Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Nurburgring, 2013

Sauber ‘need ??20m to finish season’

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Nurburgring, 2013In the round-up: German media reports claim Sauber don’t yet have a budget to finish the season.


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Sauber-Rennstall fehlen angeblich 24 Millionen Euro (Spiegel, German)

Sauber face a ??24m (??20.8m) budget shortfall to complete the season according to this article.

F1’s pitlane ban: missing the point? (Autosport, subscription required)

“Rumours have long abounded that FOM wishes to control media accreditation ?ǣ as it does TV/radio outlets, who pay heavily for the rights ?ǣ and this could be yet another step in that direction, with the biggest payers (note, not players) enjoying privileged access.”

‘Put a lid on it’ (McLaren)

“As the sport progressed, the linen caps of the 1950s were overtaken by fibreglass open-face helmets, used in conjunction with goggles. They became the sport?s mainstay through to the late 1960s.”


Comment of the day

The British Grand Prix got a positive rating from readers on average but @Mike-Dee disagreed strongly:

I gave it a two, with the only positive being that it kept the drivers’ championship open. Anything else was ridiculous and had nothing to do with racing:

– Leader drops to back due to tyre blow (this is annoying as it passed the lead to someone less deserving)
– Two more cars have blown tyres
– safety car comes out which hurts some and helps others (I hate safety cars!)
– Leader retires with blown engine (see above)
– Safety car comes out, which some use to pit (see above)
– Frantic last seven laps with super easy overtakes by people on fresh rubber compared to those on old tyres (hailed as superb racing by many but frankly it was very predictable)

End result: Top finishers mostly in positions that flatter their performance as those positions were gained mostly by blown tyres/engines of others, and luck in two safety car phases.

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On this day in F1

Peter Revson scored his first Grand Prix victory 40 years ago today at Silverstone driving a McLaren M23. Team mate Denny Hulme was third behind Ronnie Peterson.

But the talk of the race was the multi-car pile-up caused by the driver of the third McLaren, Jody Scheckter: