F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Mercedes say they have not yet abandoned development of their 2012 car to prepare for 2013, when Lewis Hamilton when join the team.
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“We have to keep working hard and keep a high level of motivation. Personally I feel my own motivation is very high – like it has always been. I’m keen to get the best results I can. Of course, in 2007 the championship wasn’t decided until the last race so anything is possible. Let’s see what happens.”
Ross Brawn: “The aero changes on Friday morning (in Korea) with the rear wing are primarily for next year. So there is a mix. But, we don’t want to sacrifice the remainder of this year while working for next year.”
“He is effectively guaranteed a fully-fledged run with Red Bull in Abu Dhabi as well, as a reward for being the highest-placed FR3.5 driver not contracted to a rival team.”
Bernie Ecclestone: “They’ve run out of time. There’s all sorts of things… and they didn’t quite think it all through. They’ve had a wake-up call but the wake-up call came too late.”
“Asked if there is any possibility of him joining the Indian team, Karthikeyan said although he is good enough for Force India, as of now he wants to do well for his team in the remaining four races.”
Martin Donnelly on Romain Grosjean: “You could say that he has just been unlucky if it had been once or twice but to have seven in, I think it was nine* races at the time, it is more than just bad luck.”
*It was seven in the first 12:
“In the end Ecclestone agreed to issue the Circuit of the Americas its own ten-year contract–at a price. He upped the annual sanction fee to $25 million instead of the previous $23 million. ‘Bernie is a master negotiator,’ says [race promoter Bobby] Epstein. ‘I’ve made a big effort to make sure this race happens,’ Ecclestone tells Forbes. ‘I never had any problems or doubts. The doubts were all on their side.’”
“Bas Leinders, a former F1 driver-turned-commentator… believes that the sport is ‘still a very healthy business with enough funding from partners and sponsors to continue to a high level. [Initially] F1 gets an interest and then it will drop slightly, which is very normal because there is not really a culture of motor racing in these countries,’ the Belgain explains, ‘F1 was not build over-night in Europe either. It has taken decades before F1 became a general interest for the big public in Europe.’”
“The test has to be run on the same date after the end of the junior categories’ seasons. If the calendar needs to be adjusted to make this easier, it should be. Then, stricter rules need to be put in place, by the teams, the FIA, FOM or whatever, to govern the drivers that can be run in the test. Make it illegal to run a driver with a CV like [Rodolfo] Gonzalez.”
Don’t know where all these Indy stories are coming from – definitely not me! Focus on F1 with HRT for 2013 so anything else is a no-go!
— Narain Karthikeyan (@narainracing) October 19, 2012
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) October 19, 2012
Comment of the day
Once again ‘The Godfather’ Luca stamps his authority over Fernando Alonso. Remember a couple of weeks ago at the Paris Motor Show, the Padrino when questioned about Alonso’s backing of Felipe Massa for 2013 stated, “But first Fernando should win the world title and then we will certainly not put anyone alongside him who would bother him”.
Why do Ferrari need to issue an explanation of why they retained Massa? – it was obvious to the rest of us.
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On this day in F1
This article from five years ago addressed one of the long-running debates of the 2007 season, which still gets dragged up today from time to time:
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