Minggu, 06 Oktober 2013

2013 September - Paddock postal card from Singapore

There is invariably a component of disappointment once the pen says arrivederci to Europe for the ultimate time in a very season, however that's quickly forgotten once they arrive in Singapore for what has apace become one among the foremost well-liked Grands Prix on the calendar, particularly once there's most happening within the build-up to the race.

Wednesday saw Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez be part of team partners Chelsea soccer Club for ‘Dribble and Race’, a cross-sport event in cooperation with the Chelsea FC football game faculty Singapore and F1 in faculties, designed to mix the joyousness of football game and intensity of sport. kids aged eleven to fourteen need to build and race their terribly own balsa model cars aboard Gutierrez and participate in a very kick-about with the coaches from the Chelsea FC football game faculty.

On Friday, Caterham Chairman Tony Fernandes was to be had to unveil the company’s new, ultra-high performance roadcar idea, the AeroSeven, that has been designed and developed with input from all of the group’s business arms, as well as its Formula One team. The dramatic-looking machine, meant primarily for track use, showcases the worth of F1 methodologies because the whole project was completed in a very mere eleven weeks. The aeromechanics are optimized by the F1 team’s CFD software package, the suspension includes F1-style inboard front pushrods, and electronic aids embrace traction management, launch management and ABS brakes, all adjustable from Associate in Nursing F1-style wheel.

Veteran Formula One lensman Steve Tee was given a surprise reception at McLaren on Sabbatum night to celebrate his five hundredth consecutive Grand Prix. Tee started at Imola for the 1984 San Marini spherical, following within the footsteps of his father Michael Tee, founding father of far-famed motorsport pic agency skeletal muscle. Michael was gift at the 1950 British Grand Prix that started out the official world championship, and himself did over four hundred races.

Also on Sabbatum evening, the noted Amber Lounge club hosted its ancient fashion show and among the models were many Formula One take a look at drivers swapping race suits for sharp suits. Those on the catwalk enclosed Caterham’s Alex Rossi, Marussia’s Rodolfo Gonzalez, McLaren’s jazz musician Turvey and Lotus’s Davide Valsecchi.

The huge race weekend concerts placed on by the Singapore organisers invariably add an additional, musical buzz to the Grand Prix and among the wiz acts acting this year ar Rihanna, Justin Bieber, The Killers and hooter town. additionally on the bill ar much-loved names as well as legendary singer Tom Jones, '80s icon Bob Geldof, enterprising singer-songwriter Laura Mvula and magician and illusionist generator.

Throughout the weekend the Singapore pen was stuffed with acquainted noted faces, as well as footballing legend David Beckham, world champions Sir Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Damon Hill and Jacques Villeneuve, IndyCar champion Gil First State Ferran, and Derek and Rhonda Richard Neville, in conjunction with Giancarlo Minardi, Sir Peter Paul Rubens Barrichello, circuit designer Armin Tilke, Sir Martin Sorrell and FIA deputy president of traveling, Brian Gibbons.

On-track, Saturday’s GP2 race saw Jolyon Palmer build a spectacular recovery once the anti-stall on his Carlin automobile kicked it to deny him the advantage of a wonderful position. once dropping to fifth in short he surged up to 3rd place within the 1st corner, picked off sport Engineering’s Fabio leimer, then pushed laborious till his pit stop and so used a savvy tyre option to catch and pass team mate Felipe Nasr for the lead despite what was at one stage a twelve.8s gap.

On a decent day for British drivers, ART’s James Calado likewise overtook Leimer timely, then unbroken him behind within the closing stages despite land driver’s tyres being in far better condition.

Both Carlin drivers opted for the soft Pirelli tyres, however as he stopped 1st Nasr modified solely the rears, creating for a fast pit stop. Palmer alveolate 3 laps later, and on lowerclassman rubber cut the deficit inside eight laps once a string of quickest times.

