I had a great time today hosting a radio show for the first time with ex Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine, rock star Chris Rea and F1 journo Adam Cooper.
We did a two hour radio special on TalkSport, the UK’s leading commercial sports radio station. I’ve done many inserts into their shows, but never hosted one before. It was great fun and we had Christian Horner, Karun Chandhok and others including Ian Phillips and Times F1 correspondent Kevin Eason.
Horner added a new element to the saga of the front wing swap from Silverstone – he said that after Vettel’s wing broke on Saturday morning, they took the wing off Webber’s car and found it was defective. When Adrian Newey was satisfied that the defects had been sorted he gave the all clear for it to be used and at that point Webber’s former wing was allocated to Vettel.
It’s a subtle point, but it takes the wing away from Webber at the point at which it was decided to give it to Vettel.
He also revealed that Webber had a newer floor and a lighter chassis than Vettel, which is interesting because the chassis Webber was using in Silverstone was Vettel’s old one.
Irvine’s conclusion was that Red Bull is in danger of bending over backwards so far to try to be fair to both drivers that they will be focussed on that and take points off each other, while Lewis Hamilton will consolidate his position and steal the championship.
Horner also accepted Irvine’s point that he should have sat Webber down and explained what needed to happen on Saturday afternoon, not left it for an engineer to tell him.
We also discussed Schumacher’s comeback, Ferrari’s mentality now that Alonso is there and how Hamilton has improved in the last two seasons.
It’s a good listen; Irvine was really interesting on many subjects, so if you would like to hear the programme you can link to it on LG Grand Prix Special
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