In the round-up: Circuit designer Hermann Tilke says press is being made at the Circuit of the Americas.
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“We are working on it. There are a couple of hundred workers on the site, a lot of machines, and everything is on schedule up to now.”
“Whereas the Commonwealth Games were organised by a vast army of politicians, bureaucrats and sports officials, Formula One was driven by a small team of management professionals.”
“As F1 commentator I’m so pleased Virgin are changing name next year, I have a mental red alert every time I mention their car in close action.”
Quoting a letter from the BBC: “It is our understanding that other broadcasters had the opportunity to put forward their own proposals to Formula One Management (‘FOM’). However, as we explained, the decision to award the broadcast rights rested solely with FOM.”
“Q: What current Formula One regulation would you most like to change and why?
DR: I’d like to give my car a bit more horsepower! (laughs) Honestly I think we’re in a good era at the moment and the racing’s been exciting so I wouldn’t change much. I would like to see the field closer together though. That’s one thing which would make even better racing.”
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Comment of the day
It’s fair to say there hasn’t been many positive comments anticipating next week’s race so far, such as this from PJ:
The 2011 regulations didn’t make Valencia exciting, and I doubt they’ll liven up this place either.
From the forum
- Abu Dhabi is sticking to the same unpopular layout but what if they changed it?
- Mark Webber was given an Indian flag during the parade lap last weekend
- Girts looks ahead to this weekend’s WTCC race in China
- There are now 16 GP2 drivers confirmed for the Abu Dhabi race
Happy birthday to Adam Dennehey, Amadis, and one other person…
On this day in F1
On this day in 2008 the FIA announced it would improved stewarding in F1 by supplying more information about penalties given in races:
In a significant change the FIA will ensure all video evidence relating to controversial moments is made available to the public via its and FOM’s websites.
Three years later and, with one exception, it’s hard to think of many occasions where they’ve carried this out.