Hope you all enjoyed your first Formula One-free weekend – let us know what you got up to below.
Here?óÔé¼Ôäós today?óÔé¼Ôäós round-up:
?óÔé¼?ôWe will be on holiday, but that does not mean our brains will stop working,?óÔé¼?Ø said Domenicali. ?óÔé¼?ôMaybe one can even find fresh inspiration when outside the normal working environment and I expect this time to be a fertile one for ideas, which when all is said and done, are what make the difference.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôSebastien Buemi, currently of Toro Rosso, has quashed reports linking him with a future move to Renault, insisting his sole plan is to prove himself worthy of driving for Red Bull Racing.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôLotus driver Jarno Trulli admits that he has found this season “hard to accept”, but he insists that retirement has not crossed his mind.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ô?óÔé¼?£It won?óÔé¼Ôäót be possible to switch off my mind completely over these two weeks,?óÔé¼Ôäó said Alonso. ?óÔé¼?£I will try and relax and do a bit of sport, but at least once a day, maybe just for 10 minutes, I will inevitably think about the next race in Belgium. I think it will be the same for everyone and the timing of the break, does not make any difference.
?óÔé¼?ôHe hinted at tensions in the Red Bull camp by suggesting that the McLaren drivers were better prepared for the title fight: ?óÔé¼?£It?óÔé¼Ôäós hard to say who is my strongest rival ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ we are all almost equal.
?óÔé¼?ôMaybe, Hamilton, Button and myself, who have already won a title, will tackle the final rush in a calmer way, having already experienced something similar. Percentage chance? I?óÔé¼Ôäód say 50%, which is the normal state of affairs.?óÔé¼Ôäó?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôGreat day at the London Tri today, suffered quite a bit on the run due to just being phsyically drained I guess from the antibiotics.
?óÔé¼?ôStill reasonably happy with the result though 2hrs14mins &14secs, think I finished fourth out of 570 in my group.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôThe Austin, Texas, Formula One track will cost $180 million to build, according to documents given to the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.
?óÔé¼?ôThe documents also suggest that the race will have a $300 million impact on the Austin area.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôHopeful Spanish outfit Epsilon Euskadi has begun wind tunnel testing a scale model of its 2011 Formula One car.
?óÔé¼?ôIt is believed the FIA has already turned down some 2011 applicants, while the GP2 team ART and American group Cypher have pulled out of the running due to lack of funding.
?óÔé¼?ôIt emerged this week that the governing body will interview the remaining contenders – probably Villeneuve/Durango and Stefan GP – in Paris next Friday.?óÔé¼?Ø
Comment of the day
The new points system ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and one of the closest championship battles in F1 history ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ has caused a sea of debate. Ronman has an interesting take on the issue:
I think the points system as it stands now is almost perfect?óÔé¼?ª. it does mess up with the history and the records, and if past championships were to be looked into with the new points system, I believe many drivers would lose their crowns and others more deserving drivers would earn their glory.
However, some in the thread above mentioned that the new system devalues 2nd place. My response is: there is nothing to devalue in the 2nd positions. Races are held to be won. No one grows up dreaming to be vice champion or 2nd place. Ayrton Senna said it best. 2nd Best is the first looser.
So in that context there should be a big gap between 1st and second, and then a closer gap even between 3rd and the rest of the point scoring divisions. The hell with consistency, you should be consistently winning if you want the crown, not consistently second best and sometimes consistently lucky.
From the forum
On this day in F1
The Hungarian Grand Prix was held on this day in 1987.
Nigel Mansell qualified on pole but failed to finish when he lost a wheel nut five laps from the end. The race was won by Nelson Piquet, who was joined by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost on the podium.
Senna dropped a bombshell that weekend with the announcement he would leave Lotus at the end of the season to join Prost at McLaren.