Rubens Barrichello, Williams, Suzuka, 2011

Massa tells Barrichello: Don’t pay to race in F1

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Felipe Massa calls it “absurd” half of F1 teams are looking for pay drivers.


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Felipe Massa calls on Rubens Barrichello to quit F1 with dignity (Daily Mirror)

“I haven’t advised him to quit because I feel he is old or something like that. But today in F1 there are 12 teams, and five or six are asking for money to give a seat. I think this is absurd. My opinion, which I told him, is that I can’t see Barrichello searching for sponsors to race after all he had achieved in F1.”

FOTA Future A Hot Topic In Brazil (Speed)

Nick Fry: “With the RRA, it really only affects four teams significantly, because they are the only ones big enough to reach the limit. If those four teams that do have enormous backing end up with a free situation, it?s only going to be to the detriment of the whole sport. We will end up even more than we have already with the same position as the English [football] Premier League, where there are four or five wealthy teams at the top. That?s not good for anyone.”

Focus on FOTA (Joe Saward)

“The answer that will probably emerge from the meetings in Brazil is that the RRA needs to be policed by someone other than a gentleman?s agreement. That needs to be an authority that has some clout and logically it would be the FIA if the sport is to remain neat and tidy. But the FIA is not going to take on such a task without having someone else pay for it.”

Q&A with Sa???l Ruiz de Marcos, HRT F1 Team CEO (HRT)

“It would save us time and effort, and also give the team an added value if we were based in Spain. Besides, we are one of the smaller teams in Formula 1 so we have to offer something different to our sponsors. We?ve had a logistical headquarters in Valencia since the 1st of November where we will work until the definitive base is ready.”

Police promise to protect F1 drivers from gunmen in Brazil (The Times, subscription required)

“Police escorts are expected to shield the multimillionaire drivers as they enter and leave the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo to avoid a repeat of the attempted raid on Jenson Button’s car last year.”

Williams via Twitter

“Mr Barrichello has very kindly invited the whole team karting today.”

Mark Simpson (Red Bull) via Twitter

“Day two done. Team being taken out to dinner tonight by [Sebastian Vettel], nice.”

Alan Baldwin via Twitter

“Jenson Button taking us out for dinner tonight. Great company, great food, great guy. And I say that with my impartiality hat on as ever.”

Autonomy in data deal to boost Mercedes F1 team (The Independent)

“The F1 team will use Autonomy’s Virage software to analyse video footage of its drivers and their rivals in real time.”

Toby Moody via Twitter

“Heard Charlie Moody died. The man who strapped Ayrton Senna into his first F1 car at Donington in ’83. Co-ordinator at KR & Suzuki Moto GP.”

Bruno Senna pre-Brazilian Grand Prix (YouTube)

SDR 4 Seb

Bid on one-of-a-kind F1 memorabilia to raise money for a three-year-old boy with cerebral palsy.

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Comment of the day

Petebaldwin fears the DRS zone at Interlagos will mitigate against proper overtaking:

It?s a real shame that they feel the need to use DRS on all tracks. When passing is possible without DRS, don?t use it. When passing is difficult, have 1 zone and when it?s virtually impossible, have 2.

We usually see great passes into turn one but I think it will be greatly reduced this year. If you pass into turn one, you?ll lose the place in the DRS zone just afterwards. You?re better off getting as close as possible in turn one and driving around the car in front in the DRS zone.

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On this day in F1

Five years ago today Lewis Hamilton signed to race for McLaren in 2007.

Despite coming off the back of consecutive championships in the F3 Euroseries and GP2 in 2004 and 2005, it was nonetheless a surprise to see McLaren put him straight in the top flight and in their own team, instead of seconded elsewhere.

But the gamble paid off – Hamilton came within a point of the title in his first season, and duly delivered it the following year. Not that there wasn’t the occasional controversy along the way.