It’s qualifying day for the Australian Grand Prix! Look out for our free practice three and qualifying live blogs coming soon. Here’s today’s round-up:
An often-overlooked but very important part of the ‘improving the show’ argument.
The ‘ballast’ idea is truly horrible. Is that really the best they can come up with?
Comment of the day
Could Watkins Glen ever be used as an F1 venue again? Scootin offers some thoughts:
They added paved run-off into turn five this year, so that should be ?óÔé¼?ôkosher?óÔé¼?Ø. Turn six is slow enough that no further safety improvements should be necessary.
The big turn that needs improvement is turn 11 (the right hander onto the front straight). I understand they did ?óÔé¼?ôsomething?óÔé¼?Ø there this winter, but I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know what. Previously it was really unsatisfactory ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ it was high-speed corner with the guardrail right there. Plus the tire wall they had in place was almost strategically placed to cause multi-car pileups when one car goes just slightly off-line.
As Keith pointed out last year though ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ the FIA rules prohibit F1 from running on any track with any significant elevation change (Spa being the exception due to it?óÔé¼Ôäós ?óÔé¼?ôgrandfathered?óÔé¼?Ø status). Few who haven?óÔé¼Ôäót visited Watkins Glen before realise just how much elevation change there is (especially in turns 2-3-4 and 6-7-8). As much fun and challenging as the elevation changes make the track, I could easily see it not meeting the FIA?óÔé¼Ôäós demands.
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However we can wish a happy 39th birthday to David Coulthard!