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Ross Brawn questions need for DRS in F1

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Ross Brawn questions whether F1 needs DRS.

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Brawn wants DRS reassessed (Autosport)

“I think tyres have been a major element. DRS, as far as we are concerned, was introduced to stop the racing being processional and it hasn’t been because of the tyres, so I think at the end of the season with the FIA we should take a step back, look at where it hurt, look at where it helped, and see what we gained, and see if it has achieved all of its objectives.”

Neale: F1 teams need to stick together (Crash)

“Quite understandably, many of the teams mask the way in which their public accounts are provided so that you can’t reverse engineer what’s going on. Formula 1 has for decades been surrounded with a bit of mistrust and rumour – allegations about what are they doing, are they cheating on the circuit, have they got some new wonder device etc… – and I think that’s all part of the sport. I think in reality the bigger prize is that Formula 1 does need to stick together.”

Exclusive Q&A with Lotus?s Tony Fernandes (F1)

“Emotionally, I’d like to see [Karun Chandhok] in the car [at the Indian Grand Prix], but practically there’s no point in putting him in just for the sake of it. We have two extremely experienced race drivers and I’ve got to do what?s right for them and for the team, not for Karun or for the Indian fans. But ultimately it’s not my decision. I’ve told the team it?s up to them.”

Alan Permane via Twitter

“Had a walk around the track today, good improvements in the last sector with the walls moved back a little. more run off at turn three and turn four too.”

The sale of Force India (Joe Saward)

“If it turns out that [Vijay] Mallya is now announcing the sale of a minority of the shares or some such arrangement no-one is going to believe anything that he says as he will already have told a whopping great lie, insisting that the team is not for sale.”

Vicky Chandhok via Twitter

“Its a good thing to have Sahara in F1, could now attract the other Indian bigwigs too soon. Could see some big deals happening soon in India!”

Paul di Resta via Twitter

“Of to Korea now. Feeling much better, been visiting Tokyo for three days. A mad city that never stops.”

Modern F1 Colouring Pages (Car colouring pages)

“These are Formula 1 car colouring pages from the last few years.”

McLaren celebrates 700 GPs – the 100th car (McLaren)

“By the time Emerson [Fittipaldi] finished second in the 1975 Brazilian Grand Prix, our 100th race and the second round of the 1975 season, the M23 had notched up eight wins and 10 podium finishes.”

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On this day in F1

Damon Hill won the world championship 15 years ago today at Suzuka.

Hill effectively became champion when team mate Jacques Villeneuve crashed in turn one when he lost a wheel, but Hill sealed the title with a victory in his final race for Williams.

Michael Schumacher finished second ahead of Mika Hakkinen.

Martin Brundle, fifth, scored points in his final F1 race, behind Gerhard Berger and in front of Heinz-Harald Frentzen.