Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

Ecclestone: Media ‘made up stories’ over Bahrain Grand Prix

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bahrain International Circuit, 2004In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone accuses the media of “making up stories” over the Bahrain Grand Prix.

New Unibet column

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I would be taking on some new projects in 2012 and here’s one of them. I’m writing a new column for betting company Unibet.

The column will appear every Tuesday, plus on race weekends on Friday and Saturday. Here’s my first Tuesday column as well as two for the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend:


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Bernie Ecclestone has no doubts about holding Bahrain race (BBC)

“The problem is people like you who make the concerns not the teams and not the people in Bahrain. Seriously, the press should just be quiet and deal with the facts rather than make up stories.”

Indecision rules (Darren Heath Photographer)

“The Bahrain event ?ǣ inextricably linked as it is to the rulers of the country, not a politically disinterested third party promoter ?ǣ runs a clear and present danger of being the focus of the protesters? ire. That?s a situation far removed from a grand prix such as that held in China, for instance. Formula 1 effectively put Bahrain on the international map, and for the sport to return to the kingdom while unrest is still very much an almost daily occurrence serves only to endorse the actions of those in power.”

F1 bosses stage show of support for Bahrain GP (Reuters)

Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani: “We are not witnessing [attacks on foreigners] in Bahrain. There hasn’t been any assaults on foreigners… maybe you are referring to the British guy who got his fingers chopped off, but that was an isolated incident.”

CVC prepares to refinance F1 loan (FT, registration required)

“The refinancing, being handled by Goldman Sachs and Royal Bank of Scotland, and expected to be completed by the end of April, will take place at the same time as F1 finalises a deal with the teams on a share of revenues, expected to last until the end of the decade.”

Red Bull find fault with Formula One cost-cutting measures (The Guardian)

“When FOTA was first created there were clear and tangible restrictions in personnel, amount of engines, gearboxes, in testing, all things you can see policed and genuinely save costs. They’re the type of things that should be focused on rather than apportionment of people’s time and equivalence which is, in any formula or mechanism, fraught with problems and difficulties.”

Felipe Massa desperate to save Ferrari career (The Independent)

“Instead of returning home to Brazil as initially planned, Massa today headed to Ferrari’s base in Maranello to assess where it has all gone wrong for him in the first two races of the season.”

A small party to celebrate the win with an old friend (Ferrari)

Luca di Montezemolo: “This victory must not be an isolated one, but rather the starting point to a season in which we want to be the best. To succeed, we have to be the best in our daily work in every sector. We know there is a lot to do, but we also know it?s not impossible.”

Kimi Malaysian Grand Prix review (Kimi Raikkonen)

“For me it was my debut with the rain tyres. While the lights went off, I had to take it easy, because I simply didn’t know how the tyres are behaving. Obviously, we had done only one installation lap before with the wet tyre, so we didn’t even know how to adjust the front wing for the wet race.”

Ticket sales open for Korea?s third F1 Grand Prix (The Korea Herald)

South Jeolla Province Governor Park Joon-yung: “We didn?t know what F1 was exactly when we first held the event and had many problems. Last year, we undertook a major overhaul of our organization, so there were some difficulties in preparations.”

What happened in the Malaysian GP: Engineers’ debrief (Caterham via YouTube)

Australian Grand Prix video highlights (F1)

Warning: Contains excessive amounts of Nicole Scherzinger.

Comment of the day

Stefano Domenicali points out that press criticism of Felipe Massa is much as it was at the Malaysian Grand Prix four years ago.

Fer no.65 doesn’t see it that way:

The difference between then and now is that Massa was running second at Malaysia, and then he retired. He was beaten by his team mate but not by much. Last Saturday, he was three-tenths slower than Alonso in Q1 even after trying with the softer compound.

Yes the car is bad, but the difference between the two has been enormous for quite a while now. In 2008, he was being beaten by Raikkonen for quite a while too but not by much and he was able to match his speed most of the time.
Fer no.65

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On this day in F1

Today in 2008 the FIA confirmed the eighth change to F1’s qualifying system within the space of five years.

Fortunately they now seem to have found a version they are content to stick with, in the form of the current ‘knockout’ format:

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