Mark Webber, Porsche 911, 2009

Webber “can’t turn racing off” after F1

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Porsche 911, 2009In the round-up: Mark Webber says he was determined to remain in motor sport after leaving F1 at the end of the year.

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Le Mans the aim for Webber (The Sydney Morning Herald)

“I can’t put my feet out of bed each morning with no super purpose – I still need to do something. I can’t turn racing off and just finish.”

Melbourne grand prix given double boost (The Age)

“[Tourism Minister Louise] Asher said preliminary talks between Australian Grand Prix Corporation chairman Ron Walker and formula one boss Bernie Ecclestone to propose an extension to the current contract were under way at her request.”

Clubs table FIA election rules changes: a chance to overcome the FIA?s democratic deficit (David Ward and Team)

“Governance reform rather than who will be the next FIA President is the major issue of the 2013 election… Rather than wait for more internal review the FIA membership now has the opportunity to vote for change.”

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix video highlights (F1)

Includes a clip of Fernando Alonso complaining about Jean-Eric Vergne which wasn’t previously broadcast.

Ayrton Senna’s Last Win (F1 Speedwriter)

“They were further amused when Damon Hill, who finished third in the race, explained why his Williams spun to a halt in the middle of the track on the cooling down lap. Hill said it was the result of a failed attempt to celebrate the successful conclusion of his first F1 season by executing a deliberate 360 degree spin. Hill: ‘I thought I would do a doughnut but it turned out to be more like a croissant.'”

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Anon says the smaller teams deserve more respect:

Adrian Newey openly stated that he felt that it was Sauber, a mere midfield team, who were one of the most innovative teams in 2012 ?ǣ he spent a lot of time studying the C31 in parc ferme and later admitted that a number of features on the RB8 were basically copied from the C31 (the ramp exhaust concept, the slotted floor, ducts through the nosecone and some of the front wing cascades are some of the features Newey copied).

Innovation has flowed up the grid from other midfield teams too ?ǣ Williams pioneered a new type of front brake duct system a few years ago that has lead to a major shift in philosophy in that area, whilst Lotus (who, in terms of resources, are a midfield team) have pioneered advances in suspension design that they have now patented for wider use in the automotive industry and has since been copied by Mercedes (the passive interlinked suspension system).

In fact, even the smallest minnows in the sport have produced benefits that far outweigh their small budgets. Marussia are the smallest team right now, but it was their design for an advanced new side impact structure that the FIA is now making mandatory from 2014 onwards because its performance in angled impacts was far superior to the proposals put forward by the rest of the grid.

The logic that, because they are small now, that they will always be insignificant, is what is causing the real damage to the sport. The idea that big innovations can only come with big budgets is an utter fallacy ?ǣ sometimes it is necessity that is the mother of invention, and I would much rather that support was given to a cash strapped but innovative midfield team like Sauber than bloated corporate behemoths like Toyota that spent so much on the sport to achieve so little.
Anon

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