Ecclestone bribe case decision due

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Bernie Ecclestone, 2011In the round-up: German prosecutors prepare to announce whether Bernie Ecclestone will face charges over claims he bribed Gerhard Gribkowsky.

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Bernie Ecclestone?s future as F1 supremo may soon be decided (FT)

Bernie Ecclestone?s future as Formula One supremo could soon be decided after German prosecutors said they had completed their investigations into bribery allegations against him and would reveal their conclusions imminently.

Mateschitz: F1 is not racing anymore (Autosport)

“Everyone knows what happens here. This has nothing to do with racing anymore. This is a competition in tyre management.”

Track rage: Why the paddock?s glitterati are losing their grip and calling for tyre change (The Independent)

“Ordinary tyres usually wear in a linear fashion, but when F1 tyres reach their wear limit, as often happens with these quick-degrading Pirelli tyres, the performance can drop off instantly ?ǣ ‘dropping off a cliff’ as drivers call it.”

Tyre farce mars Alonso victory (The Telegraph)

“Even Alonso, amid the euphoria of this triumph, could not comprehend how any viewer without a chemistry doctorate was supposed to have kept track of it all.”

The Game Changer (The Buxton Blog)

“What did Ferrari do on Sunday? Did they drive to a delta? Did they try and make one fewer stop than their rivals? Did they hell. They went out and they pushed. Every. Single. Lap.”

2013 Spanish Grand Prix – Post-Race Press Conference (FIA)

Fernando Alonso:”Then we undercut and we passed Sebastian in the pits and Rosberg two laps later at the first corner, from that point we just pushed 90 percent, more or less. You have enough pace to open the necessary gap and you know that if you push 100 percent maybe you kill the tyres, so it?s more or less normal driving, let?s say, in 2013 races. You try to control the pace and the tyres and you put in balance these two things.”

Mercedes favourites for Monaco – Alonso (BBC)

“It’s more difficult to overtake in Monaco… so maybe they can keep good positions for longer.”

Gary Hartstein – I was just a Doctor (YouTube)

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F1 is definitely losing its appeal to me as a sporting contest. Sure, it?s an interesting technical challenge for engineers, but I?m finding it boring. To me, it?s as if F1 ?ǣ in its desire to increase excitement ?ǣ has done the equivalent in football of widening the goal so that we can see more goals per game. Sure, it ensures that you?re seeing the ball hit the back of the next much more and the end of boring nil-nil draws, but when your granny could score a hat trick every game then the gimmick has gone too far.

I found myself during the Barcelona race wondering if someone would have the balls to ban all aero devices so that we could go back to driver versus driver, with real dicing. What I want to see is speed, bravery and racecraft triumph. Not tiptoeing round to keep the tyres in a workable temperature window, tricky as it may be. Perhaps I should just go and watch Formula Ford instead.
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87 comments on Ecclestone bribe case decision due

  1. MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 14th May 2013, 12:38

    That Will Buxton blog post is interesting, but ultimately nonsense when you read Alonso saying immediately after the race that for most of it he was driving at 90%

  2. kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 14th May 2013, 13:59

    Will Buxton, emminent F1 journalist that is he, is clearly talking rubbish on this issue. His claims that Fearrari were pushing has been systematically debunked by quite a few people already via analysis of Alonso’sfuel adjusted race times and opposed to his Q3 time. Alonso’s assertion that he was driving at 90% has also been debunked for the very same reason. At most he was driving at 70%. Even the 90% he claims is simply not acceptable. 90% of what? His abilities, or the car’s?

  3. Moolander said on 14th May 2013, 14:59

    Alonso’s remark made me laugh as, even though I have a PhD in chemistry, found the central part of the race rather confusing :)

  4. Rigi (@rigi) said on 14th May 2013, 15:58

    what monaco will look like?

    a mercedes front row, everyone will be stuck behind them since you can’t overtake on monaco… the first person to overtake the mercedes is most likey going to win the race!

  5. Todd (@foxxx) said on 14th May 2013, 16:35

    i’m sorry but crying that ferrari pushed every lap and the tyres are fine is a rubbish argument. vettel pushed every lap last race and he won too.

    just because a car on that weekend in that temperature can use its tyres doesn’t mean that the tyres are OK.

    sure, race to race, there’s going to be a car that will fall into the window of “the tyres dont overheat when we use them”.

    stop listening to the idiotic media who can’t see past the current race.

    perez fastest lap in malaysia (terrible car?) gutierrez fastest lap in spain (cant even get a point).

    if the slowest cars on the grid are pulling in the fastest laps, i doubt the leaders are really going all that fast.

  6. Todd (@braketurnaccelerate) said on 14th May 2013, 20:55

    Mateschitz: “Ferrari/Lotus got it right, and we didn’t. This has nothing to do with racing anymore.”

  7. Tinesh Boopathy (@thecutekitten) said on 15th May 2013, 8:48

    Why don’t F1 us the Delta Wing concept or make the rules to allow a car shape like the Delta Wing.

    I mean the Delta Wing solves the turbulence problem, it reduces power needed to drive a car by half,etc.

  8. W-K (@w-k) said on 15th May 2013, 10:00

    http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/05/15/13/f1-boss-ecclestone-facing-bribery-charges-report

    BERLIN – Formula One mogul Bernie Ecclestone faces charges in Germany relating to a bribery case, the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Tuesday.

    According to the paper, the charge sheet is still to be translated into English before being transmitted to Ecclestone and his lawyers.

  9. Xawras said on 15th May 2013, 17:07

    Spanish GP 2011: Winner: Sebastian Vettel, 4 pit stops (lap 9, 18, 34, 48). Total of 75 pit stops in the race.
    Spanish GP 2011: Winner: Fernando Alonso, 4 pit stops (lap 9, 21, 36, 49). Total of 79 pit stops in the race.
    Mateschitz is full of ****.

  10. Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 16th May 2013, 15:34

    “Everyone knows what happens here. This has nothing to do with racing anymore. This is a competition in tyre management.”</blockquote

    As I said before: this is now the FIA Rubber Championship

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