Daily #F1 News and Comment: Thursday 4th July 2013

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Lotus ‘the device’ not impressive

Lotus have been developing a ‘passive DRS’ system since around the Belgium GP in 2012. The basic concept is that they have 2 apertures either side of the main airbox cooler above the drivers head which gather high-speed air and channel it to stall the rear wing on the straits and improve the top speed of the car.

In 2012 Mercedes had a system which delivered the same kind of rear wing stalling with their double DRS on the W03, however this operated in conjunction with the DRS deployment and these secondary DRS devices have been banned in 2012.

Ross Brawn stated at the launch of the W04 suggested Mercedes believed the development of a passive version of their DRS would produce marginal improvements in straight line speed and was non-committal on whether the team would be attempting to deliver such a solution. Lotus however pressed on.

TJ13 was informed following Lotus’ last test that ‘the device ‘ had been signed off to race at the British GP and this was proved to be correct. However, it was only Kimi whose had ‘the device’ whilst Roman ran the Lotus in its previous specification.

Yet the data coming out of the weekend would suggest that the passive DRS is not delivering much advantage. Kimi and Grosjean’s speed differential through the speed guns were minimal and did not give the consistent certainty that ‘the device’ was delivering much in the way of incremental top speed.

However, Silverstone was as windy as I ever remember it and this may affect the efficient operation of ‘the device’ which relies on the air flow reaching a certain speed and then a valve is opened to allow an alternative route for the airflow. The heavy gusts may have affected the operation of the sensors hence why no speed differential of consistent note was detected.

Alan Parmane comments, “Kimi ran with ‘the Device’ and Romain rain with the new slimline bodywork package. The gains from both were roughly on a par with each other, so once we’ve confirmed everything on the data, combining the two – which have been developed on parallel but separate development paths – could well be the way forward. That won’t be for Germany, where we’ve yet to determine which package we will use”.

In F1 as we know (front wing saga at Red Bull) the best driver gets the best aero options. So unless the slimline bodywork is a master stroke, then ‘the device’ may turn out to be something of a flop.

UPDATE: TJ13 is hearing that the assembly of Grosjeans car today appears to include ‘the device’ – DRD

Who will drive?

Though we’ll never know the reason, teams are beginning to make it clear what their priorities are for the YTD. TJ13 reported yesterday, Sauber will be using 2 days to develop the 2013 car with Frijns and today Ferrari reveal their hand.

Asked who would be running the car at Silverstone Massimo Rivola, sporting director,  replied “Obviously this test will be carried out with the actual race drivers. There would be no sense in trying something new with youngsters at the wheel, who do not have the necessary experience to provide the required feedback.”

To be fair to Ferrari, this is the position ‘the softly spoken equine one’ took following the IT decision on Mercedes punishment, so at least they’re being consistent and there is no need for a horses head to become detached from the rest of its parts.

Lotus’ too appear to be following the Ferrari line as Romain Grosjean tells Sport24, “Apparently, I could have a lot of work to do in the young drivers test. Nobody wants to see tyres blowing so I know everyone in the sport is working with Pirelli to fix it.”

TJ13 reported yesterday that Mercedes have not given up hope they will be allowed to participate in this test. Wolff makes it clear today if Pirelli opt for the additional extra 4th day the FIA have allowed that they expect to be allowed to run.

Toto appears to not quite understand what the FIA have specified for the test, he complains “Now we’re being punished more, because the other teams can use their proper drivers, but we accept it for the purposes of safety”. Maybe he doesn’t realise the F1 drivers testing will be restricted to unknown prototype tyres and cars running no new parts and without setup adjustments. Then again maybe he knows something about the proposed test which allows more freedom than Mercedes were given.

No matter, Wolff is though adamant, “But if there is a fourth test day, we will fight to have this day”.

UPDATE: TJ13 is hearing Pirelli will not opt for the 4th day extension at the Silverstone test.

