In the round-up: Former F1 driver Mark Webber says drivers are frustrated with the relative slowness of modern Formula One cars.
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"The current drivers are frustrated, they want more, I know they do. I’m not saying undo everything, because even in the mid-2000s there were boring races. But why were the grandstands full back then? Because the fans were watching something they’d never seen before."
"The way that society is now people want to spend time with the family and doing something together, and actually giving up your whole Sunday, which you have to do to watch a Formula 1 race, completely clobbers your whole day."
"They said we need six months. I said what can you do in three?"
"The team languished in ninth place in the constructors’ championship in 2013, when they won only five points; last year they paid each of their 660 staff a bonus of £3,000 for jumping six places."
"Independent teams designing their own advanced chassis around bought-in engines, gearboxes and all manner of other mechanical components established a robust network that finally gave grand prix racing a strong skeleton, making it immune from the whims of the manufacturers. That network was now the base of Ecclestone’s power and in threatening the latter Balestre was also putting at risk the former."
"We have quite a big (upgrade) package coming over the next few events that we need to fit. Sometimes it’s just a case of bolting a new part on, but others include bodywork changes and some quite large changes."
"Diageo, the Johnny Walker and Smirnoff vodka owner, is facing a bitter legal battle with Indian businessman and Kingfisher Airlines founder Vijay Mallya."
— Jolyon Palmer (@JolyonPalmer) April 27, 2015
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Comment of the day
Force India has suggested allowing teams to select which tyre compounds they want ahead of each race. Would the idea work?
I disagree with Force India’s suggestion of allowing the teams to select the tyre compounds (although I admit I already thought about this years ago and initially thought it would be a good idea).
The reason is that there will almost certainly be two compounds that will be best suited for a race. If a team gets it wrong, they are essentially out of the race, given the importance of tyres. Yes, there may be a few cases where different teams would prefer different compounds, but those would be rare.
So why are Force India suggesting this? They want unpredictability. They will be happy trading their typical 12th place finish against a 14th place finish in most races if in return they get one race where they get to the podium due to freak circumstances.
For example, they would be betting on an unlikely temperature and choose tyres based on that. If it turns out they got their bet right they would be in a very good position. The random nature makes this less exciting though, and we would get less competitive races in most other circumstances.
From the forum
Nominate the best passes from the first four races of the season to appear in our end-of-season Pass of the Year poll:
- Pass of the Year 2015: Australia
- Pass of the Year 2015: Malaysia
- Pass of the Year 2015: China
- Pass of the Year 2015: Bahrain
Happy birthday to Russell G., Varun, Muz, Krtekf1 and Muz!
On this day in F1
F1 drivers Manfred Winkelhock and Marc Surer won the second round of the 1985 World Sports Prototype Championship, held on this day 30 years ago at Monza. The race came to a sudden end when high winds blew a tree across the circuit, forcing the stoppage of the race.