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“The business is too small to have a successor lurking in the ranks. The successor almost certainly has to come from externally.”
“At the moment maybe I am a little bit too young but that doesn’t mean I cannot be ready. I have more than half a year to learn, I am doing a good preparation programme, and I can be ready.”
Managing director Jonathan Neale: “We?óÔé¼Ôäóve got to look long-term. McLaren have been around for 50 years, we?óÔé¼Ôäóve got 182 race wins. We will be back, we will be winning.”
— Scuderia Ferrari (@InsideFerrari) July 22, 2013
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Comment of the day
Where has it gone wrong for Red Bull’s aspiring young driver Antonio Felix da Costa this year?
I think there?óÔé¼Ôäós something a little more tangible going wrong with Da Costa?óÔé¼Ôäós Formula Renault 3.5 season.
Even though it looks to all the world that he?óÔé¼Ôäós sneezed and let all of his talent go, you don?óÔé¼Ôäót go from megastar to mediocre in the space of a winter. The kid is clearly gifted.
He was GP3 and FR3.5?óÔé¼??s fastest man in 2012, and in the opening round at Monza this year he started to catch Vandoorne by 1.5 seconds before getting the puncture that rather set the tone of Da Costa?óÔé¼Ôäós season.
Beyond the extra large helping of reliability issues Da Costa has had, Arden really haven?óÔé¼Ôäót been setting up the car properly. Both Da Costa and Pietro Fantin spend most of the races defending as their pace evaporates, and I know Fantin isn?óÔé¼Ôäót exactly in the running for an F1 drive, but to see two team mates struggling rather suggests a core problem with the way in which the team sets the car up.
Couple Da Costa?óÔé¼Ôäós setup woes with a ton of bad luck, and another ton of technical issues and you have a promising season comprehensively ruined. That however doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót detract from the fact that he drove excellently in the Young Driver?óÔé¼Ôäós Test and clearly has lost none of his potential – and is now looking a dead cert for a seat with Toro Rosso with Daniel Ricciardo probably signing on the dotted line as I type.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Matt!
On this day in F1
It’s also happy birthday to two-time Grand Prix entrant Torsten Palm, who’s 66 today.
The Swedish driver unusually arrived in F1 via Brazilian Formula Three. He raced in F1 twice in 1975 driving a Hesketh. He failed to qualify in Monaco but got on the grid for his home race at Anderstorp, retiring shortly before the end with a lack of fuel. That marked the end of his brief F1 career.