Links: No save for British GP

Bernie Ecclestone champions Lewis Hamilton

“On the question of the future of the British Grand Prix, Ecclestone was adamant that the race will be cancelled after next year if Donington Park, which has the contract in place of Silverstone, is not ready in time. Whether Hamilton is world champion or not is irrelevant. ‘Even if Lewis is world champion, we will simply say we will get on with the calendar and that England won’t be included,’ Ecclestone said.”

Hamilton says racist abuse not a joke

“Hamilton said he hadn’t heard Ecclestone’s comments and stressed that he himself had put the taunts behind him, he made it clear he didn’t regard them as trivial or humorous.

‘I don’t particularly look at it as a joke,’ he was quoted as saying by Reuters at a sponsor event on Thursday.

‘It’s something that’s happened but it’s in the past and you’ve got to look forward.’”

Lewis Hamilton could have been withdrawn from F1 over racists and abuse

“The 48-year-old father of new world champion Lewis spoke for the first time about the agonising punishment his family suffered in the build up to Sunday’s remarkable finale.

“The final straw came when TV pranksters threw a bad luck black cat at Hamilton and then at his disabled brother, Nic, for cheap laughs.”

Stewarding the stewards

“The great opportunity for F1 stewards now is to show that they can make the right decisions for the right reasons and the sport will benefit from that. There will still be tight calls where they need to hear from the drivers involved before making a judgement, but on the whole we should get clear answers. And, unlike the referee in soccer, they have the luxury of being able to take the time to get it demonstrably right.”

People who say I let Lewis past are completely stupid, says Glock

“Dismissing frenzied rumours of a pre-race agreement between Toyota and McLaren, Glock, 26, said: ‘Anyone who thinks I let Lewis past is completely stupid.’” Well said.

Schuey in shock at Lew late show

Michael Schumacher: “What a finale.

“I am still overwhelmed from the race. I have never seen anything like it, neither as a racer nor as a spectator – you can probably only say it was down to fate.

“I congratulate Lewis Hamilton and I’m sending very warm greetings to Felipe and all of our guys in Brazil.

“Felipe can leave that race with his head held high. Surely his display has convinced all the people who still had doubts about his driving skills. He will definitely attack again next year. ”

Respect and chivalry

“What the sport showed on Sunday is that passion, class and style generates respect and the sport will achieve so much more if it is respected.”

Felipe Massa – no more the nearly man

“Qualifying was key to Massa’s success. All six victories came from front-row starts (a statistic detractors will doubtless use to try and belittle his achievements) but that was far from the whole story.”

Hard times still ahead for Lewis

“A little modesty and humility go a long way in the public eye, even when you must feel you have not the slightest thing to be modest or humble about.”

Hamilton and McLaren fear sabotage ahead of climax to Grand Prix season

“With Hamilton needing to finish fifth or better to clinch the title, three security staff will be stationed in the McLaren pits to guard against a repeat of last year when cables in the team’s in-car radio were cut in the garage.” By who?

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8 comments on Links: No save for British GP

  1. Taimur said on 7th November 2008, 11:32

    fear of sabotage? This is the first time I’ve heard of the radio cable cut.

    Anyways, I think Mclaren generally fear too much and that inturn puts them in difficult situations. But they have a brave driver in Lewis who managed to pull it through for them…

  2. beneboy said on 7th November 2008, 13:08

    The letter to Lewis from Autocar is spot on.

    The lad’s a great driver & I love watching him race but there are times when his comments after the race make me cringe.

    I’ve been happy to cut him some slack so far as he’s still so young but this isn’t going to last forever, it’s hard to like someone who’s an arrogant little pr**k & the lad could do with some help on his presentation.

    He has the potential to be one of F1′s greatest drivers & it’d be a shame if that wasn’t recognised by the fans due to his attitude.
    He won’t win everyone over (no driver ever does) but I don’t want him to be hated the way some other drivers have been.

  3. Adrian said on 7th November 2008, 16:39

    “On the question of the future of the British Grand Prix, Ecclestone was adamant that the race will be cancelled after next year if Donington Park, which has the contract in place of Silverstone, is not ready in time. Whether Hamilton is world champion or not is irrelevant. ‘Even if Lewis is world champion, we will simply say we will get on with the calendar and that England won’t be included,’ Ecclestone said.”

    Bernie like shis headlines doesn’t he…

    From the man who’s given Spain 2 GP’s and gave Germany 2 when Schumi was around…I’ll be absolutely shocked if there’s no British GP in 2010 even if it’s not at Donnington…

    “England won’t be included” – anyone know of any circuits in Wales or Scotland??

  4. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 7th November 2008, 16:46

    Adrian – British Grand Prix at Knockhill, European Grand Prix at Anglesey?

  5. schumi the greatest said on 8th November 2008, 11:32

    Wales- Pembrey, senna was famously not allowed in one year because he didnt have his security pass haha!

    with hamilton mania set to sweep the world, there will be at least 1 gp at britain for the entireity of hamiltons career, i think with the demand for gps nowadays it would be very hard for bernie to find space in the calender for some countires having 2 gp’s. spain shouldnt have any, both tracks make for terrible grand prix

  6. the limit said on 10th November 2008, 4:04

    Before everybody gets too emotional, Finland has never held a grands prix yet has given the sport three world champions, two of which in the last ten years. I don’t think that the absence of the British Grands Prix will bother Bernie Ecclestone one bit, quite the opposite, it would give him the opportunity to include a new race at a new circuit somewhere else yet keep the overall schedule to below twenty races.
    In the last eighteen months we have already lost Indianapolis, Magny Cours, and Montreal from the list, we no longer have Imola too. All of these circuits are legendary racetracks that are as fabled to the fans as the drivers themselves. Ecclestone has fought a long running feud with the BRDC at Silverstone for many years and has waited along time for this moment, the moment nobody thought would be possible. The complete absence of a British Grands Prix from the Formula One calender.
    The notion that ‘we are too important to be dropped’ or that ‘are heritage will save us’ will prove, sadly, misplaced. Ecclestone, forever the shrewd politician, has played his cards beautifully.
    He knows that there is no way on earth that Donington will be ready for 2010, and when the track is deemed unfit for the event, then the event will be scrapped.
    And the fallguys for this catastrophe will be the organisers and track owners at Donington, not Bernie Ecclestone, who will roundly point the accusing finger at them.
    That is alot better than making a statement to the media saying that Silverstone 2009 will be the last British Grands Prix, end of story. Far more damaging, this way, Ecclestone is in the clear. If Donington does succeed to host the 2010 race, then Ecclestone will appear the hero of the hour, and everybody will rejoice.
    Good old fashion Formula One politics in action!

  7. Why oh why do we insist that Hamilton be humble about either his driving or his new World Champion status?
    Old Schuey was never humble about it, and still isn’t. Alonso isn’t humble. Senna and Prost were never humble.
    Why should someone so talented at such a young age be required to keep quiet about it?
    We allow footballers and boxers to say how wonderful they are; athletes and olympians are allowed to celebrate and let the world see how good they are. Why isn’t Lewis?
    Would you be saying the same thing about Massa, who isn’t humble in defeat?

  8. The only way that F1 can improve its dreadful corruption image is to get rid of Max Moseley and Bernard Eccleston

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