Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013

Horner not expecting repeat of Singapore dominance

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Singapore, 2013In the round-up: Christian Horner says Sebastian Vettel’s performance advantage in Singapore is unlikely to be repeated again this season.

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Red Bull insists dominance a one-off (Autosport)

“There were times last weekend when Sebastian was two seconds quicker than the rest of the field, but I think it was due to unique circumstances.”

Q&A – Sauber?s Monisha Kaltenborn (F1)

“We understand that the big teams have the big brands, their own brands, which are of course important for generating income in F1, along with the sport, the drivers and the other teams. But in my view you cannot do without the other teams. It?s give and take – and that asks for a different kind of balance. You don?t have to put everybody at an equal level. I don?t believe in that at all, because after all we are a competition, so we don?t have to have the same things for everyone.”

No accident means Buddh F1 race may pay less for cover (The Economic Times)

“The insurance premium on the Formula 1 Indian Grand Prix this year is likely to decline by 7% as the first two years of the event were accident-free.”

Will Ward and Ben Sulayem combine to defeat Todt? (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“Ben Sulayem was a staunch supporter of Max Mosley, and as such followed the former president?s lead in transferring his allegiance to Todt at the last elections in 2009. However as early as 2010 there were rumours that he would be willing to stand against Todt in 2013.”

The thinking behind a decision ?ǣ Part 2 (Ferrari)

Head of strategic operations Neil Martin: “I had produced a module from which it could be deduced that the teams were stopping too early to refuel, losing the opportunity to refuel for nothing at the start of the race, as no time was lost filling the tank. Once it was possible to demonstrate, using just pre Grand Prix data that the McLaren could have made just a single stop, something that was only realised once the race was over.”

David Ward welcomes new Concorde Agreement and calls for extra investment in grass roots motor sport (David Ward and Team)

“The final conclusion of the negotiations over the Concorde Agreement is a very positive development for the FIA. This is a solid achievement by Jean Todt and I congratulate him for it. The question now is what will the new resources from Concorde be used for? The answer should be for investment in ??grass roots? development of motor sport.”

Impressive: Highly Detailed Lego F1 Cars (WTF1)

Superbly realised seventies and eighties F1 cars rendered in Lego.

McLaren Comic: The true adventures of James Hunt (McLaren)

“In October 1976 ?ǣ the climax of the most thrilling world championship in F1 history took place at rain-lashed Fuji Speedway. The race was full of drama ?ǣ and saw James Hunt emerge as Britain?s sporting hero and new world champion. Here is the whole story…”


Comment of the day

More scepticism over whether New Jersey’s race will happen next year:

Was just at the New Jersey site yesterday, they need to hurry the hell up.

I don?t see any sign of a pit garage or work being done on the new track where its supposed to swing around the water. The road surface needs a real good going-over to.

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On this day in F1

The controversial Singapore Grand Prix took place on this day five years ago. Look out for an article about that race on the site later today.

Ten years ago today Michael Schumacher virtually assured himself of a sixth world championship title with victory in the United States Grand Prix.

Title rival Kimi Raikkonen finished second while Juan Pablo Montoya was controversially penalised for a collision with Rubens Barrichello:

The race also saw Sauber lead for the first time, courtesy of Heinz-Harald Frentzen:

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