Ecclestone: HRT buyers Scorpion “too late” for 2013

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Pedro de la Rosa, HRT, Yas Marina, 2012In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says the group attempting to take over HRT are unlikely to get a place on the F1 grid in 2013.


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Scorpion move ‘too late’ – Ecclestone (Sporting Life)

“They want to buy all the bits from HRT, then form a company and ask for an entry, but I personally don’t think it will happen. It’s all a bit too late. Maybe they could do it for next year.”

Allison will remain with Lotus – Boullier (Autosport)

“It’s up to him, but my understanding is that definitely in 2013 he will be with us.”

Mark Webber on Lance Armstrong friendship, cancer and life ban (BBC)

“Red Bull Racing had gone out of their way to meet all his demands, which were not inconsiderable, and had everything laid on, but he failed to show without a word of an apology. I thought it was very poor form and I was disappointed.”


Comment of the day

Not everyone finds Kimi Raikkonen hysterical:

Everybody seems to love Kimi?s attitude but I?m just going to put this out there, and I might be the only one that thinks this, but I think the guy is just plain rude.

His comments on the team radio during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? I tell you something if I was his race engineer I wouldn?t have been very happy with him at all. To me those comments sound very ungrateful, at the end of the day that team employs him, and no matter how fast he is surely he?s got to show some respect.

I think he?s lucky that everybody finds his rudeness and supposed ??personality? funny and I?m the odd one out. I mean the team even made his comments from that race into T-shirts? I?m sorry guys I just can?t see the funny side of it.

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On this day in F1

Controlling costs in Formula One has been a focus of discussion for several years. One proposal which has come up several ideas is the idea of introducing a budget cap.

Five years ago Nick Fry, then CEO of Honda’s F1 team, said a budget cap was a “logical” solution to the problem. Despite the passage of five years and the withdrawal of Honda at the end of 2008, followed by two more teams the year after, there remains no long-term solution to the problem of controlling costs.

While a budget cap may seem like a simple solution, it seems unlikely a plan for adequately policing the teams’ spending could be found.

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138 comments on Ecclestone: HRT buyers Scorpion “too late” for 2013

  1. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 30th January 2013, 9:48

    Does anyone else find the name “Scorpion” a little cheesy?
    Doesn’t really make me think of a Formula 1 team haha

  2. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 30th January 2013, 9:58

    Another team would be great but they shouldn’t rush anything as that will just lead to disaster. Take this season to build sponsorship and work on that Dallara chassis!

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th January 2013, 10:17

      If the team has sponsors, then those sponsors will probably want to get involved straight away. If there is a chance that the team can make the 2013 grid, then those sponsors will push for it to happen.

  3. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 30th January 2013, 10:40

    @ Prisoner Monkeys

    remember the last time sponsers pushed a new team into F1 before they were ready? Something called Lola happened and its best forgotten.

    Would like to see Scorpion Racing on the grid, I want the car to be black with a blue scorpion painted on the side. It would be best to sort their team out this year and come back stronger for 2014.

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 30th January 2013, 11:40

    Seeing Perez next to those Marlborough livery McLarens made me think I was seeing a young Emerson Fittipaldi (or the older version next to his Indy 500 winning, mercedes engined one :-) )

  5. Jono (@me262) said on 31st January 2013, 6:43

    poor form from Mark. Kicking a friend when his down – its not all about the bike. Livestrong = Legend

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