F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says Kimi Raikkonen needs to be convinced the teams’ finances are sound before committing to them for another season.
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“I understand he needs to be reassured about the strength of the team financially, the technical challenge we have to face for next year… it’s normal.”
“Jenson Button has been linked with a possible move after admitting during the Belgian Grand Prix that his option has yet to be picked up by the team.”
“He wasn’t going to make the pits, so I don’t know what he was planning to do or where he was going.”
“It’s difficult to understand what we’ve missed out, but I think the guys will work over the next few days to try and understand where we were slower. But Eau Rouge was particularly slow for us, and down the straights. Maybe we’ll be able to unlock something before the next race, but if not then I’m hoping that Singapore onwards we’ll be much stronger.”
“It’s going to be very, very tough undoubtedly. [Vettel's] just had a phenomenal car for a long, long time and it’s still phenomenally quick – and he does the job. It’s a perfect package.”
“We had a very bad July for many reasons and I am very pleased to see that we are back on track but it is not enough.”
“Do not be fooled: the perma-smile is a ruse. Under the helmet, he is fiercely competitive, admitting once that ‘at risk of sounding like a bad sport’, when he is beaten by team mate Jean-Eric Vergne he gets ‘[ticked] off, disappointed and angry with myself’.”
“In the end, the tyre plan we ran for Daniel [Ricciardo] – a long first stint on the Hards before two stints on the Medium, worked better than the one we went for with [Vergne] – two stints on the medium before finally switching to the hard. [Vergne] was also handicapped in the final part of the race with a very slow puncture that meant air was leaking from his right rear.”
“CVC has managed to stay clear of legal trouble, and while a planned initial public offering of [F1] has been delayed, it has already returned more than four times its $1bn investment, expecting to reap as much as seven times.”
“The word is that the Korean GP will be going ahead in 2014 as well, despite stories to the contrary.”
“‘My race kit is basically a romper suit,’ he says, giggling. ‘I think it’s hilarious that we walk around in these one-piece outfits – take it away from the circuit and it just looks proper comedy.’”
Emerson Fittipaldi: “Motor racing can be like a drug. You can enjoy it so much that you find it very difficult to get away from. So it is important to realise there is another world out there. It is very easy to get so deeply involved in motor racing that you forget you are a human being, that should have a home, a family and friends away from racing.”
“On the whole [Mario] Andretti is at a disadvantage. While he is more skilled than [Ronnie] Peterson on the technicalities of adjusting the car to the track (from which Peterson inevitably benefits because at least some of the sittings are passed on to his car) he is obliged to beat Peterson fair and square to reach his goal of the world title.”
“When first I began covering overseas events, almost three decades ago, it was normal to travel back to the UK from all over Europe and reach the office by 6am on Monday morning, to start gluing together a newspaper.”
Im having a great time working for pirelli and developing tyres but i dont think you guys will see me back in f1 at least for te earlyfuture
— Jaime Alguersuari (@AlguersuariJA) August 26, 2013
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Comment of the day
Chris wonders how far Vettel can go:
I never thought I’d actually say this, but I want to see if Vettel and Red Bull can break the Schumacher/Ferrari records.
It’s not exactly Red Bull’s fault that they’re romping the competition. It shouldn’t be up to Bernie or the FIA to give other teams a chance, they should do it by stepping up to the plate and trying to better them (not an easy task).
I don’t like seeing Vettel (or anyone, except Hamilton) cruise to easy victories because once the battle for the most important position (first) is done after the first few laps viewership strikingly decreases.
The same with the Schumacher/Ferrari pairing, F1 viewership was at an all-time low. But when you look back at the statistics, it looks incredible.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Vettelfan, Pemsell and Monosodico!
On this day in F1
Mario Andretti won an F1 race for the last time 35 years ago today in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort.
The top three finished in the order they started, Andretti ahead of Lotus team mate Ronnie Peterson and Brabham’s Niki Lauda.
Here’s some footage from the race weekend:
Images © GP3, Red Bull/Getty, F1 Fanatic/Joris Meuffels