F1 Fanatic Round-up
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Philips: “Yes, the engines are quieter but we do not feel it will have any impact on our event, quite the opposite, and we believe by the time we stage our race, the cars will be a lot quicker as the teams understand more about the new power units and the regulations.”
“If the fans really think about it, the V8s were too noisy. I think they were ear-bleeding. We’ve just got to re-adjust our volume.”
“We talked about it in the drivers’ briefing. It’s very easy, what I did to Fernando [Alonso], what Jenson [Button] did to me last year, it’s very easy [to run wide] because the corner [turn four] takes you that way. Hopefully on Sunday we don’t see an accident like this for the good of the cars and the good of the show.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “At the moment, I have to say it looks very difficult to achieve for next season staying with the current tyre sizes.”
“I realise everyone thinks I don’t like the sound because I have not won yet, but I don’t care, I stand by what I said. I am a fan of the old F1.”
“It was kind of weird this year to have people asking whether I could adapt to the new Formula 1 rules. I was like: ‘Are you serious?’ I’ve adapted to every car I’ve ever driven. It’s what we do.”
“Energy drinks giant Red Bull has spent more than $1.2 billion on its flagship Formula One auto racing team over the past decade according to new research.”
“To maximise his chances of being able to finance such a buying up of shares, reducing the value of the sport would be helpful. How might one go about reducing the value of the sport? Well, you could make a big deal of how the noise of the new cars is awful, for example. You could get close associates to agree with you very publically. Or you might say the quality of the racing was poor. That might do it.”
Alaa Shehabi of Bahrain Watch: “We are used to the fact that economic and political interests trump human rights. But there is no love for this race. It is not like a football match that has a popular base. It is seen as an elite sport with elite backing.”
“For us it is a round of the Formula One world championship and so security measures for the event must be monitored but it is no different from any other event and I have no concerns on security.”
Video highlights from the last race.
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) April 4, 2014
I'm amused that Vettel is in trouble with the FIA for daring to say what half of the world has been saying since Melbourne.
— Sean Kelly (@virtualstatman) April 4, 2014
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) April 4, 2014
Ex-F1 driver @Alesi_Officiel: "I simply love F1. The noise of turbo is not what we used to have but it is the future & we have to accept it"
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) April 4, 2014
— Amber Lounge (@AmberLoungeLtd) April 4, 2014
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Comment of the day
@Reiter on the technical intrigue of the new regulations:
To me, what makes this year’s season so exciting isn’t that the cars are green, or hybrid, or energy-efficient. It’s that with the huge amount of new regulations and technical changes, the teams managed to build cars that move at speeds higher than 320kmph with an engine smaller than the bottle of coke you get with a pizza.
That, to me, is what makes it amazing. It’s engineering prowess at its maximum level; and perhaps those who don’t have an engineering background (like I do) find it boring because of those same reasons.
However, I know what I like – and I’m loving everything about this season so far.
From the forum
- Jolyon Palmer and McLaren-backed rookie Stoffel Vandoorne share the front row of the grid for today’s GP2 feature race
Happy birthday to Andy Mail, Red Andy and Matt88!
On this day in F1
Five years ago today Jenson Button won the Malaysian Grand Prix but only half points were awarded as the race was abandoned due to heavy rain.
The start time of the race had been moved back in order to suit European television audiences better. But the start was so late that once the race was postponed it soon became too dark to continue. The start time was moved earlier again the following year.