Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez still unfinished
On the 25th August this year, Federico Gonzalez, managing director of Mexican GP promoter CIE reported: “We are on schedule, We have completed the first level of pavement around the track and expect to have the other two completed within the next three weeks. We are also working on the last stages of the final grandstand complex. Altogether, we are expecting everything will be completed and ready by September.”
The FIA set a deadline for works to be completed on Saturday 3rd October when the first lap of the revised circuit was filmed.
Clearly there is some work yet to be completed before the cars take to the track in just 19 days.
Kimi’s ‘move’ on Bottas
Kimi Raikkonen was given a 30 second penalty post race for his ill advised ‘dive bomb’ attempt to overtake Valtteri Bottas on the last lap of the 2015 Russian GP.
Bottas who ended up in the wall, queried with the team, “what the fuck did he do?”
Kimi suggested in post race interviews that he thought Veltteri, “maybe didn’t see me”, and that the matter should be treated as a racing incident.
“I don’t think it was something completely stupid that I tried. We made a call and it was only two cars, but there are many ways of looking at the incident. I was there, but did he know that I was there? The fortunate thing is that it wasn’t a bad accident but it is part of racing and it happened.”
It could have been much worse for Raikkonen, given he has already received 2 reprimands from the stewards this year and a third would have seen him take a 10 place grid penalty in Austin.
Kimi apparently has previous form for this sort of thing and Juan Pablo Montoya shares his thoughts on the ‘Iceman’ here
Ironically, Raikkonen’s penalty also meant more points for Red Bull who are William’s closest challengers for P3 in the constructors’ race.
Post Race Press Conference Hijacked
The 2015 Russian GP was attended by less than a handful of reporters, though the drivers found a way of having fun.
and this is what the drivers were faced with for the entire press conference
Bernie Ecclestone answers the tough questions facing F1
On Red Bull’s engine predicament for 2016: “At the moment it would appear they don’t [have one], but I think we have nothing to worry about”. SKY F1
F1 safety in ‘the dock’ again
Carlos Sainz will be counting his lucky stars he has escaped from Russia with little more than a sore back and some bruising.
Having suffered a crash in FP3 described by his team mate as he passed the scene as ‘a big one’, the Spaniard was cleared to race a day later. He eventually retired from the race with brake problems but made an astonishing admission in his post race interviews.
“Being fully honest, in the first 10 laps, behind the safety car, doing so many ‘esses’ I was feeling a bit dizzy.
“I don’t know if it was just mental because I was thinking about the accident, or if I was just feeling dizzy.
“But after lap 10 it went off and I could push normally without problems.”
Carlos also admitted to feeling dizzy before the race began. He revealed the solution to curing his dizziness was, “I opened up my visor and it improved.”
Whether a racing driver who suffered a 46g impact should be allowed to get in the car within 24 hours, is a serious question the FIA medical representatives should be challenged to address.