Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2012

Permanent stewards ‘would improve consistency’

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Monza, 2012In the round-up: Ex-F1 driver and steward Johnny Herbert says permanent stewards could improve how F1 rules are implemented but isn’t sure if it’s feasible.

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Herbert backs F1 stewards (Sky)

“It is probably the best way. I’m not so sure that it is feasible with the situation they have at the moment. There may be ways around it but I’m not sure what they are.”

Petrov’s 2013 Chances Fading (RSport)

Petrov’s manager Oksana Kosachenko: “So far, we haven?t managed to find new sponsors. Where do journalists get this information from? I?m a journalist myself and I know very well how this can just pop into someone?s head.”

Mercedes a ‘long term risk’ for Hamilton (Autosport)

Jackie Stewart: “Whether it was Stirling Moss and [Juan Manuel] Fangio, whether it was [Rudolf] Caracciola and the other great drivers of the thirties, when Mercedes were in the sport they had to win. And if they don’t win, they get out.”

First time visits for new McLaren drivers (McLaren)

“This writer?s first recollection of such an event was the 1973 unveiling of the first Yardley McLaren M23. This took place at the team?s then-headquarters in Colnbrook, literally a few feet from the end of the runway of Heathrow airport. For those of us unable to hear what team principal Teddy Mayer was saying above the blast of Boeing 747 exhausts, the media representatives were each offered a ring-bound file containing what was considered to be relevant information”

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Can Heikki Kovalainen keep his place in F1 on merit? @Prisoner-Monkeys isn’t sure:

Heikki Kovalainen is a nice guy, but I don?t think he?s a particularly fast guy. At best, he would be a solid, reliable choice for a midfield team looking to bank regular points and beat their immediate rivals through consistency rather than outright speed.

As someone with six years? worth of experience in Formula 1, I can understand why Kovalainen resisted the idea of finding sponsors to secure a seat, primarily because once he did it, he would always have to do it unless he had a stunning season in 2013.

But at the same time, I don?t think he?s done enough to justify keeping his seat on merit alone. He needs sponsors to make up the difference.
@Prisoner-Monkeys

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