Welcome to the weekend! Here’s today’s round-up:
On Flavio Briatore telling Red Bull to support Mark Webber: “What else should he say as Mark?óÔé¼Ôäós manager? My answer is a clear ?óÔé¼?£no?óÔé¼Ôäó. Of course, I can imagine that Flavio would prefer it if we go the Ferrari way and put our efforts behind only one driver, but that would be wrong, as both are right in the middle of the fight for the title. The only thing we expect from them is that they don?óÔé¼Ôäót hamper each other.”
Having quit F1 last year BMW is now going to go up against Audi and Mercedes in the DTM.
Jean Todt: “At the moment it’s only some rumours about some interest for some countries in Africa to organize a Formula One event but I don’t see any opportunity in the next three to five years.”
Bernie Ecclestone: “In all the Olympic cities I have been to so far these venues are often almost never used after the games. I think it is very important that these things are thought through properly, and, obviously, that is being done in Sochi.”
Not a particularly interesting story in its own right but indicative of how they’re courting fans in the largely Spanish-speaking countries south of America, such as Mexico, who will have an F1 driver next year in the form of Sergio P?â?®rez.
“Word from F1 friends already in Korea isn’t good… Not much to do, horrible hotels and Mokpo, is best known for, ahem, nightly visitors.”
“My new helmet for Korea, colours of Virgin Racing.” (Click link for picture)
“Lee, a member of a motor racing fraternity, is planning to spend a weekend with other members in Yeongam next week. ‘I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been gathering information about the race. There seems not much about it. Well, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm a bit worried. But I?óÔé¼Ôäóm definitely going to see the race.'”
Check out this cool chart sent in by reader Petr Habala which shows how the points were shared between each team in every F1 season.
Comment of the day
Qualifying for the opening race of 1990 stands out for me. Although Pirelli’s one-lap rubber certainly helped. OK, so there was a Mclaren on pole as you’d expect, but alongside Berger’s Mclaren was not Senna’s sister car but Martini’s Minardi…then De Cesaris’ Dallara (y’know, them what made the HRT), Alesi’s Tyrrell… and Olivier Grouillard’s Osella lined up in 8th alongside Prost’s Ferrari. And these times were set in the dry! There was even a Eurobrun ahead of Mansell’s Ferrari
From the forum
Interesting discussion on Red Bull’s notorious flex-wings.
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On this day in F1
The 2005 season ended in Shanghai and four teams contested their last races.
The Minardi name raced for the last time, 20 years since it had first appeared in Formula 1. It was taken over by Red Bull and became Toro Rosso.
After 14 seasons in F1 Jordan was bought by the Russian group Midland. It raced in their colours for the first time in 2006 before being sold to Spyker. At the end of 2007 Spyker transformed into Force India.
BAR went through a similar number of changes. The Brackley outfit was taken over by Honda but they quit after three years. A management buyout put team principal Ross Brawn in charge and they won both championships last year, before Mercedes swooped in to buy the team.
Finally, Sauber contested what appeared to be their last race as BMW took over. But BMW quit at the end of last year and the Sauber name is now with us again.