Force India postpone ?VJM08B? debut until Austria | F1 Fanatic Round-up

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Sepang International Circuit, 2015In the round-up: Force India are planning a ?B-spec? version of their VJM08 but it won?t appear until at least round eight at the Red Bull Ring.

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B-spec Force India delayed to Austria (Autosport)

“It’s a major B-spec car as we’re looking to introduce a significant upgrade.”

More Honda power will create snowball effect for performance (ESPN)

“There is one engine that has more power than the others (Mercedes), there is one that is close to it (Ferrari) and there is another one that is quite a long way away from it (Renault)… and then there’s us.”

Felipe feeling the love (F1i)

“Even in 2007, nobody thinks about it because most people just see the result but before Monza I was nine points in front of Kimi (Raikkonen) and then I had a problem. If I didn’t have the problem in Monza I was going to be maybe more than 12 points in front of Kimi, I was going to be the number one.”

Searching for a slam dunk (Current E)

“When you come from Formula One but you are not in the best team and you need to beat a team mate who has a weight advantage, the whole of the season, and then you arrive in a car where everybody has the same, no weight disadvantage or these kinds of problems ? it?s extremely easy.”

Thoughts on Grid Girls and motorsport (The Motorsport Archive)

“At a time when the sport could be celebrating female successes and achievements ? by competitors such as Michèle Mouton, Janet Guthrie, Leena Gade, Danica Patrick, Shirley Muldowney, Desiré Wilson Lella Lombardi, to name a few ? it actively goes out of its way to reduce them to eye candy, propping up boards in front of a car while a man gets prepares to drive.”

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Is it actually worth going to see an F1 race in person?

I?ve been to a few grands prix and every time I?ve been thoroughly underwhelmed.

Why would I want to go again when the coverage on Sky/BBC is so good anyway? I far prefer doing something else with my day, recording the grand prix and then watching it when the kids have gone to bed. A extortionately expensive day at Silverstone, the traffic, the lack of booze, the weather, the dull support races etc? no thanks.

With superb live coverage (and a recording facility) why anyone bothers going to grands prix these days is beyond me. Monza is a nice track but it?s hardly the end of the world if it?s replaced.
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On this day in F1

Former F1 drivers Mauro Baldi and Jean-Louis Schlesser won the opening round of the 1990 World Sports Prototype Championship (fore-runner of the World Endurance Championship) at Suzuka for Sauber-Mercedes. Here?s the start of the race:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC27hKZFqNw&t=1h4m36s

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