Booing and mind games

There was something about ‘multi 21’ which clearly did Sebastian no favours and we have debated how he could have handled this differently to the nth degree. A straw poll of fans on the grid last Sunday following the trophy presentation was conducted by Martin Brundle. He asked them why they cheered when Vettel’s car broke and reports the replies were mostly about ‘multi 21’.

I’ve heard comment and seen articles since Sunday which have criticised the crowd for its “un-British” and “un-sporting” behaviour. Yet on reflection, I find this critical attitude problematic. Yes, the people around me cheered when Vettel’s car stopped and a I felt a rush of excitement but purely because the race had become a little stale and predictable – this was a game changer.

However, I didn’t sense from those around me any vicious or malicious intent – I guess I would describe it as more akin to amusement or at worst mockery.

I conducted my own ‘survey’ in the village after the race and was surprised at the responses I received. I tried to ask neutral questions about people’s attitude to Vettel and spoke to about 20 or so different people. I would suggest the responses revealed a grudging respect for Vettel and a realisation that he was the biggest threat to anyone else winning.

James Allen recalls how in Senna’s day, when he was driving for McLaren, he only had to appear in his overalls in Italy and the tifosi  – to a man  – would boo him. This of course was because Senna through his brilliance and dominance had become the arch nemesis of any hope of a Ferrari success.

The apparent dislike of Vettel has been suggested by others to represent a British held anti-German sentiment. Whilst this may be the case for a tiny minority of xenophobic and small-minded people, I don’t accept this argument. In tennis, Boris Becker came and dominated the Holy turf of the All England Club, and was not booed – he was and still is in fact much-loved.

However in both tennis  and cricket where sportsmanship is held in high regard, there are times when the dominant champion(s) makes a mistake and the crowd cheer wildly. They are not cheering the genius of the underdog, just being partisan towards the levelling of the competition. No one wants to see a men’s tennis game 6-0, 6-0, 6-0 or even an Ashes whitewash of 5 test wins to 0 – except maybe Ian Botham.

TJ13 reported Alonso’s latest little mind game yesterday, and when asked about such tactics Sebastian replied to the Bild reporter, “Of course I notice, but I won’t let myself be influenced by them. It is not decisive for the world championship whether somebody says something that I like or don’t like. Maybe they believe they gain an advantage, but these games are not for me — I don’t get a kick out of shooting back. I prefer to answer on the track.”

Vettel is the consummate professional and is not distracted by all this, yet you do get the feeling he is unlike Senna who genuinely courted controversy and didn’t care what people thought about him. Vettel may well want to be loved by everyone but some say you cannot be so dominant in sport and be universally liked.

This is clearly untrue. Staying with the tennis analogy Sampras and Federer crushed British hopes for years and indeed there have been many who utterly dominate a sport and are loved by the masses despite the lack of competitive sporting encounters.

Vettel appeared on the stage after the British GP to some 20,000 F1 fans where he made fun of himself and was clever and ironic. He began by telling the crowd how amazed he was by the sight before him and wished that something like this would be possible in Germany – inferring they don’t care as much.

Next he cursed and quickly thanked the audience for they’re forbearance of his language, informing them it was good he could ‘be himself here’ because in Germany they would not tolerate this behaviour.  He played the drums and was amusing and funny and compared to Di Resta, Chilton and a few others who had preceded him – he was the star of the show.

You may remember TJ13 was highly critical of Vettel’s handling of multi 21, yet I must say I was genuinely pleased to see him turn around the British crowd who had booed his entrance to the stage. It was not surprising to me that they warmly applauded him as he left.

More of this personality please Sebastian each week at the races. There’s no need to appear moody or partisan because Horner is the master at that. If Vettel can stay out of the ‘petty’ politics and we get more of Sebastian  post Silverstone – who in defeat must have been bitterly disappointed – besides being a great F1 driver he can be – if not loved – certainly liked and appreciated.

After all, its only motor racing.

