Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Buddh International Circuit, 2013

Lotus investor believes Hulkenberg will get the drive

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Buddh International Circuit, 2013In the round-up: Lotus investor Mansoor Ijaz says Nico Hulkenberg is the preferred choice to join the team in 2014.

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Investors tell Lotus to sign Hulkenberg (Autosport)

“I wish the transition had been smoother between Kimi and the next driver, who we believe will be Nico Hulkenberg, but sometimes in life things don’t happen so clearly and as nicely as you would like them to.”

Alonso declared fit for US Grand Prix (BBC)

Alonso was released from hospital on Sunday but had a further check-up on Monday after suffering discomfort.

Stefano Domenicali Q&A (Sky)

“I think at that stage that was the thinking [to put Felipe Massa on medium tyres]. Of course retrospectively you could say that it was not the right decision, but there are a lot of good Monday morning quarter-backs in life.”

Fernando Alonso: “With Felipe it was not a fight…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“In the second they told me to close the gap to Felipe, maybe we go for one or we go for two stops. I closed the gap, and then told not to attack, Felipe will pit soon. Then Felipe pitted and I had the opportunity to do some laps and overtake Felipe and the Toro Rosso in those laps.”

You can’t take it back (Toro Rosso)

Daniel Ricciardo: “Our starts have been a bit hit and miss this year. The last few have been good but today was a miss. We got swamped on the way to turn one and in the end I went wide to avoid a collision ?ǣ though [Jean-Eric Vergne] and myself may have had some light contact.”

F1 teams need to learn to manage their money, says BBC’s Gary Anderson (The Guardian)

“Take rear wings. We have probably a different rear wing for most circuits. That’s stupid. For me you go to Melbourne for the first race of the season, that rear wing ?ǣ like the gearbox ?ǣ would have to last five races. You will save bucket loads of money.”

Horner says Vettel’s dominance is mind-blowing (Reuters)

“We’re all on a standard tyre now, there’s no testing, we’re limited on the amount of engines we can have, the amount of wind tunnel time and so on. So it’s a much more even playing field [than the Schumacher era].”

Difficult but not impossible to comeback (Ferrari)

“In theory this track is probably the least suited to the F138, especially in the third sector where traction makes the difference. In fact, qualifying showed that between turns 11 and 21, Alonso and Massa made up much of the gap, not just to Red Bull but also to Mercedes.”

F1 Rear Crash Structure analysed (F1 Framework)

An extremely detailed look at an F1 crash structure from 1997.


Comment of the day

Time for celebration legislation?

Will we soon see an official FIA sanctioned DRS (Doughnut Rotational Spinning) zone in which drivers can celebrate without fear of financial penalty?

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On this day in F1

Eddie Cheever made his final F1 start on this day in the 1989 Australian Grand Prix.

Although Cheever never won a race he has the unusual distinction of having finished on the podium not just in his home country but in his home city, which he did at Phoenix earlier that year.

Cheever also appeared on the podium at two of his three home races in 1982, at Detroit and Las Vegas, for Ligier.

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