Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2012

Webber tips Lotus to shine in Malaysia

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Melbourne, 2012In the round-up: Mark Webber expects the Sepang International Circuit to suit Lotus.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Mark Webber reflects on positive opening (BBC)

“Malaysia is quite an aerodynamically demanding track and the Lotus looks good in that area, so I’d also expect a challenge from Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in Sepang.”

Christian Horner Q&A (Grand Prix)

“We chose not to protest [against Mercedes] and there are teams that were more animated than us. The thing we have asked Charlie Whiting for is clarity because one could argue that it is a switch that is activated by the driver, which wouldn’t be in compliance. There will be a load of debate before Malaysia.”

John Barnard on Formula 1 today (MotorSport)

“If you wanted to come today and do a car from a clean sheet of paper, certainly in F1, you?d have a hell of a job to make anything that looked different. Apart from the details, it would be very similar.??

BSkyB chief says F1 story was pulled as news team had not been ‘briefed’ (The Guardian)

“The chief executive [Jeremy Darroch], discussing the F1 story controversy for the first time, said that the “issue was about process” and that Sky’s sports team on the ground at Melbourne ?ǣ the site of last weekend’s 2012 season opening Grand Prix ?ǣ “weren’t properly briefed” ahead of publication.”

The Inside Line – on Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel (F1)

“Q: If you could banish one thing from your life – for the rest of your life – what would it be?
SV: If I could, it would be the internet. Unfortunately I can?t because the decision is not mine to make, but I think we all use the internet more than we think. I am aware that the internet can do a lot of positive things, but there are also negative aspects and that?s why I believe in a healthy dose of ‘self-limitation’, as of course banishing it is not an option.”

Aerolab vindicated by Force India ruling (Autosport)

Aerolab managing director Jean-Claude Migeot: “We are pleased that the truth is out, which was the main difficulty before Force India was trying to demonstrate a huge conspiracy between Team Lotus, Mike and myself, which actually never existed and was never found in any evidence.”

India’s Kingfisher Air flies towards point of no return (Reuters)

“[Vijay] Mallya, who with his cricket and Formula One racing teams and flashy lifestyle bills himself as the ‘King of Good Times’, has failed in numerous bids to bring in fresh equity. His options are hobbled by a 49 percent cap on foreign investment.”

Comment of the day

Colossal Squid sees through Ferrari’s PR:

I have to laugh at the Ferrari press statement they made about giving Felipe [Massa] a new chassis for Malaysia. It was something along the lines of “to determine the unusual performance of the car” during the weekend.

The article then goes on to emphasise how Ferrari are doing everything to support Felipe. It?s hard to see that when they question Felipe?s (admittedly very poor) performance itself in the same article.
Colossal Squid

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