Sergio Perez, McLaren, Silverstone, 2013

McLaren hire former Sauber designer Morris

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Sergio Perez, McLaren, Silverstone, 2013In the round-up: Ex-Sauber designer Matt Morris is hired by McLaren


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Under-performing McLaren hire Sauber chief designer (Sauber)

“Sporting director Sam Michael told reporters at the British Grand Prix that [Matt] Morris would work on both next year’s regulation changes and the 2015 switch from Mercedes engines to a new partnership with Honda.”

Sergio Perez Q&A: The gap to the front is still substantial (F1)

“Ride is very important here. It is a lot of high-speed corners and the car has to go very low, so yes, it is one of the issues we are having – the ride – but I think we made a good step forward in that area. But still it is not enough. The system that we wanted to implement made the car worse rather than better. The result is that we are lacking a lot of downforce, especially in the high-speed parts. That makes me believe that the high-speed areas will be the weakest parts for us this weekend.”

British Grand Prix: Paul Di Resta raises his game (The Independent)

“Hamilton… tried a further revised braking system with a new master cylinder and pedal leverage in a bid to enhance the feel he wants under heavy retardation.”

Pirelli: test affair won’t harm F1 plans (Autosport)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “The promoter is clearly on board, the majority of teams are now; and we are closing in on the final few. If we have got all the teams and promoter happy, then what else can we do?”

‘No one will run away with it’ (Sky)

“I think the race will be quite tight, to be honest I don’t think there’s anyone charging away.”

Silverstone quick to address short-changed fans’ concerns after washout (The Guardian)

“Richard Phillips, Silverstone’s managing director, said after the session: ‘It is time for a rule change, to make the teams go out and put on a display on Friday. Because you’re not going to build a fan base round the world, are you? The British fans come whatever. But it’s not good. They should get a better deal for Friday.'”

It was time to go, says Webber (The Age)

“I could have, but for me to do a multi-year deal somewhere, I think I’m going to struggle to get my head around where I’m going to be in 2015… to go and do another two seasons of that. So it needed to be two seasons. For me to go and do a one-off somewhere is not going to work.”

F1’s ‘proper bloke’ will be sorely missed (BBC)

Sam Michael: “He didn’t grow up on the karting tracks of Europe, pounding around since he was four years old competing against the cutting edge of everyone. You can’t do that in Australia. So to get into sportscars, Formula 3000 and then the bottom rung of F1 and work your way up the grid to win grands prix is a phenomenal effort.”

CVC attracts pledges of ??14bn in six months (FT)

“The group, which is based in Luxembourg and mostly operates from London, distributed ??7.1bn [??4.67bn] to its investors since January 2012. It reaped more than $4bn on its $1bn investment in F1, whose boss Bernie Ecclestone is embroiled in a bribery case. It expects to make as much as $7bn on the holding eventually.”

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Comment of the day

@AdrianMorse’s thoughts on the competitive order this weekend:

Force India and Toro Rosso in the top eight is definitely a surprise. It will make for an interesting race if they can carry that performance into qualifying. If Alonso does not get a lot closer to the front tomorrow, the battle for the race win will be between Webber and Vettel. Their long runs looked strong, and I think on race pace they are at least half a second faster than Mercedes.

Mercedes therefore did not look as bad as they did in Spain, but based on their long runs I think a podium is going to be difficult, especially with the tyre-kind Force Indias so close on pure pace, as well as the usual suspects of Alonso and Raikkonen who can never be discounted for the race.

Massa was disappointing once again. Seriously, what is up with the guy? He?s broken more cars than any of the rookies so far this season. Speaking of rookies, I think Van der Garde has had a good start to the weekend. He has stayed out of trouble, and was sometimes surprisingly close to the front, even eighth early on with the wet running.

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On this day in F1

An engine failure for Kimi Raikkonen cost him a likely victory in the European Grand Prix ten years ago today.

It left Ralf Schumacher to lead a Williams one-two at the Nurburgring. Juan Pablo Montoya took second place after diving past Michael Schumacher at the hairpin, the Ferrari driver spinning off. Rubens Barrichello was third.

Here’s the Montoya-Schumacher battle onboard:

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