Sebastian Vettel, Yas Marina, 2012

Vettel: Whoever wins title will deserve it

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Yas Marina, 2012In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel believes whoever wins the title between him and Fernando Alonso will deserve it.

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Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Q&A – Sebastian Vettel prepares to hit 100 in Austin (F1)

“If you look at the races we?ve done so far I think Fernando’s and my DNF’s or calamities are equal. I still believe that the driver who deserves it most will be champion. No doubt we are in a very good position now and I hope we do well until the very end to make sure that we deserve the glory.”

Why drugs and F1 don’t mix (ESPN)

FIA F1 medical delegate Jean-Charles Piette: “There are some drugs that might reinforce the aptitude and skill to drive in competition. On a theoretical basis, we could imagine the potential for such drugs, starting from the benign ones – such as caffeine, for example, or nicotine – to the more serious, such as amphetamines or cocaine. In other sports there have been some positive tests from people, and it’s not always clear it’s from recreational use.”

United States GP: Vijay?s Vision (Force India)

Vijay Mallya: “We have traditionally waited until the end of the season to confirm our line-up and I expect we will stick to this schedule. With the state of the driver market at the moment there is no rush to make an announcement. We have a shortlist and will take our time to make sure we have the fastest drivers available in our cars next season.”

Maldonado explains the secrets behind his qualifying speed (James Allen on F1)

“I’m quite strong mentally to be honest with you. There is not the perfect lap ?ǣ it doesn?t exist ?ǣ you always can do better. What I learn from qualy one I do that in qualy two, and what I learn from qualy one and two I try to do that for qualy three.”

Is Sunday’s F1 race weird enough for Austin, Texas? (Reuters)

“Some sceptics have come around, embracing the race and the sleek parties that come with it, while others are still shaking their heads over fears of clogged streets, noisy helicopter traffic and a negative impact on the environment, all for a ritzy event they say is simply un-Austin.”

F1 star Perez gives Mexicans hope (CNN)

“My country is really only in the media for drugs and violence, which is sad. And yes there have been problems with the Mafia and drugs, but it’s getting better. People need to focus on the fact it’s a great place, with some great beaches and some great people.”

Rain could be headache for F1 (Austin-American Statesman)

“Unlike NASCAR, Formula One races in the rain, which often provides more action. Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone once floated the idea of installing sprinklers at tracks to create more overtaking, as passing is called.”

Schumacher: “This won?t be my last Race Of Champions” (Race of Champions)

“I could have retired from it by the end of this year, but I don?t want to. It’s too much fun. And as long as I’m still a bit competitive in it, why not?”

Meanwhile in Rio (Joe Saward)

“The city has managed to attract not only the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, but also the 2016 Olympics Games. The aim is to keep this progress going and as part of the plan the mayor Eduardo Paes has been pushing for the construction of a new autodrome to replace the old Jacarepagua circuit, which has been largely torn up to make way for facilities for the Olympic Games.”

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix video edit (F1)

Video from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Industry insiders reveal all about the greatest motorsport on Earth (BBC)

“Formula for Success is a series which looks in detail at the inspiring technology behind Formula 1.”

Introducing Wendy & Keith Murray (Force India)

“As a one-off competition, our team partner, Whyte & Mackay, gave fans the chance to win their names on the cars for the weekend. As prizes go, this is surely the ultimate honour for any Formula One fan. Just ask the lucky winners – Wendy & Keith Murrary from Scotland.” See here for a few comments from Wendy during the race weekend.


Comment of the day

Pirelli’s Paul Hembery said the racing was good in Abu Dhabi after a conservative tyre selection – but @Girts doesn’t think the two are connected:

The excitement had practically nothing to do with the tyres. We were lucky to get a thrilling race but you cannot rely on collisions, safety cars or bugs in Red Bull?s fuel system every time.

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On this day in F1

Michael Schumacher returned to F1 action one year after his first retirement by testing for Ferrari.

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