Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Suzuka, 2012

Budget cap is ‘only way for F1 to survive’ – Gascoyne

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Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham, Suzuka, 2012In the round-up: Mike Gascoyne says it’s “absolute madness” that some teams are spending ??300m (??360m) on F1.


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Gascoyne sounds warning (Sky Sports)

“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.”

F1 bribery trial ‘will be amusing’ – Ecclestone (The Telegraph)

“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.”

Pirelli: 2013 tyres an improvement (Autosport)

“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.”

A peek at the ancestry of Ferrari?s new Head of Communications (TheJudge13)

“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.”

The engines fire up at Campiglio (Ferrari)

“Today sees the start of ‘Wrooom,’ the Press Ski Meeting organised by Philip Morris International.”



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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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.

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