Grosjean: Budget a priority for Lotus

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Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Sepang, 2013In the round-up: Romain Grosjean says Lotus have the resources to compete but budget is “key” for them.


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Budget key to Lotus’s title challenge (Autosport)

Romain Grosjean: “It depends on the money that we have. That is the key in F1.”

Whitmarsh ‘relaxed’ about criticism (ESPN)

“People were trying to get me to name names of who might be responsible and people who might not even be here to defend themselves, but that’s not my style.”

Vettel announced as Infiniti’s Director of Performance (Autocar)

“Infiniti has announced that Sebastian Vettel is its new Director of Performance.”

Top Ten: Ridiculous Motorsport Sponsors (WTF1)

“Despite scoring a point in that years British Grand Prix, eventually the Money Money Money ran out and the era of Swedish pop group sponsorship was over.”

Sport is still about the will to win – even F1 (The Independent)

James Lawton: “It is still comforting to see men like Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen resist the idea that the legality of team orders strips them of the first and the last of a natural-born racer’s instinct.”

The Asianisation of the F1 calendar (McLaren)

“Formula 1’s only Asian failure (so far) is the Turkish Grand Prix, by the way, which was run seven times, in front of embarrassingly empty grandstands, from 2005 to 2011. It was won twice by McLaren, in 2005 (Kimi Raikkonen) and in 2010 (Lewis Hamilton), since you didn’t ask.”


Comment of the day

@Bleeps_and_Tweaks on Christian Horner’s claim Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton would disobey team orders as readily as Sebastian Vettel did:

If anything I’ve got more respect for Vettel after Malaysia, not less.

The team put the drivers in the position to win races by working incredibly hard to deliver the hardware needed to do that. They then give all of that responsibility to a group of people in their 20s-30s that have spent years honing their skills to try and get into the position of winning races in the highest echelon of motorsport.

Then you expect someone to hold position, just because they were behind at the last pit stop? That?s not what I watch F1 for.

I’m not naive enough to think that this hasn?t happened for years, obviously it has, but for me last weekend was a positive for honest, hard racing. I sincerely hope that Hamilton and Alonso would have done the same.

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On this day in F1

Graham Hill won the Lombank Trophy at Snetterton 50 years ago today.

He passed Jim Clark to win – the Lotus driver finished second ahead of Innes Ireland.

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122 comments on Grosjean: Budget a priority for Lotus

  1. himmatsj (@himmatsj) said on 30th March 2013, 13:39

    “If anything I’ve got more respect for Vettel after Malaysia, not less.”

    Discounting everything else that transpired on that fateful day bar Vettel plainly backing down from his agreement with Mark and the team, I would like to digress with your above statement Mr. COTD.

    I would have respected Vettel if he manned up like Webber in 2011 Silverstone and acknowledged the fact that he went against team orders/agreements with full knowledge of his doings, and then explain his actions reasonably so (eg: I was faster than Mark and every single points counts at this stage of the WDC).

    However, that wasn’t what happened, at all. From the time Vettel steeped out of the car, he feigned ignorance. He sidestepped the issue altogether claiming all was OK as long as they finished 1-2 during the podium interview (Webber of course answered honestly after this).

    Then Vettel claimed he didn’t know of such agreements, knew not of its repercussions and issued an apology that was as fake as one could get.

    How then does Vettel earn my respect? Had he manned up and ran-down Webber by saying he did just the same in the past, plus marks for Vettel…but instead he chose to hide behind a facade and wait for the PR guys and Mr Horner to come to his rescue. Very ungentlemanly and as such deserves no respect of mine.

    • @himmatsj – I applaud his actions on track but I agree the way it was handled afterwards was poor. I’m guessing there was a certain measure of PR scripted-ness in the works, but it would have been preferable if he’d just said “I was faster than Mark and I saw 7 extra points, so I took it”: that would have been an honest reply and one Webber would simply have to accept because he himself is no stranger to defying team orders.

      Sadly, F1 has changed though and it isn’t as simple as it used to be: the drivers have to keep they sponsors happy so they are essentially just reading a script. That was the part I had distaste at; Vettel’s on-track actions were absolutely fine!

      • himmatsj (@himmatsj) said on 30th March 2013, 14:53

        But don’t forget, when they went onto the podium, the PR guys hadn’t got to them yet. And usually drivers speak their mind here. Last year Vettel used the f-word on the podium interview. Hence, if he really was strong enough to own up, he had the chance right before him.

  2. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 30th March 2013, 18:37

    Formula 1′s only Asian failure (so far) is the Turkish Grand Prix

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the Pacific Grand Prix at Okayama an Asian round? That failed after 2 years?

  3. sato113 (@sato113) said on 30th March 2013, 18:40

    why do we have this 3 week gap? why is it not 2 weeks? kinda annoying

    • @sato113 – agreed, but it’s done that way so the teams have time to bring upgrades: as appose to just doing 2 weeks until China then another 2 until Bahrain, it’s 3 and 1.

      • sato113 (@sato113) said on 30th March 2013, 19:41

        @vettel1 im not sure about that. I doubt the FIA or Bernie take into consideration car upgrades when planning the calendar. I think its so they can do 2 sets of back to back races.

        • @sato113 – they do take into consideration that the teams need breaks to work on the cars, otherwise we wouldn’t have the summer break!

          • sato113 (@sato113) said on 30th March 2013, 22:38

            @vettel1 the summer break has nothing to do with giving teams time to work on car upgrades. In fact the teams have to shut down for 2 weeks during it.

          • @sato113 – …and then have two weeks to work on the cars. They do have to consider the fact the teams need time to collate all the information and upgrade the cars accordingly, hence why the races aren’t at equal time intervals from each other!

          • sato113 (@sato113) said on 31st March 2013, 2:20


            …and then have two weeks to work on the cars.

            yes just like every other 2 week gap between GPs.
            IMO it’s simple:
            -Every GP is meant to be 2 weeks apart. that way the championship stretches nicely over March to November.
            -If 2 consecutive races are geographically close to each other it makes sense to have them back to back from a purely logistical point of view. (this is especially true if the chosen races are far from europe).
            -If there are, say 4 or 5, consecutive fly away races it makes sense to have 2 sets of back to back races rather than doing a 4 race back-to-back-to-back-to-back marathon.
            -There then is a summer break of 4 weeks because of the stresses and demands placed on the teams during the year. It is purely to give them a break and spend time with their families. (nb the actual break is only for 2 weeks of course).
            When planning the race year, whether or not teams have parts ready for their cars is irrelevant to the timing of the GPs. the part designers/manufactures just have to get on with it. some do it better than others.
            -other major events in the world can skew the calendar slightly. i cant name any examples, but i think the FIA try to avoid clashes with other sporting/non sporting events. (ie. a GP wouldn’t be held on the same date as a world cup final).
            So by this logic i’m confused by the 3 week gap. thats just my opinion. your answer would of course explain it, by i disagree with it. ;)

  4. Becca Cann (@beshoreblue) said on 30th March 2013, 21:03

    Three weeks is a long time when you’re trying to find something other than team orders to talk about. Erm…that Lego car is pretty awesome…?

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