Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Suzuka, 2013

Hulkenberg should have had a seat sooner – Gutierrez

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Suzuka, 2013In the round-up: Nico Hulkenberg’s former team mate Esteban Gutierrez is surprised the likes of Ferrari and Lotus passed him over for a drive.

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Gutierrez surprised Hulkenberg ignored (Autosport)

“He is a very good driver, one of the best qualifiers and it was surprising to see him struggling to get a seat.”

Big Data & Cloud Technology In Formula One (Gulf Business)

“To be a step ahead, we need to be able to correlate all this data so that we can understand what solutions must be given priority and where to focus our resources.”

Lots of prizes for Ferrari (Ferrari)

Raffaele Marciello: “For 2014, we are still weighing up which is best between GP2 and the World Series and I think the decision will come soon.”

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Comment of the day

The 2013 season was rated lower than the last three championships and TheSpuditron gives some reasons why:

In past seasons, I have watched the pre-race build-ups for every single race, eagerly awaited the race itself, and watched all of the pre-race analysis. I even watched highlights of the races I had only just watched hours previously.

This doesn?t happen any more. These days, I think hard about getting out of bed for the early morning races. For the normal time races, I?d sometimes tune in for the start of the race. Most of the time though, and during this season in particular, F1 has struggled to hold my attention.

Sure, that last race was reasonably OK, but it was the best race of the season, and let?s be honest here, for the “best race of the season” to be just “OK”, is pretty rubbish.

The fact that Vettel has obliterated the field this year isn?t really a factor to me. Gimmicky tires and ridiculous DRS zones have knocked my interest quite a bit though.

I’ve been holding out for 2014 to possibly reignite my feelings for F1, but with talk of two compulsory pit stops and uglier cars than those 2012 stepped nose things, I?m not banking on it. I hope it will be better, I really do.

I?ve followed F1 since 1995-ish, but if 2014 turns out to be “reasonably OK” again, that’s not going to be good enough for me and I’ll be done and dusted.
TheSpuditron (@Spud)

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On this day in F1

Ayrton Senna was given a suspended two-race ban by the World Motorsport Council on this day 20 years ago.

The WMSC ban, which was suspended for six months, was imposed after an enraged Senna punched Eddie Irvine after the Jordan driver unlapped himself during the 1993 Japanese Grand Prix.

Here’s the audio of the argument between Senna and Irvine, recorded by Adam Cooper, which led to Senna hitting him:

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