Title battle may be a damp squib – Webber

F1 Fanatic round-up

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

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100 comments on Title battle may be a damp squib – Webber

  1. Dafffid (@dafffid) said on 14th November 2012, 7:37

    I find Windsor’s nanny attitude far more offensive than words I hear every day of my life. But then he always was full of it…

  2. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 14th November 2012, 7:46

    “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.”

    I wonder how this might affect the driver situation at Sauber. The mystery sponsor reportedly approached both Sauber and Chelsea at the same time, seeking to involve themselves with both equally and simultaneously, so it’s probably not a small deal.

    When Sergio Perez was announced as McLaren’s newest recruit Sauber said that they would continue to have a partnership with Telmex regardless of whether or not they fielded a Mexican driver. Nevertheless, a lot of people have come to the conclusion that Sauber will take Esteban Gutierrez to please the Slims, even if they don’t need a Mexican driver to keep the funding.

    But at the same time, Kamui Kobayashi has been told that he needs to find a sponsor if he wants to keep his seat. Would this new sponsor be enough for the team to overlook Kobayashi’s shortcomings if he cannot find a sponsor of his own? Or is this some kind of monster that he has inadvertently created, attracting a sponsor to Sauber that has seen the relationship with Chelsea and decided to sponsor both? And if so, does this put more pressure on Kobayashi to perform, or take the pressure off?

    I’ve been snifing around, trying to get some inkling as to who this sponsor might be, but I can’t find anything. Both Formula 1 and Chelsea FC fan sites (though I admit I had no idea where to start with the latter) have got nothing, not even the meanest whisper from an unrelaible source. It’s frustrating, if only because I like knowing these things.

    But whatever the case, hopefully Sauber are getting a new sponsor with a major deal, if only so that they can change their livery for next year.

    • Optimaximal (@optimaximal) said on 14th November 2012, 9:33

      The Chelsea link-up was designed as a cross-platform media deal. It was designed to attract sponsors wanting to tackle Foot-to-ball and motor racing at the same time.

      Fingers crossed the Chelsea Blue will mean a variant of that render someone did prior to this years car’s drab mess.

  3. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 14th November 2012, 9:06


  4. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 14th November 2012, 9:18

    Eexactly, what Webber just said.

    That’s why that battle between Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson in the dying stages of the NASCAR race in Texas won me over so badly. The wheel-to-wheel battle between head-to-head championship leaders for 1st position in the last laps in one of the last race.

    I think this makes F1 season finales really everlasting. And the fact that there is so few of them.

    And I can really blame no-one for that. It is simply rare, because so many things have to be at the right place at the right time.

    Besides, I really like the Alonso v. Vettel battle as well. It is captivating to watch if Alonso can pull off one of the greatest miracles in F1 by winning the WDC in a car which was never the quickest in the dry over the whole season so far.

  5. Bata Cobe said on 14th November 2012, 10:37

    Do not forget to Australia. In Formula 1 racing calnedar, be sure to include the Bathurst Mount Panorama motor racing (full name) circuit, that I think is one of the most interesting in the world. Also, be sure to return to the calendar the legendary A1 ring, now Red Bull Ring in Austria, but in the long original configuration. Thanks.

  6. topdowntoedown (@topdowntoedown) said on 14th November 2012, 10:59

    Whitmarsh: “Things like DRS, which the purists would never have accepted”

    Things like DRS, which purists still think is a horrible, artificial, Disneyesque contrivance to produce ‘overtaking’ although it fundamentally removes the whole point that to win a race you must be faster and more skilled – including in overtaking – than your opponents.

    • DRS’ intention is to give back the driver the opportunity to pass as they lose downforce in the wake/dirty air that comes off cars infront.

  7. roger_e said on 14th November 2012, 11:28

    regarding how us fans will love the new style f1, according to polling done by speed channel over here in the us, most american viewers have a negative view of the way both drs & the tyres have affected the races since they were introduced.

    back in july speed did a poll & 84% said the tyres were making f1 racing too artificial & 79% said the drs was too much of a gimmick & made passing too easy.

    so based on that it seems that american fans do not love the new style f1.

    the thing to remember is that over here we already have nascar using artificial things to spice up races & those who don’t like the artificialness of nascar have always tended to look at either indycar or f1. as a result those who turned away from nascar for using artificial things will almost certainly not like f1 trying the same.

  8. Master firelee (@master-firelee) said on 14th November 2012, 23:35

    I want that shirt!

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 15th November 2012, 13:31

    Things are sounding good for Sauber, it’s much healthier seeing their car with sponsors on it. With their principal change and driver change 2013 looks like it’ll be an exciting but testing season for them. I hope the can continue their progress made this year.

    Regarding oval racing for F1…I like it, but I don’t think it’s F1. The cars aren’t part of a spec series for a start so guranteeing close racing which ovals are famous for may prove to be too difficult. Also, why the obsession with going over the top to appeal to new fans? F1 should be able to win over fans on it’s own merit rather than having to step well outside its comfort zone. It’s the third most watched sport in the world so it must be doing something well already!

  10. thejudge13 (@thejudge13) said on 14th November 2012, 17:35

    Remember the announcement last week that wasn’t re: May Quing Hua driving for HRT in 2013. It was a apparently a pre-prepared press release as Chinese investor’s were close to buying HRT from Thesan Capital. Location of the factory was allegedly the stumbling block.

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