A Daily Round up of Formula One news, inside whispers, opinion and comment. Today,
A Lesson in making sense
In 2014 the ITR (Germany), GTA (Japan), and IMSA had a meeting and – note to Strategy Group – they came back with a complete concept of aligning their rules to a joint technical regulation for ITR’s DTM, GTA’s Super GT and the yet to create American series currently codenamed “DTM USA”.
DTM and the Japanese Super GT currently have three major manufacturers each, which means after aligning the rules, each series has six potential entrants and will also host joint races. The first race to feature both DTM and SuperGT cars is scheduled for the 2017 season in Japan.
On Monday, there was another meeting of the touring cars ‘Strategy Group’. And guess what, they came back with a result yet again. Namely they defined the final engine specification – two litre turbos with 600 horses – and the final to-do list for the aerodynamic regulations. Of course F1 has nobody to align its rules with, it is supposed to be unique, but the case of the three governing bodies shows that committees can work, if they have the right people in them. A vote on Christmas can yield a quick and sensible result, if you keep the turkeys out of it.
Fourth heavy shunt in Indianapolis
Two years ago the Indycar powers that be decided that the series must move away from its near spec series image. To facilitate that, both engine suppliers Chevrolet and Honda are allowed to supply their customers with aerokits for the Dallara DW12 base chassis, which can then be further developed by the teams themselves.
The result is a disaster. To paraphrase the great philosopher Jeremias Clarksonius: If you want to have a picnic, you want the Germans to make the hamper, so the handles don’t fall off, and you want the Italians to prepare the food. But in the case of Indy areo kits the Germans have done ze food.
After three heavy accidents involving Chevrolet cars getting airborne, the legendary oval has now claimed the first Honda powered victim – Canadian James Hinchcliffe. He will miss the race and his car, qualified in 24th position will be driven by Australian Ryan Briscoe. Hinchcliffe has suffered leg injuries and has already undergone surgery.
Don’t talk to me when we’ve messed up a race
Jos ‘the Boss’ Verstappen is present at all races and the Dutchman learned a valuable lesson last week. The two Toro Rosso drivers had qualified fifth and sixth, but went backwards in the race, finishing 9th and 11th. Shortly after the race, the cameras caught team principal Franz Tost and young Max’s dad in a heated debate.
“It wasn’t an argument,” Tost tells Formulaspy.com. “I was upset about the race result because I expected more. If I expect more, and we don’t get the result, I’m not the person you should talk to after the race. I was simply not in a good mood.”
A lesson that Jos will surely have learned. On the other hand the man has some experience with ‘heated arguments’.
Five place grid penalty for Romain Grosjean
During the Spanish Grand Prix Romain Grosjean was told several time to skip fourth gear lest he detonates his Mercedes engine. He made it home. After the race Alan Permane was adamant that the defect is superficial and can be repaired in time for the Monaco GP. He was wrong. The team has to change the gearbox and he will have to accept a five place grid penalty, which is especially crippling in Monaco.
Monaco Bits and Pieces
- For the second time this year the driver steward will be someone, who never drove an F1 race. This weekend the role will be served by nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen of Denmark.
- Unlike during normal race weekends, there will be no activity on Friday. The first and second free practices will be run today.
- Nico Rosberg could become the fourth driver to win Monaco three times in a row, while Lewis will seek to prevent that. Graham Hill and Alain Prost both won the race three times in a row. Senna did so five times between 1989 and 1993
- The Monaco GP is the only race on the calendar that is shorter than 300 kilometres.
- Six of the current drivers on the grid are previous Monaco winners: Räikkönen, Button, Alonso, Vettel, Hamilton and Rosberg.
- The first F1 race in Monaco in Monaco was won by Juan Manuel Fangio in an Alfa-Romeo on Pirelli tyres. With Pirelli, Englebert, Dunlop, Goodyear, Firestone, Michelin and Bridgestone seven different tyre brands have a Monaco win to their name.
Make your voice heard
We as the fans of Formula One frequently complain that nobody listens to our views. Well, ironically, there are to be two global surveys of F1 fans opinions on all matters F1.
The first to be published is by Haymarket Publications who own autosport.com, and the link is here.
Yes, we all have our qualms with Autosport.com, but TJ13 highly recommends that true fans of F1 complete this survey.
We all know how these things can be manipulated to suit various agendas, but to abdicate from the process is to capitulate to the fait accompli with which we are already faced.
Nothing ventured – nothing gained.
Even the sheer number of responses may inch the F1 establishment towards considering how the fans of F1 think.
The GPDA will be presenting their own fan survey on Friday, which we should also complete.
Buses come in threes – and it never rains unless it pours…
Click here to complete the survey