Jean Todt, Stefano Domenicali, Istanbul, 2011

Todt ‘trying to avoid any possible controversy’

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jean Todt, Stefano Domenicali, Istanbul, 2011In the round-up: FIA president Jean Todt says he is striving for consensus amid the discussions over cost controls in Formula One.

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Interview: Todt tries the consensual approach to regulation (FT, registration required)

“Yet Todt does not sound like a man preparing to change tack. ‘Since I have been president, I have tried to avoid as much as possible any kind of controversy or big statements’ which could be misinterpreted, he says.”

Marussia Formula 1 team talks to investors after ??49m loss (The Guardian)

“Marussia, the Formula One team 29.4% owned by Lloyds Banking Group, is in talks with potential investors to keep its wheels turning after making a ??49m loss last year.”

Hamilton targets ‘fun’ finish at McLaren as British driver nears switch to Mercedes (Daily Mail)

“I saw the race trace for India, and Sebastian [Vettel’s] speed in the first stint, and there was no way we could compete with that, even if I’d driven 200 per cent.”

A land of contrast (ESPN)

“[Hamilton] then got hounded by photographers as he walked down the pit lane because we don’t see the drivers very often and when they step into the pit lane that’s our opportunity to get some photos. So we then papped him all the way to the McLaren garage and he disappeared into the back. The next minute he came out with a bloody umbrella and we’re all thing “What the hell is he doing?” It wasn’t sunny or raining but he put this umbrella up and as people tried to take pictures of him he put this umbrella in the way to shield himself.”

Massa Hoping For Ferrari Upgrades (Speed)

“I didn?t have everything compared to Fernando on the car, but I hope we have everything ready for the next race.”

Pirelli ‘needs wider compound choice’ (Autosport)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “As a minimum, we could do with eight compounds, with low and high [temperature] working ranges in each of the four levels [super soft, soft, medium and hard] that we’ve got now.”

In the Mix – Abu Dhabi GP Preview with Eric Boullier (Lotus)

“I think we have some interesting developments coming for Abu Dhabi which should allow us to have more speed and even better performance from the car. Ideally this should put us in a position to have a more successful qualifying and definitely also help us in the race itself.”

The genius of Newey and Red Bull (BBC)

Jaime Alguersuari “I have done the equivalent of 11 grand prix distances in tyre testing this year, trying out hundreds of sets of tyres. It gives you extra confidence to understand the behaviour of the tyres, whether it be temperature ranges, car balance or durability.”

Paul Ricard ?ǣ a serious bid? (Joe Saward)

“A meeting is planned to discuss a deal this weekend in Abu Dhabi and the French will need to have all their ducks in a row if they want a race in 2013. Time is short and while they might gain a few weeks by agreeing to a race in late August, the gap on the F1 calendar that needs to be filled is in June.”

America?s failure in international motor racing (MotorSport)

“Is there any hope of America regaining its glory days in international racing? I?m sorry to say that based on what I?ve witnessed over forty years of covering motor racing across the United States I seriously doubt it. If the promoters at Austin and Weehawken wish to reverse this unhappy trend they will have to seriously invest in helping American drivers and teams once again achieve success on the international stage.”

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Comment of the day

Nico Hulkenberg’s move to Sauber was positively received by most readers. Here’s what Aled Davies (@Aledinho) had to say:

I think it?s a good move for Hulkenberg and I?d be surprised if there wasn?t some sort of contact with Ferrari about it. Would have been good to see Ferrari take a chance on him I mean, surely he cant be even further behind Alonso than Massa is on average.

Hopefully Sauber build a solid car and he can regularly be in the points with potential for a podium or two but like others have said I wouldn?t be surprised if Sauber fell back next year, they are a small team after all.

Of the younger drivers, Hulkenberg is the best I think, better than Di Resta, Ricciardo and Vergne. So I hope it works out for him.
Aled Davies (@Aledinho)

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On this day in F1

Young Mexican F1 driver Ricardo Rodriguez died on this day 50 years ago.

The 20-year-old was practising for his country’s first Grand Prix, a non-championship event at the Magdalena Mixhuca circuit in Mexico City, when he crashed his Lotus at the fast Peraltada corner and suffered fatal injuries.

His elder brother Pedro went on to win two Grands Prix but lost his life in a sports car accident at the Norising in Germany in 1971. Mexico’s F1 track is now named after the Rodriguez brothers.

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