F1 News, Fun links and comment
- Grim times for Kingfisher and Vijay Mallya. The striking pilots and engineers who have not been paid since March has been asked by the company’s CEO Sanjay Agarwal to return to work on Sunday 13th October. The airline has been grounded for over a week. The Indian Civil Aviation Authority has threatened to revoke their license and has demanded no tickets are sold in the interim. (Economic Times). Mallya does have other investments and is being pressured to sell the liquor business to come up with the cash. Whether Force India as they are will be on the grid 2013 – only time will tell.
- BREAKING NEWS (GMT 12:48) “Force India boss Vijay Mallya has run into more trouble in Hyderabad where the 13th Metropolitan Sessions Court has issued an arrest warrant against him in a case filed by GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd which manages the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport”. (AFP News Agency) This warrant is without bail, because representatives failed to attend a hearing today – which means if or when he submits himself to the court he will be detained. It is estimated his airline is $billions in debt. Oh how far it is to fall .(Nice to see we beat the all established F1 sites and writers to this by an hour and 10 mins :D)
- Schumacher says the WDC title is Vettel’s to lose (autohebdo) “I thought Fernando (Alonso) had the advantage prior to Suzuka”, but now he believes it is Vettel’s to lose. Schumacher is certain his compatriot will now enter the exclusive club of winning 3 consecutive titles, a feat only achieved by Fangio (4) and Schumacher(5) himself.
- thejudge13 has been banned from the BBC website – for posting links to this site in the comments section when debating with other F1 fans. Oh well, hopefully people reading our articles will post links all around the world on other F1 blogs and forums for us – only if you think we’re any good mind you.
- There is a rumour I’ve just heard that McLaren have a new Double DRS system like Red Bull introduced in Singapore. We await confirmation – pics will be posted for confirmation. If they do, then qualifying could be very interesting between Red Bull and McLaren – and the Ferraris may be left trailing. If this is true then it may be they were sandbagging today whilst configuring the system.
- Sunsets appear to be most popular with the F1 fraternity, with numerous pictures a day being posted to the twittersphere. A Sample – (pic1), (pic 2), (pic 3) (pic4) there were plenty more… but here’s a signature image of the Korean venue provided by Caterham (pic) and a similar one from Shellmotorsport (pic), though I doubt FOM TV will show us this angle.
- From a very dull senior team representative press conference, it appears McLaren have no new engines left for the season yet Paddy Lowe claims engine use is going to plan. Which plan, A,B C…J? Mmm. 8 Engines, 20 races….. and still 5 races to go? Okay that’s a bit of fun and they may have 5 engines with only 1 race each run on them – but teams say they save new engines for the power tracks. At least 1 of the last 5 venues is surely in the top 8 power hungry tracks.
- Charles Pic has to have a new engine, but its his 9th of the year. 10 place grid penalty!!! Won’t make much difference then.
- I did a fun piece on the Lewis/Jenson twitter break up earlier this week (link) and the inevitable happened at the press conference yesterday. Lewis said he’s apologised to Jenson for his mistake and sadly added “Maybe Twitter and me don’t go too well at the moment. I need to step back and think about how I try and improve that.” Hopefully this will not be a return to bland corporate speak from Hamilton. Jenson has milked this and took the opportunity to lecture Hamilton saying, “You have to be careful what you put on Twitter. We’ve got over a million followers. It is what it is, and Lewis apologised to me.” Yet the likeable, smooth, suave Jenson has been stirring the pot on the quiet and he adds, “There are millions of people to follow on Twitter. I see him [Hamilton] every weekend”. Yet Jenson is being disingenuous because he started following Perez as soon as he signed for McLaren and further, I’ve had a lot of people tell me since I wrote the story that Jenson was in the past following Lewis on his old twitter name, the people who told me this were following them both at the same time. (UPDATE SINCE WRITING THIS) Kevin Eason has done an interesting piece in the London Times about what happened outside the press conference – basically he suggests Jenson is taking the high moral ground and almost lecturing and belittling Lewis, Lewis spent most of the day being contrite and apologetic. What a turnaround in a couple of years. When Jenson joined McLaren there were those who thought he was crazy as Lewis WDC champion had ‘his’ team built around him. Now its Jenson bossing the shots and Lewis leaving. Jenson needs to be careful as his loveable fun carefree image is revealing a dark side at present.
- Stewards are getting tougher and tougher. Schumacher received a reprimand for….wait for it… impeding Pedro de la Rosa. Big teams getting penalties or reprimands for impeding those at the back of the grid never used to happen in F1. Schumacher had a similar reprimand in Spain but this was for impeding Hamilton and of course Vettel was reprimanded for impeding Alonso during qualifying last week in Japan. Let’s hope this incremental tougher attitude of the stewards is maintained as long as the teams are dealt with even handedly. I still feel Grosjean’s ban following Spa was excessive.
- Just how many glossy English speaking F1 magazines can the market support? Another one landed in my world yesterday, GPInternational.co.uk. It had an app to download on my IPhone, but I couldn’t get it to work properly. Mmm. Pics looked good and an interesting article from Will Buxton about how F1 squabbling has caused them to miss the boat on a fantastic New York City Times Square epic event with all teams present. Yet when its £5 I won’t bother. Other mag’s I’m aware of F1Racing.co.uk (also £5 I think), then there’s Grand Prix+ from Joe Saward (an e-magazine he produces for a few hours after each race (subscription £30 pa for 22 editions) and the one I read is GPweek.com another e-magazine and is free of charge (oops just checked my free introductory period is over) 40 issues a year for £37. It was a pretty good read whilst I had it for free. Being a social media believer, I refuse to pay for these things, as I prefer more immediate and interactive information. I suppose the older F1 fans are used to it – wonder how long they’ll all last.
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