2013 calendar to have 20 races but no Valencia

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Start, Valencia, 2012In the round-up: the 2013 F1 calendar will retain 20 races but lose Valencia and is likely to swap the troubled Nurburgring for the Hockenheimring.

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Tobias Gruner via Twitter

“[Bernie] Ecclestone just visited the press room. He suggested next year’s calender has 20 races. No Valencia. Hockenheim instead of Nurburgring.”

Q&A with Red Bull?s Helmut Marko (F1)

“What you didn?t read anywhere is that the FIA stewards can only impose this 20-second penalty – there is nothing else in the regulations. I would say that it would make a lot of sense to differentiate this penalty into five, ten and 20 seconds. Not all offences are the same, but right now they tar them all with the same brush – and I don?t think that this is correct.”

Sixth Better Than Expected, Says Alonso (Speed)

“Second in the championship is (Mark) Webber, and he starts 11th, so hopefully we can keep him behind the whole race.”

Lewis Hamilton: “I just hope for once we have a good start” (Adam Cooper)

“Tyre strategy will be important tomorrow. Degradation will be interesting. I just hope for once we have a good start ?ǣ that?s what I hope for the beginning.”

Red Bull in suspension rules row (BBC)

“Asked why the suspension could be changed by hand when the rules state specifically that must not be possible, [Christian] Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, said: ‘There are a lot of parts that are changed manually on the car, but a tool was used.’”

Ted’s Notebook – Qualifying (Sky)

More on the Red Bull ride height row (video is UK-only).

Hungarian GP – Conference 3 (FIA)

Sebastian Vettel: “I think the impact in terms of set-up that we see these days is way less than compared to the past, so something like a real rain set-up doesn’t exist any more these days.”

Alonso ‘to credit for Ferrari form’ (Autosport)

Ferrari’s Hirohide Hamashima: “I get that feeling in meetings. Fernando is quiet, but he acts very correctly. He gives good comment but the expression is a bit different.”

Hungary crash has not altered Massa’s drive for success (The National)

“I have a good chance [of staying at Ferrari], but we will have to wait and see how things are going to be. At the end of the day, results on track are what counts.”

Historic 150th Pole Position reached in Hungary (McLaren)

Martin Whitmarsh: “My first race with the team was in 1990. It was the US Grand Prix in Phoenix, an unusual place to hold a Formula 1 race ?ǣ but it was a very successful event for the team. Gerhard Berger took pole position on his McLaren debut, outclassing Ayrton Senna ?ǣ which was a great achievement.”

Comment of the day

AndrewTanner on some of the results from qualifying:

So, so disappointed with Mercedes. Don?t know what happened with them. They have all the ingredients but seriously lack execution.

Pic beat Glock so that?s good for him and a nice change to see Vergne outside the bottom 7, only to be replaced with his teammate!

I expect Webber will be kind to his tyres and make up for today. Grosjean and Raikkonen have their best chance to score 25 points tomorrow and I hope they deliver, just as we?re getting some order together they could mess it up a bit!
AndrewTanner

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53 comments on 2013 calendar to have 20 races but no Valencia

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 29th July 2012, 11:07

    “What you didn’t read anywhere is that the FIA stewards can only impose this 20-second penalty – there is nothing else in the regulations. I would say that it would make a lot of sense to differentiate this penalty into five, ten and 20 seconds. Not all offences are the same, but right now they tar them all with the same brush – and I don’t think that this is correct.”

    Maybe Marko has a point, but whatever value it might have is lost in a sea of scepticism – would he be saying the same thing if Webber had been the one to pick up the penalty?

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 29th July 2012, 11:09

    Hockenheim instead of Nurburgring.

    But only if the Nurburgring’s financial issues cannot be resolved.

  3. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 29th July 2012, 11:15

    I like the calendar rumours.

    Valencia is boring IMO, a never-having-a-proper-straight type of industrial harbor. The only interesting features are the pit building and the bridge.

    Also, the Nürburgring is a soulless track, not just compared to the Nordschleife, but also, compared to the post-2002 Hockenheimring – the latter offers the classic Motodrom besides a good sequence of corners after the hairpin, which offer excellent multi-corner overtaking moves. The former has no unique feature, no character.

  4. Cyclops_PL (@cyclops_pl) said on 29th July 2012, 11:17

    Keeping an eye on Webber backfired some time ago, so I don’t think sticking to one rival is such a good idea.

    • Klaas (@klaas) said on 29th July 2012, 11:32

      I agree, Alonso shouldn’t consider Webber as a contender as RedBull would rather throw away the WDC than see Mark win over their golden boy Sebastian. The last races of 2010 clearly proved it. The focus should be only on the rival No1s Vettel and Hamilton.

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th July 2012, 12:20

    Oh, I got COTD, thank you @keithcollantine :D

    Must admit, I’m a little disappointed about Valencia, if it’s true. I do like the circuit, I think the final sector is superb. However, there has to be more to it than that. However, if we’re losing Valencia that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re losing the European GP, right? What will replace it?

    The ride-height issue for the RB8 is a funny one, why has it only come to light now? Seems rather unprofessional for the FIA to bring it to light if no action was taken. Where’s the proof of this supposed adjustable ride-height, by hand?

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