Matt’s Presser Notebook: Drivers’ Edition, Barcelona

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Drivers Presser Grand Prix of Barcelona

8 responses to “Matt’s Presser Notebook: Drivers’ Edition, Barcelona

  1. Can you enlighten us again as to what one Has to do to get accredited?

    I look forward to the day when a certain corpulent mammal asks some questions in a FIA conference..

    • 3.2
      To be eligible for consideration for Internet Accreditation an applicant must register
      online and comply with or fulfill (as the case may be) the following Accreditation Criteria:
      The FIA will not grant Internet Accreditation to websites who are associated with media
      organisations that have applied and been granted any other form of media
      Such websites should use the accreditation obtained through their
      associated media organisations.
      The applicant must be a professionally run website dedicated to reporting on the
      Championship and its events or a professionally run general news or sports website with
      a dedicated Championship section. In each case all and any coverage of the
      Championship must be free of charge to the public.
      The applicant must submit audited traffic figures for the last three years (expressed as unique IP addresses per year) together with a geographical breakdown of users (i) for the website or (ii)in case the website is not a website dedicated to the Championship,
      for the Championship section of the website.
      Traffic figures must be confirmed by an Internet auditor of industry repute acceptable to
      the FIA.
      The applicant must submit satisfactory evidence of publication on the website of news coverage of each Championship event in the previous three Championship seasons, together with the dates of publication, correctly bye-lined.
      Blogs will not qualify.
      For an application for a Permanent Accreditation the representative journalist of the website must have attended and reported on at least 12 events during the previous
      Championship season.

      Please note that only coverage of Championship events will qualify for consideration.
      General feature articles that are non-event specific will not qualify.
      The applicant must undertake to publish for each round of the Championship in the
      season in which Accreditation is sought as follows: least one news story (of 250 words or more) on each of the Thursday, Friday, Saturday, race day and Monday;
      ii. at least one feature article (500 words or more) for each event.
      The representative journalist must be (i) a full time professional journalist
      with a national press card (or equivalent) and (ii) must be employed or engaged by the website as a journalist, wholly or primarily for the coverage of the Championship.

      The website must maintain a clear “contacts” section with a link from the website
      homepage and which must contain full contact details for the website including a full
      postal address (PO Boxes not accepted), telephone and fax numbers, email address;
      and (ii) all contributing journalists must be named either on their articles or elsewhere on
      the website, photographs must be accompanied by a photographer’s credit and all
      sources must be credited in accordance with editorial best practice.

      The website must have a suitable written Privacy Policy, a Right to Reply/Complaints
      Policy and otherwise comply with all laws, regulations, guidelines and good practice
      relating to the operation of a website.
      The applicant must respect others’ intellectual property rights of the FIA,the Formula One Group and third parties.
      This shall include the strict prohibition on the taking of any moving picture images, sound recordings, use of trade marks, title or logos or the
      transmission of certain kinds of results as further set out in the Accreditation Agreement.
      If any pass holder is found producing moving images of any kind of the Event (or any
      part thereof), their accreditation will be withdrawn and the pass holder will be not be
      admitted to any major FIA championships for the foreseeable future.
      Commercial photographers must send their accreditation application directly to the commercial rights holder as set out in paragraph 1 above.
      The FIA will allocate Internet Accreditation taking into account the above criteria in order
      to ensure that Championship coverage on the Internet is carried out responsibly and that
      coverage is as widespread as possible. Please note that due to the limited space
      available for media at the Championship events, compliance with the above cannot
      guarantee Internet Accreditation.

  2. Re the engine limit, something I was wondering, if someone set out to design an engine that would only last one race, knowing they would be getting penalties by round 5, could that engine be better by enough than a 5-race engine to overcome the deficit?

    In other words, is the penalty enough to stop someone try to circumvent the rule?

    Not that Renault or Honda are anywhere near that level but a thought for later in the season maybe?

    • Good question!

      I’m not an expert but from what I’ve read the answer would be no.

      The advantage in performance would be slight enough that it would be difficult to overcome the grid penalties.

      More importantly, the reason for the 4 engines per season rule is the cost would be astronomical, and the ROI too low.

  3. Matt – Good job!

    I liked the MP4/4 discussion. I saw something on twitter that distorted what had been said here, so was confused.

    One thing that is interesting is that Alonso didn’t do much homework prior to driving the MP4/4. It shouldn’t be too surprising for that an old 1.5L turbo racing engine has a peaky torque curve. The torque curve of the Honda RA168E is just over 295 ft lb between 8k and 12k.

    So while the car is lighter, there is not much torque, and underneath 8k rpm, one is just waiting, waiting, waiting to reach 8k where the grunt begins. Hence Alonso’s funny moment on cold tires rolling out of pit lane in that beautiful car!

    • Thanks, VM, must say I was surprised about him being surprised too, till I realised he wasn’t sitting around listening to Brundle, Hobbes et al nattering on about the good old days, which is where I had repeatedly heard it. Tho I think our historian may have mentioned it once or twice as well in his OTD lites.

  4. I love Alonso’s response to”…those critics who say that ‘come on, these cars nowadays are not really hard to drive on the limit’”:

    After making his point that racing cars drive similarly to each other across different eras, Alonso says, “To all the people at home that maybe see that the cars are too easy now… I invite them to come to a go-kart race with us and they will be scared when we drive a go-kart at the limit, even a go-kart that seems a simplest thing in the world but every motor sport machine that you drive at the limit is extremely complex.”

    It reminds of Senna’s thoughts on kart racing, “…it was pure driving, pure racing. There wasn’t any politics… No money involved either so it was real racing and I have that as a very good memory.”

    • Yes, even the simplest of things has great complexity if one chooses to look closely enough. I like his karting invitation, perhaps we’ll invite him to the next TJ13 event, LOL! But his comments about the leaps and bounds of camera tech is very astute, we are easily fooled by what we see broadcast, more so than any other medium.

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