Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Ferrari make third hiring from Lotus in two months

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Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013In the round-up: Lotus head of aerodynamics Dirk De Beer follows Kimi Raikkonen and James Allison in jumping ship to Ferrari.

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Ferrari sign Lotus aerodynamics boss (BBC)

“Ferrari have not yet officially announced his arrival but sources say he will start work in Maranello on 1 October.”

Webber: Ferrari will eye Seb (Sky)

“Two years for probably both of them actually I think. And then what they do after that obviously [is] pick Seb up off the back of Red Bull and they keep moving from there.”

Webber says Raikkonen good for Alonso (Autosport)

“The positives for me are that Fernando needs to be pushed more on Saturday afternoons; which he will live for.”

Ferrari pairing explosive: Michael Schumacher (The Times of India)

“‘Ferrari with Fernando and Kimi, that sounds like an explosive mixture,’ Germany’s Schumacher, who won five of his seven Formula One world titles with Ferrari, told German daily Bild.”

Revealed: The secret behind Mercedes getting on top of tyre issues (James Allen on F1)

“On the inner surface of the wheel there is a complex dimple pattern, which is actually fully integral to the wheel itself and almost certainly there solely for thermal management purposes in order to get and keep the tyres within their optimal temperature window.”

Niki Lauda: ‘I wish James Hunt could have seen Rush because he would have enjoyed it’ (The Telegraph)

“The sad thing is that he isn’t here now. I wish he could have seen the movie because I know for sure he would have enjoyed it.”

Video – Red Bull’s winning updates for Belgium and Italy (F1)

“In this video we analyse the hugely-successful changes that helped propel Sebastian Vettel to dominant race victories at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza and strengthen his position at the top of the drivers’ standings.”

Reviving memories of Goodwood (McLaren)

Teddy Mayer: “It was a test day like any other. Nothing special. Bruce was just checking out the new Can-Am car, Denny [Hulme] had just suffered from burns at Indianapolis, and Peter Gethin was due to try an F1 car to deputise for him in the Belgian GP. I was in my office at our Colnbrook base when my phone rang and they told me that Bruce [McLaren] had been killed.”

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@Scratt left Spa somewhat disappointed after this year’s race:

Even though I enjoyed it immensely, and would do the trip again in a heart beat, and our seats at Eau Rouge gave us a stunning vantage point, plus the ability to walk on the track immediately after the race (getting in through the gate at the bottom of Eau Rouge) made a perfect ending to the weekend… the race was boring.

And I was sad that it was my dad???s first experience on F1 “in the flesh”. He, of course, loved it. But even he thought the GP2 races gave more in terms of the thrill of watching people race wheel-to-wheel at close quarters.
@Scratt

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On this day in F1

Five years ago today Sebastian Vettel claimed his first grand prix victory five years ago today in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

Vettel triumphed in the rain-hit race, giving Toro Rosso their first and, thus far, only F1 win. Heikki Kovalainen was second for McLaren ahead of Robert Kubica’s BMW.

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