Rule changes to safety car restarts for 2015 were a topic of discussion on the first day of Formula 1’s return to Austria.
Here are the Twitter highlights from Friday at the Red Bull Ring.
As expected. Yesterday’s traffic woes caused by arriving campers. Today? Smooth, clear and perfect. Austria is doing it right.
— Will Buxton (@willbuxton) June 20, 2014
Nico Rosberg’s car ran with special skid blocks for testing purposes, in order to try to create sparks.
@willbuxton you know what made the sparks so badass back in the day? IT WASN’T DONE ON PURPOSE! — James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) June 20, 2014
Meanwhile Massa is testing another retro #F1 feature making a comeback in Austria – gravel traps! pic.twitter.com/Nps05Uqerj — F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) June 20, 2014
That’s got to be the biggest, ugliest and least subtle fake ad so far. #F1 pic.twitter.com/NOfbYapc84 — F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) June 20, 2014
Formula 1’s plan to introduce standing restarts was a matter of discussion.
Oh for fecks sake! Standing starts after Safety Car proposed for 2015. Will that include dragging all the celebs back on the grid as well .. — Tiff Needell (@tiff_tv) June 20, 2014
Standing restarts. 2x points. Totally clueless FIA leadership. Incredible sport and these clowns in Paris are running it into the ground. — Gary Hartstein (@former_f1doc) June 20, 2014
Vettel’s spin at the final corner – Ricciardo also went off there later without as much drama. #F1 pic.twitter.com/HjMaxdLag8 — F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) June 20, 2014
Vettel: “Think generally the car should be OK. Not sure about the tyres, especially left-hand side.” Rocquelin: “OK.” #F1 — F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) June 20, 2014
Rosberg: “Missed the pit entry because of the white line, doing one more lap.” Ross: “OK Nico just come around slowly.” #F1 — F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) June 20, 2014
90′ Vergne: “I am pretty happy. I mean, I’m not happy I couldn’t put everything together, but I think there is an extreme good potential.” — F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) June 20, 2014
It’s a sign of how far standards have fallen that in 2014 people are genuinely buying that this is a good track — Sean Kelly (@virtualstatman) June 20, 2014
It seems the opening two turns and the final corner of the Österreichring are easily restored. Red Bull could build something astonishing — Sean Kelly (@virtualstatman) June 20, 2014
And this is what the media centre looks like from the inside #F1 #AustrianGP pic.twitter.com/6qWBTL9HGn — Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) June 20, 2014
Anyone thinking of a visit to a GP in Europe next year should consider Austria. Great setting, mega viewing. Shame about the traffic though — Edd Straw (@eddstrawF1) June 20, 2014
Reporting trackside from picturesque turn 3. Lots if under steer and tyre scrub SkyF1 pic.twitter.com/jon6Rrqx6j — Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) June 20, 2014
Great to see #F1 doing sub-70s laps. Need short tracks on the calendar as well as long ones. #bringbackdijon — F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) June 20, 2014
Rennie to Ricciardo: “Remember think about breathing between turn five and six.” I.e. lift the throttle, not literally breathe in. #F1 — F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) June 20, 2014
The Official F1 Timing App, the only thing which crashes more frequently than Pastor Maldonado, is running true to form. #F1 — F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) June 20, 2014
Just noticed the last 5 Austrian GPs have been won by car #1 or #4. So a nailed on win for Vettel, with only @maxchilton able to stop him — Sean Kelly (@virtualstatman) June 20, 2014
Stella to Alonso: “This pace is OK, this pace is competitive. Apart from Mercedes.” #F1 — F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) June 20, 2014
After the action
Well that was fun. Christian Horner said I was being very grumpy and negative about safety car regs and double points and all that rubbish.
— The Buxton Blog (@thebuxtonblog) June 20, 2014
I did ask him if this was why he'd got involved in the sport? To have double points races and kick plates and gimmicks? He said "No. But…"
— The Buxton Blog (@thebuxtonblog) June 20, 2014
Adrian Sutil is one of the ten current drivers that have raced at the Spielberg track before – but one of his races didn’t go very well.
#F1 The last time #Sutil raced here, he really overtook another car http://t.co/MhBDEl0Clb — Mattzel89 (@Mattzel89) June 20, 2014
Cecotto takes pole in the GP2 qualifying session. A fantastic bit of track action with under 1 second between the top 20 cars. Just amazing. — F1 Paddock Pass (@F1PaddockPass) June 20, 2014
Romain Grosjean was not happy with Pastor Maldonado in the afternoon.
Grosjean was irritated by his team mate in the middle of FP2, this is the best I can make out the radio… — F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) June 20, 2014
…his in-lap.” Grosjean: “Yeah we had a shunt.” Komatsu: “[?] shunt?” Grosjean: “No but he’s closing the door, closing on me.” #F1 — F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) June 20, 2014
Toto Wolff speaking loads of sense in #AustrianGP press conf now. “What other sport would talk itself down as much as #F1 does?” — Darren Heath (@F1Photographer) June 20, 2014
Think biggest moaners this season: 1 Luca di Montezemolo. 2 Bernie Ecclestone. Two Big Beasts who words carry weight
— Kevin Eason (@easonF1) June 20, 2014
6 team bosses in press conf. All clueless about social media, promo and marketing. Not 1 new idea between them. Future of #F1 in their hands — James Moy (@jamesmoy) June 20, 2014
First day at the #redbullring and it’s a great track, short but enjoyable. We had a smooth day of running, more to come tomorrow. 👍 — Max Chilton (@maxchilton) June 20, 2014
What a turnout for the #AustrianGP… and it’s only Friday! #welcomebackF1 #RedBullRing pic.twitter.com/dLlmWL8BWL — Red Bull Motorsports (@redbullmotors) June 20, 2014
Interesting photo of Massa and Perez meeting with Whiting: pic.twitter.com/O1rSoEZRvF
— Pablo Elizalde (@EliGP) June 20, 2014
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9 comments on “2014 Austrian Grand Prix Friday in Tweets”
20th June 2014, 22:16
In one way I can’t imagine the most influential people in Formula 1 are completely stupid. And yet in another way I’m scared to think of what Formula 1 looks like 5 years down the road… they’re really driving the sport into the ground. And they’re so much out of touch with the fan base it seems. It’s sad really.
