Daily #F1 News and Comment: Sunday 27th October 2013

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Adrian Newey: Red Bull Era – the end is nigh? (01:40)

Stats watch (01:54)

Pirelli scores first win in tyre testing debate (02:15)

Marko watch (02:30)

Fernando and the most useless record ever (03:15)

Sebastian Vettel – the most useless mechanic ever (03:30)


Adrian Newey: Red Bull Era – the end is nigh?

With Sebastian Vettel on the verge of packing up his fourth championship on the trot another monumental achievement almost goes unnoticed. With Williams (1992-1994, 1996-1997), McLaren (1998) and Red Bull (2010-2013) this years almost inevitable win of Red Bull in the constructors championship will be the 10th such title for a Newey designed car. And when Vettel closes the lid on the drivers championship it will be the 10th drivers title delivered in a Newey design, too.

Newey, already admitted to the Olymp of car designers, sees his time at Red Bull as his biggest achievement. In an Interview with The Guardian he said: “To get involved with Red Bull more or less from the start, and be involved with how we develop the team, gives me a paternal feeling. It’s been a great journey, taking the team from the ashes of Jaguar to where it is today, as the new kids on the block. We’ve managed to do something.”

But the Brit also knows that no dominance is destined to last forever. “The one thing you can definitely say is that history dictates that no one team retains dominance for a really long period. Even the Ferrari dominance lasted for five seasons. So statistics are starting to build against us.”

Stats watch

With yet another pole position for the lemonade mobiles, Renault extends its recently concquered lead over Ferrari as the engine manufacturer with the most pole positions. Renault were the ones, who brought in the first Turbo era in F1 in the late 70s. How will they fare next year? Will the Red Empire strike back or will they both be obliterated by the Dark Teutonic Force? Questions over Questions…

One ‘record’ that is almost inevitable to be broken in today’s race is Vettel’s distinction of being the only driver to ever had led an Indian Grandprix. While he cleaned the fridge in 2011 with the first Grand Chelem of his career and also lead each and every lap in 2012, the ultra short-lived option tyres and his own team mate starting from fourth on primes will mean that Webber almost inevitably will take the lead off the German’s hands early in the race. The only real question is whether or not Mark will muck up the start again, in which case it could be Alonso, who’s scoring his first lead laps in the Indian smog.

Pirelli scores first win in tyre testing debate

Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera recently threatened to pull the emergency brakes on Pirelli’s involvement in #F1 should the teams keep up their less than cooperative attitude towards additional tyre tests. While some were all too eager to acquiesce during the season, none of the teams were lining up for end-of-season tests, when they cannot gain anything from it for themselves.

McLaren has now announced that they will provide Pirelli with a 2011 MP4-26 for tyre testing in Italy in November. The only other top team that could do the same is Lotus as Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari have already used up their 1000km of tyre testing this year, so any additional help will have to come from them or any of the midfield teams.

Marko Watch

In an interview with German tabloid Bild the good doctor reveals his utterly skewed priorities. During his flight to India he didn’t quite notice that the vertically challenged Lady in the one of the other posh 1st class seats was none other than Hollywood diva Demi Moore. “I didn’t really recognize her – she’s so short. Suddenly there’s this Lady in beige underwear donning her pajamas.”

Unaware of who the cute dwarf in the other seat really is, he decided to close an eye and have a nap. But when Mrs. Moore ordered two cans of Red Bull for her journey to a meeting with the Dalai Lama, the Austrian couldn’t hold it any longer and approached her.

That’s cute doc. Demi Moore in her undies doesn’t do it for you, but two cans of fizzy drinks? Now there’s a man devoted to his employer. Thanks for the giggle, doc.

Fernando and the most useless record ever

You know a driver is desperate for something to take home after years of defeat, if he starts making up achievements that don’t exist. One of the more embarrassing sights in recent history is Fernando’s new helmet, sporting a big 1.571 announcing this as a new world record as it is 5 more than the former greatest of all times had scored.

Someone in the Alonso management should have done the maths before coming out with a bold statement like that. Until 1961 the winner scored 8 points, that’s the same as one gets these days for a lowly sixth place finish. Until 1991 the winner got 9 points and until the introduction of today’s Waldorff school system in 2010 the winner got a grand total of 10 points. You get that for a 5th place today.

