F1 Fanatic round-up
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Costs are my main objective, because they must be lowered by a further 30 per cent in the next three years, otherwise we’ll lose several teams.”
“If Formula 1 is not any more an extreme technology competition, where the technology can be transferred to the road car, maybe we can see Formula 1 without Ferrari.”
“As has happened before on the occasion of the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo invited FIA President Jean Todt and FOM CEO Bernie Ecclestone to a meeting at Maranello today.”
“Team bosses predict only Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari will supply engines from 2014, when new rules will stipulate that cars must use less fuel-hungry V6 engines to better align F1 with environmental concerns.”
“The 45-year-old Italian claimed his first gold medal in the 16-kilometer H4 Time Trial on Wednesday, and added gold in the 64-kilometer Individual H4 Road Race competition at the Brands Hatch circuit.”
“McLaren looked very strong so we need to find something extra.”
“Former BMW and Renault F1 star Robert Kubica looks set to make his return to competition this weekend, with reports suggesting he will take in the Ronde Gomitolo di Lana rally in Italy.”
“I think Lewis is going to develop his brand and we don’t have a problem with that. We are happy with that. But first and foremost he is a race driver – and the best way to develop his brand is to win on Sunday and then win in two weeks’ time and so on and so forth. First and foremost Lewis Hamilton is a world-class athlete and a race driver – and that is how we think he should develop his brand.”
David Coulthard: “We are heading for some fairly major changes in the sport. The new V6 1.6-litre engine, due to be introduced in 2014, means that it may make sense for a star such as Hamilton to align himself with a manufacturer.”
Highlights from the Belgian Grand Prix, including Kimi Raikkonen telling his race engineer “I know what I’m doing!” after being warned about Michael Schumacher behind him.
“‘Ferrari is a disease,’ according to Scuderia Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, ‘a nasty, contagious illness. This is the most prestigious, the best known racing team in the world. For our fans Ferrari amounts to a sort of inebriation. Ferrari is so special because it provides such great emotion.’”
Tough day today. Missing the morning session and some technical problems delayed the setup work in practice. Hoping to catch up tomorrow!
— Bruno Senna (@BSenna) September 7, 2012
— Paul Hembery (@PaulHembery) September 7, 2012
The gearbox on Fernando’s car can be replaced without penalty as this was not a race unit.
— Scuderia Ferrari (@InsideFerrari) September 7, 2012
Comment of the day
I think this is really sad. He’s selling his genuine trophies? Like Monza ’99? These were won through determination and hard work, and I think it’s very bizarre that he would want to frivolously sell them. Does he need the money? I’m led to believe not, I think he has money in property etc…
But not only is he selling trophies he’s won, he’s selling personal gifts from drivers too. Like the Schumacher helmet, with it’s personalised message on. For me, it’s akin to selling a letter someone writes you. I would’ve hoped that Eddie Jordan would attach more sentiment to them than this.
From the forum
No F1 Fanatic birthdays today.
On this day in F1
Stirling Moss scored a dominant win for Vanwall in the season finale at Monza on this day in 1957.
The only other driver on the same lap was Juan Manuel Fangio, who had wrapped up his fifth drivers’ championship title two races earlier. Wolfgang von Trips was third for Ferrari.
Here’s highlights from the race: