Daily #F1 News and Comment: Friday 30 August 2013

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Van Der Garde knows his circuits 12:41

Goodyear not currently interested in F1 12:41

Who is the best, Schumacher or Vettel 12:55

Lotus the social media kings at it again 13:15

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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:

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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?

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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.

VETTEL VS. SCHUMI
Driver Comparison Sebastian Vettel Michael Schumacher
GP starts 112 112
Comparison race Belgian GP 2013 GP Germany 1998
World title 3 2
GP wins 31 31
Pole positions 39 17
Fastest laps 19 31
Leadership kilometers 10,780 7,959
The finishes 91 78
Failures 21 34
Championship points (absolute) 1,251 500
Championship points (old system) 585 592
Podiums 54 62
Points Placements 83 76
Race kilometers 30,481 27,910
Season 7 8

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?

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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…

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16 responses to “Daily #F1 News and Comment: Friday 30 August 2013

    • Really good. I am starting to like Van Der Garde. He comes across as a really nice bloke.. Pic is a bit ‘humorless’ for my liking.

  1. Vettel better than Schumacher?

    N O !

    If one day Vettel is in an uncompetitive car and proves himself, then we can ask the question. Until that day arrives there’s no point even asking the question whether Vettel is better than Alonso, Hamilton or Kimi from the same era.

      • It did not 🙂 but then he was a 40odd year old. Also, took him a while to get the Ferrari to work, once he got the right people working on it.

      • I never liked and will never like Schumacher. But just like Alonso (whom I also don’t like) I recognise his driving skills and what he did at Ferrari prior to 99 was pretty impressive. That’s where I judge him in terms of skills in an uncompetitive car. Not in his Merc days.

    • … “He has the best package, and championships are usually won by the best,” Schumacher told Belgian television Vier.

      “Records are there to be beaten,” he smiled. “They motivated me when I was racing, and in the end I achieved it.

      “Believe me, if Sebastian was able to surpass what I did, I would be happy for him. In a short time he has won three titles, so why couldn’t he win seven?” added Schumacher.”…

      from the horse’s mouth 😉

  2. “in NASCAR the series provides them with a testbed to develop tyres for the series.”

    That’s not really true. NASCAR banned in season testing in 2009 at any NASCAR sanctioned track. Teams could test as much as they wanted at any non-sanctioned track but they could not use race tyres but “test tyres”. This year the ban was lifted and there are 4 test sessions at NASCAR sanctioned tracks. That’s more than F1 but there are 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup races a year. Effectively the race / test ratio is the same.

  3. I sense Charles Pic may be less comfortable speaking English than Giedo. It’s probably a safe bet that were Franck Montagny giving the track exam instead of Johnny Herbert, Pic would have been more engaged. In my opinion, of the four French nationals currently racing in F1 it is JEV who speaks English the best followed immediately by Grosjean, then Jules Bianchi, and Pic. Like Bianchi, JEV is reasonably handy in Italian. However, when it comes to multi-lingual skills no racer in the paddock holds a candle to Nico Rosberg!

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