Sutil and Bianchi to test for Force India

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Adrian Sutil, Force India, Abu Dhabi, 2011In the round-up: Force India will run 2013 seat contenders Adrian Sutil and Jules Bianchi at this week’s test.


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Sutil and Bianchi in Force India test (Reuters)

“It’s not a shoot-out. It’s just two drivers helping the team with this week’s test. I don’t think it should be perceived as such, that’s not the intention.”

Red Bull assures Webber over equality (Autosport)

“Asked by Gazzetta dello Sport whether that meant Red Bull would put its full weight behind three-time champion Vettel, [Dietrich] Mateschitz insisted Webber would have a fair chance.”

CVC revs up for Formula One float (The Telegraph)

“Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners is planning to float Formula One on the Singapore stock exchange in October and is targeting a valuation of more than $10bn (??6.45bn).”

Stoffel Vandoorne joins McLaren Young Driver Programme (McLaren)

“Having won the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship in 2012, he will step up to compete in the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship this year, driving for the successful Fortec motorsports team.”

BIC all set for 2013 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix (Bahrain International Circuit)

“BIC hopes to come close to matching its biggest-ever turnout to the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend of 100,000 fans in 2010.”

Ferrari: the world?s most powerful brand (Ferrari)

“Ferrari took the number one spot of the top five most powerful brands in 2013 ahead of the likes of Google, Coca-Cola, PwC and Hermes on a list that includes the 500 most famous companies in the world.”


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Has popular opinion in Melbourne turned against the Grand Prix?

People against the Australian Grand Prix will do anything. I love the Grand Prix but if the majority of people there didn?t want it, then I would think F1 should leave.

The problem comes when comes when people will say anything to get rid of it. It is ludicrous to suggest that it has a real effect on the water levels, and trying to pull on peoples heart strings by including people with disabilities into the argument is a bit of a desperate argument.

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69 comments on Sutil and Bianchi to test for Force India

  1. BradandCoffee said on 19th February 2013, 4:16

    Maybe they thought Vandoorne was related to Vodafone.

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 19th February 2013, 5:09

      Or maybe McLaren thought that, since Vandoorne is the reigning Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion – which meant he beat Nyck de Vries, who is also in the McLaren Young Driver Programme (as well as Daniil Kvyat, who is a Red Bull driver; and Oscar Tunjo, who is supported by Lotus) – he is actually a talented driver. Have you seen his results? In the fourteen races of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Vandoorne finished on the podium in eleven of them (and came fourth in two others), with four wins and six pole positions to his name. He contested seven of the twenty races in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, and won five of them, took a podium in another and started from pole position four times.

  2. DVC (@dvc) said on 19th February 2013, 5:39

    I’m about to go and look them up, but I’ve never heard of Hermes before.

  3. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 19th February 2013, 5:58

    Shaikh Salman expressed his delight with the massive crowd of up to 70,000 people attending last year’s highly successful Formula 1™ Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

    Typical of a dictatorship to tell lies that are so blatantly untrue. Or did they count all the people protesting on the way to the circuit?

    • bag0 (@bag0) said on 19th February 2013, 6:48

      In these statements they usually add up the 3-4 days of the event, so it is possible, if there were 15-20 thousand ppl/day. If I remember correctly last year the Hungaroring stated that there were 160-180 thousand, but they also said “over the weekend”.

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 19th February 2013, 7:30

      Yes, as @bag0 writes, most of the times tracks add up the numbers for thursday, friday, saturday and sunday to get a total number of visitors (counting you 4 times if you are there all days). Thats how Silverstone gets over 300.000 over the race weekend with a 160.000 sunday crowd.

      • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 19th February 2013, 8:27

        @bascb, @bag0 I thought I remembered Mark Webber remarking after the race that there were hardly any spectators there; 15000 people would still be a noticeable crowd. Did anyone here attend the Grand Prix?

        I think for the moment I will stick by my statement. Even with some very creative bookkeeping (like counting all the people that work at the circuit), I don’t think there were that many people there.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 19th February 2013, 14:34

      Don’t forget the security personnel .

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 19th February 2013, 6:55

    I really can’t be bothered with Sutil. He’s so dull and uninspiring.

  5. HoHum (@hohum) said on 19th February 2013, 14:07

    I guess it is not a subject people want to acknowledge, like global warming perhaps but here we are on page 2 and no-one has mentioned the financial state of F1 as listed in the Telegraph article. A basic summary of the facts show that for his own personal gain Bernie has imposed a $10Billion debt on F1 and the owners of that debt (Bernie included) are going to take a 10% ( $1 Billion)annual return on that money, that is $1B that F1 earns that the teams will get no share of.
    What does that mean for us, it means pay drivers, restricted development of the cars and traditional circuits being priced out of business to make way for Tilkedromes in the desert and of course higher prices to watch F1 at the track and in the home.

    • @hohum
      Let him be dude, he wants a nice casket and ceremony, so he has to start saving for it.

      But seriously: those are interesting numbers. In my opinion it wont change the situation mutch. F1 has been like that for a while now, earlier the teams payed from their own pocket, and looked for cheap but fast drivers, most notably Williams (Jones, Hill, Button, etc), but recently the teams decided to go with fast and stuffed drivers, so they wouldnt have to spend their own money on things like this. The beautiful thing in Formula 1 is that you can give any set of rules (sporting, technical, or financial, legit or not) to the teams and they will always find a solution as long as they want to be in F1.

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