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#1 D.M.N.

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 14:17

http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/68493

GP2 Series teams FMS International and Super Nova were both reprimanded by FIA stewards over a pitlane incident in qualifying on Friday, which also resulted in FMS being given a 10,000 euro fine.

FMS were found in 'serious breach' of GP2 sporting regulations as one of their staff blocked the path of cars in the pitlane just as the session was restarting.

After being asked to move by two other engineers, he was physically shoved out of the way by Super Nova's chief mechanic Loic Sorridente, as both of their cars were overheating.

This prompted a brawl, which involved jostling and shouting. Team bosses Paolo Coloni (FMS) and David Sears (Super Nova) were then involved in a slanging match, which led to them being marched to an FIA stewards inquiry.

CCTV captured the whole incident, of which Sears said: "It showed no fighting, just a bit of jostling and lots of arguing involving bad words. I told Paolo in no uncertain terms to f*** off and allow us to get on with qualifying before we had two blown engines on our hands, which I would have given him the bill for."

Coloni accepted the fine for the actions of his crew member, whom he admitted was in the wrong, but added: "what I find totally unacceptable is what happened afterwards. It was shocking to see what happened. There were four guys attacking my guy, and he has gone to the Police about it.

"Even worse is the reaction of David Sears, who shouted 'f*** you!' at me and it was shown live on Italian TV. That was very sad to see."


:rotfl:

What arseholes.

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#2 pingu666

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 14:47

wow, makes you want to watch gp2 tho doesnt it? :lol:

#3 primer

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 14:57

Brilliant! We need this kind of stuff in F1. :up:

#4 Fatgadget

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 15:19

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#5 MichaelPM

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 15:23

Originally posted by Fatgadget
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Hahaha :rotfl:

#6 pacificquay

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 16:06

This is the sort of thing we need more of.

Emotion and passion, rather than sterility.

#7 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 16:09

While amusing, it's hardly positive.

#8 MichaelPM

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 16:39

Originally posted by pacificquay
This is the sort of thing we need more of.

Emotion and passion, rather than sterility.

There is, its just if some groups of people do not like a certain driver they will use any show of "passion" to critisize that driver and use talking points from a gutter press *cough*

#9 random

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 21:45

Blown engines... what is Sears talking about?

How could a pit lane altercation cause an engine to blow?

#10 Lurb

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 22:28

I guess you don't want one of those cars with a hot engine idling there forever when the radiator can't cool it. My Punto fires up his fan, I don't think those GP2 carry one.

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 22:32

Originally posted by Lurb
I guess you don't want one of those cars with a hot engine idling there forever when the radiator can't cool it. My Punto fires up his fan, I don't think those GP2 carry one.


I don't think a few seconds of standing in pit lane would blow one of those motors. I gather the motor wasn't even started. Heat soak, sure, but blow?

#12 pingu666

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 23:03

f1 engines used to pop real easy remmber?
V8's and special idle modes greatly improved that area (they run on 4 cylinders, maybe less..)

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 23:08

Originally posted by pingu666
f1 engines used to pop real easy remmber?
V8's and special idle modes greatly improved that area (they run on 4 cylinders, maybe less..)


Doesn't GP2 run spec engines that have to last for a bunch of races? Those motors are certainly not running as close to the edge as F1 motors, probably not anywhere near.

I accept the fact that sitting in the pit lane could heat soak the motors and lower performance if they planned to make some more runs right then. But blow them? I just don't see it.

#14 rolf123

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 23:13

great stuff! look at my sig. It seems that GP2 is doing fine!

#15 wingwalker

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:27

:lol:


Video, please!

#16 postajegenye

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 09:30

I love GP2!

Not exactly because of this, but that series seems to have soul.

#17 F3000

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 21:35

What Sears meant was he'd have two overheated engines and a large repair bill from Mecachrome. The Mechacrome engines operate in quite a narrow temperature band and if you go outside that (high or low) they will void the warranty and make the team pay for any repairs.

There was only 5 minutes to go in the session so everyone was queing up before the green light was shown, to get as many laps in as possible. Cars had queued from almost 2 minutes before the restart, and the engines gain about 20 degrees C every minute, so you can see how marginal it would be. An extra 30 seconds sitting there could make all the difference. Once the car is in the fast lane you can't fit cooling fans either.

The F1 engines have specific maps to retard the ignition advance to keep heat production to a minimum. GP2 engines don't have this.

#18 imaginesix

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Posted 26 June 2008 - 23:28

Originally posted by pacificquay
This is the sort of thing we need more of.

Emotion and passion, rather than sterility.

Right, we need more theatre and less straight competition. :evil:

#19 senna da silva

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 00:21

I'm with David Sears on this one. **** you Coloni!

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#20 Suntrek

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 12:04

What was the FMS guy doing in the pitlane in the first place? :confused:

#21 Josta

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 12:36

GP2 does NASCAR.

#22 Jackman

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 12:37

Originally posted by Suntrek
What was the FMS guy doing in the pitlane in the first place? :confused:

Trying to stop the Super Nova car from coming into the fast lane and blocking the exit for the FMS car.