Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Soapbox Race, 2013

Vettel drives ‘Mario Kart’ in soapbox race

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Soapbox Race, 2013In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel joined in a soapbox race in Germany on Sunday dressed as Super Mario.


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Super Seb! (Red Bull)

“55,000 enthusiastic spectators witnessed Sebastian and 67 teams compete in a spectacular Soapbox Race in Landschaftspark Hoheward, Germany on Sunday.”

Mercedes to receive Pirelli test data (Autosport)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “We give all the teams the same feedback. We look at the same data, so they have all the same information.”

Jody Scheckter to be reunited with Tyrrell six-wheeler (The Telegraph)

“The Tyrrell fascinates a lot of people ?ǣ it is legendary. Although it did not perform as well as the engineers expected, I came third in the world championships that year, so it really was part of my journey to the top of F1. The last time I drove it was in 1976, so it will certainly bring back some wonderful memories when I drive it at CarFest.”

To Russia with love (Marussia)

“While the race team conduct the Young Driver Test at Silverstone, the demonstration team are heading ‘home’ to Russia for our second year of participation in ‘Moscow City Racing’.”

Sergey Sirotkin?s fast-track to F1 risks damaging a promising career (Duncan Stephen)

“What worries me is that Sergey Sirotkin?s pathway to F1 more closely resembles Jaime Alguersuari?s career than Kimi Raikkonen?s. Like Sirotkin, Alguersuari showed great potential in junior formulae. But his talent needed to be nurtured. Instead, Red Bull fast-tracked him to F1 before he was truly ready.”


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Comment of the day

Williams are replacing Mike Coughlan -a a central figure in ‘Spygate’ – with Pay Symonds – a central figure in ‘Crashgate’. But should people who’ve been found guilty of serious acts of cheating be allowed to remain in F1?

With drug cheats we often see them lie and lie again and deny and deny, and in the case of a certain cyclist still keep denying he ever did anything wrong. What we?ve got in Symonds is someone who put his hand up and said “yep, I stuffed up, I?ll take my punishment.” Compare that to Flavio Briatore or Nelson Piquet Jnr who have shown the drug cheat attitude ?ǣ I did nothing wrong and any punishment is unfair.

If we were never given a second chance when we?ve shown we deserved one, well we wouldn?t get anywhere would we?

I feel strongly about the Singapore incident too, and I never want to see Piquet or Briatore again. But don?t lump Symonds with the other two, sure all three of them were involved in the incident, but only one of them has actually shown any signs of reform, and for that reason, only one of them deserves a second chance.

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On this day in F1

Five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio passed away on this day in 1995 at the age of 84.

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