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Bernie about New Jersey GP and Red Bull

Many things have been written about this but thought to ask the man who got the quotes correctly. Here are the quotes from Bernie about Red Bull and New Jersey GP. He was talking to F1 business journalist Christian Sylt.

“I might get the Red Bull man behind the New York race. It’s a good market for them. I mean the man that is doing the Thailand race who is the partner in Red Bull [with Dietrich Mateschitz]. If they spent so much money for somebody jumping out of a balloon [they can invest in the New Jersey race].”

 
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Posted by on 24 Oct, 2012 in F1

 

Just another Monza Monday… Love this stuff by @peterdwindsor

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Apologies, once again, for not being able to air The Flying Lap today:  unavoidable work in our Canadian production facility means that we have had to miss only our third show in 19 months.  We’ll be back again next week as we look forward to the Singapore GP.  In the meantime, I thought you might like to join me as I return to Monza on the day after the race before…

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Posted by on 16 Sep, 2012 in F1

 

Tech Files F1

All about F1 tech with lessons step by step … by Craig Scarborough

 
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Posted by on 16 Sep, 2012 in F1

 

#82 The Flying Lap: Belgian GP Debrief; Italian GP Preview

 
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Posted by on 5 Sep, 2012 in F1

 

malcolm strachan

Well, that was an interesting thing for Hamilton to tweet…

Things that I found interesting:

(I’ll refer to everything by the distance around the lap, which is noted at the bottom.  For example, Eau Rough is at 1200m or so)

1) Hamilton gains mostly under braking, rather than in the corners (300m, 2200m, 3000m, 6700m).  I would have expected the cornering speeds to be noticeably different, but they are actually quite similar.  Hamilton can just go that little bit deeper, and brake that much harder before the wheels lock, due to the extra downforce he was running.  With each steep drop in the speed trace (second trace from the top), you can see that Hamilton is just a little later on the brakes.

2) Hamilton messed up the third corner in the “Les Combes” section (corner 9, 2600m).  He has more downforce, so should be as fast or faster, but…

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Posted by on 5 Sep, 2012 in F1

 

#81 The Flying Lap: Belgian GP Preview

 
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Posted by on 31 Aug, 2012 in F1

 

peterwindsor.com

I recently put together the article below for the official journal of the (British) Motor Sports Association (MSA).  As the MSA magazine isn’t available on-line (it is sent to all British competition licence holders and industry figures) I thought you might like to see it here:

IT WAS one of those regular Frank chats, born of a thinning pit lane and a dispersing Canadian crowd.  Frank, in wheelchair, wearing customary v-necked, dark blue pullover, grey trousers, black Rosettis.  Frank, a study in concentration, eyeing a Toro Rosso, a few yards from where he sat.

“How’s it going, Frank?  All good?”

“All wonderful, thanks Pete.  Just looking at the TR there.  Wonder why they’re struggling…”

“Indeed.  No telling who’s going to be quick.  One race to the next.”

Silence.  A Frank silence.  Says a thousand words.  As in:  “You may be right.  You may be wrong.  No point in speculating.  Just…

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Posted by on 16 Aug, 2012 in F1

 

#78 The Flying Lap: Santander British GP Debrief

 
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Posted by on 13 Jul, 2012 in F1

 

Chatting with Felipe by Peter Windsor

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At a very pleasant function staged by Shell in London yesterday I had a quick word with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa…

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Posted by on 5 Jul, 2012 in F1

 

Anger Management, by Mark Gallagher

I have always thought there has been a case to offer ‘Anger Management’ classes to racing drivers because the moment their natural ability becomes clouded by emotion, they are invariably left looking quite stupid. Everyone knows that you don’t win a race at the first corner, and equally that the job of the professional racing driver is to complete the race at the fastest possible speed. Finishing is important.

The war-zone of last Sunday’s European Grand Prix in Valencia produced some fine examples of how drivers forget the basic rules of engagement and neglect their responsibility to the teams who build the cars, and the sponsors who pay the bills.

The collision between Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso and Heikki Kovalainen’s Caterham on lap 27 prompted the Stewards to award the Frenchman stiff punishment; a 10 place grid penalty in next week’s British Grand Prix, and a €25,000 fine. It’s not surprising that Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner pointed out that Vergne will have to pay the fine himself, since it was thanks to this accident and high-speed return to the pits with a punctured tyre that caused the Safety Car which eliminated Sebastian Vettel’s race lead.

Vergne’s mistake was compounded by his initial statement that the accident was not his fault; a view not shared by the Stewards, the team, his colleagues at Red Bull, the media or anyone watching the European Grand Prix on television. Fortunately he later apologised to Kovalainen. Making mistakes is human, and admitting them shows maturity.

Outqualified by team mate Daniel Ricciardo 7-1 this season, and missing the cut from Q3 on no fewer than five occasions, Vergne is naturally feeling a lot of pressure, not helped by Red Bull’s reputation for dropping drivers who don’t perform. A quick driver, he has suffered moments of high emotion and mistakes before; notably last year when he was beaten to the World Series by Renault title by Carlin team mate Robert Wickens. In his first season in F1 his job is to learn, finish races, and avoid mistakes. He will almost start the British GP from last place on the grid, and his emotional management will the critical factor during the weeks ahead, not his driving ability.

The same can be said of Pastor Maldonado and Lewis Hamilton whose collision robbed both of significant results. Combined with the 8 points lost when Maldonado threw his Williams off the track in the closing stages of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, a podium on Sunday would have seen the Williams team with 22 more points in the World Championship for Constructors and snapped at the heels of Mercedes Benz for 5th place. Hamilton could also have done with the finish, even if it was 4th or 5th. For a man who lost the 2007 World Championship by one point, the collision was disastrous.

The Hamilton / Maldonado incident was certainly avoidable; and by both parties. It was Maldonado’s responsibility to make a clean overtaking manoeuvre and Hamilton’s job to avoid the Venezuelan and ensure he finished the race. Both are experienced racing drivers, one a former World Champion, and the natural trajectory of the cars through the right-left at Turns 12 and 13 was entirely predictable. One of them was going to have to back out, but neither did. Hamilton held the racing line but, given Maldonado’s past record including a collision with the McLaren driver in Monaco 2011, the British driver should have considered that likelihood that the Venezuelan would try to ‘2-by-2’ through the corners.

There is a popular argument among drivers that it is important never to let the guy behind get past. That’s a nice objective, but ultimately unrealistic. On fresher tyres Maldonado was always going to overtake Hamilton, it was only a matter of time. The fact that they collided showed an inability to look at the bigger picture of the race. Hamilton was clearly furious after the accident, but it would be interesting to know if he was angry with himself or Maldonado.

Ultimately the biggest lesson to come out of Valencia was that the one man who lets his talent do the talking, controls his emotions and finishes races now leads the World Championship. When the Ferrari F2012 started the season poorly, everyone would have forgiven Fernando Alonso for being angry and emotional, but instead he has worked carefully with the team to recover their position. This maturity has netted him two victories, the title lead and 20 consecutive race finishes in the points. It’s an approach that others should learn from.

 
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Posted by on 2 Jul, 2012 in F1

 
 
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