In the round-up: Jenson Button is in favour of increasing F1 car performance by allowing teams to exploit ‘ground effect’ aerodynamics.
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"If you're going to work with downforce it should come from the floor rather than the wings, because you can race closer and fight, and you don't have as much dirty air from the wings for the car following."
"We need a full house next year so that Formula One has a future."
"That will throw in a lot of variables and it will be much more difficult to predict the outcome of the start."
"I agree with Toto, we cannot hurt the DNA of F1. But this is a competition and we need to allow people to compete."
"I asked Marchionne to support our initiative and he told me he will do whatever needs to be done, as Ferrari, to keep the grand prix at Monza."
"What is the essential Grand Prix every fan should attend at least once in their lifetime? RM: The essential race is Macau - it’s the best as a driver."
"Tom Chilton, the brother of former Marussia F1 driver Max, has been a WTCC driver for four years. He says: 'It’s very competitive and professional. We’re not as big as Formula One but you are allowed within a mile of us without buying an expensive ticket.'"
"It’s hardly even beginning to address the number one turn-off for a great many fans – that the drivers are being guided in how they run their races."
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Comment of the day
Of all the things wrong with modern F1 to me the biggest issue is the tracks. The tacks are perfectly smooth, flat-kerbed, Astroturfed, Tarmaced run-off boredom. Watching a single car negotiate a modern circuit is simply not exciting. In many cases it is not even interesting.
Thus everyone becomes obsessed with over taking because with out overtaking there is nothing else.
I can watch races from the 70s and 80s all day because watching the cars bump and skip over a surface, on the edge with a high kerb and grass next to the track is interesting and exciting on its own, any over taking was just a bonus.
It’s why I laugh every time someone says ‘rose tinted glasses, the racing was no better’ etc… Well the racing was no better back in the day because it did not need to be, the cars and tracks provided all the drama needed.
These days watching a single car go around a track like Abu Dhabi is utterly uninteresting. Hence why people are obsessing on overtaking being the be all and end all, cause it kind of is.
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On this day in F1
At the end of second qualifying for the 1970 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch on this day 45 years ago Jochen Rindt had taken pole position by an official margin of 0.0 seconds. Lap times were only given to within a tenth of a second, so because Rindt had set his time on Thursday he was given pole position ahead of Jack Brabham who matched it on Friday (the race took place on Saturday).