July 02, 2013
This circuit has two strikes against it right from the start. First, it actually has a turn named after Slappy Schumacher. Second, it's not the Nordschleif. It was, however, the site of one of my favorite moments in F1 history, the 2007 Grand Prix of Europe. Everybody and their brother started the race on dry-weather tires, and by the time the Thundering Herd reached Turn 4, the skies had opened up and most of the North Sea had deposited itself upon the track. Many, many cars went slithering into the kittylitter at Turn 7, including Vitantonio Liuzzi going down the hill to 7 backwards to gently end up nuzzling a mobile crane. Meanwhile, Marcus Winklehock, in his first and last F1 drive, had started the race on full wets and had a thirty-second lead on the field... in a SPYKER, no less... when the red flag was thrown. Ah, good times, good times.
But I digress. This year's excitement will be all because of tires. Specifically, Pirelli tires that seem to have a propensity to explode... at least, if you ask the teams, they do. If you ask Pirelli, the tire failures are down to the teams using them the wrong way. Now how, I hear you asking, can they be using tires the wrong way? Well, it's easy if you're in Formula 1. F1 tires are "handed," if you like: they're designed to be run one way and one way only. If a tire is made for the right-rear, that's where it's supposed to be put. Some bright spark discovered that if you switch sides with the rears, they last a little longer, and you might get a little bit of speed bonus, too. So you've got a bunch of teams running around with their rear tires on the wrong sides, with tire pressures too low (16 - 18psi is normal), and then they run over the backside of a curb and they're shocked that the tires fail? But it's Pirelli's fault.
Drivers were talking about boycotting the race. Teams were rumbling ominously about being cross with Pirelli... even though if they had agreed to the proposed changes that Pirelli suggested a few races back, these tire failures probably wouldn't have occurred. And on and on. In the end, I'll be shocked if Pirelli willingly comes back next year. "A pox on all of you."
Speaking of poxes: due to the interference from the Tour de Drug Dealers, the race weekend is again all a-jumble. All I know for sure is that the 2013 Grand Prix of Germany will be on CNBC at 630am on Sunday. Oh, and that F1U! will be watching everything. See you soon!
The Green Hell. 12.93 miles long. 154 turns.
It'd take a thousand cameras to televise it.
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