Rosberg hits out at media “misrepresentation”

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In the round-up: Another F1 driver complains about the media coverage he received in Valencia.


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Nico Rosberg: “There was a serious misinterpretation of statements.”

“I would like to set the record straight: I am a fan of the German women?s football team and will be cheering them on during the World Cup. Equally, I also follow some of the events in the Paralympics.”

UK must value F1 industry – Parr (BBC)

“Parr believes that the prized asset of the UK business cluster in central England dubbed ‘Motorsport Valley’ is something that could be targeted by countries like China in the long-term.”

Audi impacted 2013 engine decision – Newey (ESPN)

“Adrian Newey has revealed that Audi was the driving force behind the aborted plans for Formula One to switch to four-cylinder engines in 2013.”

Red Bull eyeing new Renault engine deal (Autosport)

Red Bull Racing has set its sights on extending its engine partnership deal with Renault – having revealed it was already close to a new contract before last week’s rules switch to 1.6-litre V6 turbos for Formula 1 in 2014.”

McLaren: European GP wing movement (Scarbs F1)

“However this movement is caused, it is likely to spark questions on flexible aerodynamics, although its clear the McLaren was passed as legal by the FIA scrutineers checks.”

Hamilton and Button get arty for British Grand Prix exhibition (Daily Mail)

“The images chosen by the British pair include Nigel Mansell famously giving Ayrton Senna a lift back to the pits in 1992 after the Brazilian retired on the final lap, two-time world champion Graham Hill arriving at the track on a monkey bike, and Hamilton winning his maiden British Grand Prix in 2008.”

Q&A Adrian Sutil at Europe (Force India)

“I think the DRS zone didn?t work very well. The first activation point was far too late, and the second was not necessary, because there?s a third gear corner where you can?t be close at all, and we lose so much in the exit that you are never close enough to pass. I would need the whole first straight with DRS, but the activation was working 400m after the exit of the previous corner.”

Exclusive interview – Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn (F1)

“I wouldn?t go so far as saying that I have some kind of ??mother role? [with the drivers] because I don?t consider myself that old and they are not so young any more that it would fit in that equation. Our talks are never very confrontational, but they are very clear. It is a kind of, you say it once and it has to be done – there are no excuses. I?m probably more strict in some ways – but also more approachable!”

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Comment of the day

A conversation on Twitter about oval racing sparked fresh debate on an earlier article, Why F1 should race on ovals. Here’s what Alan had to say:

I?d love to see an F1 race on an oval, even if they decided to do a non-championship event (remember those?) as a tester one year to see how it goes I?m sure they could fit it in where Valencia is right now given it would come straight after Canada.

Watching the video, though, it seems there is one point where F1 would really need to tread carefully. Those IndyCars are capable of slip-streaming each other quite efficiently, a feature F1 cars have obviously been lacking in recent years and I?m quite sure an oval is one track where DRS would not act as an aid given that you?d be in the wall faster than you could blink if you opened it I reckon.

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On this day in F1

Around this time of year we used to have the French Grand Prix. Sadly, the country that gave the world Grand Prix racing has not been on the calendar since 2008.

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80 comments on Rosberg hits out at media “misrepresentation”

  1. sam3110 (@sam3110) said on 29th June 2011, 0:11

    I would love to see Audi come to F1, and hopefully spark a frenzy of manufacturers lining up for a slice of the new V6 pie

    • Calum (@calum) said on 29th June 2011, 0:21

      How does their V6 Turbo diesel LeMan engine (theoretically) compare to the new F1 engine?

      I hope VW (Audi owners) get involved with F1, and I hope BMW come back as an engine manufacturer.

      I think we will see a big German company enter F1 to provide Mclaren with new engines if Merc are serious about meking their team front runners – it would be easier for Mclaren and Mercedes if they had differant engines.

      And Mclaren-Porsche has a nice ring to it! ;)

      • David-A (@david-a) said on 29th June 2011, 1:18

        Mclaren-Porsche has a nice ring to it!

        Sure does, Prost won back-to-back championships in a Mclaren-Porsche! ;)

      • Lee said on 30th June 2011, 23:42

        Porsche pretty much own VW so it would be interesting to see if they tag their name on instead of Audi as I am sure there have been rumors of Porsche wanting to enter F1 in some way.

        • BasCB (@bascb) said on 4th July 2011, 22:34

          Not any more Lee. They had a big share and were talking of taking over VW altogether in 2008/early 2009. But with the financial crisis Porsches financial clout diminished a bit, while VW wat spot on in the lower end markets and therefore by now VW has all but finished the Merger/takeover of Porsche!

    • TheBrav3 said on 29th June 2011, 2:39

      Will not happen audi possibly being interested in f1 was what sparked the *entire* move to v4’s 10000 rpm engines in the first place. The rules were approved (sort of) then audi said they wern’t interested anyways. They are not going to change their minds now the rules have been changed again.

      Who needs them anyway? They have less imagination than the leather in my shoes, that doesn’t bode well for f1. My shoes are more unique to because of course all audis look almost exactly the same. Just like porsches and bmws

      • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 29th June 2011, 8:17

        Have a look at Audi’s Le Mans program if you want to see some innovation and imagination.

