Ferrari F2007 (F2007), Red Bull Ring, 2011

Austrian Grand Prix gets government go-ahead

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ferrari F2007 (F2007), Red Bull Ring, 2011In the round-up: Legislators give the thumbs-up to F1’s return to Austria this year.


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Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (finally) gets approvals for 2014 race (Autoweek)

“Under a newly introduced by-law, the permission (including provision for up to 225,000 spectators over the three days) cannot be appealed by any local residents opposing the race.”

Hamilton deserves respect – Mercedes (Autosport)

Toto Wolff: “He is authentic. And sometimes authenticity bites you. But he also learns.”

Ecclestone?s hopes in F1 bribery trial boosted (The Telegraph)

“In a recent interview with the BBC?s Newsnight programme, Mr Gribkowsky?s lawyer, Daniel Amelung, lent weight to Mr Ecclestone?s defence by repeating the allegation that he is ‘the deciding man behind Bambino’.”

Barrett-Jackson Lot #5080 – 1998 Ferrari F300 (Barrett-Jackson)

“It is a rare occasion when such an important piece of racing history, a truly pivotal chapter in Ferrari’s dominance in the F1 sport, is offered for sale at auction.”


Comment of the day

Does Moto GP provide an example for how customers cars could work in Formula One? @Journeyer has doubts:

There are currently only two competitive manufacturers in Moto GP (Honda and Yamaha) ?ǣ three at a stretch (if you include Ducati). And realistically, the bikes they sell to privateers are rarely as competitive as the actual works bikes.

It?s also resulted in some threadbare grids ?ǣ so much so that they?ve had to introduce this whole CRT/non-MSMA rules set as a workaround.

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On this day in F1

Pablo Birger was born on this day in 1924. The Argentinian driver made two grand prix starts, both in his home event in the fifties.

The first of these was the tragic 1953 race in Buenos Aires at which several spectators were killed. At the wheel of a two-year-old Gordini, Birger became the second driver to retire from the race when his differential failed.

He raced again in the 1955 grand prix but was eliminated in a multi-car crash on the second lap. Birger died in 1966 in a road car crash, aged 42.

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