More problems for New Jersey F1 race

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David Coulthard, Red Bull, New Jersey, 2012In the round-up: Fresh doubt over the postponed Jersey Grand Prix as management staff leave the project.


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For N.J. Formula 1 race, more bumps in the road (NJ)

“A spokesman for [race organiser Leo] Hindery?s group confirmed this week that its chief marketing officer, Trip Wheeler, and its chief financial officer, Michael Cummings, have left the organisation. The two departures follow news last August that Tom Cotter, president of Grand Prix of America, had also left.”

Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber interview each other (BBC)

“In recalling the [2005 San Marino Grand Prix] Alonso revealed a remarkable fact – he completed the entire grand prix with a crippled engine, as a change would have meant a 10-place grid penalty.”

The F1 Rich List (F1 Speedwriter)

“During his career the total earnings of Michael Schumacher amounted to (US) $810 million [??521.4m], second only to golfer Tiger Woods ($889m [??572.26m]). In this category of high earning sportsmen Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are ranked 18th and 20th, with respective earnings of $179m [??115.22m] and $164m [??105.57].”


Ferrari 333SP, Imola, 2013

A Ferrari 333SP sports prototype is pursued by one of the team’s F1 cars at Imola during an F1 Clienti track day.


Comment of the day

@Melkurion tips where James Allison will end up:

I say he?s going to Williams.

Allison has brought Lotus back to the front, so maybe he?s looking for a new challenge.

McLaren have denied it and Lowe?s successor is already in place. Mercedes have too many cooks in the kitchen already. Ferrari have Pat Fry. Red Bull have Adrian Newey.

So I don’t see him going to either of these, that leaves the midfield teams, most likely Williams or Sauber. Sauber has no position of technical director right now, and Williams have given Mike-scandal-Coughlan long enough to know improvements aren’t coming.

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On this day in F1

Alain Prost moved back into the lead of the world championship with victory in the Spanish Grand Prix 20 years ago today.

He was joined on the podium by Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, the latter failing in his pursuit of Senna after making this mistake:

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47 comments on More problems for New Jersey F1 race

  1. R.J. O'Connell (@rjoconnell) said on 9th May 2013, 0:08

    More trouble for the Grand Prix of America? That’s…disappointing to say the least. My father has been eyeing that race since we have family in the state of New York, not so much in Texas – though I really want to see a race at Austin. And neither of us have been to a race since Indianapolis ’05 – not because we were alienated with the sport after that, surprisingly.

    Really hope they can make something happen up there.

  2. Calum (@calum) said on 9th May 2013, 0:13

    Also, there’s no way Allison’s going to another motorsport discipline because he scoffed everything but F1 on the F1 Show last week.

  3. Jay Menon (@jaymenon10) said on 9th May 2013, 0:24

    The Webber – Alonso interview was nice. Good to see that there are relationships off track

    • tmax (@tmax) said on 9th May 2013, 2:20

      Hope it doesn’t become an on track relationship this year with all the drama going on now.

    • Anthony (@lagerstars) said on 9th May 2013, 10:29

      Alonso seems to come across as a much nicer guy now hes at Ferrari – sometimes he gets a helping hand in the races, but the interviews he gives now compared to a few years ago are like two different people.

      • q85 said on 9th May 2013, 12:43

        he was very closed when he was at mclaren and the year after, but understandable as the british press treated him like the devil. But before that he was always fantastic doing many many pieces for ITV.

  4. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 9th May 2013, 0:37

    Seems like the NJ race has had more roadblocks than most Grand Prix races in the works have had before coming to fruition. Since it seems unlikely there would be three races in the US, maybe this lends more credence to the continuing Long Beach rumors. Long Beach would be preferable in my opinion anyway. It already has a good tradition in F1 and with a few mods to the course it would be ready to go.

  5. matt90 (@matt90) said on 9th May 2013, 1:15

    I’m not too concerned about the New Jersey GP being ‘set back’. Bernie finally got as close to his fabled New York GP as he’s ever likely to get- I’m sure his guiding hand will make it happen, just hopefully it won’t be delayed too much- it’s a great looking circuit.

  6. tmax (@tmax) said on 9th May 2013, 2:17

    Oh no … I was so looking forward ton the nj race overlooking the great Manhattan skyline… Hope they make it happen.

    Wow schumi has earned almost $1billion in his career till now . I thought Fernando and Hamilton Would have overtaken him given that his serious earnings were almost a decade back.maybe he should join gates and buffet now.

  7. kcarrey (@kcarrey) said on 9th May 2013, 2:33

    Vettel, Perez and eight other #F1 drivers weren’t BORN when Alex Ferguson began his stint as Manchester United manager which is now ending.

    born > alive

  8. celler (@celler) said on 9th May 2013, 2:37

    If the New Jersey race is off again for next season, what other “serious” candidates are in line to take its place? As much as Bernie wants 22 races in 2014, and more money in his pockets, it seems it is not going to happen. Lucky if he gets 20.

