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.”


Comment of the day

@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:


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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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116 comments on Ecclestone doesn’t want a tyre war

  1. 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.

    Well done Red Bull crew – I do like the bonds they have within the team! :D

  2. Girts (@girts) said on 29th August 2013, 10:06

    Stefano Domenicali also answers a question about Ferrari’s 2014 driver line-up in that interview:

    My favourite choice would be, of course, to keep Felipe (Massa) because Felipe is a very good guy – very dedicated to the team – and when you look around there are not so many drivers out there that you swap and they immediately deliver. But, of course, we need good results from Felipe, so that’s why we will not rush as we have to make the right decision for the team.

    It’s hard to get the logic behind “We keep Felipe if he delivers results in the next 3-4 races”. A season is 19-20 races long so good performances in just 4 or even 8 races is obviously not enough, particularly for a team like Ferrari.

    The only explanation that I can think of is that Massa needs to be good enough to support Alonso in title bid, namely, he has to be close enough to the team’s number one to be of some use like at the end of the last year. It seems that Ferrari don’t really care who their number two driver is as long as he is better than Luca Badoer and ready to follow team orders.

    • @girts I just genuinely think the guy’s delusional if I’m honest. Put simply, Ferrari cannot possibly justify retaining him beyond simply not caring (which is in itself highly dangerous tactics – he obviously is rarely ahead of Alonso’s rivals to take points away from them) and Massa’s talent doesn’t justify such a prized seat.

      Please for the love of god give the second seat to Hülkenberg. Please.

      • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 29th August 2013, 22:01

        As much as Massa is a likeable guy, I think every man and his dog wants to see them replace him now. With a talent such as Hulkenberg waiting in the wings, it’s just frustrating if they were to give Massa another year.

  3. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 29th August 2013, 10:16

    I found the beginning of the Domenicali interview really strange:

    Q: Stefano, please can you analyse Ferrari’s season so far?
    Stefano Domenicali:
    Let me say one thing first – and you can write this: if people think that Formula One is the pinnacle of the world let me tell you this: it is not. Life is so much more than that. […]

    What is he going on about?

    • Girts (@girts) said on 29th August 2013, 10:39

      @Mike-Dee That is probably one of the strangest quotes of the year, particularly because the interviewer didn’t ask Domenicali anything related to the meaning of life.

      • kbdavies (@kbdavies) said on 29th August 2013, 14:13

        I think Stefano is alluding to a work life balance. He has been under a lot of pressure – both publicly and privately; and this must be exerting an unbelievable amount of stress on him. He is saying there is more to life than F1. It is a veiled comment to all those who are putting him under pressure to succeed at any cost.

    • Translated into everyday English, I think he said: “It’s not going too well and we’re frustrated”.

  4. Adam Hardwick (@fluxsource) said on 29th August 2013, 13:36

    Depending on the outcome of his trial, Bernie’s view may not be particularly relevant for much longer…

  5. Maksutov (@maksutov) said on 29th August 2013, 18:06

    What a lame tweet.

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