Webber’s Red Bull future to be decided “on results”

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Montreal. 2012In the round-up: Mark Webber says his future with Red Bull Racing will be determined by how he performs for the remainder of the season.


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Webber says he is unlikely to look beyond RBR for 2013 if results stay good (Autosport)

??The situation depends on the results I get this year. They’ve been very inconsistent this year. Up to the Monaco GP I hadn’t even been on the podium, then I won. But qualifying has so far gone very well for me. As far as I’m concerned, I’m driving very well, and I see no difference with last year’s situation.??

Mallya: Force India must raise game soon (Formula1.com)

Vijay Mallya: ??Formula One is hard to predict at the moment. It?s seriously competitive with seven different winners in seven races, all of which is great for the sport. But while it?s hard to predict, we still need to lift our game, especially if we want to target fifth or sixth in the constructors? championship. Yes, we?ve had one of our best starts to a season ever in terms of points scored, but the teams around us have also performed exceptionally well.??

Teams Could Fold If Costs Not Reduced – Todt (SPEED)

Jean Todt: ??For me, Formula One is too expensive. If we do nothing, we could get into a situation where we have less than twelve teams on the grid.??

Caterham eye Q2 with upgraded car (Sky)

Technical director Mark Smith: ??We have a couple of quite significant updates coming in Valencia and Silverstone – we will take a look at a number of new aerodynamic elements in Valencia as well as some minor modifications to the floor, and even though we will not know exactly what they will give us until we get out on track, we are cautiously optimistic they will help us keep edging ever closer to the midfield.??

Lotus and Sauber to spring a surprise in Valencia? (JAonF1)

??This year?s race at Valencia will again hinge on race strategy, as this is a particularly hard track on which to overtake. Last year the top three finishers all used a three stop strategy, with used Soft tyres for the first three stints and new Medium tyres for the final stint. This year with the gap in performance between the two tyre compounds likely to be smaller, we should see more variety than that.??

Red Bull Racing’s ‘Faces for Charity’ raises ??1 million (Autosport)

??Red Bull Racing’s ‘Faces for Charity’ initiative that it is running at the British Grand Prix has raised an impressive ??1 million. The Milton Keynes-based outfit offered fans the chance to upload pictures of their faces, which will then be painted on to the side of the cars driven by Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at Silverstone.??

Tyred of all the criticism (ESPN)

Peter Windsor: ??As it happens, Pirelli have an impeccable record so far in terms of real tyre ‘problems.’ They have produced a range of compounds in concert with an F1 market survey that demanded “more overtaking” and “closer racing”. They have tried to be innovative when it comes to colours and graphics. They have provided more running data than any tyre company in the history of the sport. They have shrugged away unfounded criticism without rising to the bait.??

F1’s greatest drivers – Number 13: Nigel Mansell (BBC)

??Formula 1 commentary legend Murray Walker looks at the career of 1992 world champion, and his great friend, Nigel Mansell, who has been voted number 13 in BBC Sport’s greatest driver series.?? (Video. UK users only)

Mika Salo via Twitter

??On my way to Valencia,different kind of job this weekend. Steward in F1 race,should be interesting.??

Ross Brawn exclusive Q&A (Mercedes GP via YouTube)

??We caught up with Ross ahead of the European Grand Prix to talk about the 2012 season so far, the team’s performance and recent reliability issues…

Comment of the day

is pleased to hear of the healthy demand for tickets for November’s United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas.

Really good to see the US GP seeing strong sales. I?m always reminded of the message that F1 needs an American round if it?s to be a global sport, so it?s good to see it go back there on a circuit built specifically for this type of racing, much like Watkins Glen was when it maintained a strong following.

The acid test is yet to come, though, as year two will truly test how popular the sport is. That especially true considering that the grand prix in New Jersey is set to go ahead then. With the prospect of trying to attract fans deep into NASCAR country, it?ll be interesting to see how the organisers fare.

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On this day in F1

Five years ago today the full scale of Robert Kubica’s crash in the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix became known.

Kubica survived a head-on impact with the wall at 230kph which produced a peak force of 75G. He missed the following race in Indianapolis, allowing Sebastian Vettel to make his F1 debut in his place.

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57 comments on Webber’s Red Bull future to be decided “on results”

  1. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 20th June 2012, 13:44

    That’s a pretty good blog from Peter Windsor. I don’t think that we should be wrapping Pirelli up in cotton wool, if they were doing a bad job then they need to be brought up on it, however, they’re doing a great job and should be recognised for doing so.

    A lot of arm-chair experts are pulling Pirelli apart for no reason whatsoever and it is annoying. It’s annoying because Pirelli are being good to us, they’re doing what we asked for, being incredibly open and accessible and above all producing some good races where otherwise we may have suffered. It’s also annoying because these arm-chair experts are pretty much wrong in all their assessments. Of course, people like to make a drama about things in F1, it wouldn’t be F1 without someone complaining, but it’s just frustrating that those who chose to follow the highest level of motorsport seem to have very little capacity to appreciate why the tyres are the way they are and nor do they want to be educated.

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 20th June 2012, 16:49

      I think Pirelli are doing as they have been asked and so criticism from those who don’t agree that they are doing a good job should direct said complaints toward F1/FIA. I don’t know that there is a fear, or should be, of scaring Pirelli away from F1 as Windsor suggests could happen if people inside F1 don’t veto themselves, and at the same time it is constructive criticism that affects change just as he claims it was people’s criticism of lack of passing that has brought us to where we are. I think that when even the drivers can’t explain why one day they are hooked up and the next day they are not, such is the unpredictabiity of the tires, then perhaps there is room for tweeking, but again, that criticism should be directed more toward F1 than Pirelli. Many criticise F1 for DRS, so obviously they don’t get everything right in everyone’s mind, and many feel the same way about how the current tires have affected things and think they still need tweeking. I think a lot of people educated in F1 don’t want a lottery and don’t like the concept as MS explained of them being limited by the tires from pushing the cars to their maximum ability. Again, point the finger at FIA then, not Pirelli.

    • javlinsharp (@javlinsharp) said on 20th June 2012, 19:45

      I do have tire gripes, but none against Pirrelli

      Why must a driver use Both compounds?
      Why must a driver start on their fastest Quali tires?
      Why has the FIA required a Cliff drop off in tire performance?
      Good on Pirelli for doing what their told, now if only the boss were’nt such an idiot..

      On the other side… 7 winners in as many races, the “show” is great. You cant really argue with results…

      • Robbie (@robbie) said on 21st June 2012, 14:27

        That’s just it though…you can argue the results if they come from tires falling off the cliff…you can argue the results if they are coming from a ‘lottery.’ I’m not saying I have a huge issue with how it has gone so far, but I’m just thinking of things that drivers like FA have said in that if it appears to be a lottery then that takes away from F1. ie. there still should be some perception that the better teams are going to be rewarded, and the lesser teams shouldn’t just get away with wins for spending half the money and effort just because their tires happened to hook them up that day.

        But that said I do think the days are numbered that we won’t see a repeat winner (the odds favour it although MS, RG, and KR could easily be ‘new’ winners yet), and I do think many teams are getting a handle on the tires and they are becoming a little less unpredictable as would make sense simply from races being run and time being put in allowing the teams to compile data and understanding.

  2. coefficient (@coefficient) said on 21st June 2012, 9:29

    Just wanted to say Labas Rytas to everyone from sunny Lithuania. On holiday here with wife and Coefficient jnr. Also visiting the wife’s family whilst we’re here. So I’ll have a Didelis Alus for you all, Į Sveikatą.

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