Category Archives: Sauber

Safety Revisions at Monaco

Monaco have announced they will be making revisions to the barriers that Sergio Perez hit, and that Nico Rosberg so narrowly avoided last weekend. The Tecpro barriers did their job, but with a bit more run off, and therefore longer for speed to dissipate, they would be even more effective. The crane at that site will be removed and the camera position moved back. (Probably wise as the cameraman was probably straight off to the laundry with his undercrackers).

Thankfully Sergio is fit and well by all accounts, but will have to undergo further medical tests in Montreal before being cleared to take part in the weekends activities.

Monaco will never be a ‘safe’ racetrack in the way that the Tilke tracks are safe, and nor should it be, and I am sure the drivers would agree, it’s part of the challenge, however no-one wants to see ambulances on track at any race weekend, let’s hope they get the revisions right.

Long live the Monaco GP, I will make it there one year, even if I have to marry one of the Rainiers!

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Hot Air and Rubber Rings

So after the slight anti-climax of not being able to see how Seb, Fernando, and Jenson’s battle would have panned out in the closing stages of Monaco, what are we expecting from Pirelli’s little rubber rings of joy in Montreal? Last year saw a 4 stopper due to the very high wear rate brought about by the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve’ extremely abrasive nature – it’s covered in snow for months in extreme winters – so what might the Pirelli strategy be, looks like hards and mediums, and based on previous races this year, this could be our first five stop race!! We will know more a week on Friday!

Will we still have ‘off throttle’ blown diffusers by the time we get to Canada, probably so, but not for long, Charlie Whiting indicated they would probably be gone by Silverstone over the Monaco weekend, but you never now, stranger things have happened. It’s a bit of a shame if you ask me, which nobody is, F1 engineers will always find a way to claw back downforce and performance following a change in regs, but it seems like the blown floors are falling victim of the ‘green’ argument. Waste of fuel apparently when the engine is blowing exhaust gases ‘off throttle’! Really!! Come on, this is F1, I’m sure a few gallons of the high octane stuff can be factored in.

Blown diffusers have been around forever in one form or another, Hakkinnen used one to great effect years ago in one of the silver cars, I think the real reason is sour grapes, and not just from Mr Kolles and the Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) boys and girls, me thinks!

Also, who knew that the CEO of Sauber F1 was a very amiable woman? Not I!

Seats down in the Sauber motorhome people!

EDIT: Softs and supersofts going to Montreal.