Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Bahrain, 2012

Ecclestone expects trouble-free Bahrain race

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Bahrain, 2012In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone expects no problems with the forthcoming Bahrain Grand Prix.


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No concerns about Bahrain Grand Prix, says F1 boss Ecclestone (Reuters)

“I think they (both sides) are talking now anyway… so I don’t think they’ll upset the talks by making protests. It didn’t help them last year, so if they had any brains they’d just get on with their talks.”

Hamilton can win title Stewart (BBC)

“Yes, they can win races. Lewis will drive the living daylights out of whatever car he’s got.”

Preview ?ǣ 2013 UBS Chinese Grand Prix (Sauber)

Nico Hulkenberg: “The circuit in Shanghai is not particularly one of my favourite tracks, nevertheless it?s a demanding one, especially the first few corners and the corners before the back straight.”

2013 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix preview (McLaren)

Jenson Button: “We know where we?re losing performance, so I think we?re actually all looking forward to seeing just what we can achieve in Shanghai.”

Rookie diary – Marussia?s Max Chilton (F1)

“It’s still quite surreal to stand next to the like of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso on the drivers’ parade but a lot of the drivers are pretty welcoming and I haven’t felt out of place. I’m sure in a few races it’ll feel totally normal.”

Lewis Hamilton explains F1 drivers’ race seats (F1 Fanatic via YouTube)


Comment of the day

@Tango considers Eric Boullier’s thoughts on team orders:

When you put it in Boullier?s perspective, team orders don?t seem bad at all (but you have to accept that F1 is a business, not a sport). Namely, even at the beginning of the year, if one of your drivers can let the other one past as easily as possible when one is clearly faster than the second, overall team performance dictates that the team orders the driver ahead to do so. Pure logic really.

This line of thought has a caveat: it should work for both drivers, be situation based (who is faster during said portion of the race) and potentially reciprocal even during a single race if speed of drivers alternate during the race.

Descartes is not dead. Boullier pursues a proud French tradition of rationalising irrational subjects (but obviously I disagree completely: drivers should race all along, whoever is behind/in front).

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On this day in F1

Giancarlo Fisichella scored his first F1 win for Jordan a dramatic, rain-hit Brazilian Grand Prix ten years ago today.

The race was red-flagged after separate crashes by Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso scattered debris across the main straight.

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