David Coulthard, Red Bull, New Jersey, 2012

New Jersey race “definitely on” say promoters

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David Coulthard, Red Bull, New Jersey, 2012In the round-up: The promoters of the New Jersey race, slated to take place in 2014, insist their race will go ahead.


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N.J. Formula One Race Is ‘Definitely On’ (Wall Street Journal)

“[Race promoter Leo Hindery Jnr] said his organization has been ‘spending like a sailor on leave’ in its campaign to place an F1 race on a 3.2-mile [5.15km] street course in Weehawken and West New York, N.J. that winds along the Hudson River in full sight of the Manhattan skyline. The paddock area, a permanent structure that will have pits for 24 cars, is nearly completed, he said, and paving work on the road course could start as early as next week.”

Formula One stalls in Bangkok as law bans car racing (The Business Times)

“Bangkok’s Metropolitan Authority has stymied the proposal with a law banning ‘car racing’ from the zone.”

Robert Kubica misses competing in Formula One (BBC)

“When you do everything you can to be an F1 driver and suddenly it stops, it’s not painful but it’s definitely not something you were looking for.”

Paul Hembery: “We?ll speak about everything at the tribunal…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“We want to be able to demonstrate our point of view, our situation. It?s not nice sometimes to hear things that you know are maybe quite wide of the mark. I guess when you?re quiet, then people can also use their imagination.”

Mercedes face points deduction as Lotus call for tyre-test penalty (The Independent)

“Should the team be found guilty, a range of penalties is open to the tribunal. These range from a heavy fine through deduction of world championship points to exclusion from a race or even the championship. The middle option is the most likely.”

2013 Canadian Grand Prix – Friday Press Conference (FIA)

“I can certainly say that the decision [to do the test] was based in no way on the track performance that we had. I think everyone in Formula One is concerned about some of the delamination that we?ve seen, so I think that?s a worthy objective. Certainly nothing to do with the performance of the car, because nothing was aimed at addressing that.”

Pirelli looking at glue solution (Autosport)

“We have been working on some process changes – in basic terms, the glue, to increase the adhesion between the components in the tyre.”

Q&A with Sauber?s Nico Hulkenberg (F1)

“It was a pretty difficult time, those past six races. Going into the season we all – the team and I – expected significantly more than where we are now. The main issue as I have identified is that we are simply lacking pace – that we are not quick enough compared to our competitors – and that is not good in racing. Nevertheless we find ourselves in this situation and we have to dig ourselves out.”

From simulators to the real deal (Toro Rosso)

“Sometimes the questions from the local media people, who?? aren?t experts on F1, are quite funny. Today, for example, one guy?? asked me how we would cope with the experimental tyres we have here if?? the rain that is forecast for Friday arrives. I had to point out that?? in that event we?d naturally be using rain tyres??…”

I don’t have money to pay your salary dues, Vijay Mallya tells Kingfisher staff (The Times of India)

“Kingfisher Airlines chairman Vijay Mallya on Friday told his agitating employees, who began a hunger strike, that he did not have money to clear their salary dues.”

MotorSportsTalk?s predictions: Canadian GP (NBC)

“Most to prove: Romain Grosjean. I picked him for this in Monaco as well and he duly gave his critics an armful of ammunition with a crash-strewn performance. We know he can do quick, but we need to know he can cut out the incidents.”


Comment of the day

Akira-Fan doesn’t like the idea of F1 reintroducing in-season testing:

If testing is brought back then expect the big teams to dominate and the mid-field teams to fall back again. I?d also expect to lose some teams as costs increase further.

I also expect testing will allow teams to figure the tyres out much sooner in future season which will make racing more boring. Also big teams will be able to develop there cars faster so will pull away from mid-field teams even more early in the year.

The test ban has been great for the racing and testing should therefore stay banned.

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On this day in F1

Robert Kubica scored his only F1 victory in the Canadian Grand Prix held five years ago today. Team mate Nick Heidfeld made it a one-two for BMW as they scored their first Formula One win.

Kubica took the lead when the field pitted en masse behind the Safety Car and Lewis Hamilton crashed into championship rival Kimi Raikkonen at the pit exit:

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