In the round-up: Paul di Resta parts with his manager, Lewis Hamilton’s father Anthony.
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“It is believed that the break-up, which happened some weeks ago, was not planned and the situation between the pair remains delicate, which may lead to some awkward questions for di Resta ahead of his home Formula One grand prix at Silverstone this weekend.”
Sam Michael: “We have upgrades going to Silverstone as well, as we do at every race. So we are hoping they can bring at least a tenth.”
Derek Warwick: “Whether anything can come of them and they can be introduced, I don’t know – this is all a new process, we didn’t use to have these meetings. Charlie will go away, analyse it and make recommendations. There might be a few changes coming along in the next few months or year.”
Jake Humphrey: “I’ve been told categorically that the BBC are sticking with F1 until the end of the current deal and perhaps longer. I can’t see that they are going to come out of this early.”
“It reminds me of Suzuka in Japan – it is fantastic to drive and it is one of few tracks where you really feel what an F1 car is capable of, what the downforce is doing.”
“It is still a little early to say what happened at Duxford, but clearly the accident involved either a technical glitch or inexperience. One can, of course, ask whether it was wise to have a truck with the tail-lift down in proximity to an F1 car being tested.”
“Williams Formula One Team is supporting National Motorsport Week 2012 (NMW), announcing their exclusive factory tour for fans in Autumn 2012.”
The F1 in Pubs team is organising a meet-up on Friday evening, I’m going to try to make it along.
“Lotus will display Batman logos this weekend. Based on the last film expect the cars to plod around for three hours without going anywhere.”
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Comment of the day
I wasn’t expecting to find anyone who’d been to more British Grands Prix in a row than Nigel Bryce but, sure enough…
Yes, I can beat Nigel by one – my first was 1974. And that includes all the non-championship F1 races in the seventies and the European Grand Prix at Brands Hatch and Donington.
From the forum
- Silverstone warns campers over rain at this weekend’s race
- Gordon Murray documentary on BBC4 on Sunday
- Chevrolet to quit WTCC
No F1 Fanatic birthdays today.
On this day in F1
Nigel Mansell won the 1987 French Grand Prix, 7.7s ahead of Williams team mate Nelson Piquet.
The Honda-powered cars dominated, third-placed Alain Prost finishing 55s behind Mansell.
Here’s footage of the race with a characteristically forthright piece of commentary from James Hunt, suggesting Piquet should retire from motor racing after he stalled his engine during a pit stop:
Image © Sahara Force India F1 Team