Nurburgring Weather

It’s looking good so far, though it can be changeable.

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Nurburgring Stewards

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LARS ÖSTERLIND
FIA WORLD COUNCIL MEMBER; HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE SWEDISH AUTOMOBILE SPORT FEDERATION

Swede Lars Österlind is a highly experienced FIA steward who has officiated at more than 100 grands prix and a similar number of World Rally Championship rounds. A social sciences graduate and lifelong motor sport enthusiast, Österlind was President of the Swedish Rally Commission from 1978-1982, then President of the Swedish Automobile Sport Federation from 1982-1996. He became Honorary President in 1996 and has been a member of the FIA World Council since 1984. Outside motor sport Österlind has specialised in management, working as a consultant and pursuing his own business interests. He is also experienced in local government at city council level.

untitledRADOVAN NOVAK
SEC. GENERAL OF THE ACCR (AUTOCLUB OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC); WORLD MOTOR SPORT COUNCIL MEMBER

Radovan Novak has been actively involved in motorsport since 1963 and rose to become Secretary General of the ACCR in 1990.Since 1991 he has held the role of President of the FIA Central Europe Zone and over the past two decades he has acted as a steward and observer in WRC and ERC rallies, EC autocross and rallycross events and WTCC and GT races. He has been a Formula One steward since 1994. From 1994 to 2006, he was a member of the FIA Off-road Commission and was made a member of the World Motor Sport Council in 1998. In 2000 he became a member of the Sport Commission at the Ministry of Sport of the Czech Republic. An avid racer and co-driver, Novak has won a number of Czech rallying events.

untitledEMANUELE PIRRO
FORMER F1 DRIVER AND FIVE-TIME LE MANS WINNER

During a motor sport career spanning almost 40 years, Emanuele Pirro has achieved a huge amount of success, most notably in sportscar racing, with five Le Mans wins, victory at the Daytona 24 Hours and two wins at the Sebring 12 Hours. In addition, the Italian driver has won the German and Italian Touring Car championships (the latter twice) and has twice been American Le Mans Series Champion. Pirro, enjoyed a three-season F1 career from 1989 to 1991, firstly with Benetton and then for Scuderia Italia. His debut as an FIA Steward came at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and he has returned regularly since.

New nose for Mercedes

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Quite different from the one in Silverstone

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similar to the Ferrari

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Alesi doesn’t rate the F1 Nurburgring

Jean Alesi, who managed two 2nd places in F1 at the Nurburgring says, “The Nürburgring is legendary.” Yet the Frenchman is talking about the old Nordschleife and his opinion of the F1 track is less flattering.

“Personally, I never found the modern course particularly challenging, although it has changed significantly over the past few years. It is not a big challenge as the emphasis is on precision driving and not to make mistakes. Drivers that start from the front of the grid and drive a clean race, should easily get a good result. The track is usually quite friendly to the tyre, so the tyre wear and management is not a difficult task. Drivers here can go as aggressive as they want.”

With Mercedes recent 1 lap qualifying performance, Vettel’s hope of breaking his home GP duck may rely on him delivering a perfect qualy lap or the the points gap in the WDC may well be reduced further by Sunday night.

Maranello prefers the old ways

Just as Adrian Newey uses a draftsman’s easel and pencil to design his Red Bull cars, Ferrari too believe they can improve efficiency and solve Alonso’s poorly performing car by turning back the technological tide.

Maranello have released a statement today saying, “Ferrari’s employees as of today are to talk more with their colleagues. In order to intensify a more efficient and direct communication within the company, the decision was made to set more stringent limits on the number of e-mails being sent.

In particular, each Ferrari employee can send from now on the same e-mail to only three other in-house people. Apparently group emails are being sent with gay abandon, where the relevance to a number of the recipients is negligible and this is, “is one of the main reasons for wasted time and inefficiency in daily business. Ferrari has therefore decided to nip the problem in the bud by a very clear and simple instruction issued to its employees. Talk more with each other and write less.”

