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“It has been testing this week at Magny-Cours with a 2011 car to complete a programme to check its simulator and track correlation. The test is taking place on Pirelli’s demonstration tyres, and the team has completed the necessary approval process with the FIA for running the car.”
“Spa is a low downforce circuit, and what we already have on the car will suit Spa more than here. I still say we should be able to fight for a podium. We might get there and it be a definite no no, but it’s what I’m aiming for.”
“While it’s long been assumed that Pirelli will remain as sole supplier in 2014, and has made commercial arrangements with both teams and Bernie Ecclestone, the bottom line is that it has not yet signed a deal with the FIA.”
“I’d like to keep them both for next year. At the moment it depends on a variety of (contract) options and option expires and things like that. But we don’t intend to leave our decision as late as we did for this year.”
“Their logic is that there are 19 races and one race is India, therefore 1/19th of all revenue generated in Formula One is subject to Indian tax. From a narrow-minded, Indian tax man’s point of thinking maybe that is justifiable, but we need to sit down with them and engage with them and say, ‘Listen, this is not the only country that’s hosting an F1 race. There are other countries that have been hosting F1 races for decades and they don’t make the same demands. So how can you?’”
“Essentially, 47.5% of the profits are split between all of the teams. That is what is known as the prize fund. In 2011, profits came to $1.1, 1.2 billion so 47.5% of that amounts to around $400-500 million and that is shared between the top ten. It’s not shared evenly, it’s based on performance.”
“Vettel, the youngest triple world champion, has a different approach when it comes to talking up his chances. Quite simply, he doesn’t. He talks a lot about taking it race by race and if the points add up at the end and if he is in front, then he will be champion. He keeps all the information about fastest laps, qualifying, race results, but he never looks at the driver standings. He once told me that after he won his first championship in Abu Dhabi in 2010, he woke up on Monday morning and went on to the internet just make sure he had actually become champion!”
Shame about the Indian GP not happening in 2014… Not good for momentum of the sport but hopefully things get sorted politically in 2015 !
— Karun Chandhok (@karunchandhok) July 30, 2013
To retain F1 in India @Gaursameer and the entire team at FOM are working to iron out the calendar and other related issues for the future
— Vicky Chandhok (@vickychandhok) July 30, 2013
— Caterham F1 Team (@MyCaterhamF1) July 30, 2013
— Max Chilton (@maxchilton) July 30, 2013
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Comment of the day
Not everyone is sorry to see the Indian Grand Prix off next year’s calendar:
The highlight of the Indian Grand Prix? A first lap battle between Alonso, Hamilton and Button last year. Done. A multi-billion pound facility and one moment of note.
So whilst it a good track to drive, a fun track to race on and seemingly was a historical new market for F1, that market doesn’t exist, and the track? A “Tilkedrome” in every sense of the word. Now all we need is South Korea to “skip a year”, or in other words for Bernie to flush yet another billion pound project down the toilet after seeing a market for F1 where there is none.
So assuming that tracks like India and Korea join circuits like Istanbul Park, we could soon have a globe scattering with Bernie’s broken dreams, whilst tracks like Imola, Algarve and Mangy-Cours, European tracks with a huge market for F1, fall into equal states of disrepair. Oh Bernie, what have you done…
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Argentinian racer Onofre Marimon lost his life during practice for the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring Nordschleife on this day in 1954. Marimon was in his second season with the Maserati factory team and had just scored his second podium finish in the British Grand Prix.
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