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In the round-up: McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says Red Bull are leading the way in terms of spending on Formula One.
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“McLaren manager Martin Whitmarsh, whose team has been in Formula One since 1966, said Red Bull?óÔé¼Ôäós arrival has ‘distorted the sport’ because of its level of spending. He said a claim by Horner that his team isn?óÔé¼Ôäót the biggest spender in Formula One is misleading.”
“A year ago, BayernLB wrote to Ecclestone’s lawyers demanding $400m in damages, to no avail. The state-owned bank is watching current proceedings in the High Court as it decides whether to formally begin a lawsuit.”
“Bernie Ecclestone could face a new court battle after the German bank at the centre of the Formula One bribery scandal sought access to documents being used in the civil lawsuit against the motorsport chief executive.”
Max Mosley: “I said there had to be a rule enforced by the FIA [to restrict budgets in 2009]. The teams said they could do it themselves without the FIA – the so-called Resource Restriction Agreement. I thought this would never work. Some might say I have been proved right.”
“The idea of such a change to the points structure [giving points for pole position] was rejected by a number of team principals present, so FIA president Jean Todt instead proposed the creation of the ‘FIA Pole Man of the Year in F1′ trophy instead.”
“Williams chief race engineer Xevi Pujolar is quitting the team to join Scuderia Toro Rosso ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ leaving the door open for Ferrari?óÔé¼Ôäós Rob Smedley to take over his job at Grove.”
John Booth: “It’s almost negligible, the [financial] difference. Morale is the biggest thing. If you’d seen the reaction of the guys afterwards, it was incredible – like we’d won the bloody race. I’m sure it was the same back in Banbury.”
“Paddock opinion varies but one can only think that Mercedes bungled it. Having brought in Toto Wolff to run the team, they prised Lowe from McLaren, then 2013 went better than expected and they realised that maybe it wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót such a smart idea to let Brawn go.”
#f1 considering to go with permanent car numbers for each driver. marketing will love this!
— Christian Nimmervoll (@MST_ChristianN) November 28, 2013
Massive thanks to Ross Brawn. He's been a great leader and teacher for me. Ross has built the foundations for us to succeed in 2014! #Legend
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 28, 2013
— Xevi Pujolar (@xevipujolar) November 28, 2013
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) November 28, 2013
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Comment of the day
Steven on Ross Brawn’s departure from Mercedes:
I would sit back and enjoy the fruits of my labour. He?óÔé¼Ôäós given his life to F1, produced results most people can only dream of, and will go down as one of the legendary figures in F1. Given that it?óÔé¼Ôäós probably still his passion, a consultant role with any team would probably be the best way to keep some involvement in F1, without the commitments required of a team principal.
I find it hard to believe he?óÔé¼Ôäóll join another team immediately, I think he?óÔé¼Ôäóll probably take some time off and decide on a return (if at all) during that time.
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Happy birthday to Alex White, Crispin, Djdaveyp85, Prisoner Monkeys, Wes and Villalon!
On this day in F1
Chuck Daigh was born on this day 90 years ago. His F1 involvement was largely confined to trying to qualify the outdated and uncompetitive front-engined Scarab chassis entered by Lance Reventlow in 1960. He managed to drag the car home tenth at home in Riverside that year.
The Scarab project enjoyed greater success in sports car racing. Daigh passed away in 2008.
Today also marks the 38th anniversary of the plane crash which claimed the lives of Graham Hill and Tony Brise.
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