F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone suggests allowing new teams to run customer cars for three years before building their own.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“What I’ve been proposing is, perhaps, some of the teams at the bottom end of the grid should be able to run last year’s constructor’s car. So one of the other teams that you mentioned [HRT and Marussia] could run last year’s McLaren, or last year’s Red Bull, for three years until they get themselves together and then they have to go back to be a constructor.”
“The collapsed US bank Lehman Brothers has committed itself to cashing in its stake in Formula One motor racing within two years, according to documents released as part of the ongoing unwinding of the company. The stake is expected to yield a $1.5bn (£950m) payout to Lehman’s creditors, who are owed $450bn.”
“We could be ready to race it in 2013. But the regulations stipulate something else.”
“I think it’s impossible to have a Russian GP without a Russian driver! It is one of the biggest motivations for me – to make sure I’m on the grid in 2014. It must be the same for any athlete in any sport. To be able to compete at home means everything to you and it’s important to me that I’m there and in a car that I can really compete in. ”
“No matter how it goes in Melbourne, I would like to remind everyone that this will be the longest championship in the history of Formula 1 and we certainly won’t be able to draw conclusions after just one race.”
“Fact of the day: Sky makes £360 million a month in subscriptions. And that’s a low estimate. No wonder it can throw so much at F1 coverage!”
Comment of the day
Andy Darley on Maria de Villota becoming a test driver at Marussia. Andy previously wrote an article for F1 Fanatic on Superleague Formula, where de Villota has raced in recent years:
Look, I’m a huge believer in bringing more women into traditionally male roles in motorsport, including race seats. When my site was active, we were outspoken cheerleaders on the subject. I believe one of the F1 circus’s biggest lost opportunities was letting Simona de Silvestro slip away to American racing, and if I had a few spare millions down the back of the sofa I’d be investing it in Alice Powell.
But Maria de Villota has as much business being sat in an F1 car as I have. If you watched Superleague you’d have seen she was embarrassingly bad. Slow, stubborn when being lapped, and prone to hitting other cars. Some Superleague drivers were very good indeed, but the tail of the field was weak or inexperienced or both – and she was worse than the worst of them by quite a margin.
Yesterday when the press release went out from Mark Blundell’s 2MB that they were representing her, it was a real shocker. This goes a long way to explaining it.
But, please, no-one get the idea that this is the long-awaited and (for me at least) long hoped-for arrival of a female challenger in F1. She’s not up to the job. It’s not her age, it’s not her gender, it’s not even that money is certainly involved – it’s what she’s like behind the wheel.
As the old saying goes, she couldn’t drive a nail into a plank of wood.
From the forum
- Great tips on going to an F1 race for the first time, a debate on ear protection and a truly epic post by Alianora La Canta
- Take a peek at Sky’s F1 opening titles
- A question on F1 lap records
- Your thoughts wanted on pagination in articles
I’ve had a couple of complaints from users who’ve noticed extra entries for some races appearing in the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar.
I’ve been unable to replicate the problem myself, and one of the people who noticed it also observed that it cleared up by itself within 24 hours. I’m at a loss to explain what’s wrong so if anyone can shed some light please do.
Happy birthday to Icthyes and Les!
On this day in F1
Mike Gascoyne criticised Michael Schumacher who had complained about Jarno Trulli’s efforts to keep him behind during the 2002 Australian Grand Prix.
“His comments about Jarno defending his position were pathetic and inappropriate,” said Gascoyne. “Everyone wants to see racing and there were two guys racing for position. Michael had the better car and it’s up to him to pass.”
Trulli had crashed out while running second and trying to keep Schumacher behind: