Wolff ready to make changes at Mercedes

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Jerez, 2013In the round-up: Toto Wolff says he won’t hesitate to make changes if he thinks Mercedes aren’t making progress.

The Circuit 2013

The Circuit 2013 is being run to raise money for the NSPCC. Six teams will battle it out to be crowned champions of The Circuit 2013, led by celebrity captains including former Formula One driver Mark Blundell, former English Rugby Union players Austin Healey and Will Carling, TV chefs Gino D’Acampo and James Martin, British Army veteran Simon Weston OBE and Dutch racing driver Robin Frijns.

Every guest will drive each of these performance cars to their fullest potential, flat out, with no limits and awards for the fastest drivers: Formula Jaguar single seater, Ariel Atom 3, BMW M3 GTP, Palmer Jaguar JP-LM, Caterham 7 Superlight, Land Rover defender and Sodi Karts.

Tickets are priced at ??1,500 and include exclusive use of the PalmerSports Bedford Autodrome venue with full day hospitality including a seated lunch. There will also be an auction with fabulous sporting prizes and the chance to win super drives with the celebrity drivers.

To secure your place please email sports-team@nspcc.org.uk or call 020 7825 2937.

All funds raised from the event will help the NSPCC to protect children all year round through its projects and services including ChildLine ?ǣ the UK?s free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people in distress or danger.


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Toto Wolff Q&A – I’ll do everything to make Mercedes successful (F1)

“I have been here for two weeks but nobody cares whether I?ve been here one year or one week. I have taken up the responsibility so it is important to get a feeling for the people, and I have a good feeling for most of them. If it is not going in the direction I want, I will implement the structure that I think will work.”

Kingfisher on verge of collapse as banks recall ??1bn loan (The Telegraph)

“Concerns over the future of Kingfisher Airlines escalated as bank lenders said they could begin calling in 85bn Rupees (??1.02bn) of loans to the airline, declaring that the carrier’s founder Vijay Mallya had been ??given enough time to repay.”

Glock: Marussia to struggle with rookies (Autosport)

“It’s definitely not going to be easy for them, especially in testing, where you need to be able to make the right decisions in pinpointing the weaknesses of the car. That’s something that only comes from experience.”

German bank?s ??500m blunder over F1 shares (City AM)

“One of Germany?s most bailed-out banks turned down the chance to make hundreds of millions of pounds in profits by buying a 10 per cent stake in Formula One at a bargain price of ??63.3m ($100m), according to recently released legal filings.”

F1’s Testing Times (Huffington Post)

“Every day on track we work two shifts of mechanics, engineers and truckies (what we call the lads who do all the setting up, packing down and maintenance of the garage and trucks on track): a night crew who start at around 1800 and will work through to around 0800 the next day, and the day crew who run the car while the sun is up, but start and finish their days in the dark.”

Interview with F1 race winner and WEC star Giancarlo Fisichella (Dominik Wilde Motorsport)

“I?ve known Pedro [de la Rosa] for many years now. I think that one more driver and one with his experience will be good for the work of the team. He has a lot of experience with other teams and particularly on the simulator.”


Comment of the day

@Magnificent-Geoffrey on the standard of drivers in F1 today:

I truly think we?re living through the Golden Age right now. I think the sheer talent and ability we had on the grid over 2010/11/12 was stronger than any other period in F1???s history, including the late 60???s and the mid-to-late 80???s.

Many years from now, future F1 fans will look back at the current era with even greater awe than we do on the eras of old.

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On this day in F1

Two drivers whose F1 careers were cut tragically short were born on Valentine’s Day.

Mexican Ricardo Rodrguez was born today in 1942 but was killed just 20 years later while practising for his country’s first non-championship Grand Prix.

Popular Swedish driver Ronnie Peterson was born two years after Rodriguez on the same day. He won races for Lotus and March and had returned to the former team in 1978 when he lost his life following a crash at Monza.

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