Tim M (@tim-m)
20th June 2014, 23:10
5 years down the road: ‘As part of the green initiative, we need to harness wind power, so we’re going to attach masts and sails to the cars, but with very tight jib regulations’. Newey would be a natural.
21st June 2014, 6:52
Every decision they make proves they are thinking on the very short term, but I wouldn’t go as far as calling them stupid.
20th June 2014, 22:29
I don’t agree with Moy that all of those bosses are “clueless”, I have a lot of time for Monisha, but I agree that F1 does zero promotion. Bernie naively thinks that social media and the internet will blow over, and acts shocked when f1 viewing figures are down when he’s got the vast majority of races of pay per view, and has European heartland races struggling due to his extortionate hosting fees. F1 is still fantastic, but gimmicks won’t help it, cost control, and more readily available viewing will. Without free viewing nobody like me would one day switch on F1 on free tv and get hooked, and without fans they’ll be no sponsors and with no sponsors no teams. Rant over!
Sam S (@sam-sam)
21st June 2014, 0:00
I concur and would like to add to that. I live in USA and in my area the only way to watch it is through some form of TV subscription. I told the TV marketing calls folks many time that I’d like just a few certain channels. And just as many times I was told it’s not possible. I would even pay for a package or race by race to be able to watch it over the internet, but there’s no such option. I think the big problem here is that Bernie gets his money from fees and doesn’t care much about anything else. Could F1 and the teams make money from me by giving me the option to pay and watch? They could but they don’t, because there are still enough sponsors and viewers where it doesn’t hurt them much, if at all. But it’s sad to think that I have to resort to other ‘channels’ when I could just pay them and it would benefit both parties.
21st June 2014, 12:05
Its really easy. They are in power for FAR too long. And when you are in power the people around you often stop telling you you are talking nonsense. Instead the answer you only what you want to hear and that way confirm your nonsensical beliefs.
Result? See the lovely ideas to improve F1
21st June 2014, 0:01
I have to agree to a certain extent with Sean Kelly. When the A1-Ring was dropped, not many people felt really bad about it, though I feel the A1-Ring was ‘tainted’ by the Ferrari team orders as much as Indy was by the Michelin debacle in 2005. Looking back, I’d say the races there were pretty typical, although the 2001 race stands out to me personally because of Verstappen’s strategy and running up pretty high at some points.
That being said, standards have fallen (the amount of love lost on the Korean and Indian venues is a fraction of how people felt about losing the Austrian GP at the time), but I’m not surprised people think this is a good track. It’s old school, it has atmosphere and a stunning backdrop; especially the latter lacks at most modern tracks (and even segments like the new Bus Stop look awful from a scenic point of view).
Personally, I’m a lot more worried about people calling for the return of Magny Cours. Now that was a track nobody liked, had boring races and was considered to be in the middle of nowhere (at the time). I’m all for a French GP, but at this point, I’d prefer a well-dressed Paul Ricard (better direction and more scenic shots) to Magny Cours.
21st June 2014, 12:07
Surely the current configuration as A1 ring / Red Bull Ring is not as interesting as before they cut it in half. But the repeat offence of Ferrari making a mockery of racing will surely have helped fans view of the race.
The backdrop is stunning, and yeah, its certainly different than all the cookie cutter recipe tracks on the calendar
21st June 2014, 8:39
I know hate is the wrong word, but I really hate the negativity of some around f1. While I understand that we should look to what made the past so exciting, times also have to move on.
Do you all pine for the days of your Nokia 3210? Do you have a problem with the advances made in safety, medicine and medical treatment? So why do we have a problem with f1 moving forward?
F1 is the only sport I know where people continuously want to go back into the past. Never happy with what they’ve got. In MotoGP, the bikes are getting more advanced but the racing is excellent. In F1 we’ve had some great racing this year, I’ve genuinely enjoyed every race for one reason or another.
So stick me if you will (and I apologise for the disjointed rant) but I love F1. I love deep growl of the engines, I love hearing the tyre squeal, I love DRS giving us more than a Trulli train of cars (while not making it too easy), I love that it’s very technical and uses hybrid technology, I love the tyres and how they spice up strategy. I just love F1, it is what is. I’m only 27, but I can’t go back to being 20 when a hangover only seemed to last a few minutes vs a couple of days now.
F1 only seems to keep tweaking things because the fans and media always find something to moan about. No overtaking, they gave us more. Cars are ugly, they sort it. No engine noise, they try bring some more.
Let’s just love it for what it is, it’s great technology, very safe (thankfully) and ultimately the racing is great enough for us to spend Sunday afternoons watching. Things of the past are gone and some thankfully so.
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