In the round-up: FIA race director Charlie Whiting rejects a proposal by teams to reduce the pit lane speed limit on safety grounds.
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“Most teams backed a proposal to lower the limit from 100kph (62mph) to 60 kph (37mph) in the interest of safety. But race director Charlie Whiting has told them he feels there is no need to make the change as there is no evidence that the current arrangement is unsafe.”
“The fact is that the goal this day is to try and get to Sunday. The crash test was passed last Sunday, and since then the team has been building the car.”
“We have a contract which we will respect – so up until 2015 we are in good shape. After then, we really don’t know. If we were to have a divorce from our friends in Melbourne we would probably be walking away from Australia.”
“Q: Will your team mate Di Resta have an advantage?
NH: Yes, especially during the first races I guess. He’s used to the procedure of a race weekend, DRS, KERS etc… and I will have to find my rhythm again first. But this disadvantage will probably be gone after a few races.”
“[Kamui Kobayashi] also has strong views about Formula One’s shift to subscription TV channels, both in Japan and the UK. ‘It’s so stupid. Formula One is pretty popular in UK and Japan. When we go to the British Grand Prix and the Japanese Grand Prix we can see so many people. I think Japan is pretty important, because for such a long time many fans have followed Formula One, same in the UK. You ask the drivers and everybody if they like Japan and they say it is so nice and the fans are crazy [for the sport]. This is very important, you know.'”
“Rubens Barrichello will be named to drive for KV Racing in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series in a Thursday press conference in Brazil.”
Comment of the day
I think along with winning his second championship in 2011, Vettel also let us all know that he can actually overtake after all the criticism he received (sometimes correctly) in the past.
Some of his moves, in particular that on Alonso at Monza, were truly awesome and reminded us that at least part of the championship was won by not just driving off into the distance from pole.
In terms of Webber, unless he beats Vettel in 2012 I think this will be his last year at Red Bull and possibly in F1. I know it’s unlikely, I would really love him to win in Melbourne.
From the forum
Audi have revealed their 2012 Le Mans and World Endurance Championship contender.
See the forum thread below for more pictures of the four-wheel-drive hyrbid Audi R18 e-tron quattro:
We’ve had several posts in the past 24 hours from F1 Fanatic readers planning race trips. Join in the discussions here:
- Going to the 2012 British Grand Prix
- Buying tickets for the Australian Grand Prix
- Going to the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix
- Going to the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix
Happy birthday to Jose Arellano!
On this day in F1
Nigel Mansell won the 1992 South African Grand Prix. Here’s the start of the first race of a season dominated by Mansell and Williams:
Listen out for James Hunt putting the boot into Riccardo Patrese before the season had even started. Ouch.
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