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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Toto Wolff, F1Speedwriter, Lotus Rear Wing and Kubica

A number of interesting stories which I enjoyed but were unlikely to require a full blog post.

Toto Wolff discusses his role at Williams

In 2013 we will have a carry-over of the car so I’d like to see us in the points more regularly. Pastor hopefully stays with us and has learned his lessons - so the next logical step would be the top six in the constructors’ - or even top five. In 2014 all is new - new car, new engine - so everything is up in the air again, but nevertheless I see us as one of the top teams. Whether this means winning races regularly or challenging for the championship, I don’t know, but the perception should be that this team is winning races and is on the podium regularly.
I'm glad to see Toto appreciates Williams rightful place towards the front of the grid and trust from his comments that Sir Frank won't face the same fate as Adam Parr.

Gerald Donaldson bemoans the loss of True Grit

Today's climate of middle-of-the-road moderation, which encourages a safe but sure approach, means drivers can more easily stay within their comfort zones. As a result the majority are more likely to set their minds in cruise control and become passive to the point that they are unable to summon up the sheer force of will that personifies a fighting spirit.
Interesting post from one of the great F1 Journalists which definitely requires me to reassess my position in respect of penalising the likes of Grosjean and Maldonado for what is essentially trying too hard.  Safety is all well and good, but if it affects the racing mindset then the result is dull procession.  There's an interesting conflicting position from Keith Collantine of F1 Fanatic in the comments section.

Lotus are bringing a new rear wing to Singapore

"We believe we've been able to produce a rear wing which is at the higher end of the downforce spectrum but still able to allow the lion's share of the DRS potential which is more difficult to achieve at high downforce levels. It will be interesting to see how it works on track."
The real question is...Where the hell is this double DRS which first made its appearance at Belgium (without any running)?  It never made it to Monza and now its on the backburner until Japan.  Is this madness? Does it not work? I'm wondering if we'll see the new Mercedes system run at Singapore - If it does, given its reported similarity to the Lotus Solution, we'll have a good idea that the Lotus package isn't all its cracked up to be.

Another rally smash for Kubica but both he and his co-driver are uninjured.  The picture on this webpage gives an idea of what happened.  I was delighted to hear that he'd won The Ronde Gomitolo di Lana tarmac rally the weekend before last but was also saddened due to the fact that the coverage I read of that win all said that his right arm was heavily strapped up and was not used at the podium ceremony afterwards.

I have to admit to being conflicted.  I still want to see him back in F1, but, as he himself said in his interview with Autosport before his last rally, he doesn't know when or if that will be.