In the round-up: Tony Fernandes says he’d like Karun Chandhok to drive for Lotus in the Indian Grand Prix.
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“I’d like him to. It’s up to the team to see.”
“That is why [Vettel] was moving heaven and earth to pass [Alonso]. And wow, what an overtaking move that was! I think it was one of his best overtaking manoeuvres of his career – very slick and very bold. And Alonso didn’t move to the side, as in Spa with Mark [Webber].”
“The regulations are very clear that you cannot force another driver off the track. It should have been at least investigated as to whether Alonso did this to Vettel, and Schumacher to Hamilton.”
“I haven’t been altogether impressed with Schumacher since he made his much-heralded comeback at the beginning of last season. But this time, I think the criticism levelled at the seven-times champion has been a tad unfair.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “I am not the least impartial but the fact is, I think he was warned twice by the stewards during the event so they presumably saw it was a bit tough. I think the one where he had Lewis on the grass was a scary as hell.”
“My view, based on the images we saw, was that his behaviour was right on the limit but arguably not over it.”
“Well travelled F1 designer Jorg Zander was spotted with the HRT team at Monza, and the German is believed to have agreed to join the Spanish-owned outfit.”
“Fresh from his great second place finish at the Santander Italian GP at Monza, Jenson Button was in the Limburg village of Roggel driving in a private Grand Prix for residents.”
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Comment of the day
Panache (there’s a great username) sees the tide turning in Jenson Button’s favour at McLaren:
I’m delighted to see Button driving so well this year and finally getting the recognition he deserves. On balance his overall performance this year is second only to Vettel in my opinion, closely followed by Alonso.
As for Hamilton, it’s increasingly becoming clear that his immense talent and blinding pace can’t sufficiently compensate for several increasingly obvious deficiencies in his driving.
Whilst Vettel continues to improve on seemingly every facet of his driving, Hamilton if anything seems to be performing worse over time.
I also can’t help but think that as the more experienced and articulate driver, Button is garnering increasing support behind the scenes at McLaren to lead them down a development path which is geared towards his own feedback more than Hamilton’s as an “unofficial” team leader.
It’s crunch time for Hamilton and he needs to step up his game before he finds himself without a leg to stand on.
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On this day in F1
Alain Prost won the Italian Grand Prix 30 years ago today, leading every lap for Renault.
Carlos Reutemann had produced a superb lap to qualify second on the grid in his normally-aspirated Williams, facing the might of the turbos at a power circuit.
But he was beaten to second place by team mate Alan Jones, who was driving with a broken finger having been involved in a fight following a road accident on Chiswick High Road in London.
Reutemann’s championship rival Nelson Piquet finished sixth behind Elio de Angelis and Didier Pironi, after his engine failed on the penultimate lap.
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