Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Singapore, 2013

Gutierrez: Late-season form shows I belong in F1

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Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Singapore, 2013In the round-up: Esteban Gutierrez says the form he showed in the last seven races of 2013 shows he deserves to stay in F1.

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Rookie diary – Sauber?s Esteban Gutierrez (F1)

“The bottom line is that I have big goals in F1 and I want to achieve them. I believe that with my race performances from Singapore onwards I have proved that I have the level to be in Formula One. So I am confident for my future. God will place things where they belong.”

Hamilton: I failed to deliver in 2013 (ESPN)

“The only real positive is the team’s performance this year. That’s huge and nobody expected that. I couldn’t have hoped for better or for more from then but I feel like I should have done more.”

McLaren will have ‘no excuses’ in 2014 (Autosport)

Martin Whitmarsh: “What I know in terms of level of resource and type of organisation, I think they will have done a competent job and have applied the level of resources you would want on it. I suspect we will be competitive.”

Hulkenberg set for Force India after Sauber turns him down (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“Despite his good performance on track he has apparently fallen out of favour off it, presumably by not only agreeing the deal with Force India, but also paying a visit to Lotus prior to the US GP, which included a seat fitting.”

The manifesto without fanfare (Joe Saward)

“Todt and his team argue that the media (and therefore the public) does not have a vote in the election and so their views do not matter.”

Mark?s mates mate (well, most of ’em…) (Peter Windsor)

[Webber on Flavio Briatore] “I was disappointed about Singapore ??08 and how that was played out but I can only take on what he?s done with me and he?s always been straight up and down and extremely consistent.”

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Interesting background on Luca di Montezemolo’s recent comments about Ferrari’s political clout:

There have been quite a few complaints recently here in Italy. The Italian journalists complained that Massa received a penalty in Brazil and Vettel and Webber didn?t. Some commentators said that that?s because Red Bull has now more political power than Ferrari.

Same for the tyre change after Silverstone, Italian journalists are saying that Pirelli changed tyres because Red Bull complained and they have so much power in F1 that Pirelli obeyed (of course, that?s not what happened, but who cares).

I think Montezemolo wanted to reassure the Tifosi that they still have an unfair advantage over the other teams!
@Yobo01

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Two-time F1 entrant Joe Kelly passed away 20 years ago today. He qualified 19th for the first ever F1 race at Silverstone in 1950 but did not take the start in his Alta, nor did he in similar circumstances 12 months later.

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