“The way the wings work is for me a little ridiculous. Overtaking is not really a great art anymore.”
Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus F1
Few things have the ability to make me happy, instantly. Kimi mentioning driving and art in the same breath… really, he sometimes seems the most irreverent guy out there so to be speaking of sanctity, which is what he’s doing here, that’s kinda awesome.
Men’s souls wrestle with the thought of tomorrow… and today is tomorrow.
Red Bull Racing’s 2012 contender, the RB8, via laser and light projection on the car. Very nicely done.
ETA: Wow, this is kind of interesting. The “Men’s Souls” quote above appears to come from the first 80 seconds of a very obscure 1941 short film, “Always Tomorrow,“ which was presented by and is essentially a commercial for… Coca Cola. Red Bull making a statement about more than their F1 team?
Ecclestone had backed moving the race to October 30 after the season opener had originally been postponed because of unrest in the country.
But now Ecclestone has admitted the race will not go ahead after 11 F1 teams objected.
Ecclestone told BBC Sport: “Hopefully there’ll be peace and quiet and we can return in the future, but of course it’s not on. The schedule cannot be rescheduled without the agreement of the participants – they’re the facts.”
Ecclestone’s comments come after the move to put the Bahrain race on in October – and move the race originally schedule for that date in India back until December – attracted widespread criticism.
That move was condemned by teams and drivers and also by human rights organisations, who were unhappy with claims by the sport’s governing body, the FIA, that the situation had returned to normal in Bahrain.
Keeping my fingers crossed that this is indeed the outcome. Why the FIA feels a need to make F1 a travesty is beyond me.
Gotta hand it to 80-year old billionaire F1 Supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who after getting brutally mugged last month and losing - amongst other things - his Hublot watch, decided to turn his near-death experience into dollars:
Rather than shy away from publicity, Ecclestone has embraced it. Speaking to TopGear.com, a source at Hublot said Bernie then sent a picture of his bruised face to the CEO of the luxury watch company together with the comment ‘see what people will do for a Hublot’…
…Following his attack, Ecclestone was quoted by express.co.uk as saying, “if I had worn my Tag Heuer they probably wouldn’t have bothered.”
“I see a figure of £200,000 mentioned,” he said, “but that is b******s. They won’t be going far on what they took off us.”
McLaren Mercedes unveil their 2010 Formula 1 contender, the MP4-25. For the first time in Formula One history, the drivers are back to back British World Champions in Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button.
I have to say, this car is absolutely stunning. We’ll see what it does in anger.
I find the new narrower front tire regulation to be a bit surprising, especially in light of the added 100+kg of extra weight on the cars due to the refueling ban. Considering this, will we see an increase in understeer, especially on the higher speed, lower downforce circuits? If so, I wonder how much additional oversteer the engineers are dialing into the suspension setup to prevent plowing. Will the line between understeer and oversteer become even more razor sharp? Should make for some interesting driving…