Ross Brawn, Mercedes, Monza, 2013

Brawn ‘may retire’ but Lauda wants him to stay

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Ross Brawn, Mercedes, Monza, 2013In the round-up: Niki Lauda says he wants Ross Brawn to stay at Mercedes but reports suggest he is considering retirement.


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Ross Brawn could retire from Formula One at the end of this season (The Mirror)

“We have had some small problems in the team in the past but everything is sorted now. It?s all agreed between him and Paddy and everyone else. He?s No.1. I have tried to persuade him to stay. I want him to stay. We will talk again at the end of the season.”

Ferrari Sporting Spirit exhibition opens (Ferrari)

Luca di Montezemolo: “There are still four races to go where we will field Ferraris that are fighting for the podium with maximum determination from the drivers and the whole team.”

‘Rush’ stunt driver Sean Edwards dies in Porsche crash while coaching younger racers at Queensland Raceway in Australia (The Independent)

“Sean Edwards, current Porsche Supercup championship leader and stunt driver in the recent blockbuster film Rush has died after a car carrying him as passenger crashed into a barrier and burst into flames at the Queensland Raceway in Australia.”

Nico Rosberg: video message Japanese GP 2013 “unsafe release” & P8 (Nico Rosberg via YouTube)

Lotus poised to complete funding deal (Autosport)

Eric Boullier: “Everything should fall in place soon, so once it does we will start to tick the boxes.”

Harsh (Toro Rosso)

Daniel Ricciardo: “I was and am genuinely surprised that the stewards penalised me for the pass on Sutil. When my engineer told me I?d picked up a penalty, it never crossed my mind it was for that. Earlier in the race when I was out-of-sequence on the hard tyre I?d collected a big train of cars behind me so I thought perhaps I?d done something dirty then.”

American Rossi to drive first practice at Austin F1 race (Austin-American Statesman)

“Alexander Rossi will drive in the first practice session at next month?s U.S. Grand Prix, becoming the first American to participate in a Formula One race weekend in six years, the American-Statesman has learned.”

Tempers frayed at Suzuka (MotorSport)

“In amongst this chaos an ecstatic Esteban Gutierrez was celebrating his first points in F1. He arrived at the interview pen, had a few chats and was half way through answering my question when someone ran up to him shouting ‘scales, scales’ and the Mexican had to run off to get weighed!”

Video – Lotus’s long-wheelbase version of the E21 (F1)

“In Korea, Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean took the long-wheelbase version of the E21 – originally trialled in Italy – to a double podium finish.”

Jenson Button believes new regulations and engines will help McLaren (The Guardian)

“It hurts like hell. If you haven’t ever won a grand prix or won a world championship it doesn’t hurt quite as much but when you have been there and that’s where you normally are, at least fighting for a world championship, even though it hasn’t happened for a while, it really does hurt.”

Time zones and the 2014 F1 calendar (A former F1 doc writes)

“The mechanics, engineers, and of course the drivers all need to be functioning at full efficiency as of Thursday of a race weekend. What about jet lag? How can its negative effects on performance be eliminated, or at least reduced? And are any of these solutions applicable to us? Well there?s good news ?ǣ and what?s more, there are actually several ways to fight against jet lag.”

2013 edition of Formula One Indian Grand Prix could be the last (The Times of India)

“Although there is some hope of the event returning in 2015, this would require significant lobbying on the part of promoters, Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India, and the Indian government. That such an effort is worthwhile is beyond doubt.”


Comment of the day

@Colossal-Squid on whether Sebastian Vettel will equal Alberto Ascari’s record for nine consecutive wins by the end of the season:

If Vettel does go on to match Ascari’s record then every credit to the man and his team, but I really hope that it doesn?t happen.

I?d really enjoy see another driver or two win between now and the end of the season. I?d take anyone but I?m hoping for Grosjean to get a breakthrough win.

Still, although it would be tedious to watch, if Vettel did win the next four it would be an amazing feat to be able to bear witness to.

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On this day in F1

Tony Rolt was born on this day in 1918, a few weeks before the end of World War One. Before making three appearances in Grand Prix races he fought in World War Two during which time he was captured and imprisoned in the famous Colditz Castle prisoner of war camp near Dresden.

He resumed his racing activities after the war and was on the grid for the first ever round of the world championship at Silverstone in 1950. His other two F1 starts also came at British Grands Prix in 1953 and 1955, after which he retired from competition. He passed away in 2008.

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