In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen is to drive an F1 car for the first time since 2009 in Valencia today.
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“Lotus has arrived in Valencia! Less than 24hrs until Mr Raikkonen is back on track! Who’s excited to see the Iceman in action?”
“The performance in the slow corners was much closer to the norm than it was in the fast corners. The car responded to changes pretty well, it used its tyres pretty well, it wasn’t a difficult car to drive, so I think our low-speed performance was reasonable. The high-speed performance wasn’t good – and then of course you look at aerodynamics.”
“February 14, 2012 will mark the one year anniversary of the Bahrain revolution, which continues despite violent crackdowns by Saudi and Bahraini police forces.”
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Comment of the day
Reactive ride height control has gone the way of exhaust-blown diffusers and F-ducts. GeeMac questions whether there’s any room left for innovation in F1:
If the FIA want F1 to be a spec series, then just do it.
But if they want F1 to be the pinnacle of motorsport and the place where the best engineers showcase the best solutions within ever tightening technical regulations, then they had better stop banning concepts like this before they have even been raced.
The FIA’s view these days seems to be “If we don?óÔéĽÔäót understand it, ban it.”
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On this day in F1
One of the most turbulent Formula 1 seasons of all time got off to a suitable dramatic start 30 years ago today. The drivers went on strike ahead of the first race of the 1982 season at Kyalami in South Africa. Here’s what happened: