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“Is India going to happen next year? Probably not,” he said at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“[Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India president Vicky] Chandhok would be not drawn on a potential solution but sources say the answer could be to extend the contract into 2016 so that instead of races in 2014 and 2015, India is skipped next year but then returns in an early-season date in 2015 and ’16.”
“India was part of the Ecclestone masterplan to portray F1 as a truly global sport. Formula One Management likes the demographic profile of the Indian market – under 35, AB social class – though there is precious little detail from FOM on the penetration. ‘…over 400 hours of coverage served the Indian market, and, unsurprisingly, the most watched two hours was the Indian grand prix…’ said FOM in its global broadcast support for 2012.”
“While Bernie Ecclestone continues to struggle fine tune the details of next year’s F1 calendar the one bit of information the teams have been given is that the season will start on March 16 in Australia.”
“Asked afterwards what kind of car he wanted for his birthday, the double world champion said: ‘The one the others have’. Asked also what he planned to do over the August break, with the season now at its midpoint, he retorted: ‘I will pray’.”
“Last year I didn’t feel like I had the car to win ten races. This year I feel I have a car that can win ten races. The tyres are going to play a massive part but I truly believe in this car. It feels awesome.”
“When you have a win like this, you get excited and think anything is possible and this shows it is. But it is still too early to say whether or not we can challenge.”
“Tony Gaze, the first Australian to start a world championship grand prix, has died at the age of 93.”
“Ayrton Senna moved heaven and earth to place himself in the best car on the grid throughout the 1980s and early ’90s. Alonso is cut from the same cloth. It’s not that much of a stretch to think he might have some big career thoughts to chew over during this forthcoming summer break.”
Kimi Raikkonen received a skateboard from top skateboarder Rune Glifberg in a promotional event at the world’s largest skate park in Budapest on Saturday.
2014 Calendar is like jelly: India N.Jersey out, Russia Austria in. Im glad Im not the person planning the fixed 8-gear ratios for the year!
— Craig Scarborough (@ScarbsF1) July 29, 2013
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Comment of the day
I think that these news more than anything else means that Alonso isn’t going to go to Red Bull. If Montezemolo truly believed that his biggest asset considered leaving the team, he wouldn’t be making such comments, at least not on Ferrari’s website.
As crazy as it might sound, Alonso probably has nowhere to go. Red Bull most likely don’t need a second, more political Vettel. Mercedes already have two top drivers. McLaren’s door might be closed to Alonso forever, given what happened in 2007.
Lotus might be the most realistic option, although the chances that the Enstone team is going to have a championship-winning car in the upcoming years seem to be even smaller than Ferrari’s hopes to build one. Moreover, they still might keep Raikkonen and also decide that one world champion (and one high salary) is enough for a team of their size.
And where else could Alonso go? Ferrari needs him but he probably needs the team even more.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Cyanide and George Tunnicliffe!
On this day in F1
Mario Andretti won the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring for Lotus 35 years ago today, taking the lead from team mate Ronnie Peterson early on.
Peterson’s retirement left Jody Scheckter to claim second ahead of Jacques Laffite. The race also saw the F1 debut of future three-times champion Nelson Piquet.
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