Jarno Trulli, Lotus, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Petrov and Senna not good enough – Trulli

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Jarno Trulli criticises teams who hire “those who pay” as speculation surrounds his future with his current team.


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Pay drivers ‘uncommitted’ says Trulli (ESPN)

Robert [Kubica] is a great driver who can get the very best from the car. Because of that they were a dark horse. When Robert was out, that was the end. Petrov was not in a position to lead the team, and Senna showed that he was not good enough.”

Berger – STR did the right thing (Sky Sports)

“The demands at Red Bull are very high, as we know, and these two [Alguersuari and Buemi] are at the best average.”

Abu Dhabi?s Aldar receives further bail-out (FT, registration required)

“Aldar, the struggling Abu Dhabi property developer, has received a second government bail-out package worth about $4.6bn, raising the bill for state assistance this year to almost $10bn.”

Mercedes on target with 2014 engines (James Allen)

Mercedes engine chief Andy Cowell: “The engines are high-revving. You don?t get the maximum fuel flow rate until you are above 10,500rpm, and the maximum revs are at 15,000rpm.??

Mann?s world a potent mix of dynamism, courage and a begging bowl (The Times, subscription required)

“In Europe, doing GP2 would cost at least ??1 million and double that for a good team, so it is not much different. But I have good relationships in the United States and people seem to want to help.”

Kubica loss ‘biggest blow’ to Renault (Autosport)

Eric Boullier: “We don’t know how much it cost us, because maybe part of the development of the forward exhausts could have been done differently with the comments of Robert.”

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Comment of the day

Sean Newman offers some perspective on the race ratings published yesterday:

The best racing for four years? Well the most passing yes for sure. The new-for-2011 combination of Pirelli, KERS and DRS, plus the more prevalent safety car periods promised the more unpredictable results that we crave. Yet somehow we got more one car, one driver domination.

You can only blame the rule makers for not making a more level playing field. DRS has devalued the art of overtaking and in my view it?s an unnecessary and unmitigated disaster. KERS I can live with because it can be deployed anywhere and at any time provided some is left. Also as in the old days of unreliability it adds an element of uncertainty, which is good. Pirelli have been great at mixing it up (not so much latterly) and I hope they continue to be brave with their compound choices.

So rulemakers, get rid of DRS and 75% of the downforce and next year will be even better.
Sean Newman

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