F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: The 2013 F1 calendar may yet have 20 races as Bernie Ecclestone suggests France could take the place of New Jersey.
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“‘As far as I’m concerned, yes,’ replied Ecclestone, when asked whether the race could replace the New Jersey Grand Prix, which has been postponed for a year because of construction delays. ‘We’re ready to sign. We’ve got a pen and we’re ready to sign.’”
“‘We would have loved to have got the IPO out of the way but we have been able to do a further refinancing, which is good news. It is hard to tell depending on what happens with the markets but I think 12 to 18 months is probably a realistic time-frame,’ said a source close to CVC, adding ‘you would hope by that period Germany would have resolved itself.’”
“The whole back end of the car is a very clever application of two technologies that have been banned but in a new way that is legal under the current rules. It’s less effective than a double diffuser or an exhaust-blown diffuser, but it’s a similar principle.”
Eric Boullier: “Obviously a lot of discussions happen in the background, and I can just say for us the team is not for sale, the team has not been sold, the team will not be sold.”
“We can all prophesy but… our focus is now on Abu Dhabi, to extract the most out of the car, the drivers, the strategy, the reliability that we can. It’s going to be a question of having three perfect weekends.”
“[Federation of Motor Sports Club of India President Vicky] Chandhok said it was baffling that the import duty was not levied on other international motor sport events in the country but things changed after the coming of F1.”
“I think those sort of things are lawn-mowers. I am not very supportive of this.”
“It’s a good atmosphere and the official figures are 65,000, which means Bernie [Ecclestone] isn’t worried: ‘No, I mean first races are always high and the second year goes down. If in the third year it isn’t going up then it’s something to worry about.’”
“There will also be those who say that because Vettel has the best car, he doesn’t ‘deserve’ to win this year’s title. That Alonso, in a Ferrari claimed to be among the worst the famous marque has ever created before the season kicked off in Melbourne, is in fact the worthy recipient of motorsport’s most-wanted gong. Nonsense.”
#F1 Paddock talk India: Lotus seems to have delayed salary payments lately. Kimi allegedly asked other teams for 2013 cockpit. Team denies.
— Tobias Grüner F1 (@tgruener) October 29, 2012
Comment of the day
The Driver of the Weekend voting appears to be between the two title contenders at the moment but @Dodge5847 wants to give credit to the driver who started the race in last place:
I nearly voted for Charles Pic – sterling work at the back, he is now looking ready for a faster team, hopefully with their introduction to KERS next year, he will be lining up against Timo Glock again, and hounding the midfield for points.
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On this day in F1
Nelson Piquet won his third world championship in unfortunate circumstances 25 years ago today.
Team mate Nigel Mansell, the only driver who could beat Piquet to the 1987 crown, crashed during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix, injuring his back.
With Mansell ruled out of the race, Piquet automatically won the title. Piquet himself had missed a race due to injury earlier in the year, at Imola, and Mansell would also be absent from the season finale at Adelaide.
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