        • HoHum (@hohum) said on 29th June 2011, 14:52

          No-one in their right mind will want to manufacture an engine for F1 unless they get to supply every team, any superiority of design or performance will be dialled out by the FIA so your Bugati-McLaren will be overtaken on the straight by the Renault-Lotus but you still risk negative publicity if you have engine failure even if caused by installation issues.

        • TheBrav3 said on 29th June 2011, 20:37

          I have, i have been watching the series for the past 3 years and peugeot in that time has always looked soooooooooooo much sexyer.

  2. Calum (@calum) said on 29th June 2011, 0:16

    How about a CanAm F1 Roadtrip, got 3 weeks to spare?

    We race in Canada on the Sunday, then on the Monday F1 fans and the team trucks travel in a convoy from the Canadian GP in Montreal and through America to an oval in the USA to race.

    After the “Second Sunday 2hr Oval Endurance” the teams and fans travel off again on the Monday in an F1 convoy to Texas, and there will be a race once more at the Circuit of the Americas.

    That would be awesome, a giant continental F1 roadtrip! Anyone else up for it? :D

  3. hey (@hey) said on 29th June 2011, 0:23

    A road-car manufacturer that races successfully with 3.7L V6 turbo diesels isn’t going to care too much about whether it’s V4 or V6 1.6L turbo petrol hybrids in F1. Infact I think a lot of manufacturers would rather like the sound of that.

  4. F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 29th June 2011, 0:27

    i dunno why, but i find that nico rosberg story hilarious.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th June 2011, 7:23

      Same! What a bizarre read. I think he handled it very well.

    • Gustav said on 29th June 2011, 16:21

      Quote: “Journalist in the background: Women are essentially handicapped.”

      It was a very funny read, but I honestly believe that Nico made a very good point.

    • macca77 said on 30th June 2011, 15:57

      Yeah it is funny, and a bit weird to find people like that Journalist that says he doesnt like women sports because they are not performing at the best level, weird question to begin with about the F1 Women Series, not sure who would be interested in Nico’s answer to that question. I think in F1, having a mechanical interface like these cars that are so complex, women and men could be in the same series.

  5. Ads21 (@ads21) said on 29th June 2011, 0:28

    Good for Nico, I’m glad the internet allows people to bypass the conventional media, such democratisation of knowledge does wonders for accountability. On the same day as some rather shoddy journalism by Johann Hari was exposed online Rosberg was able to articulately refute misrepresentations in the German press. Three cheers for the internet and twitter in particular.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 29th June 2011, 7:06

      Yeah, they put him down saying that he ranks Women football only at the level of the Paralympics (in a negative way). When he rather said he rates the both of them positively.

    • John H said on 29th June 2011, 11:28

      “I’m glad the internet allows people to bypass the conventional media”

      Hear Hear.

      • Gold Leaf said on 29th June 2011, 12:06

        The sooner the internet fully and finally steps on the expense-account throats of the bloated mainstream hacks the better.

        Their days of twisting stories and superficial sensationalism are numbered, and their passing won’t be mourned. They brought it on themselves.

  6. Michael Griffin said on 29th June 2011, 0:38

    The media mis-reporting (is that even the right term?) what drivers have said is infinitely more interesting than the snorefest I endured on Sunday.

    • rfs said on 29th June 2011, 0:52

      The race wasn’t that bad. It was rubbish compared to most races this year, but compared to races before 2011 it was fine.

      The track needs to go though. But according to this article, Valencia is going to replace Barcelona as the Spanish GP. The new contract will last until 2021.

  7. CarsVsChildren (@carsvschildren) said on 29th June 2011, 0:39

    Jeez, Nico got stuck between a rock and a hard place by the “journalist” didn’t he?

    No wonder these guys look so miserable during press conferences, if they have muppets like those trying to set the up and potentially ruin their careers at every turn….

    • Ads21 (@ads21) said on 29th June 2011, 0:50

      Reminds me of something Michael Owen said on twitter when talking to a football writer, he was saying that players have no trust in journalists and expect that whatever they say will be misrepresented. Makes them reluctant to open up and I imagine something pretty similar goes on with F1 drivers.

      • SparkyJ23 (@sparkyj23) said on 29th June 2011, 11:16

        The reason Footballers don’t speak to the journos is they REALLY don’t like being held to account or critiqued. They speak if they’ve got a story they want out but otherwise its the same old non statements. TBH if there is one profession that has the cash to fight mis-quotes its footballers. Sue if you’ve been libelled mr footballer otherwise shut up and stop lying.

    • spankythewondermonkey (@spankythewondermonkey) said on 29th June 2011, 11:42

      also explains why you see a team member with a recording device at every interview given by their drivers.

  8. MVEilenstein (@mveilenstein) said on 29th June 2011, 0:52

    Oval racing in F1 would work well, but DRS would not help passing.

    A venue like Indy or the (now) old Phoenix would be perfect – relatively flat track but high speeds.

