In the round-up: Plans to revive ‘ground effect’ aerodynamics for 2013 will be dropped.
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Sam Michael: “The main thing was that the FIA had targets for downforce and drag, and it would have been very difficult to control to those targets [with a ground effect car].”
“Dougie McCracken, 46, a former professional footballer, was found dead on Thursday evening at the home he shared with Paul’s mum Marie in Lanark.”
“Laps spent ahead of team mate in 2011: Alonso: 135/228. Hamilton: 150/228. Vettel: 228/228.”
“It is what the people asked [for]. More show, more pit stops, more overtakings.”
Turkish Automobile Sports Federation chairman, Mumtaz Tahincioglu: “Both sides are trying to solve this issue. Comparing before the race and the current situation, there is a 50% difference.”
“Turkey has been seven years of wasted time and energy. The track is good but no-one wants to know. The whys and the wherefores are really not important. The story is over. If it were Silverstone Bernie Ecclestone would be ranting and raving about the muddy car parks, which were disgraceful. Turkey had its chance to join the F1 world. They blew it with a stupid propaganda coup in year two and then lost interest. F1 should now move on, feel sad that one cannot pick up turn eight and fly it somewhere where people would appreciate it…”
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Comment of the day
An interesting perspective from Tim on the dangers of allowing unrestricted technological development in motorsport:
Can-Am was wonderful while it lasted. But that fact that the series’ glory years lasted only eight years (1966-1974) should be sufficient warning over costs.
Can-Am cars were wonderfully fast (faster than some of the F1 cars of the period) and some of the technical innovation was amazing. Few people are aware, for example, that wings and ground effect were used in Can-Am before they were used in F1. Jim Hall also developed a fan car for Can-Am well before Gordon Murray did likewise for Brabham in 1978. But there’s always a danger of looking back at Can-Am through rose-tinted glasses. John Surtees won the first Can-Am series in a customer Lola T70 in 1966, but the McLaren works team dominated after that until the might and money of Porsche arrived with highly developed 917s. Once the 917/30 started winning everything in sight the regulations became increasingly restrictive to try to rein in the Porsches.
Technical freedom works where budgets are determined by enthusiastic amateurs driving or running the cars. Porsche killed Can-Am by outspending everyone else, but it could just have easily been another manufacturer. Awesome though the series may have been over eight glorious years, it wasn’t remotely sustainable.
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