In the round-up: Felipe Massa says Sebastian Vettel was “amazing” in 2013.
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“Many people say that he wins because he has the best car. He really had it, but the work he did was amazing and if he continues to have a competitive car, he can win more.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “Every week you are delivering 1.5-2 points of downforce and when you go for a six week period of not doing that, you start to worry.”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) December 28, 2013
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Comment of the day
@Uan looks back on one of last year’s biggest controversies, nine months later:
1. Many felt that Vettel stabbed himself in the foot by alienating Webber and that he could end up ruining his chances for the drivers’ championship. The ‘Vettel may need Webber?óÔéŒÔäós help, but he won?óÔéŒÔäót get it’ meme. Never came close to happening.
2. Rosberg?óÔéŒÔäós reaction to the team order. Either follow the team order or don?óÔéŒÔäót, but he was incredibly immature in ‘demonstrating’ that he was faster than Hamilton (even when Brawn came on and told him to back off). Then his quip to the effect of “remember this”. It?óÔéŒÔäós in the same category of quips that Webber?óÔéŒÔäós “not bad for a number two” was. It sounds all puffed up, but a real number 1 driver doesn?óÔéŒÔäót make those quips. Rosberg became a number two driver at that moment. As did Webber. (or more likely they already were, but those actions/quips gave the insight into the psychology/mindset of where they are.)
From the forum
- Always a popular choice of race – here’s a discussion page for anyone heading to next year’s Canadian Grand Prix
Happy birthday to Jsc and John Graham!
On this day in F1
Seventies privateer racer Mike Beuttler died 25 years ago today.
His first year in F1, driving a March, was distinguished only by his disqualification from the German Grand Prix for taking the wrong route into the pits – a rule Jo Siffert also fell foul of at the same event.
He plugged on gamely with his March for two more seasons but was unable to break into the points-paying positions, which was no surprise given the difficulties March’s works drivers faced at the time. Beuttler quit racing in 1974.
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