Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2013

Alonso “gave up a little bit” – Ecclestone

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2013In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says he was disappointed Fernando Alonso didn’t give his all in 2013.


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Alonso gave up a little bit, says Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone: “I’ve been a little bit disappointed in Fernando because I’m a big supporter of him and of Ferrari. I thought he gave up a little bit which is proof that he was looking for another team.”

Ross Brawn admits he is open to offers from outside of Formula One after leaving Mercedes (The Mirror)

“Maybe around the summer time I’ll decide what’s happening, it is a sabbatical.”

Ross Brawn will return to Formula 1, says Niki Lauda (BBC)

“He will not go in pension [retirement]. This is clear. I think he will come back.”

Formula One future muddled by prospect of Concorde talks delay (City AM)

CVC chairman Donald Mackenzie: “Even now, after the latest contracts, which have been signed up to 2020, the first thing any new shareholder says to me: it?s not enough. Can?t we make it a longer period? We don?t want the uncertainty.”

Vettel: F1 cannot lose thrill factor (Autosport)

“I just hope that we are not going down from a power point of view. We will lose the revs which I think is a shame – because it is a new direction that we go into and a new technology.”

Valtteri Bottas, Williams, Shanghai, 2013Marussia held merger talks with Williams (ESPN)

“One of the discussions [Williams] had was with Marussia. They discussed it with Sauber as well.”

Independent study rates FIA governance below IOC and FIFA (David Ward and Team)

“An independent audit of the FIA?s governance system carried out by I Trust Sport shows that the FIA scores well in some areas but is also significantly failing in others, especially as regards financial transparency and reporting.”

Adrian Newey on 2014: “Mild panic and crisis management…” (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“Reliability could be a big issue, it?s far from clear how the three engine manufacturers will perform relative to each other. We?ve got the aerodynamic changes. So it is a complete clean start, unfortunately.”

Sir Jackie Stewart on leaving IMG and Formula One?s financial health (Sports Pro)

“They no longer are in Formula One Grand Prix racing. Mark [McCormark] always had good people and I enjoyed it but if they?re not in the sport that I?m involved in, then there can be very little chance of proper deals being done and me giving commission to two companies wouldn?t make any sense.”

Brazil 2013 – race edit (F1)

Highlights from the season finale.

Seb and Mark put helmets up for auction (Red Bull)

“Seb and Mark have each donated a helmet from the 2013 Formula One season to raise money for spinal cord injury charity ‘Wings for Life’ at a Bonhams Auction on 9th December.”

Nigel Bennett’s solutions for F1 and IndyCar (The Way It Is)

“The main problem with Formula One is that it’s just too expensive for all but about four teams. The rest of them are taking paying drivers who are less skilled than many others. There are some really good drivers like Hulkenberg and di Resta who may not have drives next year.”

The 50 Best Films Of 2013: #3 – Rush (Empire)

“Whether you are a Formula One aficionado or the furthest thing from a petrol head, this story of clashing egos and contrasting styles in the quest for the driver’s championship is a compelling portrayal of ambition, determination and going really fast in circles.”

Sebastian Vettel swearing at the Autosports Awards (YouTube)


Comment of the day

@Maciek on the unpopular plan to impose two mandatory pit stops per race in 2014:

F1 might aspire to be the pinnacle of motorsport, but it sure ain?t the pinnacle of forward thinking.

You would think that with all that sheer mass of overpaid brainpower someone in there would pipe up and say: hey let?s stop trying to fix things by tacking on stop-gap solutions and look at root causes. You would think that. But no.

Seriously, if they applied this kind of problem solving to the cars, they?d be held together with duct tape and string.

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On this day in F1

Roberto Mieres was born on this day in 1924. The Argentinian racer took a pair of fourth places for Maserati at the end of the 1954 season but was unable to improve on that in a full season with the works squad in 1955. He did not return to the world championship after that but did compete in sports car races in Buenos Aires.

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