We’ve had a few debates here on the stereotypical traits of certain nationalities, but the idea of telling a bunch of Italians to talk more is highly amusing. (Splutter…cough…tears rolling down cheeks – ORDER IN COURT!  uncontrollable sniggering continues)

(Further amusement arose here from the initial translation TJ13 received which contained the English, “Ferrari has decided to pinch the problem in the butt” – as opposed to bud).

Interestingly, here is the official Ferrari English version (about an hour later than the Italian memo we received)

Ferrari’s employees will be talking to their colleagues more from today forward. To incentivise more efficient and direct communication within the company, the decision has been made to place much stricter limits on the number of emails being sent. Specifically, from now on, each Ferrari employee will only be able to send the same email to three people in-house. 

The injudicious sending of emails with dozens of recipients often on subjects with no relevance to most of the latter is one of the main causes of time wastage and inefficiency in the average working day in business. 

Ferrari has therefore decided to nip the problem in the bud by issuing a very clear and simple instruction to its employees: talk to each other more and write less.

Selected pit radio messeages you may have missed

Pit Radio: Hamilton to Bonnington (engineer) “My seat was very hot when I got inside. In future we need to keep my seat cool”.

Formation Lap: Bonnington to Hamilton “RS modes cancel. High gear, high speed. We need to be cooling the engine as much as we can. And we need to boost to 20 before turn 15 – we need to boost to 20 at some stage between now and turn 15. So you’re working your tyres, working your brakes, please. And make sure you learn all the gears. We’ll have two burn-outs out of seven – too late, sorry. So you need to remember to back the grid up, they’re stringing out quite a lot”.

Formation Lap: Bonnington to Hamilton “so get your brake balance for the first corner and we need three burn-outs please at the most, with three seconds between. And we’re going to stop on the grid for a bite point find, neutral, and RS modes. Brake balance for the first corner and get your steering straight. We cannot report on the last car, we have no TV feed, we cannot see much at all”.

On the grid: Bonnington to Hamilton “Last car is on the grid”.

Maybe this one was the culprit for Hamilton’s problems 🙂

Lap 3 Bonnington to Hamilton “Suggest tyre mode 11 for exit snap”.

We saw Newey with a note saying 2 Psi higher, well Massa was told this

Lap 18 (under safety car) Smedley to Massa: The issue with the tyres, we’ve had three tyre explosions in the race. They’ve asked to keep the pressures a bit higher. We had a free pit stop there so we did it, we put a new set on with higher pressures and it didn’t cost us anything.

So before Vergne’s tyre explosion, Ferrari put Massa’s first set of tyres on with higher pressures under Pirelli’s instruction.

Here’s one we don’t here often

Lap 20 Rocky to Vettel: “Sebastian, try to burn up some fuel please. Low gear, high revs, burn up the fuel”.

later in the lap again Rocky tells Vettel, “Keep on working on the fuel consumption, you can do better than this. Other cars are doing much better than you”.

Lap 22 (safety car in) Ross to Rosberg : “The pressures are building up nicely, still on the low side so just continue to be cautious”.

Lap 23 Ross to Rossberg : “Target eight at the end of this lap. Rear pressures still coming up nicely, just keep looking after it”.

Lap 26 Ross to Rosberg : “Remember to drink”.

Lap 27 Stella to Alonso : A part-Italian radio message to Alonso indicates his next pit stop will be in three or four laps. He eventually pits on lap 30. “Hard or medium?”

Lap 27 Alonso to Stella : “Hard”

Lap 36 Rocky to Vettel : “The tyre pressures on this set are very high all round, intentionally, to protect the punctures. This might affect the balance as well as rear temperatures, so be careful. 16 laps to go”.

Lap 42 Vettel to Rocky : “I lost drive, lost the gearbox”.

