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“Promoters of other Grands Prix on the 19 race calendar… have been on the phone to [Bernie] Ecclestone since the announcement, questioning the justification for the final race, in Abu Dhabi, to be considered ?σΤιΌ?τmore important?σΤιΌ?Ψ than their race.”
Tony Fernandes: “At the end of the day there may be only five Formula One teams if it carries on the way it is.”
Gerard Lopez: “For 80% of the teams, their financial situation is no better than ours. If half of those teams say they are leaving Formula One, it would lead to the collapse of the championship.”
“I am happy that it is all resetting again otherwise it would be five, six, seven world championships [to Red Bull].”
“After a second extended term as president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), Vicky Chandhok [on] Monday opted to step down and not to seek re-election.”
Thank you for the incredible support over the last decade fantastic! Time to step aside from heading motorsport for a bit now. Thank you all
— Vicky Chandhok (@vickychandhok) December 23, 2013
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Comment of the day
Davey is hoping Pirelli tone it down a bit next year:
Did Red Bull complain about the extreme high degradation seen early in the year? Yes they did but so did most of the fans, a lot of the media people within F1 and some of the other teams.
Paul Hembery constantly singling Red Bull out and ignoring everyone else who was criticising their tyres and most importantly ignoring the fact that the early-2013 tyres were too extreme. Tyres degrading to the point where you need to make four pit stops and still drive round slowly managing tyres at Barcelona was a joke.
The levels of tyre management seen pretty much all year was too much. I get tyre management has always been a factor to some degree but never to the degree seen in 2013 and that’s why so many complained and disliked the tyres we had this year (including most of the drivers let’s not forget).
From the forum
- Brighton Speed Trials ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ the longest running motor sport event in the UK ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ under threat from council
Happy birthday to Andrew, Richpea, Wasif1 and Willian Ceolin!
On this day in F1
Warwick Brown, one of Mark Webber’s less heralded F1 racing compatriots, turns 64 today. He finished 14th in his sole F1 appearance, driving a Williams FW05 for Walter Wolf at Long Beach in 1976.
Two years later he finished runner-up to another Australian, Alan Jones, in the 1978 Can-Am championship, before retiring from racing the following year.
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