Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2012

Daimler buys Aabar’s stake in Mercedes F1 team

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Yas Marina, 2012In the round-up: Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler now has full ownership of its Grand Prix team.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Daimler buys full control of Mercedes team (Reuters)

“German luxury carmaker Daimler has taken full control of the Mercedes Formula One motor racing team after buying a 40 percent stake owned by Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Aabar Investments.”

Red Bull will use new-spec alternator (Autosport)

“[Renault head of trackside operations Remi] Taffin added that the fact that Renault’s other teams had successfully used the revised newer specification of alternator last weekend meant that Red Bull should have no concerns about its reliability for Brazil.”

Dennis opens up on Hamilton (Sky)

“Although Dennis did little to stop speculation that relations with [Lewis Hamilton’s management team] XIX had however soured through the saga, wryly suggesting that ‘Simon [Fuller] only pops up when we win’, he insisted that he hopes Hamilton continues to enjoy success in his career going forward and that he personally was ‘not upset’.”

Ecclestone expects Formula One to thrive in Austin after successful inaugural Grand Prix (Daily Mail)

“The second year is always difficult. You get a big crowd for a new event, but here you can see they are behind us, which is good.”

Ferrari getting left behind (BBC)

“My focus would be on the diffuser. They could adjust the way it behaves and small alterations will change it dramatically. I’ve done that myself in the past using body filler, believe it or not.”

F1 diary: United States Grand Prix (The Telegraph)

“Red Bull is asked whether it thought of sacrificing Mark Webber in a similar manner, to move Alonso back across to the dirtier part of the track. ‘We never considered it,’ says team principal Christian Horner. ‘If everybody did it, the next thing you know Alonso might have ended up on the front row.'”

Martin Whitmarsh: “I don’t want to make it easy for him to leave this team…” (Adam Cooper)

??His second ever win was in the States obviously and I remember that very well, and we had a great time after that. We?ve had some amazing highs together. I don?t want to make it easy for him to leave this team, but at the moment let?s focus and see if we can get the win in Brazil.??

2013 tyres will change aero – Pirelli (ESPN)

“We know that the changes we’ve made will have an influence on things like aerodynamics for the teams; it will deflect more, the rear tyre in particular.”

Formula One Valued at $10 Billion in Ecclestone Suit (Bloomberg)

“Formula One racing was valued at $10 billion by Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC in a lawsuit that seeks $650 million from Bernie Ecclestone for diverting the sale of a stake in the company to a lower bidder.”


Comment of the day

With 26 Grand Prix victories from 100 starts, Sebastian Vettel is one win behind Michael Schumacher at the same point in their careers. Thoughts from @Bananarama:

Interesting to see how hard it will be for Vettel to match Schumacher’s records. Even though he has had tremendous success so far, he will likely even have to improve his race to win ratio to get ahead on wins (I just guess that he won?t do much more than 300 races) and it is hard to imagine he will always be in a team as competitive as Red Bull in the last few years (though not impossible if he always makes perfect career decisions).

His strength in qualifying might get him ahead in those statistics, though, if his cars allow it. Then again, even if he doesn?t match any of those statistics, he already is one of the more (most) successful drivers ever. Good for him (bad for those I support).

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On this day in F1

The only United States Grand Prix to be held at Riverside took place on this day in 1960 and was won by Stirling Moss.

Team mate Innes Ireland made it a one-two for Lotus ahead of Bruce McLaren’s Cooper. Ferrari did not enter the race.

The circuit has since been demolished and a shopping mall now stands where it used to be:

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