The following is all on lap 42 between Tony Ross and Rosberg – some before Vettel’s puncture and some after

NR – TR : “Vibration left rear”

TR – NR : “copy that we’re looking at it. Let us know if it’s getting worse Nico”

NR – TR : “getting worse”

TR – NR : “Safety car. Keep the delta time positive, just bring it down, you’re ok. The gap behind to Raikkonen is 13 seconds. He has to maintain that gap. So just drive to the safety car time and we’ll box this lap”.

TR – NR : “We’re going to box this lap, Nico we’re going to box this lap

Rosberg managed to come out ahead of Kimi even though he was only 13 seconds behind him. Why was this? Did Raikkonen drive underneath the safety car delta time? A good stop would lose track time of 14 seconds.

Converstaion on lap 43 between Kimi and Mark Slade

KR – MS : “I don’t know if we made the right choice not to pit”

MS – KR : “I don’t know Kimi, but its too late now so stick to the plan”

KR – MS : “I can overtake or not?”

MS – KR : “If the safety car is shjowing the green light you can overtake”

Looks as though neither driver nor team at Lotus considered making a stop and it was all discussed after the event.

Lap 45 Rennie to Webber : “When it does restart just need to pick these cars off one at a time. We should have five or six laps to pick these cars off”.

Lap 45 Rennie to Webber : “Obviously we’re on fresh [mediums], no need to look after the tyres. Do your best to get past all these cars”

Lap 45 Webber to Rennie : “Its going to happen mate”

Lap 48: Ross to Rosberg : Behind Rosberg, Webber has replaced Raikkonen in second place. “Yes, you need to push to keep him behind. There are four laps remaining at the end of this lap, he is on new option tyres”.

Victory Lap Button to Robson : “We either got unlucky there or we made the wrong cal in terms of being on old tyres at the restart”.

Victory Lap Slade to Kimi : “Fantastic drive, mate, sorry about the strategy potential cock-up”.

A Norbert Haug return?

The sacrificial lamb on the alter of Lauda’s accession to the throne of chairman for the Mercedes AMG F1 team hints to Bild he may return to F1.

However, he has no intention of returning to a life which entails, “150 days in the office and 150 days on the road” each year but he does say, “I can imagine supporting or helping or advising a small private team.”

Speaking about the current success of the Mercedes team Haug is clear in where he believes the credit should lie. “My successor Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda are doing a really good job, for sure,” but adds, “the car was made by Ross Brawn and his team of engineers since the middle of last year, as success in formula one has a long lead time. For the Silver Arrows it was three years; for Red Bull it was five.”

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40 responses to “Daily #F1 News and Comment: Thursday 4th July 2013

  1. ” … No matter, Wolff is though adamant, “But if there is a fourth test day, we will fight to have this day”. ”

    Wolff is adamant – well he should be. As any self respecting Judge will tell you, the Court’s penalty was a ban from the three day young driver test.

    The ban did not say Merc must not, could not, may not, or any other not, do any additional test days beyond the 3 day test.

    Day 4 is a Pirelli test at which the FIA have not placed restrictions on driver (any F1 licenced driver, young or old, current or not).t Merc have not been banned from such a test by the IT.

  2. Ashes is about to start in few days and i am hoping that aussie came out victorious this time.

    • I believe ‘Merv the Swerve’ will be arriving for the 2nd test. Always good to see the old dog.

      How much booing did he suffer when after an over he had to stand metres from the English crowd at 3rd man

  3. I was surprised on reading about the Stewards that Pirro had only done three seasons in F1. It seemed much more at the time, in an era where there were more drivers and they changed more often he seemed to be around longer than that.

    Interesting that Merc aren’t pushing more on the test – the purpose has been redefined so I’m sure a good lawyer could argue that the ban no longer stands.

    Vettel’s popularity – your mention people like Federer prompted the thought that the Brits quite often seem to follow talent as much as nationality, especially where it is matched with a good personality. Federer and Djokovic get lots of support because not only are they excellent players, they also have something else about them to make them likeable. That is probably why Nadal doesn’t have so many fans, his persona on and off he court isn’t as captivating.

