In the round-up: Michael Schumacher is fined after entering the pit lane incorrectly in second practice.
Schumacher fined €2,500 for cutting the pit lane entry in FP2. The stewards add "the offence is not regarded as dangerous". #F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) August 31, 2012
Boring Day. Sorry for the Fans but it makes no sense to drive under these Conditions. You cant learn anything and have a high Risk of damage
— Nico Hülkenberg (@NicoHulkenberg) August 31, 2012
@MyCaterhamF1 highlight of FP2 was the fairy liquid on Massa's RW washing off all the dirt so effectively. F1 geniuses
— Nino Singh Judge (@ninojudge) August 31, 2012
“It is a sport; and strong sporting and technical regulations are a better way to control costs than audits and examination after an event. It is important not to stifle creativity and ingenuity, but it needs to be done cost effectively.”
“We believe you should still follow the policies and principles that have served Formula One very well for a number of years – but our feeling is also on that basis, because there was a strong majority, that it should be something which can come in for 2014, the FIA-policed RRA. Because we have an RRA at the moment but it’s an inter-team agreement and probably we’d like to see some more strength in terms of the application of the RRA, some more consistency between all the teams on how it’s interpreted and I think that’s the next step we have to make with the resource restriction.”
“He’s grasped his opportunities with both hands and he’s really punched above his weight on occasion. Obviously the wet races he’s excelled at as well, but there’s still a long way to go; 40 points sounds a lot but with 25 for a win and so many competitive drivers that could get between him and winning a race I really think that this championship has still got a long way to go.”
“We’ve had some highlights but we’ve not been consistent enough. And I think the consistency has been amplified by the closeness of the cars. There’s been a few tenths between cars and often a few tenths has been extremely significant.”
“The frustration was obviously understandable, he’s a racing driver and I’ve never known one to be happy about being told to settle for second place when first was a definite possibility. However, the way he shouted and screamed at the team over the radio and stomped around sulking afterwards, many saw perhaps as a telling sign of things to come.”
Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt Mercedes’ board member for integrity and legal affairs: “We also recognise that there is a need to establish what went on in [the Gribkowsky] case. But it’s up to the relevant authorities to decide on that. We are currently in negotiations regarding [the F1 contract] extension and there’s no question that compliance matters will play a significant role in those talks.”
“I am honest with myself. I am still small fry! Everybody recognizes Michael Schumacher and nobody recognizes me. Maybe I am a bit more well known in France but outside that – no. I don’t go out a lot. I spend more time working and being in the factory. So my glamour factor is pretty close to zero right now. My lavish life will come later!”
“India’s top court on Friday ordered the Sahara conglomerate, the lead sponsor of India’s cricket team and which recently agreed to buy New York’s Plaza Hotel, to refund more than $3 billion raised from millions of small investors, reaffirming earlier rulings that said Sahara’s fundraising did not comply with securities regulations.”
“The internal Birmingham team is doing the 360/PS3 versions and that stretches us, to be honest. Year-after-year we’ve got that tight deadline of trying to get the game out, and so we can’t take on another one internally if we want to keep maintaining the quality or push for [F1] to be ever-improving.”
Comment of the day
Thoughts on Fernando Alonso’s PR tactics from @ScuderiaVincero (and Sun Tzu):
As Sun Tzu wrote, “All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable… …Feign disorder, and crush him. Pretend to grow weak, that he may grow arrogant.”
The way I see it, this is Alonso utilising the principles of the Art of War against his opponents, the same way Red Bull did in 2010. I feel he’s telling everyone he’s not a title favorite, just to entice the competition into making mistakes.
I feel as long as Alonso is consistent, and Ferrari takes the F2012 to its maximum potential, everyone else will be tripping over each other to catch him. That’s the key, I feel, to succeeding Ayrton Senna as the youngest triple world champion.
From the forum
- Track problems at the 2012 IndyCar Grand Prix of Baltimore
- GP2 championship leader Luiz Razia only qualified 19th for today’s race
Happy birthday to Chris Sz and Meander!
On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher dominated the Belgian Grand Prix ten years ago today. He won from pole position and set fastest lap, and led all bar one of the 44 laps.
Rubens Barrichello made it a Ferrari one-two followed by Juan Pablo Montoya.
Schumacher’s win made him the first driver to win ten races in a season and the first driver to win six times at Spa-Francorchamps:
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