Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2013

Boullier praises Lotus’s “great achievement” in 2013

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Hungaroring, 2013In the round-up: Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says his team have made significant progress since last year.

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Eric Boullier Keen to Maintain 2013 Form (Lotus)

“We?ve taken eight podiums from ten races so far, which is a great achievement for the team and shows that once again we?ve clearly made a step forwards from the previous year.”

Fans can watch Indian GP for Rs. 1500 this year (Hindustan Times)

JPSI managing director Sameer Gaur: “Formula One lovers now have every reason to cheer as single day race tickets have been launched together with the season tickets in order to draw more and more number of spectators for the race day. With one of the cheapest tickets available on the F1 calendar, we hope to put up another memorable racing weekend at [Buddh International Circuit] in October.”

Turbo V6: A sound decision (ESPN)

“I actually heard the Mercedes on the dyno at Brixworth back in January. It immediately reminded me of the turbo era in the 1980s and a perfectly acceptable sound from the Renault and Ferrari V6s and the BMW four-cylinder.”

Why Concorde is still a long way off (Autosaport, subscription required)

“Consider the ease with which Todt was able to force through changes to Pirelli’s specifications and pitlane safety ?ǣ a year ago such amendments would have been impossible without protracted bargaining. Without a full-scale Concorde Agreement the FIA’s position and, by extension, Todt’s rule, is all the stronger.”

Embrace ‘Romance of Racing’, the book, personally (Kickstarter)

“Romance of Racing: A quality 128pp book of essays by triple Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, allied to brilliant motorsport images.”

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Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel, Hungaroring, 2013

“I?d prefer Mark.”

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On this day in F1

John Surtees scored his first grand prix victory 50 years ago today at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

He battled Jim Clark in the opening stages before the Lotus driver dropped back with an engine problem, eventually minute down in second. Richie Ginther was third for BRM.