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“German bank BayernLB plans to bring a $400 million [?é?ú244m] damages claim against Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone in London next month, the latest legal battle relating to the sale of the motor racing business in 2005.”
“In court this week Mr Justice Newey said: ‘I have to say I find the idea of a bribe being paid to get rid of the banks more plausible than the idea of a bribe being paid to undertake an arrangement under which shares were sold at an undervalue.'”
Cyril Abiteboul: “Drivers saying ‘I am not a paying driver, I don’t want to be one of those’, is almost irresponsible because we are investing massive money to create value around those people and around those drivers.”
“Pedro de la Rosa and Jules Bianchi will take to the track in Bahrain at the wheel of a Ferrari for the Pirelli organised test from 17 to 19 December.”
This 1997 Lola T97/30 chassis is listed for 99p – but you’ll have to pay ?é?ú115,000 shipping if you’re in Europe.
“The latest F1 ruling is ruinous, preposterous, a directive of such game-changing crassness and stupidity that it suggests a sport in retreat, not just from the principles of fair play but from reality.”
1/2 The chassis of the C33 has passed all static and dynamic tests of the FIA and is officially homologated. CONTâ€¦ pic.twitter.com/OAoowPu1FG
— Sauber F1 Team (@SauberF1Team) December 11, 2013
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Comment of the day
@GeeMac believes a few more breakdowns next year will be a good thing for Formula One:
This era of hyper-reliability only came to being relatively recently. Mechanical breakdowns are a part of the sport, always have been, always will be.
Now I?óÔé¼Ôäóm glad that the gearbox in my road car doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót decide to seize up every morning on the way to work, but we all expect a highly strung racing car to give up the ghost from time to time.
A few more retirements in races will add a nice variable to the sport and will allow Marussia and Caterham to get a more realistic sniff of scoring a few points, which can only be a good thing as it makes results like Webber 5th place in Australia 2002 possible again.
The fact that the teams won?óÔé¼Ôäót be as ready as they?óÔé¼Ôäód like is a result of many things (lack of funds due to tough economic conditions, lack of testing time) but you can?óÔé¼Ôäót honestly say it is a bad thing for the sport if we get a few rouge results at the start of next season.
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Happy birthday to Andrew Hey and Christian Andrade!
On this day in F1
And happy birthday to two-times world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, who is 67 today.
More birthday greetings go to Renzo Zorzi, a competitor of Fittipaldi’s from the mid-seventies who was also born this day in 1946 in Italy. He scored the only point of his career in the 1977 Brazilian Grand Prix, driving for Shadow, but lost his F1 drive for good three races later.
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