In the round-up: Damon Hill believes offering double points for the final race will make this season more exciting.
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“It’s going to be unpredictable with double points proposed in the final race of the season. It will make things exciting. I’ve heard a lot of people say it’s stupid but why isn’t it a good idea? Maybe it’s a great idea. It’s all artificial anyway.”
“The question hinges on what is the value of an international event to India. Maybe within India, it does not have the popularity that it has elsewhere and so it is perceived as not being important. But I think if you go outside India, to have a Formula One race is a good advertisement for a country.”
“In a possible ray of comfort to Schumacher’s fans, his condition has not been listed as ‘critical’ in the latest update.”
“Given Mr Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós pivotal role in creating the F1 franchise, Moody?óÔé¼Ôäós believes that any discontinuation of his participation in negotiations and key strategic decisions may have the potential to cause disruptions in the relationships between the F1 racing teams, F1 and the FIA ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ the governing motorsport body.”
“All that’s happened is a few months ago we decided that if I had to appear in court, during that period I would stand down from my role as a director of Delta Topco.”
“Although the team plans to launch its new MP4-29 online next Friday (January 24), doubts have now emerged about whether or not the new car will be able to take part in the opening pre-season test.”
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós understood that some state-owned companies are behind the new project, and that they have decided to pursue their own route after initially considering buying into an existing team late last year.”
Jenson Button’s father John: “When he scored his first wet-weather victory at Clay Pigeon. I ran out onto the circuit and threw my hat in the air in the same way that Colin Chapman used to celebrate Lotus F1 victories. Afterwards, I was told very firmly that you weren?óÔé¼Ôäót allowed to do that and I could get him disqualified…”
— Giovanni Banzola (@gbanzola) January 17, 2014
Wow. You just have to admire the tenacity of Ron Dennis in getting himself back behind the reins at McLaren.
— Mark Hughes (@SportmphMark) January 17, 2014
Pleased to see RD back at helm of McL. Company's built around his very exacting principals, so no one better to get things back on track.
— Marc Priestley (@f1elvis) January 17, 2014
Watching Jeopardy Quiz show on TV. Question: What is surname of F1 drivers Michael & Ralf? Guy answers "What is Andretti?" Oops no points
— Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) January 18, 2014
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Comment of the day
Robbie’s thoughts on the new V6 turbo era.
Personally I was never concerned about the type of noise these new engines would make. It was never why I watched F1. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm confident a field of these cars will sound just as impressive, and just different, not inferior. And I think there is ?óÔé¼?£beauty?óÔé¼Ôäó in the noise they?óÔé¼Ôäóll make when they are using one third less fuel, just as I can look past the ?óÔé¼?£eyesore?óÔé¼Ôäó that some think a field of wind turbines is when you recall that they are producing electricity by free wind, not fossil fuels.
And I remain concerned when I hear the likes of Bernie Ecclestone depending on the extra veto power of one team, Ferrari of course, but I am encouraged that even that extra weight does not guarantee them or Ecclestone everything, including drivers’ and constructors’ championships year after year. It certainly fascinates me that potential new entrants like Haas for example would even consider the series when it is skewed towards one team at least on the board if not always on the track.
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On this day in F1
Christian Fittipaldi celebrated his 23rd birthday by landing a seat at Arrows for the forthcoming season on this day in 1994. He turns 43 today.
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