Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2012

Lotus intend to spend more time developing E20

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Lotus technical director James Allison says the team will put more effort into its current car instead of next year’s in the second half of the season

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James Allison on the F1 Development Race (Lotus via YouTube)

Tom Cotter, President of the Group Bringing Formula One to New Jersey, Resigns (The New York Times)

“The race’s promoters insist that sanctioning and licensing payments to Bernie Ecclestone, the president of the series, are current, and that the race would follow the Montreal Grand Prix on the 2013 calendar, as intended.”

Button: Set-up blind alley caused slump (Autosport)

“The worst races for me were Monaco and Canada. That was difficult, but when you’ve been racing for as long as I have, you know there are reasons for you not being on the pace, and I think we’ve solved a lot of those issues.”

Why business is the real engine which powers F1 (Yahoo)

“Since the signing of the first Concorde Agreement, F1?s rights-holders have committed to keeping Grands Prix on free-to-air television: this has been a master-stroke, driving the sport’s average TV audience up to 515 million – making it the most-watched sporting event in the world over the course of a year. Coming full circle, F1 has established such a dominant position that it is now doing deals with subscription channels such as Sky Sports in the UK and Sky Italia in Italy. Despite having a seemingly unconquerable position, F1 has retained some degree of free-to-air coverage in these markets.”

Holidays and motor racing… (Joe Saward)

“The US automotive giant General Motors (GM) has announced a major new sponsorship, which should serve to wake Formula 1 up to the fact that it may not be doing everything right. GM is looking to turn Chevrolet into a global player. With new engines coming into F1 in 2014, it should have been an obvious decision to use the sport to do this, but GM has chosen to pay Manchester United $220 million over six years as its shirt sponsor from 2015.”

9.63s ?ǣ a numbers game (McLaren)

“55,372 – Number of full race simulations carried out in 9.63 seconds by James and his strategy team ahead of each Grand Prix.”

Jody Scheckter (The Mighty Arms of Atlas)

“We parked in the paddock and made our way on to the pits roof top viewing area, and from there we could see Jody Scheckter having his first ever drive in a Formula One car. Later that year Jody made his Formula One race debut driving for McLaren in the American Grand Prix.”

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Comment of the day

@Bosyber doesn’t think the return of engine development will necessarily lead to one team dominating:

If Renault are the best in 2014, the are quite willing to supply more than four teams, so it would be the top eight battle, and a group behind. But I doubt Ferrari would be that far behind and aero still counts.

Though if Ferrari is the very best engine, that?s a problem, unless Sauber really steps up, as we can?t expect Toro Rosso to do it; hoping for Ferrari to again be not-on-top with aerodynamics would be in line with recent history a bit I suppose, but you?d think they have learned the lessen by 2014.

Mercedes best? Well, if McLaren can still get that engine too, we?d have them and Mercedes (finally with a really competitive package for the whole year?), then Force India perhaps.
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