  9. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 29th June 2011, 0:53

    Reports out of Spain suggest Catalunya will be discreetly dropped from the 2012 calendar, with Valencia being promoted to the title of Spanish Grand Prix and the European Grand Prix being discontinued (for now). Valencia would also be brought forward to May to take Catalunya’s traditional early-season spot.

  10. MVEilenstein (@mveilenstein) said on 29th June 2011, 0:57

    I’ll add this quote from one Keith Collantine to the discussion, before the inevitable “go fast, turn left” comments appear.

    Oval racing is poorly understood in F1’s European heartland and viewed with some hostility and derision. But those who trot out tired clichés like “it’s easy because you only have to turn left” should listen carefully to Doornbos’s words.

  11. d3v0 (@d3v0) said on 29th June 2011, 1:28

    If any anti-womans’ sports or sexism could even be found in that transcript came from the reporters, not Nico!

    • Gerdoner (@gerdoner) said on 29th June 2011, 2:11

      True, I was face-palming a few times reading the transcript.

      I heard this scenario is the reason why all interviews done by the drivers are taped by the media guys/girls of his team (insert comment about how good the Red Bull blonde looks): if one “journalist” tells some BS they can prove that it’s not what the driver said.

      • Calum (@calum) said on 29th June 2011, 4:48

        The one that shepherd’s the drivers round the press interview area post race?

        She’s tidy. ;)

        • d3v0 (@d3v0) said on 30th June 2011, 3:00

          Most of them are quite tidy. I never knew what exactly their purpose was so I asked Peter Windsor once via twitter. Mr. Windsor is quite fantastic when it comes to replying to tweets. He posted a pic of MW and his press manager and since I was tired of wondering who it was, I posted an @ reply (my first time doing that on twitter) and he told me it was his press manager. Made perfect sense, I felt rather dumb.. I wasnt sure if they worked for the team or for the driver.

  12. wasiF1 said on 29th June 2011, 2:12

    Audi to F1 sounds good to me,I always think that someone from Volkswagen group should come & join F1.

    • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 29th June 2011, 5:27

      Why? According to Newey, Audi stipulated as their entry conditions the switch to four pot turbos. F1 went to great lengths and approved those four-pot pathetics which go against everything F1 stands for, and are also much worse than V-type engines in terms of packaging. And then Audi decided that it won’t join anyway.

      So in essence, what they did, is get a free ride on F1’s publicity for a few months, which is much higher than endurance “racing”‘s and then bugger off.

      I say it’s a great thing they didn’t join, and we’ll have much better engines now. Good riddance Audi, don’t come again!

      • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th June 2011, 7:27

        Have you got a souce link for that, sounds interesting.

        • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 29th June 2011, 8:02

          Link to what? It’s all in the Newey’s ESPN interview in Keith’s round-up.

          • HounslowBusGarage (@hounslowbusgarage) said on 29th June 2011, 9:31

            It’s a slightly odd situation isn’t it? If the ESPN article is correct, then all the teams in F1 were swayed (however much against their wills) by the promise of one manufacturer entering the sport.
            I’ve just read the report again, and it doesn’t say that Audi were preparing to enter F1 as a team; could they have been planning to come in as an engine supplier only, with a very low price tag on their engines?
            Giving teams like Williams and HRT competitive engines on the cheap might be a way to get them to agree to using unstressed i-4’s instead of stressed v-6’s or v-8’s.

          • montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 29th June 2011, 21:34

            Interesting point. Although I still find it hard to believe all the rest of them(apart from bottom 4 teams) had agreed to it. But, as we know, normal logic doesn’t apply to F1…

  13. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 29th June 2011, 6:17

    Keith, you could also have titled today’s round-up with something like: “Marko questions Webber’s future with Red Bull” :

  14. What a beautiful video. The mid-late 90’s, probably my favourite period of watching F1. Several different champions in consecutive years, many different winners, many many surprises (Panis, Frentzen, Herbert to name but a few), a few more teams who were there for the thrill of it, and such a colourful field of cars. The racing was fairly good, and most of the points-paying positions were a free-for-all, this being a time where there was no chance in hell that every car would finish the race. Far from it… they broke, they crashed, they made mistakes.

    Although for the first time, I’ve watch that video and thought “wow… those cars are just about beginning to look… old.”

  15. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 29th June 2011, 9:33

    The 1997 French grand Prix was more exciting than the start looked.

    Schumacher led comfortably when towards the end of the race it started to rain. Schumacher was just far enough ahead to pit for intermediates, but he didn’t. Ferrari simply covered what Frentzen was doing and he didn’t come in either. Meanwhile other cars were slipping and sliding off the track, even Schumacher. But he kept it going and won the race.

    At the end, he let Ralf unlap himself as he was in 7th place, according to Murray ‘silly, because he’s got to do another lap’. Then Alesi took out Coulthard whilst fighting for position and Ralf was able to score a point.

    After the race Murray said ‘What a man, what a brother, what a world champion.’ I only wish today’s generation could be reminded of this Schumacher, the one I used to know so well.

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