In the round-up: A new series for electric cars, “Senna” in the US and more.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“The FIA is looking at creating F1-style electric car racing series.”
“It’s clear that Red Bull’s front wings are still flexing under load this year, so let’s dig a little bit deeper to try and understand what has been achieved here, and what the other teams need to do to respond.”
Christian Horner: “It’s difficult to see how you could have two drivers of Lewis and Sebastian’s calibre under one roof. There tends to be fireworks, as we saw with Fernando Alonso and Lewis. So we’re very happy with the line-up that we have and we’ll see how things evolve.”
“Breaking news! Senna is coming to the US! Just got off the phone with the NY distribution team – we are looking at a July release.”
“The promoters of the United States Grand Prix say that construction on the new circuit is on schedule, despite clearing work only just being completed.”
“Second day testing in Istanbul, still raining and no chance for trying slicks.”
Little new footage, still no sign of what happened to Nick Heidfeld.
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Comment of the day
Birthday and Comment of the Day on the same day? It’s a first for Red Andy:
I would suggest that any overtake where all four wheels are over the white line is illegitimate and the driver needs to hand the position back, or else face a penalty. I don?óÔé¼Ôäót believe exceptions should be handed out because it?óÔé¼Ôäós the first lap of a race, for instance (e.g. Raikkonen at Spa in 2009) ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ if you pass by leaving the track, you hand back the place or you get a penalty.
I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know how this applies to the Vettel and Buemi passes pointed out earlier; it was too early for me to be watching that closely! But if all four wheels were off the track for either of those passes, it stands to reason that a penalty should be given.
A final point: the Sporting Regulations also suggest that forcing another driver off the track is a punishable offence. I believe this rule should be applied more readily when drivers force one another off the road to prevent an overtake (e.g. as Kubica did to Alonso last year at Silverstone). But that?óÔé¼Ôäós a slightly different story.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
The Malaysian Grand Prix was abandoned before the full race distance could be run on this day two years ago.
The combination of a late start time and heavy rain meant the race distance could not be completed. Jenson Button won but only scored half the available points.
- 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix review: Button wins again but rain stops play at Sepang
- F1 victim of its own greed as Malaysian GP fails to go the distance after late start
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