In the round-up: Nico Hulkenberg says Force India are reaping the benefits of the sacrifices they made with their car development last year to be competitive under the new regulations.
This weekend on F1 Fanatic Live
There are two Formula Renault 3.5 races from Motorland Aragon in Spain plus the third round of the IndyCar series from the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama on F1 Fanatic Live this weekend. Here’s when to join us:
- Formula Renault 3.5 Motorland Aragon race one – Saturday, 1:30pm
- Formula Renault 3.5 Motorland Aragon race one – Sunday, 1pm
- IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama – Sunday, 8pm
Live coverage of all these races can be seen in the UK on BT Sport, where I’ll be commentating on the 3.5 races with Ben Evans. Race one can be seen live via the BT Sport app and on the website. Race two and the IndyCar race will be on BT Sport 2, where Ben and I will also be doing both Formula Renault 2.0 races live.
More details here:
“The team sacrificed a lot last year to concentrate on 2014 and I think it has proved to be a sensible decision.”
Eric Boullier: “We are happy with this. In terms of downforce and drag numbers, it has been now validated, so we are now happy to carry on with this.”
Former Ferrari team principal Cesare Fiorio: “[Then Ferrari president Piero] Fusaro went to [Alain] Prost with the [letter of intent] and informed him that I was trying to bring in [Ayrton] Senna. From that moment onwards, I had trouble in my collaboration with Prost.”
“Without that catalyst [Imola 1994], we would never have gone to Brussels. We would never have the Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme), the crash testing, we wouldn’t have got the legislation through the European Commission that has upped the standards of safety.”
“When was your first big accident in a race car?
RG: It was in Formula Renault 2.0 – I broke my little finger at a race in Zolder. It was a big shunt. ”
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Comment of the day
@StefMeister on the latest brainwaves from the F1 Strategy Group.
The proposals to make F1 more spectacular are like double points the answer to a question that nobody is asking and does nothing about the other issues F1 needs to sort out.
How about focusing on what actually needs fixing? Making the cars more able to race closely (without needing gimmicks), better distribution of the vast amounts of cash which F1 rakes in, ensuring larger/heavier drivers are not penalised and having to starve themselves to meet the weight limits to name a few.
The main focus should be on the racing, that’s why people watch and why people keep watching. A good race won’t be made better by adding visual spectacle and it’s certainly not going to make a bad race more interesting.
I’m not really against any of these things been a part of F1, If the cars spark and brake discs glow then fine but I think spending time thinking about how to do these things in these ‘strategy meetings’ is a complete waste of time and takes the focus away from the more important areas which these people should be focusing on. These things should be the afterthought not the main ideas.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Markd!
On this day in F1
It’s also five years to the day since Jenson Button won the Bahrain Grand Prix for Brawn:
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