Behind them, as Calado defended yet one more dais position, Leimer came underneath threat from DAMS’ Stephane Richelmi and therefore the Monegasque passed the sport Engineering automobile on the ultimate lap. Russian Time’s Tom Dillman took sixth from DAMS’ Marcus Ericsson, whereas Briton SAM Bird recovered from a poor begin from tenth and a delay in his pit stop to require eighth and so claim pole for Sunday’s race for Russian Time. Fellow countryman Jon Lancaster was ninth for Hilmer Motorsport from MP Motorsport’s Dani Clos.

On-track, Sunday’s sprint race saw Bird dominate to line up a title face-off at November's Abu Dhabi season finale. He was ne'er challenged at the pinnacle of the sphere, however did not reach the 2 additional points for quickest lap. However, Bird has closed the gap to simply seven points to series leader Leimer. it absolutely was Bird’s fifth win of the season. Ericsson finished second, earlier than Leimer and Richelmi. Strangely, on the deceleration down lap, Leimer hit Alexander Rossi’s Caterham automobile as he was creating the sharp left close up the track to enter the support-race pen. There ar reports Leimer cut his left articulatio radiocarpea slightly. Lancaster finished fifth followed by Reb Cecotto Junior, Daniel First State Erica Jong and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, WHO all started well down the grid. Saturdays’ race winner Palmer finished seventeenth.

Senin, 20 Juni 2011

'McLaren & Ferrari want Button'

McLaren are set to offer Jenson Button a new lucrative contract in a bid to keep Ferrari away from the 2009 Champion.

Reports this weekend claim that Ferrari are eager to sign Button as Fernando Alonso's new 2012 team-mate, replacing the beleaguered Felipe Massa.

According to the News of the World tabloid, a source at Maranello revealed that there has been "a lot of talk" at Ferrari about securing Button's services.

The Ferrari source said: "They (Ferrari) have already checked to see if he would be available.

"The team realise they need a stronger partner for Fernando Alonso than Felipe Massa if they want to win the title again."

However, the Daily Mail reports that McLaren are set to do everything they can to ensure Button and Lewis Hamilton remain team-mates for the foreseeable future.

The newspaper claims that even if they want Ferrari cannot sign Button for 2012 as McLaren are "set to trigger an automatic one-year extension to Button's £6million-ayear contract."

And, added to that, they are also likely to "offer him an extended deal on improved terms over the next few weeks" in a bid to keep Ferrari are bay.

But whether Button will agree a long-term contract remains to be seen as the 31-year-old recently stated that he does not want to sign a long-term deal.

"For me, it makes no sense to sign a long-term contract," Button told Switzerland's Blick newspaper.

"I don't know how I'm going to feel in a few years. I can't imagine racing at 40, I just want to race for as long as I can win.

"I've not had any calls about my future - McLaren has an option on me for next year, that's all I know. Many of my colleagues don't hesitate to secure for the long term, but I like it when my future is open."

Button: We know we can fight Vettel

Having claimed his first victory of the season, Jenson Button reckons he's primed to take the fight for the World title to Sebastian Vettel.

Button put in arguably one of his best drives ever to take the victory in Canada and the much-needed 25 points.

His triumph elevated the McLaren driver to second in the Drivers' standings, although he still trails Red Bull's Vettel by 60 points.

But while the deficit - especially in light of Vettel's phenomenal form - may appear massive there are still a maximum of 300 points to play for this season.

And Button is as motivated as ever to bag as many of those as possible as he takes the fight to the reigning World Champ.

"It's been a fantastic week in the aftermath of the Canadian Grand Prix," said the 2009 World Champion.

"I had a few days' break immediately after the race, which was perfectly timed as it gave me the opportunity to take in all the positive memories of a crazy weekend, and to reflect on an incredible race.

"I wouldn't say that winning in Montreal has given me extra motivation, because I was already totally committed, but I think it will help to sharpen the focus and conviction of everyone in the team.

"We've proved we can challenge and beat Sebastian, and we know we can fight for this World Championship."

Looking ahead to the next race, the European GP, Button is confident at the Valencia circuit will suit his McLaren MP4-26.

Although the Woking outfit has yet to claim a victory on the Spanish port's street circuit, all three events held at Valencia have seen a McLaren on the podium while in 2010 both Button and his team-mate Lewis Hamilton finished in the top three.

