Eric Boullier, Lotus, Interlagos, 2012

Big teams blocking essential cost cuts – Boullier

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Eric Boullier, Lotus, Interlagos, 2012In the round-up: Lotus team principal Eric Boullier warns too little is being done to constrain spending in Formula One.


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Lotus: F1 costs must come down (Autosport)

“The problem today is 80 per cent of the teams are in favour of this but 20 per cent are not. I don’t think it’s fair if only three teams can afford F1, so we should find a way to bring the cost down.”

Horner: Vettel won’t influence driver decision (Metro)

“I don?t think Sebastian has any concerns about going up against any driver, and he hasn?t voiced a preference either way. He knows Kimi [Raikkonen], he knows Daniel [Ricciardo].”

Mercedes prepares for power shift (ESPN)

Ross Brawn: “[Paddy Lowe] joined the team earlier than we anticipated, but it will evolve in a way that is most positive for the team. We won’t do anything that risks the potential of the team and I imagine that over the next year to 18 months things will evolve. But there is no firm time scale.”

Vijay Mallya may face prosecution for not paying service tax arrears (The Times of India)

“The indirect tax department on Thursday hinted that Vijay Mallya, owner of the grounded Kingfisher Airlines, may face prosecution in a service tax evasion case.”

Brawn: Winning both championships in 2009 was biggest singular achievement (James Allen on F1)

“When we looked at the numbers and looked at deal we were able to negotiate with Honda, it was kind of an 18 month extension of the closure. There was enough funding for a good year and most of second year if we needed to ?ǣ and not be any worse off at the end of it if we closed the company there and then. We ended up in a no lose situation. It was fortunate the way things worked out.”

Mercedes revs up for 2014 (Race Tech)

“The pitch of an engine note is largely dependent on the frequency of its exhaust pulses. Current Formula One V8s use two separate exhaust pipes – one for each bank of four cylinders – but the new V6s use a single pipe for all six. Each cylinder fires once every other crank rotation, which means there will be three pulses going down the V6’s exhaust pipe, as opposed to two for each V8 exhaust pipe. This means the sound frequency is actually relatively similar, despite the reduction in engine speeds prompted by the new 15,000 rpm rev limit.”

When Surtees won the 1963 German GP (MotorSport)

“It was not until lap nine that [Jim] Clark’s spirit ?ǣ and tow ?ǣ was broken by the race?s fastest lap, Surtees circulating only three-tenths slower than his practice best. By lap 13, the Lotus, having been forced to go faster than it wanted to, began to suffer its ZF gearbox gremlin. Surtees, meanwhile, pressed on to score his first GP win on four wheels.”

Conman in Ecclestone scam targeted other luxury homes (The Telegraph)

“The man, who took ??500,000 worth of earrings and a designer watch from the home of Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone, is suspected of carrying out a string of similar raids on the homes of the wealthy, posing as a Russian millionaire businessman to estate agents.”


Comment of the day

@Colossal-Squid on Adrian Sutil’s recent criticism of Lewis Hamilton:

Cutting remarks from Sutil there, but fair play for sticking his neck out.

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On this day in F1

Patrick Depailler was born on this day in 1944.

He won the 1978 Monaco Grand Prix for Tyrrell and scored a second win for Ligier the following year. But shortly afterwards he was injured in a hang-gliding accident and missed the rest of the season.

He returned with Alfa-Romeo the following year but was killed in a crash during testing at the Hockenheimring.

Here he is lapping the Kyalami circuit during the 1977 South African Grand Prix in the six-wheeled Tyrrell P34. He finished third in this race:

Image ?? Lotus/LAT