F1 Fanatic round-up
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“For me, the FIA must have a bigger impact, not erosion. I’m not a dictator trying to control. The contribution and the role of the FIA has to be protected, to be respected.”
Tourism minister Louise Asher: “Mr Ecclestone knows we think it’s too much now. So if he’s wanting to have a race in Melbourne – and I hope he does – we would like to renew the contract, but it would have to be on vastly different terms.”
“Regular McLaren test drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey will be joined by Kevin Magnussen for the three-day young driver test following the Abu Dhabi GP.”
Toto Wolff: “If you want to do a proper go-kart season you spend about €100,000 to €200,000; Formula Renault is something like €300,000 to €400,000; GP3, €600,000; then there is GP2 which is nearer to €2m than €1.5m. So the drivers that are knocking on the door of F1 have been used to raising money to find partners for sponsorship.”
“[The] ‘pay driver’ model is here to stay and will become a lot more prominent in F1 in the years to come and also definitely in times of an economic downturn.”
Williams chief operations engineer Mark Gillan: “At the last couple of races, Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari have been doing very well, but I am still pretty hopeful that, at the end of the season, from our perspective, we can get back into the mix.”
“Now that Narain [Karthikeyan] is the only Indian driver around with a weak team and in a slow car, you have to be happy with whatever you have. But my bigger fear is that the day Narain, too, falls out of the F1 circus, we will have no Indian representation in a sport which brings us immense thrill.
Anthony Davidson: “I was not one of those who felt Jenson would be blown away by Lewis… You cannot underestimate how hard it is to join someone else’s team and establish yourself. But Jenson has done that.”
— American-StatesmanGP (@StatesmanGP) October 21, 2012
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) October 21, 2012
Comment of the day
LJ isn’t convinced that Jean Todt needs to copy Max Mosley’s presidential style:
He may be right about being tough with the teams and making sure they don’t bully and get their own way, but his way is the way of dictators and it just ends up causing the wrong kind of media.
What I like about Todt is that he gets on with his business behind closed doors, he doesn’t have to milk the spotlight to show his power.
From the forum
- Much discussion about the controversial conclusion to the Formula Renault 3.5 championship
- Touring car titles won by Gordon Shedden (BTCC) and Bruno Spengler (DTM)
- Who is the most complete driver out of Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel?
Happy birthday to Sasquatch and Porschephile!
On this day in F1
Jean-Pierre Beltoise won the non-championship World Championship Victory Race at Brands Hatch 40 years ago today.
Emerson Fittipaldi headed a 32-car grid composed of 17 F1 cars and 15 F5000s. But he retired with a loss of oil pressure.
Beltoise completed the 40-lap race in just under an hour, his BRM followed home by the two Surtees cars of Carlos Pace and Andrea de Adamich.
Image © Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo