F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Rob Smedley says last week’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya helped restore Felipe Massa’s confidence in the Williams after a couple of difficult races.
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“That just gives us all a great deal of confidence in our analysis methods and then going to test those methods in the track, it gives Felipe confidence that ‘I had a problem in the last two races, the guys have got stuck in and they’ve come out with a bunch of things, we’ve tested that all in Spain and it’s all worked’.”
Rob White: “We haven’t got anything in the engine that we think is insurmountable, in time, bearing in mind there are sporting restrictions and the real world development restrictions.”
Lewis Hamilton is named as the world’s most marketable sportsperson ahead of Virat Kohli (cricket) and Robert Griffin III (American football).
“‘I could have a race at Long Beach this afternoon if I wanted,’ says Mr Ecclestone though he suggests that this isn’t a top priority as F1 ‘left there 30 years ago.’”
“He provided me with endless support and advice over the years and became a close confidante – even right up until the last couple of years when, after hearing the rumours that I might move to Ferrari, he told me he would be very disappointed if I went there because for him, it was the absolute betrayal because they were his motivation – the ones he wanted to beat in his day!”
Jackie Stewart: “Jack was a master of his art. Combining a fine brain with great experience, he would only have to drive a car around one or two corners to decipher what component area was preventing him from making the car do what he wanted.”
Alan Jones: “I think Jack’s achievements to win a Grand Prix in a car that he actually designed and built and engineered is an enormous achievement.”
“He knew how to play the game. ‘Crafty’ doesn’t make a start. The change of engine formula for the 1966 F1 season sums up his attitude perfectly.”
“What did happen in Albert Park is that a few drunken fans shouted abuse at Ron Walker and threw their earplugs at his car one evening when he was leaving. This seems to have made an impression on sensitive old Ron.”
So taken aback by all the amazing tributes to my father. So nice to see so many people pour out their memories and emotions. #thankseveryone
— David Brabham (@brabsracer) May 19, 2014
Today we lost not just my grandad but a legend of our sport and someone I looked up to a lot, he is in a better place now. R.I.P grandad
— Sam Brabham (@SamBrabs) May 19, 2014
Thanks so so much for everyone's condolences! Really means a lot to my family and we are grateful for… http://t.co/i7u9PNvlNG
— Matthew Brabham (@MattyBrabs) May 19, 2014
Sorry to hear about Sir Jack Brabham. A great Australian who inspired many Aussies to pursue our dreams.
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) May 19, 2014
RIP Sir Jack Brabham. It was a privilege to get his trenchant comments for my book on the 1957 Pescara Grand Prix (he detested it).
— Richard Williams (@rwilliams1947) May 19, 2014
Always amazed me that some engineers took 24h to make setup decisions here after FP2, that they'd normally have to make in 3h on a Fri eve.
— Marc Priestley (@f1elvis) May 19, 2014
— Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) May 16, 2014
Since Jack Brabham won the 1970 South African GP aged 43, only 1 of the 717 #F1 Grands Prix since has been won by a driver over 40.
— Sean Kelly (@virtualstatman) May 19, 2014
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Comment of the day
There were many fine tributes to the late Sir Jack Brabham yesterday, here’s
As an Aussie I can say its a sad day, not only for motorsport but for Australia. Jack Brabham was in the same class as our other sporting icons such as Sir Donald Bradman (cricket) and Dawn Fraser (swimming). I’m not sure if he realised just how much us Aussies are proud of his achievements on the world stage.
The only driver to win the world championship in a car of his own design and manufacture, the Repco V8-powered Brabham BT19 in 1966. A feat yet to be repeated and its highly unlikely if anyone will ever do that again.
Australia has lost three sporting greats in the past eight days. Rugby League’s ‘immortal’ Reg Gasnier, legendary Australian rules football coach Tom Hafey, and now Sir Jack Brabham.
I remember seeing Sir Jack at the Historic Sandown meeting in late 2009, though unfortunately I didn’t get to meet him as his health wasn’t the best. It was about 38 degrees that day and the heat was really affecting him, though he did tough it out to watch his grandson (Geoff’s son Matthew) go round in a Formula Ford.
Rest in peace Sir Jack Brabham. A true Australian icon.
Peter Hunter (@Holdenv8)
From the forum
Happy birthday to Ned Flanders, Rui Pinto, Thed4N1El and Dirk!
On this day in F1
The last F1 race at Dijon was held 30 years ago today. Patrick Tambay took pole position for Ferrari, lapping the short track in just 62 seconds, but finished second to Niki Lauda’s McLaren.
Nigel Mansell finished on the podium for Lotus, grieving for his mother who had died of cancer before the weekend began.
Image © Williams/LAT