F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen says Lotus are not as fast as they should be.
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“If we keep doing like this were not going to have any chance, but we have to try to improve. There’s still quite a few races left, so hopefully we can be stronger than today.”
Renaultsport F1 director Jean-Francois Caubet: “I think the V6 will be on the track for all the teams in two years. I think Mercedes, Ferrari and us are all changing our dynos from V8s to V6s so now it’s impossible to make a change. For [Renault's engine supply to] the teams, the strategy is to keep four teams and I don’t know if it’s possible to do more.”
“[Hamilton] said his later race-simulation run ‘felt pretty poor but I heard it was worse for others so that’s comforting.’”
“According to reports last week, Hamilton has been offered just two-thirds of his current £15m-a-year deal by McLaren, while Mercedes are believed to have offered more than £20m. Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren’s team principal, admitted on Friday night: ‘I am sure he will want more money and I am sure we will want to pay him less. That is how business normally works.’”
“I’ve learned not to get carried away, which is why I am focused on making sure we are in this position tomorrow – because if we are it would be a remarkable result.”
“‘I remember sitting in the car and not being able to see anything,’ said Mika [Hakkinen]. ‘I was feeling pain, and I couldn’t move, but I understood what was going on – I understood that I was hurt quite badly. It was difficult to breathe, and getting more difficult… then I lost consciousness. After that, I remember nothing until being in the hospital and looking up at Sid Watkins.’”
Monisha Kaltenborn: “It’s important for us to say as a customer team that we certainly do not want to go back to those times, seven or eight years ago, when the costs were so enormously expensive. Over these years and together with the RRA, although the RRA is chassis related, in that whole movement, including the engine freeze, we have seen F1 moving in the right direction. We don’t want to take three steps back and that is definitely a concern for us.”
“The firm lost $1.8 billion in an investment in Australia’s Channel Nine and that has led to the resignation of the head of CVC’s Australian unit Adrian MacKenzie.”
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Comment of the day
First time in F1 history that another continent has held more races than Europe. Asia eight to Europe seven.
Some might say this is the changing face of F1, however considering the nationalities of the drivers and teams, the crowd attendances, the TV viewing figures and of course the history of the sport. I would say it is more of a money grab by the sports commercial rights holder.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Jacques Villeneuve won the last Portuguese Grand Prix on this day in 1996.
Villeneuve passed Michael Schumacher around the outside of the final corner (see video), then jumped both Jean Alesi and Damon Hill in the pits.
That moved him within nine points of Hill in the championship as they headed into the final race at Suzuka.
Image © Lotus F1 Team/LAT