F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: FIA race director Charlie Whiting denies the Drag Reduction System has made overtaking too easy.
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“It still requires extreme skill from the driver. It is not as if it’s turn on, overtake, go, done.”
“Mr Ferrari agreed with me at the end, just before he died actually, that we’d both made a bit of a mistake in that we’d lost probably championships together with the parting that we did in 1966. That again was a bit impetuous.”
“Reports that Ferrari is using the car to put mileage on its new 2014 F1 V6 are also said to be incorrect, as this would break the sport’s regulations.”
— Tobias Gr?â??ner F1 (@tgruener) January 10, 2014
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— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) January 10, 2014
If I was still in F1 I would have requested my favourite number '3', with '69' as reserve because I was upside down a couple of times ;))
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) January 10, 2014
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Comment of the day
@Paul-A on budget capping and F1′s future:
In the beginning F1 developed as the fastest, top end of motor sport (now the ?óÔé¼?ôpinnacle?óÔé¼?Ø) and attracted designers, manufacturers, drivers and fans (then called ?óÔé¼?ôspectators?óÔé¼?Ø and ?óÔé¼?ômagazine readers?óÔé¼?Ø.) Over the last maybe twenty or so years it has seen an insidious input of ?óÔé¼?ôspectacle?óÔé¼?Ø and ?óÔé¼?ôrules?óÔé¼?Ø ?óÔé¼ÔÇØ not all good, not all bad ?óÔé¼ÔÇØ but all requiring more money and as any economist will tell you, there is a snowball effect in that you have to spend more and more in order to obtain more and more.
I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know how much the teams spend on ?óÔé¼?ôrule compliance?óÔé¼?Ø or how much the FIA puts into ?óÔé¼?ôrule writing?óÔé¼?Ø and ?óÔé¼?ôrule enforcement?óÔé¼?Ø covering design, testing, racing, tracks, etc… But if F1 wants to remain the ?óÔé¼?ôpinnacle?óÔé¼?Ø then innovation within very broad guidelines is an absolute necessity. Nit-picking minor details is counter-productive, very expensive and curtails innovative development.
As to the spectacle, the finances are outrageous. If Mr Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós personal fortune and family trust were properly re-invested in F1, there would be no more talk of budget caps or pay drivers for years to come.
So, what do we want? The ultimate expression of the fastest man and machine combination? Or the flamboyancy of World Wrestling Entertainment with its tabloid driven squabbling? It all comes down to the freedom of achievement compared to the dreary, messy, over-regulated current state of affairs that is still called Formula One.
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No F1 Fanatic birthdays today
On this day in F1
Rubens Barrichello, who was the team’s only confirmed driver for the season ahead at that point, put the first laps on the team’s fourth F1 car.
Also, happy 31st birthday to Adrian Sutil.