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“He’s got a completely different style, I mean we say this to each other. How effective it is you can’t really tell. He’s still in his first mandate and assuming he’s prepared to go on – I think he will – but he’s working from nine in the morning until nine at night. It’s much, much harder than it looks from the outside. If he goes on then we’ll start to see, really.
“At the moment maybe he’s a little bit too reluctant to confront. He seeks consensus. It’s good to have consensus but sometimes you’ve just get up and do something.
“Like back in 2003 when the teams would not agree about costs I then just said ‘OK, we’re going to stop the qualifying engines, stop the qualifying cars because we’re going to have parc ferme at six o’clock, I’ve got the right to do it under the rules’.
“And the teams went berserk, some of them went into arbitration, but it was the right thing to do and now teams wouldn’t dream of having qualifying cars. Sometimes you’ve got to be a bit confrontational.”
Mosley also said that Ferrari’s support for him during the ‘Spankgate’ controversy made it difficult for him to go against them and introduce the planned budget cap regulations later in his final term.
Christian Horner: “Well if you look at the way the English accounts are presented, you’re looking at the gross turnover of each entity, whether it be Red Bull Technology or Red Bull Racing. Within the RRA we’ve complied fully with the RRA within Red Bull Racing, which is the entrant to the Formula 1 World Championship. Red Bull Technology is a supplier to Red Bull Racing…”
“I have no regrets because I did everything possible to make things happen in F1. When you feel you wasted an opportunity, then you feel disappointed. When you feel you made every use of the opportunity, you done the best you can, that’s all you can do. If you can’t get the sponsorship, if you can’t get the money you need…that’s life and you just need to get on with it.”
“After my performance at McLaren HQ, I don’t think the British constructor will be in a rush to use my services, even as a test-dummy, any time soon.”
“The ‘Pelican’ nose augments the airflow in a region that is essential this year as with EBD gone getting airflow under and over the floor in the correct way makes a big difference. As we know this is the primary reason for the ‘Step’ noses in 2012 as the teams try to drive as much air under the car to the floor as possible.”
“The real loss for F1 as whole – series sponsors, team sponsors, teams themselves – is the ability to get into the New York City market just across the water from the New Jersey track, and the North Eastern US region as a whole (as well as those in South East Canada).”
Comment of the day
But I’m a sucker for a cheeky pun so I couldn’t resist picking this one from @TommyB89 as my favourite:
Massa: “I don’t care if I have to stay behind Fernando. I’ll never Lego of my Ferrari seat.”
From the forum
- Gold Coast carnage
- Silverstone and Nurburgring dropped from the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 calendar
- A few readers are planning trips to the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Happy birthday to Imre Pardi!
On this day in F1
Kimi Raikkonen clinched the world championship in a stunning finale to the 2007 season five years ago today.
Raikkonen had gone into the race third in the championship, seven points behind Lewis Hamilton and four behind Fernando Alonso.
But disaster befell Hamilton early in the race when he dropped back with a gearbox problem. Having slumped to 18th, he battled his way back up to seventh, but it wasn’t enough. Nor could Alonso keep Raikkonen from the title, as he came in third.
Ferrari used their second pit stops to move Raikkonen ahead of Felipe Massa, who had been leading at home, to clinch the title by a single points from the McLaren pair.
There was more drama to follow, as several cars were protested following the race for using insufficiently cooled fuel. Only when the protest was rejected several weeks later was Raikkonen finally confirmed a the 2007 world champion.