Marussia heading for Ferrari engine deal – Symonds

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Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Bahrain International Circuit, 2013In the round-up: Marussia technical director Pat Symonds says the team are likely to use Ferrari engines next year.


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Marussia likely to use Ferrari turbo engines in 2014 (James Allen)

Symonds: “There will be only three suppliers next year ?ǣ Renault, Mercedes and Ferrari ?ǣ and while we have spoken to all of them, I think we are rapidly heading in the direction of Ferrari. We need to head in a direction rapidly because we really need to sign a supply agreement with someone quite soon ?ǣ and Ferrari, at the moment, are top of that list.”

F1 teams in fresh penalty points talks (Autosport)

“[FIA race director Charlie] Whiting said earlier this year that one of the key issues that needed resolving was that any hefty punishments handed out as a result of penalty points being accrued were deemed worthy.”

‘Di Resta can be an F1 champion’ (BBC)

Allan McNish: “If someone puts him in the right car, he can fight for the world title.”

On Marussia (Joe Saward)

“The F1 team continues to build the Marussia brand, even if there are no products available at the moment.”

Wolff pushing Williams for proper F1 test (Reuters)

“For me the next logical step is to do the young drivers test, and do it well, and then see what the next step is after that.”

Ferrari’s foot-operated DRS (F1)

“Most teams’ systems are operated by hand, via a steering wheel control. Ferrari’s is different.”

Adam Parr Q&A (Sky)

Video interview with former Williams chairman Adam Parr.

The Williams F1 Team and TAK Group announce new partnership agreement (Williams)

“The Williams F1 Team is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Kazakhstani investment business TAK Group that will see the Kazakhstani capital, Astana, promoted as part of the arrangement with the team.”

Sergio Perez Q&A (McLaren)

“Q. And finally…. why the nickname ??Checo??
Checo: It?s not really that complicated or interesting. In Mexico, where I come from, all Sergios are automatically given the nickname ??Checo?. Sorry, there?s no story behind it!”

David Brabham at Imola, 1994 (MotorSport)

“And then ‘Brabs’ crashed on his 28th lap. He has his reasons to refuse to confirm if a steering failure caused it: ‘A puncture was the official line.'”


Comment of the day

@YellowSapphire does not believe a “Vettel effect” has caused a drop in ticket sales at Silverstone:

If that truly is the case, why did Silverstone “have the biggest crowd of the season last year, with a record race day attendance of 127,000″ off the back of a season completely dominated by Vettel?

If this is truly the ??Vettel effect?, I would have thought you would have noticed an effect in 2012, after his complete and utter dominance of the 2011 season. Instead, according to the article, Silverstone got record race-day attendance.

This has nothing to do with Vettel, and everything to do with Silverstone?s pricing and the organisational disaster that was last year. They?re not going to admit that, though, as that?s classed as ‘bad PR’.

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93 comments on Marussia heading for Ferrari engine deal – Symonds

  1. M Dickens (@sgt-pepper) said on 3rd May 2013, 10:58

    Wow another COTD defending or praising Vettel in some way, makes a change.

  2. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 3rd May 2013, 11:56

    The thing that really annoys me is that you pay all that money for your pit-straight grandstand ticket (now well over £300) and you can’t even see the sodding podium because they’ve put it on the end of the building!

    It just highlights how completely out of touch F1 has become with the real world. And I don’t just mean the likes of CVC, I mean the teams too, who seem determined to spend as much money as humanly possible, thus necessitating a huge hosting fee. And then they won’t even engage with the fans, some of whom will have spent over a month’s wages just to sit on some scaffolding for two hours.

    I went to the WEC 6 hour a few weeks ago and while it wasn’t a bad price, Silverstone is still not a great place to be. Very empty, very little going on other than the race, nothing to look at around the track other than food concessions and places to buy overpriced racing merchandise. It’s not a great place to spend a day. Obviously there’s less there when you’re going to have a <50,000 strong crowd, compared to the 250odd thousand over the GP weekend, but still, other than around the main pit building you feel like you may as well be standing on a bit of industrial wasteland. Hardly befitting of the premiere motorsport venue in the country which invented motorsport. But of course, the rich folk don't bother wandering far from the pit complex, so why should they bother spending money just to cater for us plebs?

    • MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 3rd May 2013, 11:57

      Sorry that was meant to be in reply to my previous comments…

      • GT_Racer said on 3rd May 2013, 14:52

        The podium is positioned with the plans for the new grandstands which are to be built in mind, Its the same reason you can’t see the final few garages from parts of the current grandstand.

        While I must admit I’ve not been to Silverstone since the new pit buildings were built, I’ve heard from people who have that have been less than complementary about the quality of the new buildings.
        I hear that parts of the new buildings leak just as badly as the old pit buildings did & that parts of it still look unfinished with lights flickering & wi-fi dropping out in the media center.

        The biggest problem with Silverstone has always been that big chunks of the British motoring media have always defended it to the point of basically ignoring all its faults.

        Bernie got hammered for daring to criticize Silverstone yet when you take a step back you actually realize that pretty much everything he was complaining about was actually correct.
        You also only had to spend a few minutes around the BRDC hierarchy to see why he got so frustrated with dealing with them.

