September 07, 2012

F1 Practice: Italy 2012

Okay, y'all, I'm gonna tell you the truth: I haven't watched Practice yet, and truth be told, I probably won't tonight.  Near as I can tell, however, I'm not missing much of anything at all.  Oh, sure, HWMNBN killed his gearbox with 20 minutes left in P2, and the Red Bulls have no speed whatsoever, but other than that, it was just a lot of lapping.  At least it looked good:

See?  A lot of folks think Monza is the best looking place to see a race, and it's hard for me to disagree when I see pics like that.  So Quals will be coming along in the morning, and I'll be there for that for sure!

In other news from the F1 world, Luca di Montezemelo apparently didn't care for the canapes in the FIA hospitality tent today, because he's saying that Ferrari could pull out of Formula 1.  Again.  Ferrari has threatened that every year I've been a fan, and probably every year since dirt was new.  Note to Luca: threats only work if there's a chance they'll be followed up on.

We had a F1 first today in P1, when HRT let Chinese driver Ma Qing Hua take the wheel.  All I know about him is that he won the China Touring Car Championship (1600cc Division) in 2011, and he's got the square-root of fark-all success in open-wheel racing, and nearly as little experience.  Either he's got awfully deep pockets, or he's some sort of prodigy.  I'm betting on the pockets.

Here's a name we haven't heard about in a while... Robert Kubica, injured well over a year ago in a terrible rally car accident, is apparently going to be returning to competition this weekend!  Yay!  In a rally car race in Italy.  Oh.  Hm.  Well, it's good to hear that he's racing again.  He probably won't ever be back in F1, but considering the injuries he suffered, any racing has got to be considered a bonus.

Finally, there's a lot of griping amongst the drivers about the track condition.  Specifically, Slappy Schumacher is complaining about the run-off bumps at the Variante Della Roggia, saying that if someone hits them after suffering a brake failure, the driver will surely suffer a broken back.  Osteoporosis is a terrible thing, Slappy, and I'm sorry to hear that you're suffering from it.  Mostly because I'm almost a year older than you.  He does have a point, though.  F1 cars have no suspension to speak of, no shock absorbers, and a driver basically sits directly on the floor of the chassis; hitting a bump at speed must hurt.

See you Saturday for Quals!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:57 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 I bet Monza was an even more scenic drive before they shortened it. Not that the drivers have any time to pay attention to the scenery, or anything.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 07, 2012 09:19 PM (+rSRq)

2 Oh, rats; I'm thinking of the wrong course. Never mind.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 07, 2012 09:20 PM (+rSRq)

3 I was thinking of the Hockenheimring. Sorry.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 07, 2012 09:25 PM (+rSRq)

4 The F1 announce team was talking about that, actually... mentioning that it's a beautiful track but the drivers don't really get to enjoy that aspect during the race, etc.

Other interesting commentary about Grosjean's penalty (Varsha, IIRC, felt that it was appropriate that the stewards came down extra-hard because he took out a bunch of championship-contenders, everyone else opining that it shouldn't matter whether they're driving for the lead or for HRT) and about the various knock-on effects of the testing ban (they all hate it and think it's ruining the sport, causing rookie drivers to come in and do crazy things from inexperience and desperation...)

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at September 08, 2012 03:57 AM (GJQTS)

5 I actually heard that part, Av, when it aired live in the morning (was getting dressed for work and had it on).  I couldn't believe that The Varsha said that.  

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 08, 2012 06:32 AM (RZfzj)

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