Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Ferrari should have vetoed V6 engines – Ecclestone

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says Ferrari should have used its political clout to veto the new 2014 engine regulations.


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For Bernie Ecclestone, Business as Usual (The New York Times)

“The one that could have stopped [the 2014 engine rules], really, was Ferrari. Ferrari had a veto over a lot of these changes when they were made, and they didn?t veto it. If they had, I?d have completely supported it.”

Fernando Alonso quashes rumours of return to McLaren (The Guardian)

“I repeat it more or less every weekend and I keep repeating it ?ǣ I love Ferrari and I will stay at Ferrari until the end. It’s nice to hear comments from all the team principals every year saying they respect my job and personality, especially McLaren.”

Ecclestone’s corruption trial delayed (The Telegraph)

“According to the Munich prosecutor’s office, it is still waiting for additional information from Ecclestone?s lawyers and a decision this year is ‘no longer expected’.”

2013 Singapore Grand Prix – Friday Press Conferece (FIA)

Eric Boullier: “The truth is that yes, we owe [Kimi Raikkonen] money so that?s true. He?s going to be paid, that?s true too and if you want to have a little bit more of the story, last year in the same period it was the same story: we were owing him some money but at the end of the year he was fully paid. It?s just the way we manage our cash flow. Unfortunately we are not as rich as some other teams on the grid.”

Perez not worried about McLaren future (Autosport)

“I am here for next year, and let’s see – hopefully we can be back to fight for a championship next year.”

Grand Prix boss Ron Walker close to sealing new deal to keep F1 race in Melbourne (Herald Sun)

“A well-placed F1 source said an offer was now on the table. ‘The deal is pretty much done,’ the source said, ‘and will now go to the cabinet for approval.'”

Brawn dismisses Williams link (Sky)

“I’m planning to be here next year so there’s nothing else happening, I can guarantee it.”

Lewis Hamilton column: Singapore Grand Prix an incredible challenge (BBC)

“I won here in 2009 and feel like I have been the moral victor twice as well. Last year, I was leading comfortably when my McLaren’s gearbox broke, and in 2008 I was second behind Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and on a strategy that could have won me the race – then came the Safety Car period after Nelson Piquet [Jnr] deliberately crashed his Renault and I ended up third behind Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg.”

Pat Symonds has ??unfinished business? with F1 (FT, registration required)

“Symonds and Flavio Briatore, Renault?s team principal at the time, were involved in giving the order. Symonds was banned for five years, later reduced to three. He refuses to discuss the incident.”

David Coulthard – make opportunities happen (Mario Muth via YouTube)


Comment of the day

Thoughts from @Garns on the prospects for the rest of the weekend:

We have seen a few times this year that Mercedes lead first practice, Red Bull second practice then its a battle for pole – hopefully the same tomorrow night. Mark Webber needs one in his final year!

What is happening with Jules Bianchi of late? It seems to me he is off the great fine form he saw in his first few races now not looking as strong against Max Chilton.

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On this day in F1

Jim Clark capped a successful year by winning the International Gold Cup trophy at Oulton Park in his Lotus 25.

Here’s some rare onboard footage of him in action on the Cheshire track:

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