In the round-up: Boullier criticises Heidfeld’s leadership and pace.
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“His leadership didn’t work in the team and when you are sometimes slower than Vitaly, in fact most of the time slower than Vitaly, it is difficult for him to push the team and to settle himself as the team leader.”
“I was surprised by the Team’s intention to replace me and regret that things have developed this way. I just wanted to be in the cockpit to get the best result for the team and me. I still have a clear contract and I want to drive. Finally, I would like to thank for all the support I have received in this matter from all over the world in these days.”
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“The Frenchman, 21, is expected to run in first practice sessions once he finishes his campaign in the Renault World Series.”
“The word on the street is that Silverstone circuit has been leased for the next 100 years by the British Racing Drivers’ Club. The deal is believed to be worth in the region of $400 million.”
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Comment of the day
Victor’s thoughts on the teams’ set-up choices this weekend:
It all comes down to whether one trusts the weather forecast. If race day is indeed dry then I’d go with Whitmarsh and run less angle. However, if we accept that this is Spa and it might snow on Sunday I’d take downforce over straight line speed – not only would one be able to qualify higher, but if it does drizzle one is better off.
Having said that, on balance I’d go for less angle. Spa is a track where overtaking is hardly a problem, especially so with a a car set up for top speed.
From the forum
Roald asks why modern F1 cars tend to have such high noses.
You may have noticed yesterday’s article including footage of Tom Cruise’s recent drive in a Red Bull F1 car was taken down.
This is because Red Bull have apparently revoked copyright permission for the footage to be used, resulting in the video being taken down from YouTube, where it was hosted. I understand some other sites who used the same footage have had the same problem.
Despite enquiries I have yet to receive an explanation from Red Bull why this has happened. I have obtained footage from them many times in the past and have never had any such problems.
Until Red Bull respond to my requests for an explanation I cannot say if or when the article will be restored. This is a shame, as it’s a good story for the promotion of Red Bull and Formula 1.
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