Sochi track will be ‘fast and competitive’ – Whiting

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Sochi International Street Circuit, 2014In the round-up: FIA race director Charlie Whiting has high expectations for the Sochi street circuit which will hold Russia’s first grand prix later this year.


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Charlie Whiting: “I’m sure drivers will love the Russian Grand Prix (Sochi Autodrom)

“It will be a fast track, and I think it will be a really competitive track as there will be at least two or three places where drivers can overtake properly. I think that will be a very interesting track and a very spectacular race.”

Parry hungrier than ever to reach F1 after Silverstone experience (Bury Free Press)

“’I dream to be here and I dream to win here,’ said [Matt] Parry, who was a guest of the BRDC for the weekend. ‘I’ll be here in October in a McLaren F1 car for testing so it’s great to be here and see how the drivers are driving while also enjoying it as a spectator.'”

Hamilton is a decent human being but has a habit of presenting himself as a spoilt brat (Daily Mail)

“He seems to think that a few gushing Tweets can smooth over his sullenness, but I am not sure this is the case. Nor does the fact that he was perfectly well-behaved after his victory the next day, saying the right things, make up for his puerility when he is losing.”

Kate Walker: Piero Taruffi (Crash)

“So impacted was he by the incident that Taruffi wrote an imploring article entitled ‘Stop us before we kill again’, reflecting on the twin tragedies of that years Mille Miglia and the 1955 Le Mans disaster.”


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However I chose this one from Leejo as the best:

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014

“All I see is Alonso’s gearbox!”

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Williams claimed their first ever Formula One race win 35 years ago today in their home event at Silverstone.

They were heading for a one-two when leader Alan Jones dropped out with a broken water pump seal. That left Clay Regazzoni to seize the team’s first win – but Jones took victory in the next three.

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90 comments on Sochi track will be ‘fast and competitive’ – Whiting

  1. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 14th July 2014, 12:49

    Depending on further events in Ukraine, I might boycott Russian GP, especially if Putin comes there to demonstrate his greatness using sport again.

    Talking about circuit itself, it looks average. Length of the circuit is the same as other creations of his and it doesn’t have something special, which classic circuits have. It’s typical Tilkedrome without character or history. There are lots of circuits in the world, which are better and would attract many more people to races – Imola, Donington, Estoril, Jerez, Zolder, Indianapolis (provides real american racing spirit), even Fuji had something special.

    But for Bernie, money talks and he’d rather have replaced all European circuits with Middle East and Asia tracks.

    • Liam (@) said on 14th July 2014, 12:53

      You wont be missed.

    • davey said on 14th July 2014, 16:16

      All the tracks you mention which have hosted multiple gp’s always produced rubbish racing so i’d rather they be kept off the schedule.
      imola, estoril, jerez & zolder were especially bad for racing in every 4 wheeled category that i have ever seen race on them.
      fuji was better but still not great & you forget that the new fuji layout was actually designed by tilke.

      this new sochi track looks interesting & i can see the drivers finding it to be a fun little challenging circuit.

      i think there is often a disconnect between the fans view on some circuits & the drivers. the fans for instance often hated on korea yet its a circuit the drivers said they enjoyed, same for circuits like sepang, istanbul, shanghai & even bahrain which i’ve heard drivers talk about been a fun challenge in the middle sector.

      • Nick (@npf1) said on 14th July 2014, 16:49

        The drivers and viewers have different needs, though. A driver might love some parts of the Korean circuit, but they have no interest in race-long battles. Sure, they want to overtake and have some fun at the wheel, but a driver can have a blast going laps around a track at maximum focus, while viewers are bored to death and insulted with CGI overlays of Bernie ‘saying’ things.

        I’d like to point out the tracks you mention are the Tilke tracks that ended up being loved by both drivers and have produced good races for the fans in recent years. Korea maybe not so much, but the hatred towards Sepang has never really been there, Istanbul actually had some decent popularity and Shanghai and Bahrain have produced good races lately, leaving fans to wonder if they have been wrong about these particular tracks.

        Meanwhile, there was little love lost on the track in India, Valencia and I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say they liked Catalunya, but since the redesign people are outright hating it.

        I do have to agree a lot of people suffer from nostalgia bias, though. The A1 ring wasn’t a very popular track when it was dropped after 2003, nor did people really bemoan the losses of the circuits of Imola, Estoril, Jerez and Zolder. I think there’s nostalgia on one had, but on the other, those tracks do have a lot more history (the reason a boring race on Silverstone will attrack more viewers than a boring race at Abu Double) and they are in countries where people actually go and sit in the grandstands. Atmosphere is a big part in racing, the actual racing can only provide for so much of it. Excellent trackside facilities contribute next to nothing.

        Still, I’d like some more variety on the calendar, which is what I think most of us want. Some just want old tracks back for known features, while others are more inclined to be open to new ones which might prove themselves a worthy addition.

      • Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 14th July 2014, 18:06

        Well, Suzuka almost always produces boring races, yet it’s still considered as one of the most favourite tracks among drivers and fans. Same for Monaco. Good tracks are not distinguished by whether they produce entertaining or boring races. It’s about history, variety (track has to stand out from others), fans etc.

        I don’t say that all Tilke tracks are boring, it’s good to have some of them (Shanghai, Sepang, Bahrain), but when they started to add more Tilkedromes, it became boring – it’s just like every second weekend returning to the same track with different landscape.

        At least, F1 could have more than one designer, which designs tracks or just bring old school tracks with crowded grandstands.

    • beneboy (@beneboy) said on 14th July 2014, 23:41

      Boycotting a race due to politics is a dangerous precedent to set. Virtually every GP is hosted by a country that has commited terrible crimes in recent years while many of the teams have links to people and businesses that are guilty of exploiting people and/or destroying the environment.

      If you boycott Russia over Ukraine then why not boycott Spa as its title sponsor Shell are responsible for some terrible things in the Niger Delta and South America, or maybe boycott Silverstone or COTA over the War on Terror, or maybe all the Middle Eastern GP’s because of their internal human rights abuses, or Australia for the way their government treats immigrants…

      Once you start you may find you just can’t stop, especially if you take the time to look into some of the people and businesses behind F1.

  2. Paul A (@paul-a) said on 14th July 2014, 19:45

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Charlie Whiting’s comment on his friendship with Ecclestone: “Bernie knows that my priority’s safety and he also knows I’ll do everything I can to accommodate what he would like while respecting the safety.”

    Seeing as he thinks mid-race standing re-starts are safe (“Some people were even silly enough to say it’s dangerous.” Like the drivers? Duh…) he’s just proving to be a yes-man to Bernie’s billions.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 15th July 2014, 0:36

      I think dangerous is way too strong a word and is mostly being used by armchair fans. Maybe a few drivers have said it too, but I think it is more for effect than what the reality will be. Has anyone said it ‘could be’ or ‘might be’ by any chance? And keep in mind Whiting has reserved the right to just do a rolling restart if he feels that is more appropriate than a standing restart, under certain circumstances. Ultimately we may only see 6 or 8 of these next year. Since nobody, including the drivers, has experienced standing restarts in F1, they will only know once they do some how they go, and I am sure that if for some reason they do prove to actually be more dangerous than regular standing starts, which I can’t imagine, then they simply can just revert back to regular rolling restarts. I don’t see the big deal.

  3. ScarGo said on 14th July 2014, 21:50

    My prediction…A week after the Sochi race, Russia will invade the Ukraine.

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