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In the round-up: German tabloid Bild claims Daniel Ricciardo will drive for Red Bull in 2014.
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According to Bild, Red Bull have chosen Daniel Ricciardo over Kimi Raikkonen as Sebastian Vettel’s team mate for next year.
Ross Brawn: “We’ll have a much more respectable second half. We’ve scored more points already than we did last year, and we’re just over halfway through. We’ve got a strong enough organisation to ensure we won’t let it slip. We’re on a journey here with Lewis and we don’t know where the limits are.”
“A senior motorsport personality, who is a BRDC member, told The Independent: ‘A deal has been done on Silverstone. I don’t know who bought it and I don’t know what the terms are, but it is absolutely categoric that a deal has been done and not due to be announced until next month probably.’”
“The F1 teams heading back to work after the enforced summer shutdown with next week’s Belgian Grand Prix, will be relieved to learn that Pirelli has bowed to their wishes and decided against increasing the size of the rear tyres for 2014.”
“Former BMW motorsport chief Karl-Heinz Kalbfell was killed on Saturday in a motorcycle accident at Brands Hatch, at the age of 63.”
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Comment of the day
I did get to meet the guy once, though. Back in my yacht captain days, we had a charter guest (and his family) on board who was a personal friend of his from Brazil. It was over the 1997/98 Christmas and New Years holidays, and we docked our boat next to his down in St Barts.
Come to think of it, I probably would have seen Nelson Jnr running around as well, but he would have been just a kid. Anyway, over the course of the week, Piquet came on board a couple times and was quite nice.
I was particularly taken by a very large photo (two feet by four feet, maybe bigger?) hanging in the main salon of his boat. It was of him driving his championship-winning Williams. Very cool stuff!
From the forum
- The next round of the championship is just a week away – here’s the discussion thread for everyone who’s going to Spa
Happy birthday to Adam Smith, Hsvlvr and Pink Peril!
On this day in F1
John Surtees won the non-championship Mediterranean Grand Prix for Ferrari on the high-speed Enna Pergusa track in Sicily 50 years ago today.
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