So what’s been happening these last two weeks? I mean other than the commentators creaming their jeans over the new Senna and sucking up to Red Bull and Scuderia Marlboro and bad mouthing Hamilton and McLaren?
Not much, so this will be a short one.
Button is not moving to Marlboro Country. Who wants a slower ride anyway?
India on October 30th may be canceled due to a tax dispute. Seems India wants to collect taxes on 1/19th of team and driver yearly incomes.
Scuderia Marlboro is struggling in desperation, hyping the prospects of a 12 year old (A Twelve Year Old!) as a future driver, unable to master aerodynamics and whining for simpler and cheaper rules.
The rules committee will be enforcing a camber (tire slant) limit from Pirelli, but the Softs are still expected to wear quite quickly especially under full (heavy) fuel.
Why? The Autodromo Nazionale is very straight and very fast which means that when you do have to slow down for corners you put a lot of stress on your brakes and tires. The speed of the course also stresses engines (we had a Cosworth blow up in practice). Teams will be running their lowest drag configurations and there are two, two, two Drag Reduction System zones.
This is supposed to make the teams more evenly matched. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Surprises, not that I expect any, below.