F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Jenson Button says it “would be very interesting” to be Fernando Alonso’s team mate.
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“There are many guys you’d want to challenge of being their team mate. I think with Fernando we all know how difficult he is as a team mate. He’s very fast, he’s very intelligent and for a lot of people that scares them.
“For me I’d really like to be Fernando’s team mate – but I’m not saying I want to go to Ferrari – I’m just saying that alongside Fernando would be very interesting, to see how the guy works. I think I’d give him a very good run for his money.”
“Sources indicate that the team is now working to pay its creditors and that the plan is for the team to shut down without unpaid debts.”
Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein: “At a NASCAR race, you are elevated and you see so much of the racing. Clearly, the American fan is used to being able to see a race. Here, from the seats you will see five to ten turns out of our twenty turns. This has been one of the most intentional parts of the design process, so that the die-hard race fan comes and says, ‘This is the greatest experience in the world.’”
“Asked whether the American public is ready for a F1-based film, Howard replied: ‘I know I’ve had a lot of very commercial movies, but I’m not a marketing guy, I don’t think that way. I didn’t think Apollo 13 would be very commercial and it made the top 10 that year. I do my best to try and make it an experience for the audience so that the majority of people who go will come away feeling that they got something out of the movie.’”
Adam Cooper: “[Ferrari's] first contact with the media could have been to say that while it had noted with interest the stories on the internet the team accepted that there was no issue, wished Sebastian Vettel well, and looked forward to 2013. Instead a similar message emerged rather too late, after the damage had been done – and without any form of apology to Red Bull and Vettel.”
“Ever so slightly caught up in the moment I took a step towards Fernando and we embraced. ‘Hard luck mate, hard luck.’ ‘Thank you,’ came the reply and the party of four headed up the rusting spiral staircase to the podium above.”
“Formula One driver Mark Webber’s adventure marathon has blown up a wildlife storm in Tasmania, where an event helicopter rotor blasted a nesting colony of threatened fairy terns.”
HRT fails to enter for 2013, we are down to 22 cars. With 2014 engine costs looking scary can see 'customer' F1 cars back on the agenda
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Comment of the day
@James_mc is saddened by the departure of HRT:
Very sad news.
From when I started watching F1, I have always had a certain respect for the teams near the back of the grid who are not winning, or even scoring points.
Kudos to a group of guys who really only wanted to go racing. Like Minardi before them, I will mourn their passing. Perhaps because they didn’t have an obvious “figurehead” at the helm and were owned by a bank, HRT never achieved the same cult status as Minardi did.
I’d bracket Sauber and formerly Jordan in a similar location – independents who want to go racing.
For me Force India are just one man’s vanity project, and don’t anyone dare try and tell me that Toro Rosso are the same as Minardi. Yes, they use the same factory and base but they bear as much relation to Minardi as “Lotus/Genii” does to Teddy Toleman’s outfit of the 1980′s.
Not a Minardi in my heart, but I for one shall mourn their passing and all-to-brief foray into F1.
From the forum
- An excellent 2012 season highlights video by Miran (@Latos)
- Your designs for a Formula E’s Rome circuit
- Steve (@Burgo) is looking for tips on going to the Spanish Grand Prix
Happy birthday to KateDerby and US Williams Fan!
On this day in F1
Yesterday we were talking about HRT not gaining an entry to Formula One for 2013, and ten years ago the story was much the same regarding Arrows. The team had failed the participate in a race since that year’s German Grand Prix, and the FIA unsurprisingly rejected its entry for 2003. The team later went bankrupt.
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