Mark Webber, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2012

Title battle may be a damp squib – Webber

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Mark Webber warns the season finale may not live up to the hype.

F1 arrives at the Circuit of the Americas

Formula One freight pictured at the Circuit of the Americas yesterday:


Mark Webber, Red Bull, Buddh International Circuit, 2012Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Webber still plans to be a key player (WA Today)

“They may not even see each other on-track – that’s the way it turns out sometimes. It’s a bit like an FA Cup final or the rugby league grand final – sometimes it doesn’t live up to the hype.”

Chelsea set to announce new sponsor (ESPN)

“Having announced a profit of ??1.4 million for the year ending June 2012, the Blues are set to bolster their income with a new sponsor for both Chelsea and the Sauber F1 team.”

Bianchi ‘ready for race seat’ (Sky Sports)

“I feel I have grown up a lot with this experience and I am now ready to be a race driver in Formula One. I hope I find an official seat for next year as this is definitely my dream. I feel I had a good season in [Formula Renault 3.5] and did a good job with Force India as well, so I feel ready and think I deserve a seat in F1.”

Whitmarsh: US will love new-style F1 (Autosport)

“Things like DRS, which the purists would never have accepted in yesteryear, was a right and appropriate concession to be made to the spectacle.”

Andretti: F1 should be more like IndyCar to win US fans (The Globe and Mail)

“Although [Mario] Andretti feels the track will help US fans reacquaint themselves with F1 racing, he also thinks the series might want to change the way it does things a bit to appeal to American fans. He pointed to IndyCar as a good model for F1 to follow when it comes to fan access to drivers and the inner workings of the paddock.”

Premier League chief Scudamore in frame if Ecclestone walks away from F1 (Daily Mail)

“CVC say they are not yet looking for a replacement for Ecclestone but have drawn up a list of those they would approach if Ecclestone is forced to stand down or decided to do so – and Scudamore is said to be one of them.”

From McLaren to MC Lewis (The Sun)

“Rising R’n’B star Angel is the latest artist to join the McLaren F1 ace in the studio. That?s some effort to go through considering his material will never be aired in public. Lewis insists music is purely a hobby at the ??1,500-a-day studio.”

US Grand Prix raises concerns over human trafficking (YNN)

“Economic activity is expected to spike during this weekend’s Formula 1 race, but so is crime.”

Image is everything (ESPN)

Peter Windsor: “As tumultuous as the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix proved to be, I felt that it lost a good deal of its lustre on the podium. The use of the ‘F’ and ‘S’ words on live, global TV is totally unacceptable and should be jumped-upon immediately by the FIA. $50,000 fines would be about right.”


Comment of the day

This comment from @Sumedhvidwans provoked an interesting discussion with several readers voicing support:

I want F1 to race at least on one oval track every year.

F1 is a championship must have a variety of race tracks, we have Japan ?ǣ which is a figure of eight circuit, we have Monaco, which is a street race, we have Singapore, which is F1’s endurance race and always lasts two hours, we have Abu Dhabi, which races in the evening, we have semi-permanent tracks like Melbourne and Montreal, we have Monza, which is F1???s sprint race and usually the shortest race, we have Spa, which is run in the mountains.

The only thing we lack is an oval track. Seeing cars going on seventh gear, full throttle for one hour straight ?ǣ yes, I want to see that.

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On this day in F1

Sebastian Vettel began his reign as drivers’ champion two years ago today. He clinched the 2010 title in extraordinary circumstances in Abu Dhabi having gone into the race third in the points.

Will he extend his reign as champion for another year?

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