In the round-up: Renault say F1’s credibility is at risk in the row over future engine rules.
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Renault Sport managing director Jean-Francois Caubet: “The problem to delay is that in Renault if you say, okay, the new engine will arrive in 2015, then the credibility will be zero. That is a key point.”
“If we sign this contract to allow the state to give our tax money to F1, that’s precisely what they will do, and the best that could possibly happen after that is that any additional money we spend on F1 events could theoretically be reimbursed after the fact, at the sole discretion of Comptroller Combs, after all other obligations under the as-yet-unwritten contracts are paid off. That’s crazy, and it’s crazy that we’re even considering something like this.”
Austin track development pictures.
“According to austinf1facts.com and the accompanying ad, Formula 1 will draw thousands of fans from around the world and millions of television viewers. It also says construction of the circuit has and will provide jobs. The website has links to photos, videos and more.”
“What we want is people racing, and all the people who watch it want that. If you analyse what’s been happening and how other drivers have been performing, Lewis shows up very well, and so do Sebastian [Vettel] and Jenson [Button]. So let him race. That’s what people like him do. I was very, very good friends with [Ayrton] Senna, and if you look at what he did, he was a racer too, and people had to move over for him.”
“For me, it makes no sense to sign a long-term contract. I don’t know how I’m going to feel in a few years. I can’t imagine racing at 40, I just want to race for as long as I can win.”
“Jerez F1 Pirelli testing day one. 150+ laps. Ambient 35C+. Track 50C+. 8+ litres of water (for me). 22 jamon sandwiches (for the mechanics).”
Red Bull chief designer Rob Marshall: “The reason why we’re struggling with KERS is a combination of giving ourselves a little bit too much to do in too short a time, and the challenge in the way we have decided to package the car.”
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Comment of the day
The whole Bahrain affair was transparent from start to finish, and yet again FOM and FIA assume that the fans, and the public, are idiots and sheep. We all know that many of the teams are absolutely dependent on Middle Eastern money. We all know that Bernie wants to guarantee his ever increasing race fees, and doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót care where it comes from. We all know that Bahrain has done its best to put on a good event every year, and while the country may be in trouble that doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót mean that the race organisers are to blame.
The whole repeated ?óÔé¼?ôThe sport must not be political?óÔé¼?Ø line taken by FOM and FIA, when it was utterly transparent that F1 was being used entirely for political purposes, was ridiculous and sad. Trying to throw the brand new Indian GP under the bus to fit that political agenda was both pointless and rude.
From the forum
Going to Silverstone?
If you’re going to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix this year and you’re a McLaren fan, Firecracker Films want to hear from you:
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On this day in F1
Reigning champion Giuseppe Farina won the Belgian Grand Prix for Alfa Romeo 60 years ago today.
The Ferraris of Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi completed the podium at Spa-Francorchamps, but Farina’s closest pursuer was three minutes in arrears after the two-and-three-quarter-hour race.
Here’s a brief clip from the race:
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