F1 wrong to return to Bahrain – Ward

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Start, Bahrain, 2012In the round-up: Jean Todt’s FIA president election opponent David Ward says he would look into F1 should continue racing in Bahrain if he is elected.

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Bahrain GP suitability ‘could be investigated’ says FIA candidate (BBC)

“He said it was a mistake to run the Bahrain race in 2012 and that the FIA and F1 ‘crossed over a line’ in their facilitation of the Bahrain authorities.”

Gutierrez sure Singapore no one-off (Autosport)

“When you are able to manage such a lap in qualifying, it brings you to another level, which you can use to keep building even more.”

Force India not giving up McLaren fight (NBC)

Vijay Mallya: “McLaren have a points lead over us, but they are not totally out of reach.”

James Hunt was a charming character but he drank, smoked and womanised too much, says Murray Walker (Metro)

“He wasn?t in my opinion in the Mika Hakkinen, Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher bracket. But he had more personality than the rest of them put together.”

Singapore 2013 – race edit (F1)

Brief video highlights from the Singapore Grand Prix. Interesting to hear Guillaume Rocquelin telling Sebastian Vettel that Daniel Ricciardo had crashed in “the usual place”, a message which wasn’t broadcast during the race.

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Although it may have made for a less exciting end to the championship, @Bebilou believes the mid-season tyre changes were necessary:

The loser in these tyre changes is Pirelli itself: they have a poor image since the beginning of the year, even if it would be worse if they had done nothing. The Silvertone race was catastrophic for everyone, and mostly Pirelli.

The winner is credibility of F1: tyres that could last 5-7 laps was a ridiculous situation. That gave a bad image of the sport.

Same thing for the number of pit stops: it’s sometimes hard to follow what?s happening with 2 stops per car, so with four stops it?s just impossible.

Moreover, drivers were complaining about these tyres, as they were unable to push. That also was ridiculous.

Of course, it increased the domination of Vettel. But I think it preserves the sport, which is far more important.
@Bebilou

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On this day in F1

Newly-crowned world champion Mario Andretti started from pole position in his home race at Watkins Glen 35 years ago, but retired with a blown engine before half-distance.

Carlos Reutemann therefore scored his fourth win of the year for Ferrari ahead of Alan Jones and Jody Scheckter.

Here’s the start of the race:

http://youtu.be/aJHpCvHIchc?t=5m45s

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60 comments on F1 wrong to return to Bahrain – Ward

  1. Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 1st October 2013, 15:13

    I think this really increases the weight of suspicion

  2. mhop (@mhop) said on 1st October 2013, 19:21

    @keithcollantine Any news on the cause of di Resta’s retirement in Singapore? Simple driver error? If so very uncharacteristic for Paul.

  3. Garns (@garns) said on 2nd October 2013, 13:57

    @David
    Spot on mate, James passed in 93, not 83. Still was only 45- far too young.
    I remember meeting him a few times in Adelaide in the early days- say 1988 -1990- even as a young teen I could tell he was a loose cannon for sure. He seemed alot older but at 12-14 I guess thats our preception!

    I am 36 and started to REALLY watch F1 from 1987- before that just in Adelaide and whenever I could get a look. In 87, I was 11 and TOLD Mum (well, politley asked LOL) I was older enough to get up, wee mid hours here in Australia back then- 1am, 2am, sometimes 4am- not like 9pm for most like now) and watched- the Senna V Mansell footage on past post was my childhood. And really for most of that until he passed was the Murray and James commentary duo- and they were awesome!! Brundle & Crofty I really like, but the old school were just gold………….. again it may be re-living the childhood, but these two a great combo!!!!

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