Recalculating the points tables to today’s system reveals, that poor Fernando isn’t even second in that list. But don’t despair, little Samurai, you don’t even need to scratch out the big number. It’s pretty much the amount of points you have to score to catch Schumacher.


Motorsport Total did a recalculation of historic races to today’s points scheme

Pos. Driver Nat.Points
1Michael SchumacherGER3.890
2Alain ProstFRA2.483
3Fernando AlonsoSPA2.414
4Rubens BarrichelloBRA1.897
5Kimi RäikkönenFIN1.882
6Ayrton SennaBRA1.881
7David CoulthardGBR1.726
8Nelson Piquet sen.BRA1.684
9Jenson ButtonGBR1.683
10Sebastian VettelGER1.541
11Nigel MansellGBR1.509
12Lewis HamiltonGBR1.452
13Gerhard BergerAUT1.417
14Mika HäkkinenFIN1.382
15Andreas Nikolaus “Niki” LaudaAUT1.343

Sebastian Vettel – the most useless mechanic ever

After securing the pole position in India, Seb Vettel almost forgot to wag his infamous finger, because he was too busy grabbing a portable air blower from one of his mechanics to cool his breaks after he parked his steed in the parc fermé.

“Seb just likes to take care of his car,” a grinning Horner quipped in an interview with German broadcaster RTL. According to the RB chief that was neccessary, because Vettel had abandoned his second run and gone straight back into the pits and parc fermé. Without a cool down lap the breaks were prone to overheating.

There is one problem with the TLC for Seb’s car. “He blew the air at the break from the wrong direction,” Horner says.

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14 responses to “Daily #F1 News and Comment: Sunday 27th October 2013

  1. Is there a limit what kind of maintenance work the driver can do on his car at parc ferme? Can you train the drivers to change settings if they can do it quickly?

    • I don’t think it goes any further tan cooling the breaks. This measure can be explained as a safety precaution to avoid a fire, but changing anything physically on the car is verboten.

  2. In this era of social media relevancy, most agents in any field have to be attention whores and find stories to be constructed and communicated via twitter, and so on. To this extent, bloggers are not that different to F1 drivers if I may say so.

  3. Hope all you android phone users are on the F1LT app for live timing screens and driver tracker, plus its free. Your mad not to use it in this era of strategy with tyres etc, you can see who is going quick and who is tyre saving or in trouble with tyres, gives a great extra dimension to watching the race.
    Could be some good overtakes today with the mix of strategies, 5mins to formation lap.
    Can’t wait!

  4. To be fair with Fernando, i think he was one of the first people to say that it was a “hollow” achievement, and that he also pointed out that it was inaccurate considering that the points system now is very different. If hes sporting a celebratory helmet, i dont think it was his call. Fernando is a lot of things, but “desperate” is not one of them. Im sure any team principal (not fans) would like to have him in their team.

  5. What a great season from Vettel. He has really been the best driver. A totally deserved WDC without one simple relevant mistake.

  6. The burnouts were refreshing, I’m guessing the FIA will give them a fine just because they can (and it makes them some more money). FIA – F’in It All up.

    Interesting comparison noticed on BBC coverage – Lotus and Red Bull:

    Lotus with Chapman – 61 on the rise, after recent rule changes. Lost to an iconic dominant car – Shark-nose Ferrari. 62-65 dominance, 66 rule changes, 67 lost on reliability. 68 a consolation championship with second driver after main driver is lost.

    Red Bull with Newey – 09 on the rise, after recent rule changes. Lost to an iconic dominant car – Double Diffuser Brawn GP001. 10-13 dominance, 14 rule changes, lose next title on reliability? Vettel goes to Ferrari, then they win with a second driver (if RB keep up their max spending role in F1, maybe they’d sell up if Vettel leaves).

    Lotus did lose the 62 and 64 titles with reliability issues, whereas RB hung on and claimed 10 and 12. Both also had established drivers (Moss and Webber) who succumbed to a new team-mate after potential career ending accidents. Both some of the best (Moss definitely the best) to never win a title.

  7. I loved that story about Marko’s encounter with Demi Moore. He looks and acts more like Grandpa Simpson every race 🙂

  8. I would think that by actually being in F1, and as a supposed serious competitor, Fernando and his PR team would refer to the more relevant number of points per race using the modern system as the measuring stick. He would be down in 6th place with 11.33 points per race.

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