In 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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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.”
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’.”
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.”
“[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.”
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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?óÔé¼Ôäós 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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Four years ago today the Formula One Commission approved the renaming of Brawn GP into Mercedes. Ross Brawn continued to run the team for three years after Mercedes took over, but stood down as team principal last month.
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