F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: German media reports claim Sauber don’t yet have a budget to finish the season.
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Sauber face a €24m (£20.8m) budget shortfall to complete the season according to this article.
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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.
From the forum
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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: