F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Sauber’s reserve driver Robin Frijns, who won the Formula Renault 3.5 and 2.0 championships within the last two years, has lost his race seat in GP2.
So that was it then. No money no drive! Winning championship is not enough these days! Good luck for all the GP2 boys!
— Robin Frijns (@RFrijns) July 24, 2013
We're in Hungary & it's hot. Very hot. Reports from the frontline are that certian truckies are dreaming of ice, polar bears and snowmen….
— Caterham F1 Team (@MyCaterhamF1) July 24, 2013
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“Opponents of Jean Todt, who took over from [Max] Mosley as president of the FIA, the governing body for world motor racing, are trying to persuade David Ward to run against the Frenchman in elections this year.”
Bernie Ecclestone tells an Austrian newspaper there will be 20 races on the calendar next year, including the race at the Red Bull Ring, which has a seven-year contract.
“A bribery trial over Bernie Ecclestone’s role in the 2005 sale of a Bayerische Landesbank stake in Formula One racing to CVC Capital Partners Ltd will be delayed as long as three weeks.”
“Ferrari is an ultimate seat that I want to see myself in Formula 1 because of the Italian side of my family. What Ferrari is to Formula 1 is a very special red car when it sits on the grid.”
“Over the years I learned to accept James [Hunt]. We were never mates. The tragedy was that there was always a bloody nice, cheerful, friendly, endearing, fun chap living inside James. It was the hangers-on and the idolatry he received that brought out the unpleasantness.”
“Fixated by the colour, smell, sound and movement of motor racing, Alex Wakefield has produced a range of paintings and drawings which are vibrant and energetic.”
Comment of the day
More conservative tyres for next year is a good move, Fikri Harish reckons.
The reasoning is quite sensible. With the regulations being what they are for next year, the teams are going to be dealing with a whole new set of variables anyway.
There’s no point in unnecessarily adding another one on top of that.
Fikri Harish (@Fihar)
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On this day in F1
For the second race in a row Damon Hill was cruelly denied a likely maiden win due to a car failure, in the German Grand Prix 20 years ago today.
Once again Hill’s misfortune allowed team mate Alain Prost to win. It was his 51st and final grand prix victory.
Michael Schumacher was second ahead of Mark Blundell, who came out on top in this hair-raising scrap with Gerhard Berger:
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