In the round-up: Caterham owner Tony Fernandes warns he will leave the sport if his team don’t improve on last year’s performance when they finished 11th in the constructors’ championship.
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“My message to the 250 people here [at the factory] is we have to go for it this year. This is it ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ the final chance. We’ve given you the best infrastructure, the best potential drivers but it is now down to all of you to go and do it. If we’re at the back I don’t think I’m going to carry on.”
“We paid with my fans’ donations and I have to really thank my Japanese fans. I think I could not get this seat without my fans.”
“Ferrari offered me another contract, and Stefano [Domenicali] is not happy I didn’t take it. But it is only my decision to be here.”
“I got a text message from Tony [Fernandes] saying they need two pay drivers.”
“The TMG facility allows us to run at 60% scale, more than the 50% scale we have been using to date, and that has obvious benefits in increasing the accuracy of the data generated in the tunnel.”
“Speaking in an interview, McLaren Managing Director Jonathan Neale said that the unveiling of the MP4-29 chassis will not be accompanied by any new major backing as had been expected.”
“We know Pastor [Maldonado] is fast, but what I suspect is, we will be handling the same situation we had with Romain, which is trying to control that speed more and make it come out when it is really required.”
“Players from both clubs displayed a banner before kick-off, which read: ‘Get well soon! You can do it, Michael!'”
“Unfortunately, racing has gone down a road where it’s only about the people who are competing in it. It’s a bunch of self-serving people participating in a club activity that they enjoy.”
Difficult and easy decision. But exciting line up for Caterham 2014. Good mix. pic.twitter.com/YEqOBzsRkL
— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) January 21, 2014
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— Timo Glock (@realTimoGlock) January 21, 2014
@kamui_kobayashi very happy for you!!
— Sergio Perez (@SChecoPerez) January 21, 2014
Thanks for your nice tweets, guys. Robin will be 100% committed to his F1 testing programme, so no GP2 races
— Timo Gans (@TimoGans) January 21, 2014
— Caterham F1 Team (@CaterhamF1) January 21, 2014
— Williams F1 Team (@WilliamsF1Team) January 21, 2014
Useless fact: No driver whose surname starts with the letter E has ever won a round of the world championship. A job for @Ericsson_Marcus…
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) January 21, 2014
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Comment of the day
Lots of readers are very pleased to see Kobayashi return to F1:
Very welcome to see Kobayashi back. That should guarantee an extra level of madness at Suzuka. And good to see the team going back to a policy of at least one decent experienced driver again. Before 2013, they always had either Trulli, or Kovalainen, or both. (What?óÔé¼Ôäós Kovalainen doing now, by the way? More golf?)
Ericsson?óÔé¼Ôäós an underwhelming choice, like Chilton last year. I?óÔé¼Ôäód have preferred to see Rossi get the drive, he looked ready for it in his practice runs. Maybe he?óÔé¼Ôäóll take to F1 better than GP2 ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ like Kobayashi did.
From the forum
With the 2014 F1 driver line-up complete the lists of drivers who have appeared for each team have been updated:
- Red Bull F1 drivers
- Mercedes F1 drivers
- Ferrari F1 drivers
- Lotus F1 drivers
- McLaren F1 drivers
- Force India F1 drivers
- Sauber F1 drivers
- Toro Rosso F1 drivers
- Williams F1 drivers
- Marussia F1 drivers
- Caterham F1 drivers
Happy birthday to Nathan and Salut Gilles!
On this day in F1
Mike Hawthorn was killed 55 years ago today in a road accident. He was the reigning world champion at the time but had left the sport a few weeks earlier after taking the title in a year which saw the deaths of Stuart Lewis-Evans, Luigi Musso, and Hawthorn’s close friend Peter Collins.
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