F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says Red Bull are making a big effort to secure Kimi Raikkonen’s services for 2014.
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“I don’t think that there is a fundamental change to what I said before. It is true that Red Bull is pushing hard to get Kimi on board and I am sure that they will put together a very nice proposal for him, even easing his PR life. But again: it will be Kimi’s decision.”
“Boullier also confirmed that the team had been late in paying Raikkonen his salary, which insiders say had not been paid since the beginning of the year. ‘It was paid late, yes,’ Boullier said. ‘But it has been paid. We have to if we want to keep him.’”
“I’m driving a car that’s been built and designed around another driver, Michael [Schumacher] and Nico [Rosberg], so I’m trying to adapt all the skills and driving methods that I have to work with this one.”
“I’m in a different position to Andy Murray. He’s been very solid, but it’s just him and his racket. There are so many elements in racing – the car, the suspension, the electronics, the engine, the tyres – that have to be performing for you. It doesn’t matter if I’m in the same head zone as Murray, it all gets taken away by the tyres.”
Monisha Kaltenborn: “He has been doing a fantastic job so far. But we never stand in anybody’s way.”
Kaltenborn: “We all endorsed these changes and what we should really do is not wait until it is too late for some teams. In many situations we always wait for something to happen and then react, but in this case there are so many teams struggling that I think we should really do something about it before anything happens. We shouldn’t always wait for the big bang.”
“British racer Josh Hill has given up the dream of following world champion father Damon and late grandfather Graham into Formula One with the announcement on Tuesday that he was quitting motor racing.”
“Some German journalists said last week that ticket sales weren’t good at the Nurburgring as none of the German drivers on the grid at present were really that popular. It seems there is still a longing for Schumacher.”
I take look at the state of play as F1 reaches the halfway point in the season for Unibet.
Yet again we have a financial penalty for a sporting infringement, this time resulting in injury. It is wrong in every possible way.
— Adam Parr (@adam_s_parr) July 9, 2013
Don't believe what is written in the papers. What @andy_murray has done is spectacular & I am so happy for him, am a big fan.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) July 9, 2013
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Comment of the day
What’s behind the FIA suddenly taking a more proactive stance on matters in F1? @Andae23 has a view:
The FIA has been doing a lot over the last few months. They have assigned some new committees and they are being very quick to respond to things like the Pirelli blow-outs and the pit lane incidents – which is a good thing. The only real question is: why now? The Pirelli and pit lane safety issues have existed for months and forever respectively. Re-elections coming up… I’m not suggesting anything, but it’s a bit of a coincidence, isn’t it?
What we need is an FIA that is exactly like this, but then throughout the entire year. The only improvement we need is taking evasive action instead of dealing with problems when they come up, which should be fine if the FIA continues like this (read: that’s not going to happen).
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On this day in F1
Silverstone marked the halfway point in the 1988 world championship and McLaren continued their unbeaten streak as Ayrton Senna romped to victory in a streaming wet race.
Team mate Alain Prost pulled out of the race, citing handling worries but objecting more to the conditions.
Ferrari at least managed to keep McLaren off the front row but they were nowhere in the race. Instead it was Nigel Mansell who drove a stirring race from eleventh to second in the unfancied Williams-Judd. Allessandro Nannini was third for Benetton.
Here’s the start of the race:
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