Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Hungaroring, 2012

Running an F1 team “like warfare” says Williams CEO

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Hungaroring, 2012In the round-up: Williams CEO Alex Burns likens running an F1 team to “warfare”.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Festival of Business: Williams’ search for a winning formula (The Telegraph)

“The technology, high- performance engineering, use of carbon-fibre composites, that?s all like aerospace. What?s different is the speed we do things here, the intensity of the competition. Being focused on the end game of doing better at racing ? that drives an incredible speed of decision making and innovation.”

Narain’s F1 demo drive plan cancelled (Deccan Herald)

“The demo drive was caught in a legal tangle after a social activist filed a PIL in a local court seeking cancellation of the demo, saying 40kph [24.8mph] was the maximum permissible speed limit on the road from Kowdiar Palace to Fine Arts College, where the drive was to be organised.”

Indian F1: 21,000 tickets sold already (NDTV)

“With just two months left for the F1 Indian Grand Prix, the organisers have sold 21,000 tickets, with the maximum sale coming from South India where more than 6000 fans have bought the entry tickets.”

Mita ihmetta!? F1-tahti kaljoitteli MM-kultaa (Iltalehti, Finnish)

Pictures of Valtteri Bottas competing in a triathlon-type event which appeared to include necking a large glass of beer! Thanks to @Nebulaf1ghter for the tip.

9 Formula One Drivers Lucky To Be Alive (DownUnderSteer)

“The drivers on this list are the ones who all had their bell rung since that fateful day at Imola but can still talk about it today, even if some of them still don?t quite remember the fine details.”


Looks like Eliseo Salazar will be the drivers’ advisor to the stewards in Spa:

Comment of the day

There was no shortage of great suggestion in yesterday’s Michael Schumacher Caption Competition. Among the best were those from Verstappen, Thecollarboys, Cryptowillem, Myles Scullion, Matt and Max Jacobson.

But my favourite this week came from Sumedh:

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, 2012

I am still number one among the over-forty-years-old in F1. In your face, Pedro!

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On this day in F1

Felipe Massa won the Turkish Grand Prix five years ago today, leading home a Ferrari one-two ahead of team mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Lewis Hamilton held third until suffering a puncture which dropped him behind team mate Fernando Alonso and Nick Heidfeld.