    This is what Vettel can capitalise on, he seems a genuinely nice guy. Mind you, so did Schumi in the second part of his career – I don’t know if it was just the media presentation or if something did change, but he seemed a lot more personable than when he was winning race after race.

    Especially where there isn’t a Brit doing well there is a way to capture the british public and get them onside.

  4. How would the Italians translate “Apparently group emails are being sent with gay abandon”

    Perhaps ~
    “apparentemente email di gruppo sono stati inviati con abbandono gay” ?

  5. FOM only reveal little part of the radio content.

    I’m shock Thejudge13 didn’t know that.

    Kimi said he asked the team whether he could pit or not, team said “NO”.

    • Hi Chan, you’re right we don’t get it all – but we do get a big part of it.

      Alonso was given the choice – he made the decision

      It appears Kimi was not given the choice or it was not discussed. At best he asked their opinion and did not make a decision or the team made it for him.

      • On whatever feed I watched the race, I heard the message to Vettel to do better on his fuel consumption… But I recall the understanding at the time being that he was, as is usually the case, supposed to be saving fuel… So it’s interesting to hear he was supposed to be using more.

  6. Can anyone explain to me why any company would need to put out a press-release that is surely of no interest to anybody outside the company… 😉
    But I did love: ‘…pinch the problem in the butt.’ 🙂
    ———–
    As for all the twaddle from ‘ship-to-shore’… if you didn’t know, would anybody be able to link this apparent verbal nonsense with any form of motor-racing…?
    It reminded me of Bruce Forsyth’s phrase: ‘Now rearrange these into a well-known phrase or saying’… 😉 No wonder Kimi told them to shut up…!
    “Take a drink now”… Will the next instruction be: ‘Now do No.1’s;…? 🙂

    But Mark’s: “Its going to happen mate…!” should win the ‘tJ13’ Comment-of-the-Month award… 🙂

  7. Really excellent post today. I’m finding less and less reasons to visit other sites thanks to the quality and quantity you provide.

    Interesting, and very fair, analysis of Vettel. It takes a special person to be able to turn a crowd around like he did.

    I enjoyed reading your snapshots of the intercoms. I hope this will become a regular post-race feature. There’s a fair amount of speculation in there…!

    • Thank you

      I can only give a few snapshots of it due to time pressures, but if any TJ13 reader has access to the pit lane channel and has the time or inclination to provide a full transcript, Im sure we’d all appreciate it.

  8. Wow, do all drivers get that on the formation lap? I’m surprised Lewis could even remember which foot to press down after those instructions. Plus I understand Kimi’s “leave me alone” comment in a brand new way.

    And frankly, having grown up in a region with blistering summers and in an era of plastic seatcovers, totally sympathize with keeping the seat cool comment, LOL.

  9. Ferrari? Emails? Judge, have you been on the vino?
    Ron told me that “those pesky eyeties” still use a hammer and mace for their tablets.
    Kind of makes sense now why Luca signed up an ex Apple employee.
    Ron, and the majority of his cohorts in the British press still continue to peddle the myth that they can out-develop the foreign brigade. Many “unbiased” observers said at Mclaren’s launch that they would not have the same issues Ferrari did because they would have done their sums etc.

    As to Senna, I’m not sure I’d agree with him “courting” controversy. He certainly didn’t care what people thought about him, he had what would be termed supreme self-confidence. Maybe he courted controversy because of his actions rather than any preconception to it.

    As to the age old Tifosi hating him, I am Italian, and cut me down the middle and I’d read Ferrari. But as my name suggests, I loved his attitude, his astonishing skills and could even overlook the fact that he drove for the enemy.

    The problem with Senna was fundamentally a British media bias. It started in F3 in 1983 when he was competing against a local boy Brundle. I accept that the underdog will always have extra support, but when they had a coming together at Snetterton, Senna protested. Brundle observed, that they were never likely to punish the “local” boy.

