Ecclestone hails “incredible” Watkins

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone pays tribute to Sid Watkins’s safety work in Formula One.


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Bernie Ecclestone on Professor Sid Watkins (F1)

“What Sid Watkins did in the way of safety in Formula One was incredible. He gave his whole life to that cause, to make sure that it could be as safe as it possibly could be. We all owe him a debt of gratitude for his caring and commitment.”

Lewis Hamilton’s future at McLaren could be decided within days (The Guardian)

“The Guardian understands that McLaren’s original offer to the driver represented a little more than two thirds of his current deal, which is thought to be ??15m a year. They have since come up with an incremental tweak, worth about an extra million. But that still leaves the Woking-based team well short of the ??60m that Mercedes are prepared to offer him between 2013-15.”

Pirelli test car hit by alternator issue (Autosport)

“The Renault R30 was running with a 2010-specification alternator, which the engine manufacturer described as ‘similar’ to the one used in the first part of this season.”

F1 Preview: German Specialists Show Off Austin’s Racetrack (YouTube)

Comment of the day

Antonio Nartea (@tony031r) on Sauber’s chances of getting a win before the end of this year:

I wouldn?t be surprised if Sauber win a race this year but I doubt it?s gonna be in Singapore.

Perez would have to put in a superhuman effort to do so and slingshot past the McLarens who are gonna be mighty fast here, Ferrari who always performed well and Red Bull who are sort of on their turf, on the twisty, technical street circuit.

And I say Perez because Kobayashi has a dreadful history on this particular track and I don?t think he?ll improve that much this year. I?d rate Perez for a classification somewhere in the middle of the point scoring pack and Kobayashi someplace at the end of it. But that?s it.
Antonio Nartea (@tony031r)

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On this day in F1

With the 2002 drives’ championship having been decided four races earlier, Michael Schumacher left team mate Rubens Barrichello to take an untroubled win at Monza ten years ago today.

The Williams drivers led a BMW-powered one-two in the early stages until Ralf Schumacher dropped out with engine failure. Juan Pablo Montoya was overwhelmed by the Ferraris and he too retired.

At the finishing line Ferrari’s closest rival, Eddie Irvine’s Jaguar, was over 52 seconds in arrears.

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