"I'm now looking forward to Valencia. I had a good race there last year and I think the track shares some of the characteristics of Montreal and Monaco, so I'm confident that we'll be competitive again.

"The trick will be to find enough performance in the race to overcome any potential difficulties in qualifying."

Petrov: Points, points, more points

Vitaly Petrov has urged Renault to up their game, saying both himself and the team need to minimise their mistakes.

The 2011 season began well for the Lotus Renault GP team, as they secured two podium finishes in the opening two grands prix.

However, since then the team has fallen back, bagging just 30 points in the next five races, the same number they had scored through those two third-placed results.

"I think we can do much, much more. I know I've said that before but I really believe we can," Petrov said.

"We've had good results, but together we can achieve greater things.

"Sometimes I've made mistakes, sometimes our pit stops could have been improved, but generally I think we can take it up a level.

"We need to minimise the mistakes, and the points will keep on coming."

Formula One now faces a run four grands prix before heading into the August summer break with Petrov saying he wants points, points and more points starting with next weekend's Valencia GP.

"My target for the coming races is points, points and more points.

"It would be much better to take our summer break in the knowledge that we had scored some well-deserved points in the lead-up to it.

"Valencia's a circuit I know very well so I think I have an advantage going into the race. I'm feeling pretty good heading into the next four events."

Hispania to switch focus 'very soon'

Colin Kolles says Hispania will switch their focus to 2012 "very soon" although insists they have not given up on their goal of finishing 10th in the Championship.

Hispania Racing achieved their best result of the season in Canada where Tonio Liuzzi finished in 13th place, one position higher than his team-mate Narain Karthikeyan.

But they still trail Team Lotus in the battle for 10th place in the Constructors' Championship as the latter has two P13s to their credit.

Kolles, though, is determined to overhaul Team Lotus in the standings.

"There are still a lot of races left this season," he told Hispania's website.

"We want to improve our results and achieve our target of being 10th in the Constructors' Championship."

But while the team remains committed to that goal, Kolles revealed they will soon turn their focus to next year's Championship.

"We will switch very soon to the 2012 car," he said, confirming that the team will begin using Mercedes's wind tunnel in July.

Vettel: RB7 should be good in Valencia

Sebastian Vettel admits qualifying will be vital this weekend as there are few overtaking places at the "tricky" Valencia circuit.

Vettel has been the dominant force this season, taking five victories from seven grands prix.

As a result, he heads into the European GP leading the Drivers' Championship by 60 points over Jenson Button, who he lost out to last time out in Canada.

However, Vettel is confident he can return to winning ways this weekend especially as qualifying is vital at the Valencia street circuit and he's only failed to grab pole position once this season.

"The atmosphere around the harbour in Valencia is quite similar to Monaco, except that the paddock is bigger and the garages are larger," said the German.

"The circuit is a street circuit, but the average speed (200kph) is extremely high, so it's tricky.

"In general you need a lot of wing for the corners and less for the relatively long straights, which means you have to find a compromise.

"There are no run-off zones, so you can't make any mistakes - a small slide and you end up in the wall...

"Overtaking is difficult and the only real possibility is in Turn 12.

"We had a good race there last year and the car should be good. I'm looking forward to it."

penalised Hamilton threatens to quit F1 if he can't race in his own way

Lewis Hamilton has warned he will turn his back on Formula One if he is denied the opportunity to race in his own inimitable style by the stewards.

Hamilton picked up two drive through penalties in Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix for overtaking moves which were deemed to have caused collisions by the FIA law enforcers.

It prompted a no holds barred attack from the McLaren driver who claimed to have been singled out for special treatment this season, although he later tried to explain away a joke out the colour of his skin which appeared to imply such treatment was racially motivated

After regaining his composure, Hamilton was still not prepared to concede he was in the wrong and insisted should he have to ease off to appease stewards and aggrieved fellow drivers then he will find something else to do.

He said: ‘In all honesty I will never stop racing the way I do. It’s the way I do it. That’s what got me here, it is the way I am. I don’t do it to offend people or to hurt anyone.  I do it because I love racing. I feel like I can do it better than others.

‘I am here to race and win.  If I have to lose that passion it would blow all the racing. If it ever comes to a stage where I had to pull back, drive for fourth or fifth place and just cruise around it would not excite me and I probably wouldn’t stay around for that.’

In the week where a superb documentary film about the Formula One career of Ayrton Senna is released in the United Kingdom, Hamilton’s words bear a striking resemblance to an interview the Brazilian maestro gives to fellow motor racing superstar, Sir Jackie Stewart, which features in the movie.

Speaking in 1990 after he had ploughed into Alain Prost at the first corner at Suzuka to claim his second world title, Stewart asks Senna to explain why he has so many collisions.

An indignant and unrepentant Senna replies: ‘I find amazing for you to make such a question Stewart because you are very experienced and you know a lot about racing.

‘Being a racing driver means you are racing with other people and if you no longer go for a gap that exists then you are no longer a racing driver. 

‘Because we are competing, we are competing to win and the main motivation for all of us is to compete for a victory. It is not to come third fourth, fifth or sixth.’

With Stewart having been bold enough to put Senna on the spot and with a trio of Monaco victories to his name, the three-time world champion would seem an ideal candidate to assess Hamilton’s performance at the weekend.

‘Monte Carlo is the kind of place where you try to give your car little Valium and yourself a little more than the car,’ said Stewart speaking to Sportsmail on Monday. ‘Pushing and shoving usually brings tears.

‘He (Hamilton) did run into some very controversial manoeuvres whereas Jenson Button passed Fernando Alonso in a very clean and decisive way. It took him quite a few laps to achieve that, but patience paid off.

‘I thought the last manoeuvre by Hamilton (on Maldonado) was overly aggressive and he was very lucky to get out of that one without any damage. I think the stewards could have been much more severe than they were, and that is not a criticism of the stewards.’

As for the losses of cool in and out of the car, Stewart had this to say: ‘It comes down to mind management. He (Hamilton) has got to be more mindful of how he allows his emotions to run into statements that he might later regret.

‘Emotions can be very dangerous and if you allow them to get the better of you then you can say things that later you wish you may never have said. He has got to be careful of that, not only to the administrators but also to his colleagues on the track because they can react as well.

I like Lewis a lot and he is not having his best season so far. But we have all had bad seasons, what can we do? You have just got to have patience, work it out and ensure that, going forward, you are better prepared for next year.’

It is no surprise that Hamilton’s words so closely mirror those of Senna in the interview with Stewart, after all his McLaren ancestor is his idol. 

Hamilton’s burning desire to add to his solitary Monaco victory is also easy to fathom given that Senna managed six wins on the street circuit – more than any other driver in Formula one history.

‘The passion is just even greater than elsewhere,’ said Hamilton searching for reasons to explain a display which, in the eyes of the stewards, had crossed the line. ‘In my heart of hearts I believe I can own this circuit. I feel like I can be the fastest here.  I was, and not with the fastest car.’

Neither was Senna in the fastest car when, on his first visit to Monaco, his barnstorming drive in the wet in an uncompetitive Toleman bringing him to world attention.

Indeed, watching the documentary, the similarities between Senna and Hamilton come thick and fast.  For example, for Senna versus Prost read Hamilton versus Fernando Alonso.

Then there is a more worrying likeness, namely that Hamilton is beginning to sound like Senna when it comes to complaints of victimisation by the sport’s power brokers.

The film was shown to the great and the good in Monaco ahead of the race, its tragic finale bringing plenty of tears. It seems that 17 years after his death, Senna’s daredevil overtaking moves and fearless approach to the sport are seen as something which sets him apart, something to be lauded.

However, it must be remembered that while he was racing, Senna received just as much criticism for his uncompromising driving style as Hamilton is currently having to endure. All of which begs the question are Hamilton’s daredevil displays simply far too gung-ho or are they manna from heaven for the sport.

Stewards, certain fellow drivers, some former stars and plenty of Formula One fans have made their feelings clear, the 2008 world champion crosses the line too often. If Senna were alive today, he would doubtless be urging Hamilton not to change a thing.