New Jersey Grand Prix postponed again – Ecclestone

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David Coulthard, Red Bull, New Jersey, 2012In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says the planned New Jersey Grand Prix is being postponed for another year.


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Formula One Head: New Jersey F1 Race Won’t Happen in 2014 (Wall Street Journal)

Bernie Ecclestone: “We are not satisfied it’s going to happen in time. What we’re aiming for is 2015.”

Newey: weight limit rule must change (Autosport)

“Efforts to bring forward a 10kg rise in the weight limit to 700kg, which has been agreed for 2015, have so far been thwarted by opposition from one team – believed to be Mercedes – because unanimous support is required to make the change now.”

F1’s 2014 rule changes (BBC)

“The V8 engines produced about 780bhp. The new turbo engines will on their own produce in the region of 620bhp or more, but the electrical energy will increase that back up to at least the same as before. Some insiders have even said total power could be as high as 840bhp at the start of 2014.”

Rookie diary – Williams? Valtteri Bottas (F1)

“The low points of my rookie season? I think a few of the times that we dropped out of qualifying. Also during midseason when we tried many new things on the car and never really managed to improve it – that was pretty tough as well.”

Open article Plans for Russian GP progress (Crash)

“The promoter of the Russian Grand Prix inked an agreement with the Russian Automobile Federation today. Under the agreement the RAF will become the Russian Grand Prix sporting organiser ahead of the inaugural event in Sochi next October.”

It’s complicated (Sky)

Martin Brundle: “I think 19 races is plenty; I think it’s too many almost. 22 would have been a nightmare, frankly.”


Comment of the day

Nico Hulkenberg has missed out on a drive with a ‘top team’ but @Hotbottoms thinks he might be better off in the long-term:

I’d happily see Hulkenberg in a top team as he is one of my favourite drivers, but does he really “deserve” a top seat over someone else?

I mean, in my opinion the top teams are Red Bull, Mercedes, Ferrari and McLaren, whose drivers next season are Vettel, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Hamilton, Alonso, Raikkonen, Button and Magnussen. Sure, you could argue that Hulkenberg deserves a McLaren seat more than a rookie or that Button and Raikkonen should retire already.

But as far as I know, none of these eight drivers has any sponsorship that has ensured their seat. These four teams just happened to believe that their picks are better than Hulkenberg would be. So what are we to judge them? Hulkenberg couldn?t get himself a seat over other drivers with no meaningful sponsorship, so I don?t think he ??deserved?? it any more than they did. Perhaps he?ll have better luck next year.

I excluded Lotus from the top teams on purpose. Their financial situation is alarming and they?ve lost many of their key personnel. I don?t think they?ll have a bright future. Joining “a top team” that turns out to be a midfield team or worse can be a career killing move ?ǣ just ask Perez. I think it?s very likely that Hulkenberg will be happy within a couple of seasons that he didn?t get the Lotus seat.

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88 comments on New Jersey Grand Prix postponed again – Ecclestone

  1. Sumedh said on 4th December 2013, 10:37

    @hotbottoms – thank you for laying down your thoughts so very well. I had been having similar doubts for so long!
    Fans do tend to overhype drivers they like. Kamui Kobayashi springs to my mind of one such example before.

    One thing I have seen is that team principals tend to use simulator and testing results to see if a driver is good or not. A lot of noise has been made about Kimi and was made of Lewis as well. And both of them showed their true prowess on the track as well. Sergio Perez has driven for Ferrari in some test or simulator before. May be that is why they decided to not go for him. Mclaren went for him and quickly found out that he doesn’t really have the speed.

    With Hulk, I have not heard anyone say that he was brilliant in the simulator or during testing. May be, that is why he is being passed over for the top-team drives.

  2. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 4th December 2013, 14:15

    COTD: “I think it’s very likely that Hulkenberg will be happy within a couple of seasons that he didn’t get the Lotus seat”.
    I completely agree. Lotus was the worst option for him out of the three, in my opinion. Staying at Sauber would’ve showed stability in his career and opened up a 2015 move to McLaren or Ferrari. The Force India return allows him to have more than one season at one team, and also opens up a move in 2016, 2015 at a push. I think moving to Lotus would’ve made any step up difficult because he would be at yet another team, which would raise question about loyalty and stability, and having lost key personnel, I wouldn’t bet against the E22 being worse than the C33 and the VJM07.

    • HoHum (@hohum) said on 4th December 2013, 20:20

      @deej92, @celeste, nobody expects GP drivers to hang around for the gold watch, it’s an outdated concept, no one begrudges a driver, designer or engineer or for that matter a CEO moving to a better position, of course if a driver was fired for not performing, not spending time helping the engineers, not doing PR and being fond of Vodka and icecream he would never get another drive again, or would he?

  3. Michael Brown (@) said on 4th December 2013, 14:16

    I hope the New Jersey race happens, because it looks like the best street circuit since Monaco

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