Nelson Piquet Jnr, Renault, Singapore, 2008

Briatore: ‘No proof I was involved in Crashgate’

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Nelson Piquet Jnr, Renault, Singapore, 2008In the round-up: Flavio Briatore insists there is no proof he ordered Nelson Piquet Jnr to crash during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix.


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Interview: Flavio Briatore uncut (Autosport, registration required)

“There was no proof that I was involved in Singapore. Which is the reason I won in court. I’ve nothing more to say; I say it already at the time. If what people claimed about Singapore was true, then why did I fire Piquet in the middle of the next season? Why take that risk?”

Azores Rally ERC 2013 Robert Kubica is Rolling Crash (YouTube)

Bahrain Grand Prix ratings drop versus 2012 (The F1 Broadcasting Blog)

“Coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix dropped on both Sky Sports F1 and BBC One versus 2012 last Sunday, overnight ratings show. Whilst the two channels averaged 4.24 million in 2013, the number is down on the 4.39 million average in 2012.”

Clark brilliant at Aintree (Peter Windsor)

Jim Clark then produces a supreme display of class driving, perfectly-balancing the carburettored 25 through Aintree?s medium-speed corners, blipping the throttle on the slow ones to keep the revs in the useable band. He works his way back to an eventual third place. His lap times are consistent to within tenths; his fastest lap ?ǣ a staggering 1min 51.8sec ?ǣ is 0.6 quicker than his pole time and a full 1.8sec quicker than his pole lap at the British GP in ?62.”

The Bahrain conundrum ?ǣ the politics or the race? (Richland F1)

“I cannot speak for Formula One as a whole, but with protests also taking place around this year?s race, personally, I was struggling with what to focus on in my preview piece ahead of the race. It would have been wilfully ignorant of me to focus only on the race.”


Comment of the day

William Katz weighs in on the entertainment versus sport debate:

I bet WWE?s Wrestlmania got higher viewership than the US Grand Prix last year [in the USA]; that doesn?t mean that I think F1 needs drivers hitting one another with folding chairs. But we?re living in a time when what we think about sports is fundamentally changing ?ǣ it?s a huge business and it?s an entertainment business.

Here in the States an NBA coach was fined by the league because he chose to rest his star players in a game that the league considered important for viewership numbers. In one overt wave of the hand the NBA effectively announced that entertainment value is more important than sporting integrity. It?s disgusting, and F1 is traveling down exactly the same path.

I?m not suggesting it?s new ?ǣ I am sure in smoke filled rooms in times of yore, men in dark suits and thick cigars made all sorts of seedy arrangements ?ǣ but I can?t help but feel like all of the people who are saying “This is great!” are just totally missing the point.
William Katz (@Hwkii)

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On this day in F1

Two F1 champions scored their first victories on this fay in F1 history: Niki Lauda in 1974 at Jarama and Jacques Villeneuve 22 years after him at the Nurburgring.

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