Start, Hockenheim, 2012

Name change possible for German Grand Prix

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Hockenheim, 2012In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says the German Grand Prix could run under a different name this year to keep the race on the calendar.

McLaren MP4-28 launch

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German GP in doubt amid wrangle (BBC)

Bernie Ecclestone: “We’ve said to them we don’t have to call it the German Grand Prix this year, we can call it the Grand Prix of Europe.”

Grosjean: I used psychologist (Sky)

“It’s not a secret that I started work with a psychologist in September last year and it went very well during the winter. I had a lot of discussion with Genii, the owner, to try to help them understand and take the right decision. And when they called me to say, ‘Okay we go again for one more year’ I was more than happy.”

Don?t get drunk on stardom, Hamilton warned by Sir Jackie (The Sun)

Jackie Stewart: “You just have to be damn careful you don?t get carried away with your own importance, your own celebrity, or your own schedule outside of being in the cockpit. It can be quite intoxicating.”

Glock disappointed by F1’s embrace of pay drivers (Crash)

“The top teams get a lot of money from Bernie Ecclestone, starving the small teams a little bit. Last year, we showed that we can make a step forward, and found more than 1.5 seconds, but, in order to make the big step, you need double the budget.”

Alex Zanardi, Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari, 2013A visit worth its weight in gold (Ferrari)

“The thing that struck me the most when I went into the department where the new car was being built, was the smell, the same I used to smell when I went to the Chip Ganassi team headquarters in America. There too the car was red, but it definitely wasn?t a Ferrari!” builds a 2013 F1 tyre! (Top Gear)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “I spoke with Michael [Schumacher] about it many times, but it depends on what your philosophy is of how Formula One should be. You could go for the maximum performance envelope – tyres, engines, aero all set to max – which the sport did, but that only ended up with processional racing. The fans left in their droves. We were asked to do something different.”

Analysis: 2013 F1 Rules and Trends (ScarbsF1)

“With far reaching regulation changes coming onto the sport in 2014, the 2013 season is likely to be a year of consolidation, as few changes have been are written into this year?s rule book. So teams will be expected to optimise their designs from last year, correcting mistakes and adopting some of the better ideas of their rivals.”

F1’s invisible men: The keys to 2014 (Autosport, subscription required)

“There are even rumours of Red Bull running its top secret simulator ‘live’ as a third car in practice sessions, although this is denied by the team. Most remarkable is the fact that, with a few days to go before the opening pre-season tests, many race drivers have already driven their 2013 mounts in the virtual world!”

London to Paris Bike Ride 2013 (Action Medical Research for Children)

Rob Sinfield of Grand Prix Diary has assembled a seriously impressive collection of F1 prizes – donate to his charity bike ride for your chance to win.

Sky announces Italian team; extends contract in Germany (F1 Broadcasting)

“Carlo Vanzini will commentate on the action alongside Marc Gene, as the two previously did from 2007 to 2009. Jacques Villeneuve, Fabiano Vandone and Sarah Winkhaus will also form part of the presentation team.”

Video: Tommy Byrne’s McLaren test (Motorsport Musings)

“Despite making their car go faster than it had ever gone before, McLaren never showed any interest in acquiring Byrne?s services and he was later portrayed in the press as being an arrogant and cocksure wannabe.”

Australian Grand Prix Albert Park F1 Circuit – Timelapse Video (YouTube)


Comment of the day

@Supernicebob on Ferrari’s choice of name for its new car:

I hope one day there?s a series of errors and Ferrari launch the F=RAND()*999

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On this day in F1

On this day last year Adrian Sutil received a suspended 18-month jail sentence.

A court ruled he had inflicted grievous bodily harm on Eric Lux, CEO of Lotus owners Genii Capital, in a nightclub in Shanghai in 2011.

There have been rumours Sutil could return to Force India this year. The team are due to launch their 2013 contender tomorrow but are yet to confirm their driver line-up.

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