’t care if people like F1 or not, but let’s stop pretending it’s about the economy. People have a go at me and say ‘well, we subsidise the opera’. Well yes, we probably do, but the difference is the opera doesn’t claim it is in the best economic interests of Australia.”

Toro Rosso STR9 – cooling solutions (F1)

“The new 2014 power units mean all the teams have had to increase their cars’ radiator cooling, leading to some quite complex layouts. Toro Rosso’s is unique.”

UK supply chain keeps Formula One on track (FT, registration required)

“‘To be quite honest we don’t know what our parts are used for half the time,’ says Alan Rollason, managing director of ACE, a Shropshire company that makes parts for high performance engines.”

Maurice Hamilton: Papers miss bigger picture (ESPN)

“The 11-hour time difference did at least allow writers to wait for the stewards’ decision without worrying about missing the early editions of their paper, as would have been the case had the race been in Europe. As a result, all of the Monday dailies carried the story. The various interpretations literally made interesting reading.”

#ForzaMichael! – 17 March (Ferrari)

“Michael, we think and talk about you and your family every day, and we anxiously await good news from this, your greatest challenge of all. You have all of our support and best wishes in these dark days and we desperately hope for and look forward to happier times with all of our hearts. The Brundle family.”

Sky’s fortunes increase as BBC’s Australian Grand Prix ratings drop (The F1 Broadcasting Blog)

“Yes, a Sky gain of 73k is great for them, but if BBC loses nearly 200k, it eradicates whatever gain Sky is made.”

Revolutionising racing (The Way It Is)

“It will be fascinating to see how F1’s new world order takes shape after Ecclestone finally retires or is removed from the scene. Most longtime observers believe a gruesome power struggle will ensue among the team owners, CVC and the FIA that’s likely to do the sport more damage than good.”

Melbourne podium highlights the problem with GP2 (Duncan Stephen)

“Both Ricciardo and Magnussen cut their teeth in Formula Renault 3.5. For a long time, Formula Renault 3.5 has seemed like a better school for wannabe F1 stars than the Bernie Ecclestone-backed GP2 Series.”

Tata Communications powers Remote Operations for Formula 1 (Tata via YouTube)


Comment of the day

Red Bull’s dramas aside, how competitive are the world champions this year? Thoughts from @Estesark:

I’m not sure where Red Bull fit into the pecking order after all this.

Vettel had a software problem on his car, which should be resolved easily enough. Ricciardo appeared to have no problems at all – and excellent pace – until the stewards announced their decision to disqualify him.

I don’t understand why his team chose to ignore the rulebook, but if his fuel rate monitor really was faulty, perhaps they anticipated getting a working one for Malaysia and chose to use the race as a testing session. If that is the case, they could be much closer to the front than most people anticipated. On the other hand, if their monitor wasn’t faulty, then Ricciardo’s pace was misleading and they could be anywhere.

My instinct tells me it’s the former. If the team can sort out its reliability issues then more podium finishes are well within their grasp for the next few races.

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1994 F1 seasonOn this day 20 years ago Benetton confirmed Jos Verstappen would be Michael Schumacher’s team mate for the first race of 1994 in Brazil, JJ Lehto having not recovered sufficiently from his neck injuries.

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  1. Re: Melbourne podium highlights the problem with GP2 (Duncan Stephen)

    Errrr is Mr Stephen forgetting the race winner on top of that podium Nico Rosberg – 2005 GP2 Champion? Yes I know he goes on to say that GP2 hasn’t created many successes but then not many GP2 drivers make it straight (within a few seasons) into a top team.

    1. And the 2008 GP2 Asia, 2011 GP2 and 2011 GP2 Asia champion Romain Grosjean has done pretty well in his most recent F1 stint. And the 2010 GP2 champion and F1 race winner Pastor Maldonado has real pace (if not the consistency and calm head). And highly rated 2009 GP2 champion Nico Hulkenberg is only missing out on a top drive due to his height / weight issue.

      Looking at the Formula Renault 3.5 champions from the same era (2005>) (with the exception of Robert Kubica who should still be in F1 if it wasn’t for his accident) how well have these guys done in F1? Alx Danielsson, Álvaro Parente, Giedo van der Garde, Bertrand Baguette, Mikhail Aleshin, Robert Wickens, Robin Frijns?

      1. I think the point is that more are coming from WSR than GP2 NOW, largely because more drivers can get into the WSR because it’s much much cheaper.

        The majority of drivers are priced out of GP2 unless they’re rich/sponsored, lucky or very talented.

  2. Dale jr, Ricciardo said Dale and said was,

  3. The thing about the engine note is that it is driven by the engine configuration, a configuration which aims to make F1 more road relevant in an attempt to get manufacturers back into the sport (proven by Honda coming back next year). These V6’s with their single turbo and the MGU-H prevent muffle most of the noise before it gets a chance to get out of the exhaust. If Bernie wants more noise then he has to go to the engine manufacturers and ask them to change the configuration of their engines, which would result in massive costs and probably get them so riled up they’d consider exiting the sport. So it isn’t going to happen, no matter how much Bernie or anyone else wants it do.

    1. @geemac : So as per the ‘road relevancy’ logic, we might soon have ‘driver-less’ F1 cars

    2. So for me, if you are saying the only fix, for those that feel there needs to be one, is an expensive one, it will still come down to the bottom line. If the lack of noise literally affects the bottom line negatively, then they will have no choice but to try and change it…but can they change it enough to assuage the naysayers…and what sound will be acceptable when that is subjective.

  4. Regarding GP2, 11 of the current drivers were GP2 graduates (Kvyat and Bottas skipped GP2) so that’s still quite a large chunk. 17 drivers have previously raced in F1 but are not currently racing too. I feel the quality of the 2013 grid was pretty poor for GP2, there were some drivers who needed some major finetuning and we had a strange situation where it seemed Stefano Coletti forgot how to race. This year however the championship appears much more intriguing with Mitch Evans going to Russian Time, Felipe Nasr who needs to start winning races, Jolyon Palmer at DAMS who showed some awesome overtaking ability last year as well as outright speed (winning 2 races to Nasr’s 0), Abt at Hilmer, Rossi who showed great speed, and of course, Stoffel Vandoorne.

    A lot of these drivers are relatively young, as oppose to being older as most of the F1 grid, as was the case last year.

    Despite this, I can’t help but feel a lot of former GP2 drivers end up in the States. Bird has gone over there, and a few of them have been looking at the likes of IndyCar and Indy Lights.

  5. “We advised them twice after qualifying and five laps into the race to take the necessary steps to comply with the regulations,” Whiting told The Times about Red Bull’s infringement.

    Does it mean Red Bull ran with potentially exceeded fuel flow rate even in qualifying?

    1. @cyclops_pl
      They did. And that’s what makes me sick of Red Bull. They were even given the benefit of doubt since it’s a new system and it might play up, so FIA didn’t want to be too strict with Red Bull. But then Red Bull in their customary arrogance, gets as greedy and filthy as they usually are, and tries to intentionally cheat in the race, hoping the get off lightly, even though every other team was respecting the offset FIA gave them.

      If anything, I’d hope Red Bull gets a few races ban, like BAR got in 2005. I’m sick of them. And before some knight in shinny armor, who’s following F1 since 2010, comes here to tell me I dislike them just because they are winning, I’ll say that I never disliked a dominant team, even when Williams in the early 90s or Ferrari in the early 2000s were dominating. McLaren never really dominated in the late 90s, let’s face it.

  6. Where’s Bub Rubb and the exhaust whistle tips when you need them?

  7. Alleged contractual breach due to noise. Someone else may have mentioned this already, but wasn’t there protests back in ’95/’96 over the noise at Albert Park? The other way round obviously.

    Well if the noise is that bad, I say someone needs to call Adelaide back to say we’re sorry….

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