On this day lite
On this day at the Monaco GP, Ayrton Senna demonstrated to the world what an emerging talent he was.
Nigel Mansell took the lead of the race before he crashed out five laps after passing Alain Prost. Second place Niki Lauda then also lost control of his car and crashed which left Senna clear to chase down Prost.
The rain was torrential and Prost was continually gesticulating to the race director Jacky Ickx to stop the event. Yet Senna in his Toleman was relentless, cutting the gap by seconds each lap as his car slid across the road.
Then out of the blue another competitor was in with a shout for the lead, Stefan Bellof. He was now closing quickly on Senna.
Ickx eventually relented much to the fury of Senna and Bellof and brought out the red flag.
Bellof was considered to be as good as Senna, and a future F1 world champion in the making.
The following year at the Spa Francorchamps 1000km, the German was racing Jacky Ickx in his Prosche. They were side by side coming out of La Source and Beloff moved to the left through the kink that is Eua Rouge, hoping to sweep around the outside of the right hander at the top of the hill.
Stefan’s right arm touched Ickx rear left wheel and both cars spun off into the barriers. It took 10 minutes to extract Bellof from the smoking wreckage and he was pronounced dead at the circuit medical centre from massive internal injuries.
Who earns what?
The annual “GP business book” is out. This French publication claims to have all kinds of inside information on who gets paid what and how much people are spending along with a host of other financial matters.
The numbers are not meant to include the income the drivers receive from sponsors, this is the deals they strike directly with the teams.
The following table from the “Business Book GP” claims to reveal the earnings of the F1 drivers. Vettel’s ‘salary’ does not include his golden handshake for joining Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton’s was prior to his new contract.
Hamilton is expected to be earning a similar amount to Alonso.
1. Fernando Alonso (E), EUR 35 million
2 Sebastian Vettel (D), 28 million
3 Lewis Hamilton (GB), 25 million
4 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN), 18 million
5 Nico Rosberg (D), 13.5 million
6 Jenson Button (GB), 10 million
7 Felipe Massa (BR), Nico Hulkenberg (D), Sergio Pérez (MEX), Romain Grosjean (F) and Pastor Maldonado (YV), each 4 million
12th Valtteri Bottas (FIN) 2 million
13 Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), 1,5 Mio
14th Daniil Kvyat (RU), 750,000
15th Max Verstappen (NL) and Carlos Sainz (E), per 250,000
17th Felipe Nasr (BR) and Marcus Ericsson (S), per 200,000
19th Will Stevens (GB), 150,000
20th Roberto Merhi (E), 50,000
No nonsense stewarding set for Canada
Ex-Austraian world champion F1 driver, Alan Jones, will be the driver steward in Canada. Jones is well known for his no nonsense approach to ruling on racing infringements. Alan “Let ’em race” Jones is his paddock nick name.
The race organisers have renewed the wall and fence behind the run off areas in turn 10 and antiquated guardrails have been removed from both sides of the track at turn ten and turn 12. They have been replaced by walls.
Cars entering the run off area at turn 13 will now have a course of bollards to follow before they can rejoin the circuit.
See TJ13 circuit preview article for full details. Brought to you by CatmanF1.
Red Bull tactical engine swap likely in Canada
Following the failure by the strategy group to agree on allowing a fifth engine without penalty this year, Christian Horner sardonically observed his drivers would probably need 6, 7 or 8 power units this year.
Currently, both Red Bull drivers are on their fourth engines and the mileage so far is modest. Daniel Ricciardo’s engine has done 1037 km in Barcelona and Monaco and Kvyat has a similar 1,024 km on his power unit.
New engines can be taken whether or no the old one has performed is allocation of events and older engines can be brought back so long as they are not deemed to have terminally failed.
With the Red Bull Ring F1 event following Canada, it would be embarrassing for the team to suffer 1 or 2 ten place grid drops at their home race. Further, with Canada being a power circuit, the Renault powered cars are not expected to do particularly well there.
Both of these factors would suggest Red Bull would be sensible to take new engines in Canada. Assuming they make it through to the end of the race, each driver would then have two to choose from when they arrive in Austria – and even were one to fail, each driver would have a spare to change without penalty.