  9. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 9th May 2013, 3:37

    Alonso reveals engine problem during 2005 win

    I read that somewhere back in the day. One of the cylinders wasn’t working properly, so they just “disconnected” it, instead of changing the engine.

    Old news, Fernando !

  10. celeste (@celeste) said on 9th May 2013, 3:56

    ESPN Latin America has annouced that Mexico will host an F1 GP in 2016.

  11. anon said on 9th May 2013, 5:26

    Alonso at it again trying to create this Schumacher-like mystique about him. Did you hear? The engine barely had any power!! LOL.

    Those stats of Alonso and Webber are interesting. Considering Webber’s only had a car capable of race wins since 2009, they reflect well on him compared to Alonso.

    19 fastest laps to 14. 22 poles to 11.

    • q85 said on 9th May 2013, 7:26

      Webber is in his 5th year of having just about the best car on the grid.

      Fernando certainly isnt and has 2 world titles in his pocket and closely missed out on 3. Says all you need to know.

      • anon said on 9th May 2013, 12:20

        Nah, the Red Bull was only the superior car in 2011. McLaren was quicker than the Red Bull last year. Ferrari had great race pace (generally better than the Red Bull’s in the first half of the season) and bulletproof reliability.

        2010 there was nothing in it between the top 3 teams. The veteran drivers buckled under the pressure and the driver in his third full season took the title.

        • electrolite (@electrolite) said on 9th May 2013, 23:29

          @anon 2010 was the year where Red Bull had the clearest advantage…it’s just that in 2011 Vettel was pretty much unstoppable in his ability to put it on pole and drive off at the start of the race.

  12. BasCB (@bascb) said on 9th May 2013, 8:04

    Here’s a nice BBC interview – Webber vs. Alonso about their careers. And here’s for the non UK listeners/watchers

  13. Paul (@itssodarncomplicated) said on 9th May 2013, 8:45

    New to the sport. It’s awesome.

    I went back and watched a number of 2010-2012 races, and it seems, to my uninitiated mind, that DRS is a much better development than most people here give it credit for.

    As time is so important in F1 (just having to make up 5 seconds is a huge task), keeping the cars in their “proper”–best to worst–order is difficult, because fast cars lose time when stuck behind slow cars. DRS reduces the inherent friction of the whole process, so that the right cars end up in the right place without, say, getting stuck behind a car that is slower, but not so much slower that a passing move can be made quickly enough. You generally don’t see cars DRSing each other back and forth because the car that ends up in front usually belongs there. If the FIA were to go back to much more durable tires, DRS would be even more crucial. The downside–easy passing–seems to be made up for by the fact that, even after making a DRS pass, the two cars are still right next to each other: if they’re about the same speed, they should remain there, fighting over the whole length of the circuit and thus providing the entertainment and real passing that we’re all hoping to see.

    Maybe I’m crazy, but I think a DRS-assisted fight between two cars on evenly matched tires is a lot more fair (especially with the aero losses from following) than watching a bunch of cars in different phases of grip fly by each other until the last stops are made. Definitely more interesting than a race where two cars that should be racing together end up impractically far apart because one got stuck and couldn’t make up the time. So really I guess I’m arguing for the old tires, but with DRS.

    • matt90 (@matt90) said on 9th May 2013, 10:11

      “If the FIA were to go back to much more durable tires”

      But that’s the biggest problem- we don’t have durable tyres at the moment, which renders DRS pointless at most circuits.

    • MJ4 said on 9th May 2013, 10:28

      DRS reduces the inherent friction

      What friction is there between race cars?
      1. lapping a backmarker 2. teammates on different strategies 3. overtaking

      The first is mostly done without the help of DRS, rather through blue flags and pure speed difference. The second through communication or just good sense. Dealing with the third kind of friction may simply be called racing.

      Should drivers only do actual battle with opponents who have an identically good car on identical current form? Let’s just get everybody else out of the way as quickly and painlessly as possible? We might as well vote off cars during the race :-)

  14. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 9th May 2013, 8:52

    I find the problems surrounding the New Jersey GP very puzzling. It looks as if they never had enough money to complete the project, so what was their plan? Make a lot of noise as if the race is going ahead in the hope of attracting investors?

    I would be a pity if the race doesn’t go ahead, as suggested by “Ecclestone confidante” Christian Sylt, as I was quite looking forward to the race.

  15. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 9th May 2013, 10:10

    That was a dirty tweet from @FerrariDriverAcademy. You don’t make the fans jealous! :-)

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