F1 Weekly Round-up – May 3 to May 10
Impeccable Gilles :
Gilles Villeneuve was one of the feisty drivers ever aboard on F1. The one that I admired. Long back, his short F1 career came to a fatal stopping point. On this week, his world championship winning son, Jacques Villeneuve paid homage to him by driving his gorgeous Ferrari 312 T4. From current drivers to Ferrari team heads gathered on Fiorano track to commemorate the legend.
End of mid-season test: Day 3
Mugello testing ended with Grosjean leading the final couple of days. Many drivers have questioned the value of last week’s test at Mugello, saying it could have taken place before the start of the season. Over the course of productive sessions the teams managed to get through their full planned programme which was focused largely on aerodynamic testing.
Pirelli-Schumacher saga : part 2
Frustration building up on Michael unleashed through his critics over the tyres, with his team completely backing his views. He said it’s like driving on raw eggs – after hitting out the supplier at the Sakhir track saying that they could cruise only like Safety Car wandering around. Pirelli responded with saying it is not the problem of all 24 drivers and many could still manage to squeeze the maximum out of it so Michael’s critics are just up to him.
Mclaren’s all new nose:
Mclaren have tried out new raised nose configuration but only for a short while on the final day of Mugello test. Whitmarsh stated that it is a probable upgrade on this weekend and gave support to Pirelli on what they are doing to make racing a big spectacle. He agreed that major changes have been made to the pitstop crew. Meanwhile, Button entertained capacity crowd and greeted thousands of fans in Budapest.
Mercedes pulling out rumour :
Mercedes is the only team not to have concluded concodre agreement and it urges CVC owners to speed up the deal if it wants to maximise the stock market flotation benefits. Having not committed to run beyond this year, this deal could prove to be crucial for the future of the Brackley based team. Ross Brawn will not be attending the race weekend due to health concerns.
Back to Racing :
Lotus confirmed Tuesday that it will back former Formula One driver Jean Alesi in his attempt to race in the Indianapolis 500. It will be Alesi’s first race on an oval. Alesi arrived there on Monday and will participate in the rookie orientation program on Thursday. The first practice for the May 27 race is Saturday.
Ex-F1 champion Damon Hill is set to end his 13-year absence from the cockpit to return to the race track where it all began at Brands Hatch for the Halow children’s charity on May 19 as he takes on 1980s ‘Rat Pack’ rivals Mark Blundell, Perry McCarthy, Martin Donnelly and Julian Bailey in a Scirocco saloon car race.
The Lawsuit :
Caterham and Force India have entered in a feud off the track. Force India must pay legal costs of $1 million to rival Caterham after a dispute about intellectual property rights. Two costs decisions relating to Italian company Aerolab were postponed to next week due to lack of time. Force India’s own legal costs are also likely to be substantial. The judge ruled that Force India had not established systematic copying and held that neither Gascoyne nor Caterham were liable for breach of confidence.
Overtaking in 2012 :
Overtaking in F1 has changed a lot from last year - not by the numbers - but by the variation in normal and DRS assisted. Last year's each of the first four races suggested about 50:50 between normal and DRS assisted overtaking. But in 2012 the proportions vary with 68:32 which shows more normal overtaking has been done. Per race, the number of overtaking is around 40s so far, according to Mercedes.
Wavering Webber :
Webber’s rumours on a possible move to Ferrari has been completely dismissed by the man himself. Moreover, Christain Horner revealed that Webber feels home in his current racing team and will reckon staying for 2013. His quartet of fourth place finishes put him a strong contender for the title.
Paul di Resta to Ferrari ?
Ferrari are believed to have started looking for replacements. Enquiries are made about 26-year-old Di Resta’s contract at last month’s Chinese Grand Prix.He had beat Vettel in F3 before becoming DTM champion in 2010. He was also voted Rookie of the season last year.
Alexander Rossi will replace Heikki Kovaleinen at the first practice session on friday for Caterham. Spanish Grand Prix is about to witness history in the making as the Spanish team makes the way for another Spaniard in their home Grand Prix. Dani Clos, the official reserve for the Spanish outfit will have his handful on the first of the practice sessions partnering his veteran team-mate Pedro de La Rosa..
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