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

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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.

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

  1. Girts (@girts) said on 24th November 2011, 6:44

    I think money has always had a big impact on motorsports and most probably it always will. Racing fast cars is expensive and somebody has to pay for it, be it energy drinks companies, car manufacturers or rich individuals. Even future champions often spend their youth trying to find sponsors who would pay their bills while racing in Formula Renault or Formula Ford. For sure, it would be good to see talent and skills playing a bigger role in F1, which is the pinnacle of motorsport but noone should feel ashamed for accepting sponsors’ money to be able to pay for an F1 race seat, that’s just how the motorsport world is.

  2. nordmann (@nordmann) said on 24th November 2011, 8:11

    Hi, does anyone happen to know what the Autonomy software actually analyses? Is it the movement of the drivers within the car (???) or the movement of the cars? And for what purpose? Thanks

  3. Re: Barrichello
    The way I see it, from achievement point of view Barrichello’s career was over years ago. He’s got over two dozens of GP victories, some poles, some fastest laps, respectable total of points, and he is not going to add to this list even if he drives for many more years (well, perhaps a freak point or two if everybody else has an accident). The bottom line is, the only place where he can still score massively is style. And my advice would be to do anything he can to get a drive for 2012, even a single GP, and then retire no matter what, because the phrase “20 years in F1″ looks about a million times cooler than “19 years in F1″ or “21 years in F1″. Given that his chances of “25 years in F1″ are fairly slim, I say he should go for the “20”.

    And when I look at what he is doing, he might be thinking along similar lines.

    • bosyber (@bosyber) said on 24th November 2011, 9:57

      I do think that last year Williams seemed to have some promise, and with the innovative gearbox, and if the car had worked, he might have been fighting the Mercedes and Renault cars at the start of the year.

      IF, indeed. But still, that was the idea. That turned out a bit differently (as Williams recent history shows it was likely to, I suppose), and now Williams can’t afford to continue (or get back) on that path, as Barrichello is getting older, and they now have a bigger need to obtain sponsorship and less means of getting it due to dissapointing results.

      Still, it was a nice attempt, and it could have gotten him renewed success I think.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 24th November 2011, 13:06

      The way I see it, from achievement point of view Barrichello’s career was over years ago. He’s got over two dozens of GP victories

      No he dosen’t. He hasn’t even got one dozen GP victories.

  4. The Edge (@the-edge) said on 24th November 2011, 10:16

    i think Massa is the LAST person to be handing out advice on who should or should not retire

  5. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 24th November 2011, 10:31

    I’m finding Rubens’ situation a bit of a dilemma. On the one hand, it would seem wrong for us not to know if this is his last race – he’s been a big part of the sport and is a wonderful and very likeable character, and for him not to have a proper send off would be a big shame.

    On the other hand, he’s so passionate about the sport that him announcing his retirement because he’s not sure if he can find a drive for next season would be a limp exit. He’s always been a fighter and I think it would in some ways be more fitting for him to spend all winter fighting to find a seat for next season, and if he can’e get one then he’ll have retired not because he stopped loving it or felt he wasn’t good enough, but because there simply wasn’t enough space for him.

  6. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 24th November 2011, 12:35

    Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Rubens bring sponsorship with him to Jordan when he first started? I remember that the “Arisco” logo’s appeared on the cars of many Brazilian drivers over the years, including Rubens’ Jordan’s and every car Diniz ever went near.

  7. Both Rubens and Massa have had similar careers, they both have been runner-ups, they both had “full support” at Ferrari, had taken race orders for nothing (Austria 2002, Germany 2010), They both have always been praised as the Brazil’s Next Top Driver but then their careers stuck. I think it would be much accurate if it’s Rubens who advices Massa and not the other way. Rubens had his “I’m totally fed up” and Massa took the place (so great when he won the Brazilian GP in green uniform remember?). That looks ages far behind now.

  8. BasCB (@bascb) said on 24th November 2011, 16:00

    A bit of good news for UK fans from Sky? Making F1 available on Freewiew.

    • TheBrav3 said on 24th November 2011, 17:31

      Has bernie already bankrupted sky? either that or they havn’t had the increased subscriptions they were hoping for and are now desperatly trying to make something out of it. You don’t go from advertising something at x price and drop it down to 1/6th within a couple months unless it has some serious issues.

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