    In 1984, a lot of the media was caught completely unaware by this individual. Monaco that year introduced him to the outside world. I saw him at Silverstone at the 1983 British GP support race and something about him made him worth following.

    I remember seeing F3 racing on Sunday Grandstand back then, for anybody who is not from these shores, or was too young, GP’s back in the day were a few laps shown live from the start, then a break to watch snooker, horse riding, badminton or cricket. They would come back about an hour later and show 3 or 4 more laps before heading off again, to return for the last 3 or 4. So seeing F3 on TV was unheard of.

    1984 also introduced us to his utter self belief and ruthlessness, I guess there was still a view that sports people were “nice’ people. When he left “poor little” Toleman for Lotus, the British media vilified him.
    This wasn’t helped by his correct actions when he stopped Lotus signing Warwick to the team for 1986. Many called him scared, something that was astonishing and put to bed when he signed for Mclaren.

    Prost, with his close friendship with Nigel Roebuck, always came across as a nice guy. Balestre was in full support of his campaigns and Senna was always cast as the villain.
    Suzuka 1990 has been written about to the point of death, but as I sat in front of the TV at 6am, I was wanting Senna – in a Mclaren! – to beat the whinging French prick.
    I fully understood why he didn’t back off. In a perverse way, his passion made him more human.

    I had been at Silverstone’s Club Corner when he retired in 1991. It has now become a famous image of Mansell picking him up on his sidepod. Yet for the last lap of the race, the abuse he got from the British crowd, whilst he stood there, would have put Millwall FC to shame.

    I used to race single seaters until 1994, but part of me died when I watched him crash at Imola.

    He was brilliant, he was dominant, he was compelling to listen to and watch, especially when it rained, and he walked his own path through life, irrespective of the people’s opinions.

    Last point, just to add to your dominating sports stars.
    Valentino Rossi, loved wherever he goes, the crowds reaction when he took the lead at Assen was incredible. MotoGP has a real problem when he leaves. He is also probably the only man who a Spanish crowd would favour over one of their own.
    Or snooker, Steve Davis or Steven Hendry, not universally popular, yet Ronnie O’Sullivan with skills beyond any other player keeps the crowd captivated.

    Thankyou Judge for allowing us a voice 🙂

    • That’s what TJ13 is all about, a place for fans to do F1 life together.

      Your anecdotes are fantastic and enrich us all.

    • Mille Grazie, Herowassenna, for such a wonderful post. One of my favorite things is getting to hear history like this first hand, and I’m delighted you were willing to share.

      And you are completely correct about the media narrative, despite their great protestations, narrative is what we humans crave and it’s what the media create to sell their advertisements, which is the business they are actually engaged in. Reality is messy and complicated and rarely fits journalistic deadlines, much easier too engage in stereotypes that confirm people’s biases, and take that check all the way to the bank.

    • Excellent comment, Herowasenna. The British media always have, and always will be cretins… indeed, you can pretty much strike ‘British’ from that statement and it still holds equally true.

    • Great post Herowassenna, it made me think about this short sentence of Alan Henry that captures Senna so well: ‘Talking to Senna involves shifting up a gear mentally’.

      • I can understand that. I don’t know who inspired Marianne Williamson with this quote, but I could imagine this said about Senna.

        “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

  10. Interesting engine cover detail on the FW35 as presented today in Germany (apart from the special 600th race livery), anyone an idea of what this ‘device’ is supposed to do or bring?

  11. It is a shame what happened Haug and perhaps nearly happened Brawn too. Would have been nice for all the old guard to be there to ripe the rewards of 3 very difficult years rather than people who just jumped ship at the right time.

    Booing doesn’t bother a class act like Vettel.

  12. I predict that Ferrari’s edict limiting employees to sending internal emails to only 3 recipients will lead to the untimely demise of the Ferrari 5-a-side football team.

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