F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Williams confirm Valtteri Bottas will be the first driver to test for them at Jerez next week.
— Williams F1 Team (@WilliamsF1Team) January 20, 2014
— Laurent Dupin C+ F1 (@LaurentDupin_f1) January 20, 2014
Translation: “Charles Pic will not be at Caterham this season. Replaced by Kamui Kobayashi.”
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRossoSpy) January 20, 2014
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“The F1 car was sold for a price of $1,870,000 (?é?ú1.14m) inclusive of buyers commission.”
“STR9 has successfully passed all the necessary FIA crash tests.”
Eric Boullier: “We have an operational guaranteed budget this year, which is a big difference.”
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Saxo is a Danish investment bank which was founded in 1992. It also sponsors cycling’s Team Tinkoff-Saxo.
“Grand Prix racing cannot survive without throwing out Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós tired business model and starting fresh.”
Including Arrows rolling out their controversial maiden F1 car (which rival Shadow claimed was their design) at a snowbound Silverstone.
“The enormous Newfoundland nearly toppled the 5ft 3in F1 boss on a street in Gstaad, Switzerland.”
Comment of the day
As Bernie Ecclestone faces the greatest challenge to his control of Formula One so far, opinions diverge on how good a job he’s done of running the sport lately. @MazdaChris is at one end of the spectrum when it comes to assessing what Ecclestone has turned F1 into:
An overcomplicated gimmicky mess, run 50% in front of empty grandstands in countries who want to use F1 for political purposes, entered by teams who even at the front are barely financially solvent and need to be propped up by drivers paying for their seat, while a group of elite billionaires cream massive amount of money out of the sport never to be reinvested, while the opinions of fans are disregarded amid a toxic political situation which has had manufacturers deserting the sport in their droves in favour of sports car racing.
From the forum
- Ferrari development driver and reigning European Formula Three champion Raffaele Marciello will race in GP2 this year
Happy birthday to Oukilf1 and Bruno!
On this day in F1
Fortune dealt JJ Lehto a cruel blow 20 years ago today. Just one week after getting the big break of his career by landing a race seat at Benetton, he suffered a 225kph (140mph) crash during testing at Silverstone.
He was knocked out by the impact and was taken to hospital where he spent five hours on an operating table having his fifth vertebra strengthening by having part of his hip bone grafted to it. Unable to recover in time for the start of the season, test driver Jos Verstappen took his place for the first two races of the year.
It was the first of several serious accidents during the season and although he did return to action during the year it proved the beginning of the end for his grand prix career.
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