Maria de Villota, Marussia, Duxford, 2012

De Villota’s death linked to 2012 Marussia test crash

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Maria de Villota, Marussia, Duxford, 2012In the round-up: The family of Maria de Villota say her death was related to the injuries she sustained after suffering a serious crash while testing for Marussia last year.


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Family links Spanish F1 driver Maria de Villota’s death to Cambridgeshire crash (The Independent)

??Maria left us while she was sleeping, approximately at 6am (on Friday), as a consequence of the neurological injuries she suffered in July of 2012, according to what the forensic doctor has told us.??

F1 drivers to honour De Villota at Suzuka (Reuters)

“A statement from the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA), which represents most but not all of those on the starting grid, said the silence would be held before the drivers’ parade.”

McLaren in tug of war with Red Bull over designer Peter Prodromou (The Guardian)

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale: “We have to remember the contract Peter has at the moment is with Red Bull and I have to respect that. It is for them to talk about his leave date but in terms of our position, we have recruited Peter and we are really excited about him joining the team.”

Red Bull fighting to stop Prodromou going to McLaren (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“[Christian Horner] confirmed that Prodromou would not be able to work elsewhere until 2015.”

Webber will not aid Vettel title bid (BBC)

Webber: “We’ll have a standard race. It’s everyone for themselves to get the maximum result they can.”

Request to delay Ecclestone?s UK civil trial rejected (FT, registration required)

“Constantin Medien on Friday applied to delay the start of the High Court civil trial partly because of what it called the ‘massive’ volumes of documents it had received from Mr Ecclestone?s side, which were ‘very, very much more substantial than anyone expected'”.

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Suzuka, 2013Raikkonen plays down Grosjean deficit (Autosport)

“I’m much happier than I was at the previous race even though the starting place is the same.”

Is Sebastian Vettel the greatest F1 driver ever? (The Telegraph)

Christian Horner: “I think it’s hugely disrespectful to Mark Webber to suggest that he isn’t a hugely talented race driver. We know Mark is seriously quick. And that for us puts into context Sebastian’s performance.”

Sauber C32 – rear brake ducts (F1)

“Sauber have followed the trend first set by Lotus and Mercedes of directing hot air from the brakes towards the inside of the rear tyres in order to improve the efficiency of the rear diffuser.”

A graphics comparison: Dorna vs FOM (The F1 Broadcasting Blog)

“Both sets have their positives and negatives. If you are looking for something easy on the eye, then FOM wins, but if you want a data driven set, then Dorna with their MotoGP graphics is a clear winner.”


Comment of the day

TMF says Webber and Vettel don’t need nannying from the pit wall:

They have shown so often that they can race wheel-to-wheel and I think Vettel has learned so much he won?t make the same mistake as Turkey 2010.

Best case: Horner tells them to take care without imposing team orders and they come out within seconds after the last stop and show us an epic battle like in Sepang.
TMF (@TMF42)

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