Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda MP4/7A, Hungaroring, 1992

Honda tipped to announce F1 comeback

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda MP4/7A, Hungaroring, 1992In the round-up: Honda could announce their F1 comeback with McLaren in 2015 as early as today.

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Honda to return to F1 in 2015 with McLaren – sources (Reuters)

“Honda’s Chief Executive Takanobu Ito is set to make an official announcement as early as Thursday, one of the sources added.”

Bernie Ecclestone: Formula 1 boss reportedly facing bribery charges (BBC)

“Sooner or later somebody will look into it, which they have, and then they will have to make a decision on what they decide.”

Read the original story (in German) here

Mercedes benefiting from Kubica help (Autosport)

Toto Wolff: “He is getting used to driving the F1 car again and we are benefiting from his expertise. It helps the team and it helps him.”

Q&A with Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost (F1)

“We think that the costs for the power train will be 100 percent more that it is now. You have to swallow that in 2014. 2015 and 2016 will hopefully see a dramatic fall in expenses, but in 2014 you have to dig deep into your pocket.”

Driver rivalry won’t boil over – Brawn (ESPN)

“Our drivers get on well, they have raced together before, they have got some nice history together, but we all know there will be events and incidents where they get angry with each other. But that’s natural, they are competitors and it’s important that we recover from those very quickly so it doesn’t become damaging. But they will have their moments for sure.”

Caterham F1 boss Mike Gascoyne to join world of ocean racing (The Independent)

“From 200 miles an hour down to 20 ?ǣ and sometimes a lot less than that – is in prospect for Caterham F1 boss Mike Gascoyne as he prepares to join the world of ocean racing.”

No quick fix for Merc (Sky)

Mark Hughes: “The symptom of the Mercedes problem is that, left to the car’s own devices, the rear tyres will run about 20C too hot. There are things the team and the drivers can do to keep tyre temperatures down, but at these tracks even they were not enough to prevent a temperature threshold being crossed, beyond which there is no bringing them back.”

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Max Jacobson thinks Caterham’s pace in Spain was encouraging:

Are Caterham possibly on for their first points score this year after all, considering the difficulties Williams and Sauber are finding themselves in? I think they could definitely do it in a wet race or one with high attrition…
Max Jacobson (@Vettel1)

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On this day in F1

Luigi Villoresi was born on this day in 1909. He enjoyed the best years of his racing career before the start of the world championship, though he appeared on the podium eight times after 1950.

He joined Lancia with former Ferrari team mate Alberto Ascari in 1954. But Ascari’s death the following year and Lancia’s subsequent withdrawal left him without a drive. After a handful of appearances the following year he retired, and lived until 1997.

Here he is scoring his first podium finish of the world championship era at Spa-Francorchamps in 1951:

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