        He asked them in 1997 to do something about the pit buildings & improve the media facilities & they promised they would, Yet for 1998 they instead decided to build themselfs a new clubhouse & then told Bernie they had no money to make any upgrades to the circuit or facilities & would have to go to the government to try & get more cash. They then spent the next 2 years doing nothing but dragging there feet & going on about how great Silverstone was until they were hit by the mess of 2000 (BTW Bernie has asked them to look at fixing a lot of what made the 2000 race weekend so difficult yet they built themselfs the BRDC clubhouse instead).

        Silverstone as a circuit is one of the best in the world, Won’t find many drivers that disagree but as a facility its miles off & the people who run it often seem clueless to its faults & much of the british motoring media refuse to call them on it.

        • GT_Racer said on 3rd May 2013, 14:57

          Just to add something more.

          The fact that the new pit buildings were built in a way that you can’t see some pit garages & can’t see the podium from the current grandstands with the new grandstands not been built for another few years shows just how poorly thought out & managed things tend to be.

          • BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd May 2013, 17:27

            I guess the gaffe for the BRDC when last year the MotoGP people decided to go back to the old bit buildings should have rocked some seats as well about bad planning!

        • MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 3rd May 2013, 15:25

          Actually what you say about the poor quality of the Wing is probably true; I did notice when I was there for the WEC 6 hours that there were quite a few pieces of the aluminium cladding missing from various bits of the building.

          The BRDC go on about the money they have invested, but from what I can see what they’ve spent money on amounts to little more than a track extension (which I’ll never get to drive on) and a new pit building (which 99% of race attendees will never set foot in), neither of which improve anything about the experience of going to see a race. The fact it has taken a few weeks’ worth of rain to cause a bit of a disaster there for them to even consider improving facilities for ‘normal’ spectators is appalling. They should count themselves lucky that the British fans are so enthusiastic about going to see races that they’ll still keep coming back, in spite of being treated so poorly by the race organisers.

  3. karter22 (@karter22) said on 3rd May 2013, 16:02

    Hmmm that Marussia engine deal really caught me by surprise…. NOT!

    That Ferrari system is very clever! I wonder how quicker that is compared to the regular button on the steering wheel thing!

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 3rd May 2013, 23:00

      @karter22 I don’t imagine it’d be any quicker to activate (in fact, maybe even fractionally slower) but it’s on re-attachment of airflow that it’s particurly interesting. The time it takes for the driver to move his foot onto the brake pedal is enough to initiate the rear wing returning to it’s normal position, which should help total downforce to return faster and in theory improve braking performance.

      I don’t think it’s something which could be easily implimented by all the teams (Red Bull in particular with how ridiculously small the cockpits are apparently!) but it might be an area worth looking in to – it might gain a few hundredths and I wouldn’t imagine would be that hard to impliment if the car was designed with that in mind.

  4. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 3rd May 2013, 16:46

    Why am I not surprised the prospective Marussia-Ferrari deal since Binachi’s arrival?!

  5. BasCB (@bascb) said on 3rd May 2013, 17:15

    Just to prove not all of us are interested in Bahrain only when the race is around the corner - here’s an interesting read also featuring a short resume of what the race achieved for the country:

    A quick Google search of the international press coverage the day after Bahrain’s F1 showed more than half of the first 50 news hits included the words “protests” or “police clashes” or similar in the title. The race proved yet another PR blunder for the regime, which is keen to present itself as a largely stable ally for the U.S., U.K. and others. The coverage was no ad for tourism to Bahrain and showed the Kingdom’s reality all too well. This is presumably not the sort of exposure the Bahrain government had hoped would result from such an internationally popular event.

    • beneboy (@beneboy) said on 3rd May 2013, 23:50

      Amnesty International are still including them on their regular e-mails to members too.

      The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, said he was “deeply disappointed” after Bahrain postponed next month’s visit, citing delays in “ongoing national dialogue”. The Bahraini authorities also cancelled a visit by Juan Mendez in February 2012, claiming they were “still undergoing major reforms”.

      “This latest cancellation shows that Bahrain is clearly not serious about implementing human rights reforms. The authorities have used the buzzword of ‘reform’ as a smoke screen, when in reality they are not reforming,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director. “There are no reforms in Bahrain, but rather human rights abuses continuing unabated.”

      The postponement comes amid continued clashes between protesters and security forces, which increased in the run-up to last weekend’s controversial Formula One Grand Prix.

      “This is the second time my visit has been postponed at very short notice. The authorities seem to view my visit as an obstacle rather than a positive factor to the reform process,” said Mendez.
      The independent torture expert had previously urged Bahrain to honour commitments it made to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review process in September 2012. “Bahrain’s allies have been far too keen to rely on the facade of reform and to go on with business as usual. The cancellation of the visit means there is no pretending anymore.”

      At the last session of the UN Human Rights Council, 43 states criticized ongoing human rights violations in Bahrain.

  6. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 3rd May 2013, 22:44

    I’m sorry, but I found this quite funny on the Ferrari DRS article:

    The rear wing Drag Reduction System, or DRS, has come to play an important role in Formula One racing, increasing overtaking opportunities without making the competition artificial.


    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 3rd May 2013, 22:51

      As for the video though, it is actually an interesting concept. It should in theory prevent re-attachment issues so I wonder if the Ferrari would’ve been suited to a DDRS system. That’s irrelevant now though of course!

      What I did think though is that surely it’d be possible to accidentally hit the brake when activating the DRS?

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