Turkish GP: Red Bulls crash

Red Bull teammates hit the self destruct button at Turkish GP yesterday. It seems to me that Sebastian Vettel was at fault for turning right a bit early.

Mark Webber blamed his teammate for the crash

“Seb had good a top speed advantage and he went down the inside. We were side by side and then looks kike he turned pretty quickly to the right and we made contact,” said Webber.

Meanwhile, Vettel maintains that the crash was  not his fault

“Obviously, I think if you look at the pictures it was clear I had the inside,” said Vettel. “I went on the inside, I was ahead and just going down to focus on the braking point and honestly, you can see we touched and he touched my right rear wheel and I went off.”

Christian Horner didn’t blame any of his drivers but said they should never have given each other so little space.

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Monaco GP – Q1 can be a mess and other news

Fears over possible Monaco gridlock grow – PF1

The teams and the drivers are concerned over Q1 in Monaco and have asked FIA to split the 20 minute session.

FIA tweaks Monaco’s chicane kerbs – Autosport

The move is aimed at stopping drivers from cutting through them at high speed.

Ferrari not using F-duct in Monaco – F1fanatic

The teams says there is little benefit to be had from running it around the slow, twisty Monte-Carlo circuit

Red Bull warns rivals over Monaco pace – Autosport

Driving with optimum downforce will be key for other teams. In Monaco we will have supersoft and medium again – can Ferrari pull a win here?

Looking back – Monaco GP 2009

In last year edition of Monaco, Brawn GP cars dominated the race with a 1-2 and Jenson Button won the race.

Monaco GP – Old pics

The most prestigious race of the year is back! Here are some of the old pics in my collection.

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1965 Monaco (Jo Siffert Brabham, Frank Gardner Brabham BT11s)
1968 Monaco (Graham Hill, Lotus 49B) 3
1969 Monaco (Jack Brabham Brabham BT26 front, Pedro Rodriguez BRM P126)
1971 Monaco practice (Jackie Stewart, Tyrrell 001)
1973 Monaco (Niki Lauda BRM P160E, Jackie Stewart’s Tyrrell 006)
1974 Monaco (Jacky Ickx, Lotus 72E)
1975 Monaco (Ronnie Peterson, Lotus 72E)
1976 Monaco (Ronnie Peterson March 761, Clay Regazzoni Ferrari 312T2)
1978 Monaco (Alan Jones, Williams FW06)
1979 Monaco (Jody Scheckter, Gilles Villeneuve, Ferrari 312T4)

Post Spanish GP comment: Reliability might hurt Red Bull run

Red Bull  RB6 again proved on Saturday that it is far ahead of rest of the field in terms of pace.  It captured front row of the grid with more than 0.8 seconds margin. But once again reliability came in way of a 1-2 finish. Sebastian Vettel suffered had his third reliability issue in five races.

Questions are raised whether driving style of Vettel is leading to the reliability issues.

In general, a driver is only labelled aggressive if he is famed for daring-do. But Vettel is a aggressive driver in a different way. His aggression is transmitted over kerbs, through chicanes and under braking. Is it a coincidence, therefore, that his car has broken down, relatively speaking, so frequently? – PF1

A spark plug failure caused Red Bull a win in Bahrain while a wheel problem robbed it of win in Australia.

Questions need to be addressed in Red Bull camp on real cause of the issue. Though, Christian Horner is not perturbed. He says that Red Bull is no worse than other teams when it comes to reliability and cited Lewis Hamilton as an example (Hamilton’s car suffered a tyre puncture in the race)

“Ultimately we have got two cars on the podium and were just three points off a maximum score. So I think the team managed the issue with the brakes very well.”

Dwelling on a smooth sailing victory for Mark Webber might not be a correct strategy for Red Bull, solving its own problem might be…

Ferrari launches 2010 F1 car

Ferrari unveiled F10, their 2010 title challenger, today at Maranello.

The major points made by Luca di Montezemolo are:

  • F1 should be a test base for state-of-the-art technology, where  innovations are developed to go into cars
  • F1 needs credibility between executives and judicial forces
  • Schumacher wouldn’t be with Mercedes if Ferrari was allowed 3rd car
  • A possibility for Valentino Rossi exists if he wishes to race in F1

Chief designer Nikolas Tombazis added that F10 is totally revised compared to the previous one, F60

Team’s engine chief Luca Marmorini is confident that team has made progress on both fuel consumption and engine reliability issues for new season by effectively using its partnership with Shell

A record three million people logged on to watch the Ferrari launch!!

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Kimi, get a drive!

I still cannot believe that Kimi won’t be starting in any race next year or maybe forever.

But is this too early to look at a fine career of Kimi? When i look at Kimi’s career and think of his finest moments pop up in my head. These moments include Suzuka in 2005 where Kimi won the race after starting from 17th place and overtaking race leader Fisichella on the final lap,  his exploits at Spa circuit – the circuit which separates men from boys, Brazil in 2007 where he won WDC, or performances throughout second half of 2009 season in a slow Ferrari car

I even silently pray that he gets a drive with a competitive car like Mercedes.  It would be good for Kimi fans like me and for F1 in general.

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