After spending the weekend at Silverstone I’ve had a lot of catching up to do with the F1 news.
Obviously the big story at the moment continues to be the developments in the FIA-FOTA row. The teams remain resolute in their insistence that they will form a breakaway championship. But is it all just a tactic to encourage a coup against Max Mosley within the FIA when the World Motor Sports Council meets on Wednesday?
Bernie Ecclestone, meanwhile, has said he will make sure that F1 continues to exist. Whether that means he will prevent a split from happening, or let it go ahead and then pick whichever one he considers to be the best bet to have the name ‘Formula 1’ applied to it, remains to be seen.
Bernie Ecclestone: “I have given 35 years of my life and more to Formula One. My marriage broke up because of Formula One, so I am sure as hell not going to let things disintegrate over what is, in the end, basically nothing. If you analyse the problems, there aren’t any that can’t be easily solved.”
"My impression is that if you look at the overwhelming support from the public, ultimately there has to be a significant move from the federation."
Flavio Briatore: "Max is going personal all the time. I'm too much of a gentleman to go personal. If he wants to go personal, I have a lot to say about Max. I know. He needs to stop insulting people."
"Sources within the paddock suggest that Mosley's sudden reappearance may have been motivated by a desire to seek a quick resolution to Formula One's problems – which some attribute to his style of management – because he has got wind of a possible coup at the FIA's World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on Wednesday."
"We are in a phoney war period now. There will be claims and rumours swirling around as each side looks to exploit the other’s weak points. Rumours of Mosley dropping the legal action against FOTA came out of an interview he did on Sky Italia yesterday. (Ferrari is certainly not dropping its arbitration against the FIA in Lausanne, which started last Monday)."
Simon Gillett: “There are elements that certain things have to arrive on my grid. and if they don't I would have the right to a discussion with Bernie. It (the FIA/FOTA budget cap stand-off) causes us a little bit of a slow-down, potentially, but the people we're dealing with are intelligent people. They read the news and see it for what it is."
"The updates include a new endplate which is slightly bent, allow a little more air to be accellerated under the front wing rather than pushed around the front wheels. Aside of the front wing adjuster, the fixed panels have also been revised, now featuring a curvature of the lower element."
"It was only back in Monaco that Red Bull introduced its revised package aimed to benefit from a new double decker diffuser, and now again the RB5 is fitted with an update. The element is possibly as good an improvement as the original DDD was."
Adrian Newey: "We feel we are in the same position as Brawn. I think this circuit has suited us very well, and equally it hasn't suited the Brawn. So it hasn't been a normal weekend – we shall see."
Peter Windsor: "We're getting near to the point where we start looking at drivers and Danica is on our list for sure, because she's the best-placed American in the leading single-seater championship of the United States."
Martin Whitmarsh on Lewis Hamilton's performance at the end of the British Grand Prix: "He gave an exuberant performance on the slowing down lap which was not necessarily a good thing for the engine or the gearbox which we need to use again. But I am sure the people down at Stowe and Copse appreciated it."
"More than 130,000 unique users (individual visitors) visited autosport.com after it broke news of the rebel Formula One racing teams’ intentions just before midnight on Thursday. A team source dragged Jonathan Noble, Autosport group F1 editor, out of bed to tip him off about the story on the eve of the British Grand Prix." Congratulations to Autosport!
Lewis Hamilton: "When you look back at the history of the sport, you see that there are four special circuits in Formula 1 – Monaco, Monza, Spa and Silverstone. I was at the BRDC clubhouse the other day and I was looking at some old pictures of past Silverstone race drivers – there were shots of Fangio, Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill plus many more. So to race at Silverstone, it has an extra meaning – Copse is still pretty much the same now as it was when the race was held here in the 1950s. All the corners have names rather than numbers, and names that have a meaning. To have won here, as at Monaco, has an extra significance and importance. I will always remember the crowd's reaction when I took pole here in 2007, I could hear them cheering above the noise of the engine on my slow-down lap, and also winning here last year and jumping up onto the podium. But I just have a feeling that we haven't seen the last of this place. I hope so, anyway."
"For any partisan Brits who are reading this, I prefer not to see one driver dominate the championship. Just because he hails from these shores and began the year as more of a ten-foot-underdog than a mere unfancied runner, it doesn't mean we should all jump out of our socks when he takes the chequered flag every other weekend."
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