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Force India denied claims made by ItaliaRacing that Bernie Ecclestone had intervened to help support Force India after they ran into financial problems. However ItaliaRacing said they stood by their story.
“Force India says it is not planning to announce its second driver in time for the launch of its 2013 car.”
“A spokesperson for the company told us ‘it is not anticipated’ that development of core PC and console games, such as Grid 2 and the annual F1 series, will be affected.”
“Sir Jackie Stewart, FIA president Jean Todt, Damon Hill and Ron Dennis were among the hundreds who braved the snowy sub-zero conditions to celebrate the life of a great man.”
— Marc Cox (@MarcCox) January 18, 2013
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Comment of the day
Thoughts on testing from Lee_GH:
Something I think is worth pointing out regarding testing is that just about every racing category on the planet has begun to either ban or severely limit testing over the past five to six years so the testing restrictions are not just an F1 thing.
On the whole I actually think the testing ban has been good for F1, Its prevented those who can afford to test gaining massive advantages over those who can’t.
Ross Brawn said a few years back that the biggest advantage Ferrari had in the early 2000s over other teams was that they did twice as much testing as any other team. He even spoke about how in late 2003 they had Luca Badoer and Felipe Massa testing during F1 race weekends in order to catch up to Williams, McLaren and Renault who had pulled ahead of them.
Something to consider also now is tyres. People complained last year how races got boring when everyone figured out how to use the tyres, Well bring in testing and they would figure out the tyres a lot sooner so we may end up seeing more boring races.
Also everyone praised Sauber last year for having a good car and maintaining it throughout the season, If testing was allowed and the big teams were able to spend days testing and Sauber was unable to spend money on testing they likely would have been well behind by mid-season, Something that was often seen with mid-field teams when we had testing.
Based on following F1 for about 35 years I can pretty much guarantee that bringing testing back would see the gaps between teams rise again and that midfield teams would once again be a few seconds off the front runners which would only hurt the quality of the racing.
Also its not as if we actually get to see anything from testing anyway, I’d much rather all the focus be put on the race weekends which are after all way more important.
From the forum
- A shot in the arm for the BTCC as former champion Colin Turkington makes a return
Happy birthday to MarkG!
On this day in F1
On this day 55 years ago Stirling Moss scored the first victory for Cooper cars and Climax engines in the 1958 Argentinian Grand Prix. It was also the first win for a rear-engined car.
Moss led home Luigi Musso’s Ferrari by 2.7 seconds, with the other Ferrari of Mike Hawthorn a further ten seconds behind.
Read yesterday’s ‘On this day’ article on another Argentinian Grand Prix here: