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TJ13 Karting Event
Hello everyone, Spanners here. (I’m from the podcast). As you may know I’ve organised a karting event for The Judge 13 @ RYE HOUSE KART RACEWAY at 2pm on March the 28th. There are still places free so please call and book your place today.
Everyone is welcome to come and join us on track for a 60 minute session. That’s 15 minutes qualifying and then grid straight up for 40 minutes of 65mph karting action for the discount price of £68 (Normally £89). You’re competing for the Judge’s Gavel.
I will be there along with John, Craig, The Grumpy Jackal, Hippo and some TJ13 readers and listeners. Come along and share an afternoon racing with some fellow F1 fans. Share a pint afterwards as well. Rye House is near Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. (North of that there London)
Call RYE HOUSE on 01992 460 895
Quote the ref; TJ13 2pm march 28th.
If you have any questions then please comment here or ask me on twitter @spannersready.
You could even ask me in the chatroom of the livestream where we record the podcast at 8pm on Wednesdays. https://www.ustream.tv/channel/13337992
Force India: No Wehrlein – no testing
Force India have confirmed that the decision to run Pascal Wehrlein in the first Barcelone period of winter testing was not a mere act of friendship, but a business decision.
The German, who in the absence of Max Chilton takes the role of dedicated “good lookin’ F1 driver guy” and (if you squint your eyes a bit) resembles ever so slightly our very own SpannersReady before his hair started going AWOL, was slated to run for two days in the VJM07 in exchange for Mercedes paying the bills.
“Mercedes wanted him to have some time in the car and it suited us in terms of being able to run the car,” Robert Fernley explains to Autosport, implying that this was the condition for some financial help from their PU supplier. Having learned from previous, less successful PR campaign, he adds the prerequisite pleasantries.
“It was a pleasure for us to do it. It was obviously financially worthwhile and also allowed us to get Nico and Sergio back up to speed before the third test – so it was win-win.”
While it is good to see that Mercedes help out their customers the cynical faction (internally codenamed ‘The Hippo’ among TJ13 staff) cannot help but think that Merc takes advantage of FI’s financial problems and makes them their subservient pawns.
With testing so highly restricted these days – it was a free pass for Mercedes to get on of their young drivers behind the wheel of a Formula One car – well not free, at a cost of around £250,000.
Fat Hippo’s Rant Lite: When Silence Is Golden
Hippo Rant Lite articles are comments made by the author and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the TJ13 staff as a whole
Dear Mr. Dennis,
I take it, it is not too hazardous a stretch of the imagination that you have grown fairly displeased with the amount of disagreeable media coverage about recent events that involve your McLaren F1 outfit. While I may sympathize with your dismay about this seemingly outrageous injustice, I feel compelled to point out that, with all due respect of course, it appears that nobody else but yourself is to blame for this promotional misadventure.
When your most revered Iberian employee Fernando Alonso suffered what looked to be a most bizarre automotive accident and medical personal rushed to the scene in what looked to be more than the usual urgency in such cases, the audience was of course worried about the fate of your most prominent member of the work force. This sensation of concern was amplified when he was airlifted to the hospital, usually considered a measure of highest urgency.
I wish not to deceive you. Therefore I admit that I found your explanation for the calamity thoroughly lacking in both detail and credibility. I take it that there are reasons for you to keep the true nature of the accident to yourself, but may I humbly suggest that you do not improvidently underestimate the intellect of the public in such case?
The presented theory of wind influence is unfortunately debunked by the mere application of simple logic. Had gusts been prevalent that are strong enough to send a 600kg car in the opposite direction to which the centrifugal forces were pulling it – and subsequently into a violent accident, the climatic conditions would have exceeded the medical helicopter’s flight envelope. Therefore, according to the regulations, all on-track activity would have been stopped at this point. It is therefore extremely difficult to consider your explanation a statement of truth.
May I also point out, that the inconsistency in your statements hint at the fact that there is an unfortunate lack of coordination among your employees as to which tale of male bovine excrement to present to the public? On the day after the accident you disclosed that the honourable Mr. Alonso Diaz had been retained in the medical facility for precautionary reasons because of a concussion, the existence of which you ferociously denied only days later during a press conference. Yet yesterday it was disclosed that your employee was advised not to return to work yet, because of a concussion.
As you will hopefully agree, this contradiction of fact would be obvious to even the most unsuccessfully educated members of the public. I would therefore wish to remind you of a saying by the ancient Roman philosopher Hippopotamus Decitonnus:
Tell us the truth Ron, or shut the fuck up!
Sincerely, the weight-disadvantaged Hippo.
A memo from Mr E
The Usher found a little Gem posted on Twitter from @varnnesports this morning. It appears the antithesis of modern metro sent Caterham a little reminder on who he thinks a grid pass should be given out to.
The Ultimate F1 circuit
As a promotional activity, Scalextric has built one of its biggest ever tracks, the Ultimate F1 2015 Circuit, designed b Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle.
“The team challenged me to design my dream circuit using sections from the 20 F1 races in 2015,” Brundle reveals. “I immediately wanted a figure of ‘8’ like our beloved Suzuka, and could only dream of driving a series of corners such as scaling the mountain up to turn one in Austin before falling through the ‘Senna S’ of Brazil and towards Silverstone’s fearsome Copse corner. And that’s just a small section. Now amazingly, we’ve built a model and so I will revert to my childhood for many laps. It’s going to get competitive.”
Brundle includes the Ascari Chicane from Monza, Monaco and the Casino Square, the infamous Canadian ‘Wall of Champions’, Silverstone Copse along with the Abu Dhabi circuit Marina Complex
The track also includes miniature sized landmarks from the F1 calendar, such as the Monaco swimming pool, the Singapore Flyer, the Silverstone wing and more.
Scalextric will be selling this in the near future for around £1,000 along with other iconic F1 circuits.
Come to think about it – it seems strange Scalextric haven’t better tapped into F1 previously.
Which circuit would you like to have in Scalextric form?
Pirelli tyre choice for first four races
Pirelli have chosen the same compounds as in 2014 for the first for races of the season. Soft and Medium for Australia, China and Bahrain and medium/hard for Malaysia where higher temperatures and an abrasive track require firmer rubber.
Pirelli say they have developed a stronger construction to ensure the rear tyres are less of a limiting factor this season, though they admit as yet the supersoft tyre is a bit of an unknown quantity.