In the round-up: Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo says some FOTA teams were unwilling to compromise.
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Luca di Montezemolo: “We have left FOTA of our own accord and without consulting anyone else, because we were tired of the compromises dragging it down […] there were some who preferred to only think of their own interests.”
“According to his own defence documents Mr Ecclestone sent secret payments via third parties in Switzerland in order to disguise their source.”
“I?óÔé¼Ôäóm back now, I want to establish myself, satisfy my team. As you say, your team mate is always the reference point. He?óÔé¼Ôäós very competitive, and in his second year he will also up his game a little bit, so it?óÔé¼Ôäós difficult to judge.”
“We’ll finally have the KERS we didn’t have last year, and that’s a big help. I remember that when I didn’t have it, in Toyota, it was a problem that made the difference.”
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Comment of the day
I agree that it would be a major boost to have an American on the grid (and I think in Alexander Rossi, we soon will do), but I think its more a question of marketing the events and presenting them in a way that appeals to the market. There?óÔé¼Ôäós an existing F1 fan base over in the States that understands the sport as well as we do over here, but to the average motorsport fan I think F1 still appears elitist and closed off.
To be fair, that’s probably not far off the mark.
But if F1 goes over there with the same open, fan-friendly mentality of the domestic series and gets decent coverage, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure it can become a success even without a home driver. Then when a home driver does arrive, BOOM. Off the scale.
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John Cooper, who pioneered rear-engined F1 car design in the post-war era, died on this day in 2000.
He designed the first rear-engined car to win the world championship, in 1959, and all his rival constructors soon followed his lead.