Rift grows between Hamilton and Sutil over trial

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013In the round-up: Adrian Sutil says he hasn’t spoken to his former friend and F3 team mate Lewis Hamilton since the Mercedes driver chose not to testify at his trial last year.


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Adrian Sutil will race for Force India as F1 driver line-up completed (BBC)

“We have no relationship at the moment. I never saw him, I never spoke to him. For sure I will meet up with him, but I don’t know what will happen.”

Marussia expects engine change (Crash)

Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon: “My understanding is that Cosworth won’t be making a 2014 engine.”

Kings of the private equity jungle (FT, registration required)

“CVC distributed ??5bn [??4.32bn] to investors last year and expects to make as much as seven times its $1bn [??660m] investment in Formula One, the motor racing company slated for an initial public offering in Singapore this year.”

Vergne hails impact of updates (Autosport)

“We have new upgrades here [and] we are really happy. There were many things we wanted to test and we could follow the programme quite well despite the bad conditions.”

Good news for Vijay (Joe Saward)

“Mallya keeps saying that the troubles of one company do not affect the other firms in which he has shareholdings, but it is hard to imagine that at least some of the cash will not be going towards the airline, unless even he has finally concluded that it could be a lost cause.”

No Time For Tears ?ǣ Racing, Romanticism and Revolution (The Buxton Blog)

“Ultimately this whole thing will have come down to finances. The money off deal proposed by Ferrari for their 2014 engines will have been less than Adrian Sutil was able to bring to the table.”


Comment of the day

@MalleshMagdum on the long wait for Force India’s driver announcement:

That announcement took as long to arrive as Kingfisher employee’s salary.

Happy to see him back.

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On this day in F1

Jody Scheckter became the third different winner in as many races on this day in 1975.

He won the South African Grand Prix for Tyrrell with team mate Patrick Depailler third and Brabham’s Carlos Reutemann in between them.

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  1. I think we should remember that F1 drivers generally aren’t friends with each other, even if they sometimes use the word to describe their relationship. It’s certainly not the kind of friendship that Queen sing about. That’s just against the nature of F1. Vergne recently confirmed that and Webber said the same thing in the February issue of F1 Racing. And, as Vettel joked before Abu Dhabi 2010, if someone needs help, he should go to the medical centre.

    I think Sutil and Hamilton obviously had a good relationship with each other before that incident and now it’s turned into a not-so-good relationship. We cannot know what exactly happened in that Chinese nightclub and thus cannot judge Hamilton’s actions. But I believe that it is a bit naive to think that any F1 driver would necessarily help his colleague just because both get along well and publicly call themselves ‘friends’.

  2. I am utterly dumb-founded by the vast majority of the comments on the subject of Sutil and Hamilton.

    None of us (absolutely none) know the exact details and all of this is conjecture without the hard facts – ie. being there and actually witnessing it.

    Stop using this as ammo to attack the driver you like least. Some of you have incredibly bizarre definitions of what constitutes a friendship anyway. I can certainly say that I’d really not like to be friends with a lot of you based on your comments.

    Grow up.

    1. @bad_whippet, well said mate. I think some on here have been watching one too many courtroom drama’s and fancy themselves as being expert judges of character and legal eagles.

      I knew the moment Sutil was asked whether he has had any contact with Hamilton since the incident, that the usual suspects would crawl all over the story to make a mountain out of a mole hill.

      Predictably, those people choose to focus on how this can negatively impact on Hamilton, rather than how the two people at the centre of this – Sutil and Lux have reconciled being in the same paddock.

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