Sebastian Vettel, Bernie Ecclestone, Monza, 2011

Vettel “probably the best we’ve had” – Ecclestone

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Sebastian Vettel, Bernie Ecclestone, Monza, 2011In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone sings Sebastian Vettel’s praises.


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Ecclestone Says Vettel?s F1 Dominance Isn?t Hurting TV Ratings (Bloomberg)

“It?s difficult to be sure who is the best. People don?t know how many titles [Ayrton] Senna would have won, but Vettel is probably the best we?ve had. People complain about him winning everything but the racing is good.”

Sunday’s Indian GP under threat of cancellation (The Telegraph)

“I don?t think it endangers the race in any way whatsoever.”

‘Financial trouble’ delaying Grosjean’s future (ESPN)

“Everything is open for the future, I feel good here but I think they are trying to solve the financial trouble and it puts everything else on the back foot.”

Kvyat in Formula One on talent alone, says Horner (Reuters)

“The kid’s very quick. He’s definitely very quick, very naturally talented. He certainly has a lot to learn, he’s got a steep learning curve, but 100 percent he’s there on talent.”

McLaren to try radical set-up (Autosport)

“Here I have a set-up on my car that is completely different to any other race we have had the last couple of years – just to see where we are. It might help us next year.”

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Melbourne, 2013Maldonado coy over 2014 plans (Sky)

“That money is not free, the drivers need to pay for that money, it’s current exchange. There is a programme in Venezuela for sport, education, care and so many other things. You can change money [at a] lower price and what I heard is that some drivers were changing money on preference price and then they were selling them on the second market.”

Interview with Mercedes’ Ross Brawn (F1)

“Next year we?ve got a great car. We are excited over the car that we are doing – it is such an exciting opportunity. You will see a big disparity between teams next year for the first time in a long time.”

Red Bull’s front floor secret unlocks huge potential (BBC)

“If Red Bull have found a way to lift the ‘tea tray’ away from the track as it gets hot, that will enable them to run a lower front ride-height at low speeds, and will mean a more constant gap from the ‘tea tray’ to the ground through a wider range of vehicle speeds.”

McLaren move drivers out of mosquito-infested hotel… but rest of staff are sent back despite problems of last year (Daily Mail)

“Martin Whitmarsh has moved himself and his McLaren drivers out of the hotel plagued by mosquitoes during last year?s Indian Grand Prix ? yet has sent most of his staff back there for Sunday?s race.”

The pros and cons of social media (MotorSport)

Alan Jones had had a bad day, and as I walked to the car park with him and Frank Williams he gave vent to his feelings, not least about Goodyear, who had recently made a mid-season return to F1 after a few months away, and in his opinion were falling short. ‘Please don?t say anything about Goodyear, Nige,’ Frank murmured, but Alan would have nothing of it. ‘No!’ he yelled, hurling his briefcase ?ǣ from some distance away ?ǣ into their car?s open boot. ‘Bloody write it! If you do, something might get done about it…'”

Indian Grand Prix Betting: Are you brave enough to bet against Vettel? (Unibet)

My Indian Grand Prix preview for Unibet.


Comment of the day

AldoG cheers Mark Webber’s belief that “you can have what cars you want but you?ve still got the best drivers out there then that?s the most important thing”:

I would carve this on marble. A couple of days ago I saw a picture of Lewis Hamilton and Timo Glock after Glock won a race somewhere, and I wrote here that it makes me feel very sad to see great drivers everywhere while at F1 maybe one third of the camp or more is made of mediocre ones.

Webber’s diagnosis (of teams being in increasing need of drivers who bring the cash) is, in my honest opinion, spot on. And that is what makes me think if F1 is really the top racing level any more.

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