Domenicali: Alonso & Vettel could “coexist” at Ferrari

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea, 2011In the round-up: Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso could work as team mates at Ferrari.

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Two generations compared (Ferrari)

Stefano Domenicali: “I think [Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel] are both intelligent guys and they could easily coexist together.”

Banker admits taking F1 sale bribe (FT, registration required)

“A German banker has for the first time told a court he accepted ‘bribes’ from Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One chief executive, when the motor sport was sold to a private equity group.”

Ecclestone faces new ??28m bribe claim (The Telegraph)

“Ecclestone remained defiant, telling The Daily Telegraph that Gerhard Gribkowsky, formerly the chief risk officer at state-owned bank BayernLB, was merely trying ‘to save himself’ and insisting once again that he has ‘nothing to hide’.”

Simon Roberts Q&A: McLaren may have cracked Button?s issues (F1)

“I think going into Valencia we are quite optimistic we have identified them. I think we can have a slightly different way of getting Jenson [Button's] car under him for both qualifying and the race.”

Pirelli aims to stay in F1 after 2013 (Autosport)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “Our current contract runs until the end of 2013, but we always intended to be in F1 for the medium-to-long term. The deadline for the 2014 decision is next June.”

Jaime Alguersuari column: Valencia Grand Prix preview (BBC)

“The differences between the performances of the cars are still very small, both over one lap in qualifying and in various situations over a race distance. Some are cars are better in qualifying than races – and vice versa.”

The darker side (Grand Prix)

“We?ve seen some spectacular and terrifying shunts since then but the consequences have not been tragic. No one, however, would be daft enough to assume that the cars are perfectly safe. The quest to protect spectators, officials and drivers is relentless. And always will be because the nature of our business demands it.”

Ferrari online auction raises ??1.45m for victims of Italian earthquakes (James Allen on F1)

“Over ??1.4m of the overall total came from an [American] bidder alone who for that money will get his hands on the stunning Ferrari 599XX that was made available as one of the lots, the new owner to have the sportscar delivered to him by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the Italian GP in September.”

Driving standards and blocking ?ǣ A Stateside view from James Hinchcliffe (The Buxton Blog)

“IndyCar used to race with a rule that didn?t allow ANY defending. You could not deviate from the racing line at all. This rule is asinine and in my mind ruined the racing in IndyCar for years. This year we have moved to a version of the rule that allows defending, creates racing, but is still safe.”

Comment of the day

Saturday’s Caption Competition produced loads of great entries including those from DomPrez, Dan Thorn, Cornflakes and an especially clever one from Prisoner Monkeys.

But my favourite was this from Bullfrog:

Sir Stirling Moss, 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed

“If I ever break my leg falling down a lift shaft, I want crutches like these!”

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On this day in F1

Ayrton Senna scored the last win for the original Lotus on this day in 1987 in the Detroit Grand Prix. He was at the wheel of a Honda turbo-powered Lotus 99T.

Fellow Brazilian Nelson Piquet was second ahead of Alain Prost.

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62 comments on Domenicali: Alonso & Vettel could “coexist” at Ferrari

  1. Paulocreed (@paulocreed) said on 21st June 2012, 18:08

    Along with the round-up, I came across this article about the title of this thread.

    http://www.auto123.com/en/racing-news/f1-vettel-too-young-for-ferrari-switch-says-bernie-ecclestone?artid=144813

    This is what struck me most of the article:

    “The ‘F1 supremo’ also mused about his sport’s rules, sympathising with those who are accused of skirting too close to the boundaries of legality.
    “If I were a team boss,” said the former Brabham owner, “I would definitely try as best as I could to exploit the rules as well as I could.”
    He also threw a barb at F1′s governing body.
    “I really understand hardly any of the FIA’s decisions,” said Ecclestone. “I think the technical rules should be written so that even someone like me can understand them.”
    Ferrari team boss Domenicali agreed: “The fans do not understand why a car is legal today and illegal the next, which for the sport is a problem for the credibility.”

    What do you think?

    • Robbie (@robbie) said on 21st June 2012, 19:24

      I think that BE is being a bit disingenuine with his comments. I think that the rules and their enforcement are intentionally designed to stir up the story of F1, to create controversy, which is what makes for headlines and publicity. I think that if the rules were so cut and dry simple to understand, no room for doubt, there would be far less to talk about in F1. But I also think that it isn’t always a bad thing to have some shades of gray in the rules in order to allow teams to interpret them a little differently from each other. It’s the enforcement of the rules that I think is the most difficult for people to understand, or better said the inconsistancy of the enforcement, not the rules themselves. It’s that inconsistancy that may shadow the sport with credibility issues at times. Webber’s car had holes in the floor and he won Monaco and for the next race the holes are determined to be illegal. I don’t know if that is ‘exploiting the rules as well as they could,’ or blatantly doing something illegal, or genuinely unknowingly doing something illegal until it was pointed out to them, but I sure can see why it would leave some people scratching their heads as to how MW gets to keep the win with an illegality. Was it illegal but just not significant enough to say said illegality caused the win? Should that matter? Should it be about the spirit of the thing and if they were literally trying to cheat should they get to keep the win?

      Inconsistancies seem to dominate F1, but they also maximize the buzz. And BE knows it.

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