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Watch Vettel’s pole lap in Hungary annihilate Schumacher’s 2004 record
Yet more pole lap records are broken in 2017 with the new era technical regulations and here we see Sebastian Vettel with an interesting direct comparison with Michael Schumachers pole lap back in 2004. It’s interesting because there’s been virtually no track changes in Hungary ever. There are obvious differences between the cars of these two eras however. Back in 2004 the cars had a degree of traction control, high downforce levels but they qualified on race fuel loads and were hampered by grooved tyres.
Halo goes against the spirit of F1 design – Alain Prost
Four-time F1 world champion Alain Prost is not a fan of the halo cockpit protection system, and despite having been a big advocate of safety during his time as a F1 driver, the Frenchman says it goes against the ethos of the sport.
“I was always defending and supporting safety – but I cannot say I am happy about the Halo.
“It is against the spirit of the design and beauty and DNA of Formula 1 and the single-seater DNA.
“It is difficult to say this for me, because you cannot ever say you do not want to improve the safety which is vital and important in this sport. But personally for me I don’t like the look of it.”
Brown weighing options on Alonso’s Indy future
A game of intercontinental chess is playing out between Verizon IndyCar Series and Formula 1 teams that could determine when – or if – Fernando Alonso appears in an IndyCar again.
If Andretti and the Zak Brown-led McLaren team both stick with the Japanese brand, a second attempt to win the Indy 500 as co-entrants could be little more than a formality. Should either side move forward with a new manufacturer, the odds become less favorable.
“[It’s] 50-50; it could make a difference or not make a difference,” Brown told RACER. “It really depends where our Honda relationship goes as to whether it’s important there would be a Honda engine in the car.”
Hulkenberg: Robert Kubica’s Renault F1 test ‘quite impressive’
Though Hulkenberg emphasised that he did not “have much information” as he “wasn’t on site” for the test, he said what he did find out had impressed him.
“I had some information and I obviously saw the lap times,” Hulkenberg told Autosport at the Gamma Racing Days event at Assen.
“I think for him personally [it was] obviously a great comeback. After the severe accident and injuries he had to come back and drive a modern Formula 1 car, and to do 140 laps just like that, is quite impressive. Especially at a track like Budapest, which is very physical. So respect for that. And I think the performance seemed alright.”
Lewis Hamilton mowing a lawn
And to finish off today’s Daily News and Comment roundup, here we have Lewis mowing a lawn. Even world champions can sometimes do menial tasks. During the summer break, the F1 driver decides to help out his ‘best friend’ with a spot of gardening.