Force India ‘gave the right answers’ – Hulkenberg

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Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Interlagos, 2012In the round-up: Nico Hulkenberg says Force India gave him the strongest assurances of any of the teams bidding for his services.


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Coming home (F1)

Hulkenberg: “During the later stages of the season I needed to make a decision on my future. Sahara Force India was able to give me the answers and the information I needed and wanted, different to other teams.”

Andretti keen on customer car entry (ESPN)

Mario Andretti: “You would have teams like my son Michael’s that would probably enter Formula One. We’ve talked about it, he said ‘If Ferrari would sell me a car, McLaren would sell me a car, Red Bull would sell me a car, we would be straight in’.”

F1 2014 rules could open ‘can of worms’ (Autosport)

Pat Fry: “I think the aero rules are fairly stable. It is when you get to the power-unit rules they are a can of worms.”

Hamilton: Simple ‘sorry’ would have prevented court claim (The Telegraph)

“[Anthony] Hamilton, who has been accused of lying and of falsifying evidence by ‘backdating’ emails and draft notes, also claimed yesterday that the trial could have been prevented had [Paul] di Resta simply ‘done the decent thing’ and apologised to him.”

Fernando Alonso VS Audi R18 E-Tron! (YouTube)


Comment of the day

One subject dominated the discussion yesterday – the FIA’s plan to offer double points at the last race of the season in Abu Dhabi:

So we will see an artificial championship decider on an artificial circuit with, no doubt, plenty of artificial overtaking. At least the FIA is consistent with its decisions.

this is without a doubt the most ridicules points scheme I have seen in my 38 years of following f1.

Consider Driver 1 with a 49 point lead stalling on the grid in the final race. Driver 2 takes he title by 1 point. Is he a worthy winner? He won when no driver before had the opportunity. That to me is a complete scandal.

The same applies to constructors. Let?s say Williams score five points over the course of next season at three races. It rains in the season finale and Caterham, who have been the same distance behind Williams as Williams has been to Red Bull finish ninth and tenth in a race of 11 finishers. Caterham by this logic would earn more prize money than a team who score legitimately at three events. That to me is wrong.

There are too many hard working engineers and drivers in F1 to have jobs and titles decided on a complete gimmick which benefits no party.

This is beyond a joke. I could understand for a special race, like Le Mans or the Indy 500, where there are strictly speaking higher demands, but Abu Dhabi? Really? Maybe if the race was twice as long then I would understand… Shambles.

This smacks to me of some kind of publicity stunt. Keeps F1 in the press after the end of a relatively dull season.

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60 comments on Force India ‘gave the right answers’ – Hulkenberg

  1. TP (@mrtea) said on 10th December 2013, 22:58

    How about…..

    Buy a customer car…. sponsor it by or Angry Birds etc….. Get some Russian ‘pay’ driver in it….enter the last race in Abu Dhabi…..and *ch ching*……CASHBACK!

  2. chris (@9chris9) said on 10th December 2013, 23:06

    Is Alonso spying for Ferrari? I’m sure the FIA won’t see it that way, but taking up close photo’s like that, surely that’s not for his pc’s desktop wall paper?

  3. Broc Smith (@strifeforce) said on 11th December 2013, 18:30

    Sign on car: “No Flash Photography”

    Fernando:”….The way of the Samurai requires me to use flash photography”.

    I’m not the biggest Fred fan by a long shot, but i do have to admit the man’s attention to detail. Kind of strikes me as the type of driver who enjoys learning about car setups, and designs, and will no doubt probably take as much of what he liked as he can back to Ferrari to see if anything can be implemented. I’m personally hoping for Fernando v Kimi for the WDC, but we’ll see.

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