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Previously on The Judge 13:
OTD Lite: 1999 – When is a centimetre not a centimetre…
The punchline, of course is… when it is measured with the Italian metric system.
It’s astonishing to think that Ferrari had any type of defence when it came to its cars being disqualified after the 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix that was run on this day. Ross Brawn stood in front of the world’s media and explained why the stewards had found the winning cars barge boards guilty of an infringement.
By 1cm – to all intents and purposes a fairly sizeable amount when it comes to F1 tolerances. Against this dimension clanger, every piece of an F1 car is machined to tolerances that measure in the 1,000ths of an inch. Most casual followers of the sport would be astounded to know that an F1 engine is seized when it is cold. The units dimensions so fine that it requires hot water and oil to expand the chambers to start.
Yet even after admitting their blunder, Ferrari took their expensive lawyers to Paris and had the ruling overturned because it was proven that the FIA stewards had measured it incorrectly…
Drivers want better wet tyre after Bianchi crash
Top F1 drivers are calling on the sport’s sole tyre supplier to improve its wet-weather product. The now critically injured Jules Bianchi lost control of his Marussia in worsening rain conditions at Suzuka recently when raining on worn ‘intermediate’ tyres.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton said drivers often prefer to run on that tyre when it is wet, because the ‘full wet’ Pirelli is so much slower. “It is no secret that they are not the greatest wet tyres that I have known,” said the Mercedes driver. “The slick will always be improved, but I guess not so much focus gets put on the wet,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail. “You want a tyre that clears the water and does not force us to go to the intermediate when it is so much quicker, and when it is probably not safe enough to do so,” Hamilton added.
Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel admits the drivers’ concerns have been passed on to Pirelli.
“It’s definitely something we’ve passed on already, not just after Japan,” he said, reportedly having raised the issue in the pre-race briefing last week in Russia.
“As soon as you’ve got rid of most of the water (with the full wet tyre), you try to put the intermediate on, taking a lot of risk into account, just because it’s the quicker tyre,” the Red Bull driver added. “That’s something we need to work on,” said Vettel.
TJ13 comment: This is dangerous ground that F1 is treading in. In their desire to find a cause of blame, the whole circus is attributing different factors… Now it is the turn of the tyre manufacturer. Of course the intermediate is the quicker tyre, it works when there is less water on track. The extreme wet is only used when conditions aren’t bad enough that they would need a safety car. It was the same in Bridgestones era.
Let’s not forget, when the safety car came out, Vettel and Button changed tyres, one chose intermediates , the other wets…
Coulthard & Villeneuve: Vettel wrecked Alonso’s plans
For years Fernando Alonso had to watch his main rival snatch titles that the Asturian considered his rightful inheritance. And the Spaniard wasn’t shy to tell everyone who listened (or could be forced to listen) that the man who beat him was in fact not one to see eye to eye with his magnificence.
Even a man of Fernando’s arrogance knows that an office temp with a bad temper doesn’t win four titles in a row, so the smack talk had one major reason – he wanted to unsettle his opponent. Oh the irony. It looks like said opponent managed to do just that by announcing his exit towards the Scuderia. He has yet to say so, but everybody with half a brain knows that Vettel is wearing red next year or is out of F1 for good.
It looks as if Fernando has been outmaneuvered,¨ former Red Bull chauffeur David Coulthard theorizes. ¨He had himself released from a contract with nowhere to go. That will have an impact on his negotiations no matter how much McLaren want him to join them.¨ The rationale behind it is clear. Honda will now tell Alonso how much he’s going to earn, because for lack of alternatives, he’s out of F1 if he doesn’t accept.
Perrenial motor-mouth Jacques Villeneuve has no doubts in Fernando’s skills: ¨He has shown for years that the car was not quite as good as the driver. I think he even won in terms of image. But Vettel’s announcement torpedoed his plans.¨
For Vettel however, the Canadian predicts a good future. ¨He can start anew without pressure. He already has four titles and still quite some time. He could succeed. It remains to be seen if Ferrari can build him a good car.¨
Something only Kimi gets away with
If you thought “Leave me alone, I know what I’m doing” was epic, you never witnessed what happened when Kimi tried his hand at NASCAR racing. When Ferrari paid him a truck load of money to make way for a Samurai, Kimi buggered off and tried his hand at crashing cars into trees – otherwise known as Rallying.
Beside that he also tried our America’s premier motorized ox-cart series – NASCAR. Nascar basically is a series for Silhouette cars powered by engines that went out of style when the Romans abandoned Hadrian’s wall. Since these cars are averse to corners, they are mainly driven on ovals.
So Kimi tried his hand at it and after a podium in one of the junior series, he started in the Nationwide Series – Nascar’s GP2. But it was not to be. Having qualified a rather anonymous 22nd, he was lying 14th halfway into the race when his car decided to have a sh*t setup from now on and wouldn’t turn in anymore. As a result Kimi repainted the walls and lost several laps, at which point he decided to swear like a lumberjack and called the team all kinds of names.
Listen to this half hour of Kimi pit radio epiciness:
btw: If you think F1 drivers are coached via radio – Listen to Kimi being nannied by his spotter and growing sick of it… And trust me, you never heard Kimi talk this much…
For those, who don’t want to listen to the whole thing – here’s the best of Kimi:
“I don’t understand how this car can be so hot. My ass is even burning in here!”
“Why you shouting on the f*@*&%g radio?”
“I am out of the drink again. It’s so small. Mark has to make sure it’s completely full, because it is too small.”
“We’re so f*****g shit, it’s unbelievable.”
“Did you see how f_____g bad it is? I cannot even turn the car into the corner. ..And remember, I need water.”
“I need my drinking water. Hey!! Give me my drinking water!!!”
“You just have to do what you have to do to get fast laps.”
“The car is just so f^^^^^^g bad (mumble mumble).”
“The car is shit because I cannot get it turned! It is so frustrating! I cannot get the f!!!!!!g car turned!”
“Don’t talk about other things on the radio”