F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Daniel Ricciardo says he isn’t concerned about not receiving equal treatment compared to Sebastian Vettel if he joins Red Bull next year.
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“I guess I only know what you guys know. Malaysia this year, Silverstone a couple of years ago. But it’s not something that I’m concerned with. From what I hear the team is very much interested in equality.”
A fascinating study of F1 team finances by Autosport’s Dieter Rencken puts Ferrari as the richest team in the sport with an annual budget of £250m, boosted by a generous subsidy from FOM due to Ferrari’s status and heritage. Minnows Marussia get by on £51m by comparison including £6m from FOM (7.5% of what Ferrari receive) which will disappear at the end of this year as they currently have no commercial deal with the sport.
— Giedo van der Garde (@GvanderGarde) August 31, 2013
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Comment of the day
Thoughts on how DRS will change next year from Matt Somerfield:
We all know that the rules are changing significantly for next year and although most might not like it I’d suggest there will be perhaps one or two teams that will run away with the title as they simply got it right whilst others didn’t.
In terms of DRS the 50mm aperture currently allowed whilst the top flap is active will be increased to 60mm as the height of the rear wing will be increased by 20mm overall. Drag will undoubtedly be a significant factor for 2014 as more cooling should be a standard requirement for the teams and cooling apertures equals drag.
Moreover Pirelli will likely be very conservative with their initial tyre designs knowing the impact the additional torque will have on the construction of the tyre.
Matt Somerfield (@SomersF1)
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On this day in F1
The short, rough, four-turn Zeltweg airfield track hosted the non-championship Austrian Grand Prix 50 years ago today as a precursor to its first appearance on the world championship schedule the following year.
Innes Ireland was leading convincingly when his Lotus’s BRM engine died 17 laps from home. That handed victory to Jack Brabham by the astonishing margin of five laps over Tony Settember’s Scirocco and Carel Godin de Beaufort’s Porsche.