Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Yas Marina, 2013

Marussia: No concern over ‘provisional’ entry

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jules Bianchi, Marussia, Yas Marina, 2013In the round-up: Marussia expect to be on the F1 grid in 2014 despite their entry being listed as “subject to confirmation” by the FIA last week.


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Marussia play down entry list concern (Reuters)

Sporting director Graeme Lowdon: “We’re just finalising administrative details with the FIA and we have absolutely no concerns at all that the entry won’t be confirmed.”

Whitmarsh: F1 must not talk itself down (Autosport)

“People always talk about a golden era – but I think the last few years have actually been fantastic in terms of the racing and the overtaking that was created with KERS and DRS.”

F1 supremo Ecclestone leads tributes as McLaren star Button’s father found dead after suspected heart attack, aged 70 (Daily Mail)

“As with most people, I suspect, I was surprised to see that we lost John Button. He is someone that I have known for over 40 years and is one of those people that you always expect to see at a Formula One race. I will certainly miss him.”

Gary Anderson to leave BBC?s Formula 1 team (The F1 Broadcasting Blog)

“Today?s news leaves a gaping hole in BBC?s coverage.”

Video – 2014’s technical rule changes explained (F1)

“This video guides us through the key 2014 changes, including narrower front wings, lower noses, larger sidepods, single exhaust exits and more.”

David Coulthard talks about 2014’s new Formula One Circuit (Infiniti via YouTube)

John Button: Remembering a great man (James Allen on F1)

“He wanted to know about F1; how it works, who were the good and bad guys, what were the teams looking for, how the TV and media worked and so on. We spent over two hours talking. I?m sure it was part of a methodical programme of listening and learning to F1 insiders and gaining as much knowledge as possible.”

Memories of John (The Buxton Blog)

“The wily bugger?? he hadn?t meant Brawn at all. That amazing car? The one that was going to surprise so many people? It wasn?t a Brawn. It was the McLaren.”


A large number of Tweets in tribute to John Button were posted during the course of yesterday of which a selection appear below.

Comment of the day

Charlie Whiting may be happy with DRS and Martin Whitmarsh may be pleased with how it’s changed the races but for others it’s the reason they don’t go to them any more:

All part of why me, my family and friends didn?t go to Montreal last year for the first time since 1990.

I attended in 2011 and 2012 and sat at out usual spot at the hairpin, Saw far too many examples of cars backing out of overtakes into the hairpin thanks to the DRS zone.

Worst part about the Montreal DRS zone is that not only does is make the passing far too easy but its also placed where there are no grandstands so what?s now classed as passing isn?t even done where any fans can see it apart from on the television screens.

Not going to Montreal this year either and won?t be going back there until DRS is banned.

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On this day in F1

Benetton-Ford B194, 1994

1994 F1 seasonBenetton launched the B194 – the car which ultimately took Michael Schumacher to his first world championship title – on this day 20 years ago. They also confirmed the identity of his team mate for the coming season: JJ Lehto.

This was widely anticipated but the additional announcement of Jos Verstappen as test driver came as something of a surprise. Verstappen, aged 21 at the time, had won the German Formula Three championship the year before as well as the F3 Masters at Zandvoort.

Image ?? Marussia