In the round-up: Having been left out in the cold for almost a year, Marussia have finally been given a commercial deal by Bernie Ecclestone.
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Sporting director Graeme Lowdon: “We can’t talk about the terms of the contract itself but we can certainly confirm that we have reached agreement with the commercial rights holder for a bilateral agreement and that’s now signed.”
“The legal threat to this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix is at an end after a Supreme Court hearing into alleged tax irregularities was delayed until next week.”
“Pirelli chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera recently indicated that he would be prepared to pull his company out of F1 if testing did not happen before Jerez, and its motorsport director Paul Hembery made it clear in India on Friday that the situation was now critical.”
“One day maybe I will race alongside Kimi [Raikkonen] or Fernando [Alonso]. It depends how long we stick around.”
“The formula of man and machine is an exciting one to work in, which is why thoughts about the America’s Cup have come about. Where else is there a big budget sporting blend of man and machine and competition? The America’s Cup is the only big alternative.”
“For us [the new financial deal] would mean a long-term financial commitment. It would mean one level up and for the next five years it would allow us to build a different strategy for the team. You are free in your choice. You can pick up any driver by merit and work on the attractiveness of the team. We have good people, a very good car and a great ambiance in Enstone, and with more means and resources you can refine all these things even more.”
“If I get the chance with a big team then it would because they expect me to deliver and only because they think I am the right solution. I feel I’m ready. I have won in everything I have driven in so why would that change in Formula One?”
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@Baron weighs in on the divisive issue of customer cars:
How is it different from customer engines? Even engines supplied by a competitive team? Ferrari, Mercedes etc. It?óÔé¼Ôäós exactly the same principle.
I am definitely for the idea if it keeps the competition going. Last years winning car in the hands of a lesser order team is not a given winner now is it, but it would be great if a lesser team with a customer car was able to embarrass the supplier! (McLaren versus Mercedes and all the Renault-supplied teams versus Renault for example?).
As long as the number of customer cars was limited I am definitely for the idea and while you?óÔé¼Ôäóre at it, allow teams to enter a single car and those with two cars to be able to have different title sponsors for each.
Just do it. The current set-up is too rigid.
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On this day in F1
British racer Ian Ashley was born in Germany today in 1947. He made a handful of starts in the mid-seventies but suffered a woeful lack of luck. His first appearance for Frank Williams’ team at the Nurburgring saw him suffer a major crash in practice, injuring his leg and keeping him out of the race.
The following year he joined Louis Stanley’s BRM team but they dropped out of the championship after the first race. Then with Hesketh in 1977 he was again injured in a crash during practice.
That marked the end of his F1 adventure, though he went on to compete in IndyCar racing and even did a season in the British Touring Car Championship in 1993.
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