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HRD’s opponent for new team spot (10:00)
Hungaroring needs financial aid (10:00)
Mark Watch: Impeccable timing (10:00)
Fat Hippo’s rant: More double points nonsense
Not only does it looks as if, sadly, the brain-dead idea of double points is about to stay, former F1 pilot Damon Hill has now added a whole new layer of pacepalm inducing weirdness to the debate by suggesting that in the first months of the season races should pay only half points. “How about we only award half points in the first six months?” the Englishman suggests in the Times Of India. “That would at least keep the title race interesting.”
“The race for the title will probably go down to the wire this year. It makes things more interesting. I’ve heard people say double points was a stupid idea, but why is it not a good idea? Everything’s artificial anyway. Everything that increases the chance of a different world champion is a good thing.”
*deep breath*3… 2… 1…
Damon, ol’ hack, are ye daft? Could it be that you’re suffering from a bad case of ‘beaten by Germans’ syndrome? Ok, unlike the toad from Suffolk and others, you’re at least honest about the fact that the whole point of the rule change is to prevent another Vettel championship, but you really didn’t think that half-point idea through did you? Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last two seasons, you should have noticed that with your idea RB would have won with an even bigger margin. Maybe senility is starting to take you to the night, but RB usually starts a little slow and picks up strength over the season. So in their ‘weak phase’ the others can earn only half points and once the points will be awarded in full or even double loads RB has out-developed the rest again.
DING! DING! DING! We have a winner!
HRD’s opponent for new team spot
Haas Racing Development, the proposed team from the United States of Americaland has an opponent in the race for the new team spot. According to information of Motorsport Total, a Romanian consortium has officially applied for the slot, too. I’m pretty sure the short stuff would like to sign them up immediately as the consortium is said to have money in abundance, but the technical capabilities play an important role in FIA’s decision, too and the vertically challenged toad is on naughty watch anyway.
Enter stage left: Colin Kolles. The German, born as Călin Colesnic in Timişoara, Romania, is no stranger to F1 and has the technical infrastructure to build an F1 car with his company Kodewa. Kolles, however, is not part of the consortium. His role would be that of a supplier, similar to Red Bull Technology, who build the cars for Red Bull Racing.
Hungaroring needs financial aid
The Hungaroring in Mogyoród near Budapest has applied for financial help from the government to carry out much needed modernisation work. The cost are believed to be about 1 billion Forint (3,3 million euro). Even though the track posted modest profits (100 million Forint), it does not have the money that needs to be invested to carry out the work that was part of FIA’s demands when the Ring’s F1 contract was extended until 2021.
Among the necessary measures are new asphalt, a better fencing for the start-finish straight. The media center needs new air conditioning and more modern TV screens.
Mark Watch: Impeccable timing
For once Mark Webber has unlocked the ‘right place, right time’ achievement. When he took to the track in his new Le Mans car at Portimao just days after his final F1 race, what looked like a routine test was actually a major break-through for Porsche. Up until then they had suffered major problems with their V4 turbo unit. The powertrain developed heavy vibrations, which led to failures, accident and a burning car on the Lausitzring. Extensive modifications to the innards of the engine finally rectified the problem, just in time for Mark’s first drive in it.
Major changes on Webber’s new steed are expected in terms of aerodynamic development. So far Porsche mainly used Dallara’s wind-tunnel to optimize aerodynamic efficiency, but according to the team from Weissach, they will continue the work in a ‘commercial wind-tunnel in Great Britain’, which is believed to be the one of the University of Southampton, which is also frequently used by Red Bull Technology.
Despite their initial engine troubles, Porsche look well prepared. Since the early roll-out in summer they’ve run many a mile of tests, like Audi, but unlike Toyota, who still have to test their challenger at all.