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“The FIA’s technical director, Charlie Whiting, has again passed Mercedes’s innovative rear wing as legal.”
“I really don’t care. I don’t drive thinking about what others are thinking or saying about me.”
“This year we can beat a world record: how many names of drivers/engineers/managers will be associated to Ferrari? At the moment we have: Sergio Perez, Jarno Trulli, Adrian Sutil, Nico Hulkenberg, Christian Horner. And we’re just at the beginning of the 2nd round of the Championship. Maybe we will have already forgotten many others… Oh, yes! Kubica, Briatore…”
Michael Schumacher “We certainly understood in Melbourne that we have to do a better job in terms of race pace. I don’t think we would have been able to achieve a podium in Melbourne, despite going all the way through. Probably a fifth place would have been the [maximum] that we could have had.”
“I think we need track time to really understand what is going on in the car. I don’t think we have a problem in the car as in we don’t understand what is going on, or the front end is weak or the rear is a disaster.”
“Of course I would say that we are doing extremely well compared to last year, but I think that the Red Bulls will do better here than they did back in Melbourne. If this is the case, then we will just have to push even harder to stay ahead of them.”
“Just one race in, the Sky organisation has discovered the very fine line between one department reporting news and the other trying not to generate it while tip-toeing through a political minefield separating a glorious vision from hard-nosed reality. Welcome to Formula 1.”
Comment of the day
They go to street courses because that’s where the fans are, ChampCar did the same thing.
The attendance on most of the proper road circuits was/is dire (even at classic tracks like Laguna Seca and Road America). You can turn up at a street circuit and draw huge crowds because as ChampCar used to say, you’re taking the race to the people.
ChampCar ran on a street circuit at San Jose and even though the track was horrendously bad and the racing dreadful, it still drew a sell out crowd each year.
Outside of Indy it’s only really the street circuits, Iowa and Texas that draw crowds. The main reason they still race at Texas is because it’s very well promoted by the track owners and because it draws a fairly big crowd every year.
Ovals that were seen as been better tracks that produced better racing (New Hampshire is one example) were not promoted by track owners & thus drew abysmal crowds.
Most oval tracks are owned by ISC (International Speedway Corporation) and they’re a part of NASCAR. NASCAR turns up and you know about it for months beforehand as ISC promote the hell out of it. IndyCar turns up and you pretty much only know about it if you follow IndyCar because ISC do zero promotion.
With the split over and the rebuilding of IndyCar racing beginning they have to go where they can draw crowds and gain exposure. Right now that’s street circuits.
From the forum
- Need somewhere to watch the race this weekend? Join F1 in Pubs
- Are you one of the lucky ones at the track? Head over to the Malaysian Grand Prix spectators’ forum
- We’ve got some ugly cars in F1 this year but perhaps none as bad as this
Happy birthday to Cacarella, James Newnham and TommyC!
On this day in F1
Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari turns 22 today. It seems a very young age for a driver with two-and-a-half seasons of F1 behind him. Will be make a return to the sport in the future?
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