F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Jenson Button and Sergio Perez say they are seeing eye-to-eye again after their clash in Bahrain.
— Sergio Perez (@SChecoPerez) April 23, 2013
What a trip! Now arriving to Grove UK, simulator day…
— Pastor Maldonado (@Pastormaldo) April 23, 2013
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Vijay Mallya: “If tomorrow I put another 100 million into this team, it’s not going to guarantee me any performance.”
“It’s horrible, I can’t express the feeling, you’re just a sitting duck. Nothing you can do, none of your skills, none of your talent, none of anything you might have can make a difference. Then the grip came back, and I was able to make a difference. I’m so happy I didn’t finish 11th.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “We might – because we have to, and because we see things that as tyre supplier we might want to change – but essentially they are saying: ‘Don’t change even if you are getting this (negative) media coverage.’ So it is rather strange.”
Hembery: “The Hamilton tyre is something that we need to look at a lot more to understand as we are not really sure about how it happened.”
Luca di Montezemolo: “We have lost a key figure in the history of Ferrari. My most abiding memory is of all the hours we spent together, talking about drivers and cars and I am grateful for the fact he was close to me when I was a young sporting director at the Scuderia.”
British foreign secretary Williams Hague: “The decision on whether to host a Grand Prix in a particular country rests with the Formula One authorities and the country concerned.”
“When Pirelli leave and we go back to long-lasting, ever so predictable, expert-flattering tyres, perhaps the naysayers will pipe down. I’m guessing they won’t, quickly pining for the good old days of now.”
Comment of the day
Antonio Nartea on Porsche choosing to build an LMP1 car instead of a Formula One racer:
The World Endurance Championship, as we see it right now, has a solid chance of becoming a great series, by all means.
Think about it. There’s road relevance as the cars (even the prototypes) are infinitely closer to road vehicles than F1 cars will ever be, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a massive test for the cars and every single component fitted on those vehicles, the rules and regulations are not nearly as strict as they are in F1 and they allow manufacturers to be a bit more creative with the solutions they choose to implement on the cars (from hybrid technologies and breaks systems to small things such as headlights or windscreen wipers), the organisers and the ACO are not even at 1% of Bernie’s stuck-up-ness level, the budgets are smaller, the races are longer, the racing is closer, the paddock is more open, the drivers are more friendly, the crowds are more enthusiastic and larger in numbers when it comes to Le Mans at least, in my personal opinion the prototypes and the GTs look better… and that’s just off the top of my head. The list can go on forever.
To be honest, if you are closer to a touring, grand touring or simply road cars manufacturer you belong in the WEC. If you are a pure-breed sports car manufacturer, than F1 is maybe the competition you should be looking into. It’s as simple as that. But I still think Porsche made the right choice.
Antonio Nartea (@Tony031r)
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On this day in F1
Former F1 driver Rolf Stommelen lost his life in a crash during a sports car race at the Riverside circuit in California 30 years ago today.
Stommelen scored a podium finish in his first full season of F1 in 1970, taking third at the Osterreichring in a Brabham. But the following seasons failed to build on that promise.
In 1975 he was badly injured in a crash during the Spanish Grand Prix which claimed the lives of four spectators. He quit F1 following a poor season with Arrows in 1978 and went on to enjoy success in sports car racing, with victories in the Daytona 24 Hours and Nurburgring 1,000km.
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