In today’s round-up: Vettel dubs his new car ‘Kinky Kylie’ and Massa’s wearing lucky pants.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“In the city where singing superstar Kylie Minogue was born, he christened his world-beating Red Bull racer ‘Kinky Kylie’.”
“I have special underwear which I race in most of the time. [I wear them] just for the Saturday and Sunday I don’t wash but, two days, what’s the problem?”
“I said to Adrian, ‘Let’s go and see Mark’. Here was a man whose world had just fallen apart, whose dream had evaporated, while in the next room there was a kid who had achieved his dream, who was on top of the world. It was bizarre, a very strange dynamic, and all credit to both of them; they took time to get together and talk things through for a good 45 minutes, just the two of them. On the Monday Dietrich sent his plane to collect us, and when we arrived in Salzburg he was waiting on the tarmac to greet us, with senior members of the company. That evening, with all of Red Bull Austria there, Mark got a standing ovation, which I think really touched him. We visibly saw his spirits lift.”
Sebastian Vettel: “It is Friday afternoon, it is a very busy day and I cannot be in the garage now, I have to be here so potentially it is the worst possible moment of the weekend to answer your question unless you can answer me which ratios we put in the car or those sorts of things.”
“The DRS, drivers use the button just to switch on, cause as soon they brake the system came back to normal automatic by 0.05 [seconds]! Nice?”
“The only chance we have is that the top guys in Q1 run the hard tyre and we run softs and then we don’t have a problem to get within 107%. It’s disappointing and not great that the car is not on the pace.”
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Comment of the day
Im sure a big sigh of relief was heard from Martin Whitmarsh. This is pretty stunning considering the testing pace and the comments from the drivers. It’s just free practice, but relative practice pace is usually a useful guide.
Did anyone see what exhaust system they ended up using, if not the trouble some ‘U’ exhaust? You can imagine that McLaren has a wing of the Technology Centre now archiving failed exhaust designs.
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On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Virgin technical director Nick Wirth who is 45 today.
Fifty years ago today Jack Brabham won the Lombank trophy, a non-championship race run to F1 rules, at Snetterton.
Driving a Cooper-Climax he fionished in front of Cliff Allison (Lotus) and John Surtees (Cooper).