Here’s today’s round-up:
“Virgin Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi has become a part-owner in the Addax team’s GP3 operation.”
“Technology has taken over. The driver is somebody who is just driving the car but the influence of a driver on the setup of car or the building, construction or engineering of a car is no longer there. It’s a shame.”
Comment of the day
The first sight of Hermann Tilke’s new track for Austin has been generally well-received. Here’s what Pinball had to say:
I think the best looking section is turn eight, nine and ten, as the cars will be climbing up to turn ten which sort of looks like it has a crest either at or just beyond the apex of the corner, which means from the drivers point of view they won’t be able to see where the track goes. But cause the actual horizontal deflection through corner is maybe only ten or 15 degrees, the limitation of the speed through the corner isn’t going to be function of the amount of available grip or downforce from the cars, but rather the guts of the drivers. I see it as a corner where a driver in a lesser car, who may be braver than another driver in a better car will be able to use his / her judgement to negotiate the corner faster.
I also like how the track has been fitted to suit the natural topography, which means Tilke have been able to use natural slopes as viewing areas or "natural stands" as they are referring to them.
Overall I think it looks good, but I’m kind of disappointed that a few of the corners seem to be duplications of other corners at other circuits, but from what I understand that was a request from the circuit owner. Without those constraints I’m sure Tilke would have been able to make even better use of the natural topography.
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On this day in F1
Juan Manuel Fangio won his fourth world championship on this day in 1956, in the last race of the season at Monza.
The steering on Fangio’s car broke early in the race, putting him out. That left his Ferrari team mate Peter Collins with a shot at winning the championship, if he won the race and set fastest lap (which was worth an extra point in those days).
But when Collins came into the pits to change tyres with 16 laps to go he spotted Fangio on the sidelines and offered his car to his rival (car-sharing was also allowed). Fangio took it and drove it to second place, enough to claim the by three points from race winner Stirling Moss.
Collins said afterwards he expected he would have other opportunities to win the world championship in the future. But just two years later he was killed in a crash at the Nurburgring.