Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Nurburgring, 2013

“More friction” between teams now – Hembery

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Nurburgring, 2013In the round-up: Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery says growing friction between the teams has frustrated attempts to gain agreement on tyre testing.


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‘We don’t need to do Formula One to survive’ (ESPN)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “The teams in the first year were quite a lot better at working together and we’ve seen that dissipate over the last two and a half years. That’s not just with us, I think there’s lots of things going on there behind the scenes with new agreements – the Concorde Agreement – and things like that, some teams struggling, so there’s a lot more friction between the teams than we’ve seen before. Whilst individually we have fantastic support from all of them, collectively it’s not quite there.”

Daniel Ricciardo Q&A: I drove to my ability (F1)

“It was my mistake – I just lost the rear on the entry to the corner. I was probably pushing a little too hard. The gravel was a bit like quicksand – I thought I?d get out but I couldn?t.”

Maldonado laments test limits (Autosport)

“It was quite limited by Pirelli and the FIA, so we just tested the different compounds of tyres they give us – medium, hard and prototype.”

Antonio Felix da Costa, Red Bull, Young Drivers' Test day one, Silverstone, 2013Da Costa targets 2014 drive (Sky)

“I don’t hide it – my goal is to be in Formula One next season, but this will only happen if I do a good job in World Series [Formula Renault 3.5].”

Ecclestone described as ??difficult to control? (FT, registration required)

CVC Capital Partners chairman Donald Mackenzie: “The difficult situation here was we had a manager who was the owner of the company, who was also very powerful [and] who on the other hand was also difficult to manage.”

Silverstone test – day two (Toro Rosso)

Carlos Sainz Jnr: “When I got out of the car at the end, I went round to every mechanic and said ‘thank you for being part of the happiest day of my life!’ Driving the car was an incredible feeling and this track helped, because if there is one circuit where you are really going to feel you are in a Formula 1 car, it?s Silverstone.”

Race Of Champions returns to Bangkok (Race of Champions)

“The 2013 Race Of Champions will be held at Bangkok?s Rajamangala Stadium on December 14-15. The news comes after Thailand, which hosted last year?s ROC, again beat off a wide range of contenders from all round the world to stage the prestigious event.”



Comment of the day

@Webbo82 was disappointed by what they saw – or couldn’t see – at the Young Drivers’ Test at Silverstone:

I was there and have been very disappointed. If you?re looking for a chance to see F1 cars at their best, don?t bother going. Nowhere will you find in advance that a third of the track is closed, until you walk to each end of the cordons.

You guessed it, Copse, Maggots/Becketts and Stowe all blocked-off. All you get for your money (add a third for buying on the day, by the way) is a short section of Abbey, then nothing until the end of Brooklands up to before the turn-in of Copse. What a let-down.

I tried to get a refund (had to walk another half a mile from the ticket stand) but was refused. Was told that it was only my opinion that those corners are the best places to watch, despite a driver and the track announcer saying just that only an hour before!

Apparently there aren?t enough staff to cover the track (though there were plenty to block it off and to man the Silverstone merchandise shops, of course).

Unless I get a refund, it will be the last of my money they see, I?d rather go to any other circuit ?ǣ and I?m told it can be cheaper to travel to Spa for race day!

If you?d like to get a refund, or dispute their treatment of the fans ?ǣ I have a contact name to write to, though after speaking to her today, I?ll be addressing her manager.

It seems Silverstone have since updated the information on their website to show which areas are not accessible.

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On this day in F1

It was a one-two for Ferrari’s British pair Peter Collins and Mike Hawthorn in the British Grand Prix 55 years ago today.

With Roy Salvadori third for Cooper and Stuart Lewis-Evans fourth for Vanwall, the top four places were taken by British drivers at their home race.

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