Today is Luca di Montezemolo’s birthday – the Ferrari president is 63 years old. What sort of present could you possibly buy for the man who has unrestricted access to any Ferrari he chooses? Anyway, happy birthday to him!
Here’s today’s round-up:
Martin Whitmarsh: “We’ve agreed there will be six tests during the winter and probably the last one will be in Bahrain but it hasn’t been quite agreed yet. We want to make sure that it’s cost effective for the small teams.”
“In terms of sheer ability Vettel ranks with Hamilton and Fernando Alonso as the best of the current generation but he is currently being outperformed by the more mature man in the other Red Bull. Until the 23-year-old learns to focus his gifts at all times the brilliant will continue to be mixed with the best forgotten and he will have to wait to become Formula One’s second German world champion.”
Comment of the day
Easy way to get a COTD: reference a favourite television programme of mine. Yes, I know it’s not fair…
Yet the 10% they haven’t completed is the laying the tarmac on the track. Just a minor detail really
Reminds me of the scene in the West Wing where they’re testing ICBM interceptors, and the military insists the test was a success as they successfully achieved nine out of ten of the objectives of the test. But Bartlet points out the 10th target was to intercept the missile and they missed by several miles!
In Korea they’ve completed 90% of the venue but the whole purpose of the venue is to hold a Grand Prix and they haven’t provided much evidence that the circuit is anything but a dirt track with nice pit buildings at the moment.
From the forum
Here’s a thread with a difference – Steph wants your heartwarming F1 stories.
Happy birthday to Liedra!
On this day in F1
Nelson Piquet took an important win in the Dutch Grand Prix 30 years ago today. Title rival Alan Jones failed to score after breaking one of the ground effects ‘skirts’ on his car earlier in the race.
Here are Carlos Reutemann and Mario Andretti racing wheel-to-wheel around the famous Tarzan corner during the race: