The teams are packing up and heading out to Bahrain. The long wait will be over soon. Here’s the Saturday round-up:
“Citroen Junior Team driver Kimi Raikkonen rolled his Citroen C4 World Rally Car out of Friday’s competition almost within sight of the end of SS7 – the repeated El Cubilete stage… Eyewitnesses report seeing the car roll off the road at high speed, before coming to rest at the bottom of a bank. Both Raikkonen and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom are out of the car and are reported to be okay.”
“The design of the monocoque was frozen in June last year, probably three months earlier than the top teams who have greater resources and experience in manufacture. The team has a strict budget of ?óÔÇÜ?¼45 million all in and so far has hit all the deadlines it set itself. It will travel to Bahrain with two cars and a spare monocoque as well as five sets of spares for most parts. Wirth says that the troublesome differential, which has been causing the hydraulic leaks and destroyed their Barcelona test, has been fixed. There were quality control problems causing it to crack. But new spec ones are in short supply, so the drivers had better not crash into the barriers backwards before the race.”
Comment of the day
Geo isn’t happy with how F1 rules are changing:
I?óÔé¼Ôäóm more interested in rule changes for reasons of fairness and to prevent any sort of gamesmanship (cheating is perhaps a too strong a word).
It seems we increasingly see rule changes for the sake of people who watch on tv.
Now, I love Formula One, and have watched since I was about 12 years old (I am now 25). I didn?óÔé¼Ôäót need any rule changes to get interested in the sport and follow it closely.
If people aren?óÔé¼Ôäót natural F1 fans then so be it, the FIA should stop trying to ?óÔé¼Ôäósex up?óÔé¼Ôäó the sport to make it appealing to part time fans, who are only interested if there are ?óÔé¼?£big crashes?óÔé¼Ôäó or lots of ?óÔé¼?£action?óÔé¼Ôäó.
Either you like F1 or you don?óÔé¼Ôäót, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sick of MANY sports dumbing down to try to encorporate the plebs and part timers. See 20/20 Cricket and the recent proposals in snooker as other examples.
You will now find driver biographies and team details for all the 2010 F1 season participants via the links at the bottom of every page. The following were added yesterday:
On this day in F1
Mario Andretti, who turned 70 last month, won his first F1 race on this day in 1971.
He qualified fourth on the grid in the season-opener at Kyalami in his first appearance for Ferrari.
He moved up to second at half-distance but leader Denny Hulme looked to have the race won – until his suspension failed four laps from home. Andretti swept by to win his tenth F1 start – but his second career victory didn’t come until the last race of 1976.