Ecclestone doesn’t want a tyre war

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Pirelli tyre, Nurburgring, 2013In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone isn’t interested in having tyre manufacturers competing with each other in F1.

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We have a contract with Pirelli, says Ecclestone (Fox)

“Intriguingly Bernie said he does not support the idea of Michelin competing with Pirelli: ‘Because they will want to pick the teams that they think will win, and they?ll pay them a lot more money to take them as opposed to somebody else. We have a deal with Pirelli, anyway.'”

Interview – Ferrari?s Stefano Domenicali (F1)

“Up to Canada the car was good. Then we had to face two issues: one was that with the modifications that we brought to improve the car, we?ve slowed it down. That meant that we?ve made a step back. The second issue had to do with the change of specification of the tyres – that is a fact, but I don?t want to comment on that. It?s a fact. Having said that, it meant that we could not bring the performance back that we at least had during the race.”

No major McLaren Monza updates (Sky)

“I think the next sort of high downforce track and the next big raft of updates people will be looking at bringing will be Singapore, so Monza will be a sort of intermediate race.”

Kovalainen holds firm on pay stance (Autosport)

“The fact is that I will not bring money, everyone knows that, and if that’s going to be an obstacle again then it’s out of my hands.”

Melbourne to lose F1 Grand Prix? (Sportal)

Victoria tourism minister Louise Asher: “Generally the driver of all government activity on this will be we will only sign a new contract if it represents good value for money.”

Spa-tacular (ESPN)

“You can see all the Red Bull crew hanging out of the pit wall and supporting Vettel, but with Alonso in second he has no support at all.”

A conversation with Ron Howard

Niki Lauda and some other drivers who read the script gave us some help. Alistair Caldwell [James Hunt’s McLaren team manager in 1976] was a technical consultant, and there were a couple of journalists too who were around the movie to get that perspective.”

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@Roald snapped this video at Spa-Francorchamps:

I filmed the moment Vettel overtook Hamilton as well, I think it?s a bit closer to the track:

http://youtu.be/K5zN4pf_74o
@Roald

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On this day in F1

Having scored his first ever win in Hungary two weeks earlier, Damon Hill made it two-in-a-row with victory in the Belgian Grand Prix on this day 20 years ago.

Michael Schumacher split the two Williams drivers, Alain Prost finishing third to put the championship within his grasp.

Ayrton Senna finished fourth, here he is scrapping with Schumacher earlier in the race:

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