In the round-up: Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff says it’s hard to predict which circuits the team will be strong at this year.
What they say
Melbourne has been pretty decent and Barcelona has been pretty decent – it wasn’t the greatest place for us last year. So I don’t see that you can really recognise a trend.
Which makes the championship exciting because you don’t know what to expect. You come to a weekend, all your preparation has to be spot-on. There is no time to be lost in terms of preparation on the Friday, because it’s going to come and bite you.
Quotes: Dieter Rencken
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
The #LeMans24 grid and opening laps are some of the most exctiting, breathtaking moments in sport. Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/RgbpcJ88k9
— TOYOTA GAZOO Racing WEC (@Toyota_Hybrid) June 16, 2018
Nothing banterish going on mate. Just started Le Mans. Eating now, but don’t wanna come across like a food blogger. https://t.co/bfGrzBvvPY
— Giedo van der Garde (@GvanderGarde) June 16, 2018
“It’s quite difficult for Toyota. They have to keep going” (said with more than 21 hours left to run) #TVLM24Gems
— Marshall Pruett (@marshallpruett) June 16, 2018
#LM24 is super cool. I miss it. But those LMP1 rules are a joke – privateers can’t compete… the race is so much more competitive in LMp2 and GT! I wish they sort it out..
— LUCAS DI GRASSI (@LucasdiGrassi) June 16, 2018
That traffic!!!#LeMans24 #WEC pic.twitter.com/p3niwX21AW
— WEC (@FIAWEC) June 16, 2018
We obviously have a very big weekend ahead of us… 😂 pic.twitter.com/cKyMWLt2kK
— Sébastien Bourdais (@BourdaisOnTrack) June 16, 2018
Just a photo of 5ft 2in tall @26_DaniPedrosa stood next to @paugasol who is a whopping 7ft tall. Thank you that'll be all. pic.twitter.com/xz7L9FRXfL
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) June 16, 2018
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More motor racing links of interest:
Button feels the frustration of Le Mans (Reuters)
It’s always a bit soul-destroying when you’re that far back and you have an issue that early on.
INSIGHT: the art of passing featuring F1 star Fernando Alonso on the double-bluff (James Allen on F1)
Sometimes you try to confuse the guy in front by taking the slipstream, going to the outside, going to the inside, and then suddenly change to the other side. Then you commit to that line
McLaren face revolt as staff appeal to former boss Martin Whitmarsh to help ailing F1 team (Sportsmail)
'If a delegation showed up at my door, I wouldn't turn them away,' added Whitmarsh. 'They know where I am.'
Racing Driver's view: race week at Le Mans (Alexander Sims at DriveTribe)
The Le Mans track, Circuit de la Sarthe, is quite unique in its high-speed straights which should make for some good action come the race. As a temporary circuit with a mix of public roads and race track, the surface is an inconsistent mix and proves to be an interesting challenge. Its length is one thing - it's 13.6km or 8.4 miles and has 38 turns but its combination of corners is what makes it such a fun track to drive.
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Comment of the day
I wonder what Mclaren will end up doing. Seeing them trundling round in F1 in no-mans land is pretty grim viewing.
If Mclaren decide to go to Indy Cars maybe they can try to match Mercedes-Benz and complete a triple crown of their own!
1915 – First win at Indy 500
1935 – First win at Monaco GP
1952 – First win at Le Mans 24hr
1984 – First win at Monaco GP
1995 – First win at Le Mans 24hr
???? – Indy 500
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10 comments on “Hard to spot trends in 2018 F1 form – Wolff”
17th June 2018, 0:47
A McLaren won Indy in 1972 with Mark Donahue driving a Penske team car. They followed that in 1974 with a McLaren team win with Johnny Rutherford driving. So they have already matched Mercedes!
Fer no.65 (@fer-no65)
17th June 2018, 1:11
I was about to say that, they already did it. Not as an official team, but as a constructor.
17th June 2018, 19:23
That’s really interesting. I didn’t know about that Penske McLaren.
I’m off to read up about that!
17th June 2018, 4:34
That article about the McLaren ‘revolt’ is interesting. Upon a superficial reading, it does feel like Whitmarsh is trying to drum up support to return him to the team. I don’t know much about the detailed politics of McLaren, but I’m surprised to know that Mansour Ojjeh is a close friend of Whitmarsh, yet was unable to retain him when Ron took over. I presume a lot of the mechanics and people on the factory floor have served with McLaren for years, if not decades, so their frustration is understandable.
17th June 2018, 6:09
@phylyp – Look at Whitmarsh’s time at McLaren and compare it to Boullier & Brown’s tenures. The employees of McLaren loved Whitmarsh. One of the criticisms of Martin was that he was too friendly with the staff. It makes sense why they’d want him back.
I think McLaren is a pressure cooker that’s deformed and leaking, and it’s about to explode at any moment. Unfortunately it seems like Eric Boullier is lost. During his time at Enstone/Lotus, he did a really poor job of people managing, especially during the end when people weren’t getting paid. He was also very bad at playing the blame game.
McLaren desperately needs a leader with clear focus, hubris and the people skills to motivate people to want to work.
17th June 2018, 6:24
@braketurnaccelerate – so, basically the love child of Ron and Whitmarsh 😃.
Humour apart, the impression I got of Whitmarsh were that he was quite a gentleman (e.g. not preventing Merc from supplying the Brawn team with engines), but don’t have any opinion on him as a TP (although I’ve seen criticisms of him, and that he started McLaren’s decline).
Stephen Crowsen (@drycrust)
17th June 2018, 18:47
I don’t think Zak Brown would support the return to McLaren of a person who previously did his job simply because they might want to take over his job.
17th June 2018, 7:36
I wish Whitmarsh were back.
– That height difference, though.
John H (@john-h)
17th June 2018, 10:19
20th June 2018, 18:24
This journalist really digs up the real crap doesn’t she. (Re Whitmarsh article)
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