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“It is absolute madness. If you look at the budget a team like us run off, which is £50m (€60m) and is still a huge amount of money, and then you have teams spending six times that – if you had 20 Caterhams on the grid painted different colours, would you actually notice a difference? I don’t think you would. And in this era, I think a budget cap is the only way for this sport to survive.”
“I’m prepared to give evidence in court and there will be a few others [who do so] as well. I wish they would bring it forward. It’s going to be amusing.”
“We are changing the structure of the tyres, changing all the four compounds and being more aggressive, and that will possibly create some challenges initially.”
“He was Deputy Commercial manager for the Renault F1 team before moving to Ferrari where his rather broad title of ‘Business Development Manager’ tells us not a lot.”
“Today sees the start of ‘Wrooom,’ the Press Ski Meeting organised by Philip Morris International.”
Renato Bisignani will take over from Luca Colajanni as head of motorsport communications at Ferrari from 1st February. #F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) January 14, 2013
Sad to see Colajanni go. He’s a nice guy, quality PR man with real style. Ferrari man to his core who could (and did) argue black was white.
— Byron Young (@byronf1) January 14, 2013
— Paul Hembery (@PaulHembery) January 14, 2013
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Comment of the day
Kevin Campos (@kcampos12) thinks F1 should explore less expensive ways of making the racing better:
If you want a larger audience, allow the cars to be more enjoyable to watch on TV.
Why not let the cars be more agile? Cut the minimum weight and ask Pirelli to make wider tires. All inexpensive ways to make more interesting racing with little development needed.
Kevin Campos (@kcampos12)
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Happy birthday to Ed!
On this day in F1
Mario Andretti won the season-opening Argentinian Grand Prix 35 years ago today, still using last season’s Lotus 78.
Reigning championship Niki Lauda was second on his debut for Braham followed by Patrick Depailler’s Tyrrell.
Image © Caterham/LAT