F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone casts fresh doubt over whether the Grand Prix of America will go ahead at New Jersey in 2013.
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Ecclestone previously raised questions over the race in April and again in June. Now he says the race organisers: “have not complied with the terms and conditions of the contract which is now gone anyway. They don’t have a contract.”
“McLaren believe their offer to Hamilton is broadly similar to Mercedes’, and that in terms of total remuneration he could actually end up earning more money if he stays where is.”
“These last couple or three races he has been doing very well. Before that, why he was upset I don’t know, but he was definitely going to move no matter what. He had made up his mind that he was going. Whether he has changed now a little bit I don’t know.”
“Q: What about Hamilton?
NL: Hamilton will stay with McLaren.”
“[Felipe] Massa is also out of contract but the odds on him staying on at Ferrari for another year have moved in his favour after seeming remote.”
“It can’t always be the case that my closest rival retires, as has happened in the last two races, and we can’t think of carrying on to the end of the season with qualifying sessions like (Saturday) when our performance was almost a second off the best.”
Trackside operations director Alan Permane: “There is a big update coming in Korea, a really good aero update – plus we plan to run our rear wing device in Suzuka.”
“Paul di Resta’s management team are hoping that their client’s career-best fourth place at Singapore will give the Force India driver greater ‘visibility’ as he continues to be linked with teams further up the F1 ladder.”
Charlie Whiting: “The track design is fantastic, the quality of the workmanship is excellent and I have no concerns at all.”
“I suspect that in the future the circuit will change with more of the action in Marina Park, to the north of the current pit and paddock area, where is also room to put the stage for concerts (thus replacing the cricket ground) with the track also zipping into and out of Suntec City. That would retain many elements of the track as it is now, but would also allow for better overtaking places without moving it too far out of town. It would also mean that more of the track facilities could be semi-permanent (and therefore cheaper).”
— F1 Broadcasting (@f1broadcasting) September 25, 2012
Comment of the day
Broom (@brum55) on how the championship may be decided over the final races:
If Hamilton keeps winning and Button can finish ahead of Vettel than Vettel may only be taking three points out of Alonso’s lead. Of course this means Hamilton cannot be written off and assumes the status quo at Singapore will remain constant for the remainder of the season which is unlikely.
Ferrari may be better in Suzuka and Red Bull may struggle due to the layout being similar to Spa (where Vettel would have surely finished about five places lower were it not for Grosjean) and if it rains again this year than it will favour Ferrari and Red Bull to a lesser extent over McLaren.
I cannot predict it. I was certain Hamilton would have toppled Alonso were it not for that DNF but now see it as a dead heat. The guy with the fastest car has the most to make up, the guy in the slowest car of the three has the lead. It couldn’t be better written.
From the forum
- More great pictures and video from readers who were at Singapore
- Was this the save of the year?
- Were Lotus right to use team orders in Singapore?
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On this day in F1
A chaotic European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring produced the first and only win for Stewart Grand Prix on this day in 1999.
Heinz-Harald Frentzen led the first half of the race before dropping out with electrical failure. Championship rivals Mika Hakkinen and Eddie Irvine took themselves out of contention with poor tyre calls in mixed weather conditions, plus a disastrous pit lane blunder for Ferrari.
David Coulthard, Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schumacher all had spells in the lead only to spin out or retire.
Johnny Herbert called the changing conditions perfectly and claimed the win. Team mate Rubens Barrichello joined him on the podium in third with Jarno Trulli’s Prost in between them.
The race also saw Minardi’s Luca Badoer burst into tears after retiring while running in fourth place. Team mate Marc Gene took the final point for sixth after being passed by the recovering Hakkinen, which can be seen below: