Bernie Ecclestone, 2011

Supermarket boss tipped as Ecclestone successor

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bernie Ecclestone, 2011In the round-up: Sainsbury’s boss Justin King tipped as successor to Bernie Ecclestone.


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Bernie Ecclestone fails to deny F1 rumours over Sainsbury’s boss (The Guardian)

“[Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin] King recently drove into a storm of controversy when it came to light that five brands with business ties to Sainsbury’s sponsor the racing career of his son Jordan. Last year Jordan King finished second in the Formula Renault Northern European championship and this year will race in European Formula 3, a junior series two steps below Formula One.”

Vergne rails against team-mate battle (Autosport)

“People want to make out that there is a big fight. I don’t care. I’m here to do my job and get the best result for the team.”

Claire Williams defies dad Frank to close on top job (The Sun)

“When his daughter, Claire first applied for a job working in the team?s press office his reply was short ? ‘no f-ing way!’ he blasted.”

Bahrain villagers protest against race as memory of last year’s riots casts cloud on approaching Grand Prix (Daily Mail)

“This picture, taken on Easter Sunday, shows foreign labourers in the village of Barbar, west of the capital Manama, collecting equipment against a wall sprayed with graffiti in protest at the upcoming race.”

Taki Inoue: interview with a pay driver (MotorSport)

“After qualifying 26th and last, he lost fifth and sixth gears at the start before aquaplaning into the pit wall on lap three. ‘The car felt so bad,’ he says, ‘and it was a good thing I crashed early on because I didn?t even know what the pit stop procedure was.'”


Comment of the day

I wasn’t convinced the official F1 Live Timing app is worth paying for but Tandrews says otherwise:

I got this app for the Australian Grand Prix when I was sitting in the stands. I found it great for timing because the big screens at the circuit don?t show the times of the cars in a qualifying or practice session and even then the overall positions are hard to see on the big screens due to their small size.

The car tracker is pretty accurate as well as it helps see if cars are have good gap for a run (came in handy in Q1 in the rain before it was qualifying was cancelled) or if a car can make it back over the line in time for a final flying lap.

I also used a bit when watching the Malaysian GP to check tyre compounds and it?s good with showing sector times and gaps between cars in the races.

Even though it?s quite expensive I think it?s pretty good value for a full year and i would recommend it to anyone who is going to a grand prix this year who wants more information than what they can see on track and circuit commentary.
Tandrews (@Tomand95)

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On this day in F1

But it is Shinji Nakano’s birthday. The Japanese driver who raced in F1 in 1997 and 1998 is 42 today.

Nakano came close to scoring a point on his debut for Prost at Melbourne and picked up two sixth places during his first season. A move to Minardi the following year saw less success. After leaving in F1 he raced raced single seaters in America, crossing the divide between CART and the IRL.

Since then he has mainly raced sportscars in Japan and has also been a regular at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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