Summarised F1 news from across the internet: 5th November 2016
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Swear in your helmet, not the radio – Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo has dismissed the argument that Sebastian Vettel’s outbursts over the team radio are simply in the ‘heat of the moment’, adding that his persistent critiques towards other drivers have become ‘a bit too much’.
“There is a lot which from one side you need to say ‘heat of the moment’, you have to be a bit lenient with it. But if your instinct is to hit the radio button and start spurting a whole lot of stuff, you have to be more sensible than that.
“Trust me, I would say twice as much, but I tend to say a few things to myself and then press the radio button. You don’t need to broadcast it, you can swear in your helmet and then speak your mind more relaxed a few moments later.”
Note from the Ed: Danny’s comments are somewhat ironic and surprising considering the revelation of the uncensored radio chatter in our story two days ago.
Ricciardo: Yeah, but what about all these guys outbraking themselves at the first chicane? I mean Lewis at the start and Max the same. Put a fucking wall there and they won’t do it. That’s bullshit guys. Fucking kindergarten stuff.
Verstappen caught in an embarrassing TV cock up
Any excuse to roll out Max for a PR stunt but this time it backfired. Dutch media outlet RTL made a few too many assumptions when they thought British singer Robbie Williams was an F1 fan having watched his latest music video for ‘Supreme’, a tribute to Jackie Stewart which features a load of retro F1 footage from the 60s and 70s.
Very cringy worthy.
OTD Lite: 1956 – Palmer Senior is born
Born on this day in Lewisham, Jonathan Palmer qualified as a doctor before entering the world of motorsport.
After dominating the British Formula Three Championship in 1981 and then Formula Two in 1983, he drove first for RAM and then Zakspeed in Formula One, although he had shown well in a one-off drive with Williams in the 1983 European Grand Prix. He then started a three-year liaison with Tyrrell. In his first season, 1987, he won the Jim Clark Cup as best non-turbo driver, but 1988 was a disaster with a poor car.
His career was briefly revitalised by the 018 chassis in 1989, only for him to be overshadowed by Jean Alesi in the latter half of the season. After that, Palmer, with some realistic self-appraisal, decided his career was over.
He commentated for the BBC and then formed his own junior formula – Formula Palmer Audi – for 1998. A multi-millionaire, he now runs a number of circuits.
Renault explains pit stop training for 2017 tyres
Renault team principal Frédéric Vasseur says the 2017-spec Pirelli tyres will have an impact on how Formula One teams carry out their pit stops.
“It’s true that it will require a bit of a different set-up!” the Frenchman said. “The crew will certainly have to focus their training in this area as the tyres will be heavier and we’ll also need different equipment ranging from racks to tyre blankets.
“We will need to conduct a lot of pit stop practice – as we always do – as the rear tyres are significantly wider as well as heavier. It’s going to take some time to adapt, but that is always part of the challenge of Formula 1. We’ll pay a considerable amount of attention to this before the first race of 2017.”
Steffan Johanson’s blog: The controversial Mexican GP
Track limits discussed by the ex F1 racer.
“I’ve been trying to arrive at an answer as to why the officiating of F1 has become such a mess all of a sudden. It’s certainly not the first time we’ve seen drivers duke it out with three or four laps to go. That’s the kind of close competition people want to see but this was compromised.”
“The new track designs with massive asphalt run off areas have slowly and systematically been introduced to every new track and modified on most of the old and existing tracks, mostly for safety reasons. Since this started to happen there has been no clearly defined rule about exceeding track limits or taking advantage of the runoff areas. Because of this the drivers have been able to do pretty much whatever they have wanted without being immediately punished for their mistakes or abuse of the track limits, by simply continuing to race even though they’ve gone off-track.”
“In other words, the only punishment you can get now is what comes from the control tower rather than an immediate consequence for running off-track. Formula One needs to figure out how to reintroduce an immediate and natural punishment for going off-track.”
READ MORE: stefanjohansson.com