Eric Boullier, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013

Boullier expects double points rule to stay

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Eric Boullier, Lotus, Spa-Francorchamps, 2013In the round-up: Eric Boullier doubts F1’s deeply unpopular double points rule will be dropped before the season starts.


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Double points rule unlikely to change (Autosport)

“This has been decided. It went through. Maybe there will be more discussions about it, but I have no idea. To be honest, I am quite easy on this one.”

Six key points to watch for in new-look F1 for 2014 (James Allen on F1)

“Double points for final race of the season ?ǣ smaller teams will completely change their design process in an attempt to secure these points as it could make a significant difference to their constructors? position.”

Davide Valsecchi: ??About me, Lotus and Kovalainen?? (F1 Passion)

“When there are drivers, such as the Mexicans or Venezuelans, who bring even ??15 million, if not more so, the mission becomes impossible for me. The economic situation is tragic in Italy, I know that because my family works in the building field, which is one of those that were most affected by the crisis.”

Catching up with The Hulk (Force India)

“Never before there has been a situation like this, when with just a couple of weeks before the first test nobody has any idea of where everyone is. It?s a pretty unique situation for everyone.”

Mansour Ojjeh hands McLaren role to brother (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“Mansour Ojjeh has relinquished his role as a director of the McLaren Group. He has been replaced by his younger brother Aziz, his partner in the TAG organisation.”

Romain Grosjean’s Facebook page

Grosjean has a new logo incorporating his driver number on his helmet.

Infiniti concept ties to Formula 1 styling (The Detroit News)

Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen: “The Q50 Eau Rouge is the latest example of how the future of Infiniti is driven by ground-breaking design.”


Comment of the day

What’s the deal with Bernie Ecclestone’s vast archive of unseen F1 footage? @Gt-racer enlightens us:

A reason why more of it isn?t made more widely available is that its all still on its original media and in boxes on shelfves. It hasn?t all been moved onto digital media or onto any type of network server which would allow quick access to everything and going through that process would take months if not years with the amount of material they have there.

That is a big part of why there?s no sort of online portal where you can buy/stream the races, The archive isn?t set up in a way that would make that possible yet.

As to whats in the archive, Everything from 1981 onwards and some stuff from before that which FOM have brought over the years.

The full race broadcasts (Although some from the early 80s are incomplete), highlights, unedited footage from all trackside camera recordings, all the in-car recordings, all the live data recordings for telemetry, team radio and the timing/tracking systems, all the archive camera recordings captured from the non-live cameras, all the test footage from cameras/equipment that gets trialled which is stuff not made public, multiple language commentary tracks from the broadcasters and probably more stuff I’ve forgot to include.

Also remember that this is from every session over the weekend and not just the race footage.

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On this day in F1

1994 F1 seasonA rare Formula One car made a brief public appearance on this day 20 years ago. Satoru Nakajima took the Honda RC101B out on track at Suzuka.

The car was powered by a V12 engine of the same type used by McLaren in 1991 and 1992. Honda’s chassis project was a development of two previous cars but none were ever entered for a race. This is believed to be a picture from the demonstration.

Image ?? Lotus/LAT