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Van Der Garde knows his circuits
Starting today’s news some light hearted competition between Caterham’s Charles Pic and Giedo Van Der Garde. And the winner is:
Goodyear not currently interested in F1
With all the tyre talk of Michelin potentially returning to Formula 1 it is inevitable that other tyre companies will give their opinion as well.
Goodyear, the most successful tyre company ever to take part in F1 (taking part in the Formula 1 World Championship between 1959 and 1998 with 494 starts 368 victories – in 113 races, they were sole supplier) has ruled out coming back to Formula 1 in the near future as they are happy with their exposure in NASCAR. SpeedWeek reports company spokesman Ed Markey said, “A Formula 1 comeback is not the currently on the cards. However, we regularly weigh all options as to make the best decisions in the interest of our company“.
Their main objection with current Formula 1 regulations are that tyres are specified for the series whereas in NASCAR the series provides them with a testbed to develop tyres for the series. Goodyear tested a particular tyre with two different compounds on to help the tyres deal with the high forces they are subjected to when cornering on banked ovals.
Goodyear has a valid point. With the restrictions on testing in Formula 1 it limits the amount of development a tyre manufacturer can do. Companies have to take existing or theoretical knowledge and produce a tyre they think could work.
This leaves us with a question, if all developments in Formula 1 needs to be relevant to the road , should tyres follow the same principle i.e. durable, long lasting tyres? And if tyre manufacturers want to use Formula 1 for R&D, will the 8 testing days from next year on be sufficient or do we need to introduce team testing days and tyre testing days?
Who is the best, Schumacher or Vettel
Both are German, both race with German precision and both are multiple world champions. With Vettel called min Schumacher AMuS has done a comparison between the two based on 112 races.
|Driver Comparison||Sebastian Vettel||Michael Schumacher|
|Comparison race||Belgian GP 2013||GP Germany 1998|
|Championship points (absolute)||1,251||500|
|Championship points (old system)||585||592|
Is this misleading though? Schumacher came into Formula 1 in an era where cars were not as bulletproof as they are today and there were also less races per season. However, it could be argued that Vettel has tougher competition than Schumacher did during his reign but has a superior car to deal with them.
Over to the Jury, is Vettel better than Schumacher… if such a comparison can be made?
Lotus the social media kings at it again
Lotus Formula 1 planned to introduce a new longer wheelbase car at Spa however they put that off until Monza in a week’s time. This is a major update and the team is putting a lot of hope that this revised car will be able to deliver the required change to give them a front running package and Raikkonen a car he can challenge for the championship.
Yesterday Lotus released the first images of the new car with a follow-up today.. For those followers not on twitter, enjoy 🙂
With the longer wheelbase they had a slight problem… leg length…