Name change possible for German Grand Prix

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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.

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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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75 comments on Name change possible for German Grand Prix

  1. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 31st January 2013, 7:36

    The time lapse video is awesome!

  2. BenH (@benh) said on 31st January 2013, 8:17

    Need a name for German GP if it cant be called the German GP? How about the Santander Grand Prix, Sponsored by Santander? #theyretakingover— Ben Haddleton (@bmgh85) January 31, 2013

  3. Fisha695 (@fisha695) said on 31st January 2013, 8:57

    Something I just thought of (skimmed the comments & didn’t see it mentioned either)… In 2007 the roles were sort of reversed as far as naming goes, Hockenheim had the rights to the “German GP” name and would not let the ‘Ring use it, this is like payback.

    Don’t worry by this Summer Bernie will announce that one of his buddies is going to build a purpose built track in the Berlin area (which actually with the current German design style & Solar/Wind/Eco/Green/Futuristic way of thinking/doing things there today could actually be pretty cool looking) and it will have like a 500 year paid-in-advance guaranteed contract. l0l

  4. BasCB (@bascb) said on 31st January 2013, 9:07

    That Ferrari article about Zanardi visiting Maranello gave me a nice thought: What if Ferrari built him a hand operated F1 car?
    I would even be supportive of him doing 1000s of miles of testing or even allow them an exceptional 3rd car like that :-)

  5. SempreGilles (@sempregilles) said on 31st January 2013, 9:11

    which the sport did, but that only ended up with processional racing. The fans left in their droves.

    I don’t mind processional racing. If I want to see close racing I could watch one of at least a dozen spec series. F1 is all about being the best and fastest everything. Drivers, cars, tyres circuits etc. But I guess I’m not a fan then…
    And besides in every other sport I can think of it is always the same teams or players winning. You never hear anyone complaining about that.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 31st January 2013, 15:29

      Not real fans I reckon, those that left were no doubt hoping for something like an early Indianapolis 500 with lots of crashes and fireballs. Perhaps we should blame the frenzied action of video games for this as well.

  6. Is it bad that my first thought on seeing that Grosjean used a psychologist was “aw, bless!”

  7. BasCB (@bascb) said on 31st January 2013, 9:48

    Another great article from ScarbsF1. This part had me go WOW on Adrian Newey

    Unbeknown to us at the time, there was a solution developed by Red Bull. This set up blew the exhaust into the rear brake duct area; the exhaust was then ducted down to the diffusers edge to seal the diffuser as in 2011. This approach was banned before the season started and lead Red Bull to rethink its EBD development.

    The things they come up with.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 31st January 2013, 15:40

      @bascb, great article indeed! One thing I learned was that the weight distribution was fixed, why, were they afraid Porsche might gain an advantage by hanging the engine out the back? Surely it wasn’t meant to be a cost saving rule, not when you look at how the teams are having to develop components especially to fit in the rear of the car, if it was to keep the drivers from sitting dangerously close to the front then that should and has been regulated. It seems to me that the more restrictive the rules the more expensive it becomes to design a winning car.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 31st January 2013, 16:09

        I think its mostly to cut back on areas that teams can choose to go completely different paths (making it harder for anyone to upset the current power balance by suddenly coming up with a something completely new that works, and others not being able to follow suit fast enough – which would also cost a lot, therefor its under the “saving cost” banner, I guess)

  8. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 31st January 2013, 10:01

    What a totally bonkers argument…

    “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,” said Ecclestone. “We’re doing our best to get it sorted.”

    Of course, if it came to that then the media would make sure that they constantly reminded us of this temporary name change and why it’s happened, which only goes to further show how idiotic the people at the Nurburgring are. It won’t do them any favours. It’ll be a Grand Prix, in Germany and hence, the German Grand Prix. Fools.

  9. Ben (@scuderia29) said on 31st January 2013, 11:19

    mclaren bring their 2012 car to their new car launch by mistake!

  10. I want to be there and watch the race.

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