In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says he was disappointed Fernando Alonso didn’t give his all in 2013.
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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.”
“Maybe around the summer time I’ll decide what’s happening, it is a sabbatical.”
“He will not go in pension [retirement]. This is clear. I think he will come back.”
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?óÔé¼Ôäós not enough. Can?óÔé¼Ôäót we make it a longer period? We don?óÔé¼Ôäót want the uncertainty.”
“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.”
“One of the discussions [Williams] had was with Marussia. They discussed it with Sauber as well.”
“An independent audit of the FIA?óÔé¼Ôäós 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.”
“Reliability could be a big issue, it?óÔé¼Ôäós far from clear how the three engine manufacturers will perform relative to each other. We?óÔé¼Ôäóve got the aerodynamic changes. So it is a complete clean start, unfortunately.”
“They no longer are in Formula One Grand Prix racing. Mark [McCormark] always had good people and I enjoyed it but if they?óÔé¼Ôäóre not in the sport that I?óÔé¼Ôäóm involved in, then there can be very little chance of proper deals being done and me giving commission to two companies wouldn?óÔé¼Ôäót make any sense.”
Highlights from the season finale.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Ross Brawn: completely open mind (about future). Had a lot of offers – but theyâ€™re all to go fishing. #BRDC Awards
— Maurice Hamilton (@MauriceHamilton) December 2, 2013
Having all your team principals in your own expo is the best recognition of the dedication as a driver. Thanks pic.twitter.com/hCKv5ZQHCh
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) December 2, 2013
So I have officially graduated from Racing Steps Foundation. These guys have helped me all the way and have been a huge part of my life…
— James Calado (@JamesCalado) December 2, 2013
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Comment of the day
F1 might aspire to be the pinnacle of motorsport, but it sure ain?óÔé¼Ôäót 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?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäód 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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