Christian Horner, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2013

Ecclestone says Horner would be “ideal” successor

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Christian Horner, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2013In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone prefers Red Bull team principal Christian Horner as his successor when he gives up in charge of F1.

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Bernie Ecclestone names Christian Horner as favoured successor (The Guardian)

“Christian would be ideal. I would be happy to hold his hand. We could have a transitional period. It needs someone who knows the sport.”

Horner cool on replacing Ecclestone (BBC)

“It’s very flattering but my focus is fully on this team and is for the foreseeable future.”

Alonso and Massa against 2014 car weight limit change (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were the two most vocal opponents when the GPDA discussed the matter of raising the 2014 car weight limit today.”

Confident Russian teenager Kvyat quick in the wet (Reuters)

Christian Horner: “Considering his age and experience, to get in a grand prix car in the wet round here, on a track he’s never seen before, and do what he did was very impressive.”

Pirelli: no 2014 tyre testing no setback (Autosport)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “The reason we wanted it is that we wanted to do some benchmarking against this year’s tyres with the new compound and new structure on the current car, just to give us a scaling.”

Brawn visits Ferrari in Brazil (Sky)

“Brawn’s position at Mercedes beyond the end of the season is currently at the centre of fevered speculation and TV images capturing him leaving a meeting in ex-colleague Domenicali’s office at Interlagos have stirred the rumour mill further.”

Here and there (Toro Rosso)

Daniel Ricciardo: “I was at his first race in Melbourne back in 2002. I recall it being very exciting to see an Australian doing what he was doing. Looking back it seems crazy: fifth in a Minardi. I guess the modern equivalent would be a Marussia doing this same this weekend.”

Brazilian Grand Prix ?ǣ day one (MotorSport)

“To give an idea of the importance of the test in a similar situation last year Force India put a great deal of effort into trying the 2013 prototypes. In just one session the team learned some very interesting things, which led to a renewed focus over the winter on making the new tyres work, and did much to define the direction the car was taken.”

Comment: As Sebastien [sic] Vettel cruises to a fourth World Championship, the lack of a contest spells the death of Formula One (The Independent)

“The skill and courage of the drivers is beyond question. You try covering 3.5 miles, lap after lap, posting times within a tenth of a second. But none of this skill is conveyed to the viewer.”

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Words of encouragement for anyone disappointed about Mark Webber’s impending departure from F1:

Things aren?t that bad with Webber leaving! We can see Kimi fighting Alonso and see if Ricciardo can take the fight to Vettel or not, and see how Massa performs at Williams. It would be good if Caterham and Marussia could be a lot closer to the midfield, and of course Heikki Kovalainen going back to Caterham would be great news for F1. We can see whether Daniil Kyvat has what it takes to beat Vergne, and the new 2014 regulations mean that nobody knows what will happen next year!
Ivan (@Wpinrui)

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