Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Singapore, 2013

Maldonado funds jeopardised by currency row

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Singapore, 2013In the round-up: Venezuela’s state funding for racing drivers including Pastor Maldonado could be in jeopardy.

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Engines idled for Venezuelan race car drivers (AP)

“Sports Minister Alejandra Benitez said in a newspaper interview published Thursday that an initial investigation into the Cadivi disbursements found that one driver got $66 million. She did not name the driver.”

F1 Strategy Group ‘is illegal’ (The Telegraph)

Bob Fernley: “All teams basically pay the same amount to go racing. The only differentials are in drivers? salaries and hospitality. And yet some teams have no say in how the sport is run. It could certainly be deemed abuse of a dominant position.”

Todt should win re-election after Bin Sulayem pulls out of FIA presidency race (Daily Mail)

“Frenchman Todt, 67, may ultimately be unopposed because the only declared candidate, Englishman David Ward, is struggling to enlist the 26 nominations he requires by the deadline of November 15.”

McLaren Young Drivers in action: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona (McLaren)

“[Kevin] Magnussen wins in Barcelona to claim the Formula Renault 3.5 championship.”

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Comment of the day

Readers were divided over whether Ferrari, Mercedes or Lotus will come out ahead this year. Here’s @George’s view:

Mercedes have the fastest car and the best driver line-up, but their race pace isn?t quite there still, and their strategy has been questionable.

Ferrari have had a bit of a dip in form but they?ve still been picking up what they can. I think between these two it will depend on how their cars perform at the last few events.

Lotus I think are just too far behind unless the front two have a lot of DNFs, although I expect them to outscore the other two for the remaining races.
@George

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