Ross Brawn, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013

Brawn announces F1 retirement at fishing event

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Ross Brawn, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013In the round-up: Ross Brawn confirms he will not be returning to Formula One.


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Brawn announces his retirement from F1 (The Telegraph)

“Brawn, 59, has been heavily linked with a move to McLaren following the return of Ron Dennis to the team, but in a shock announcement to a fishing event in Aberdeenshire, he said he would not be returning to the sport.”

Ron Walker confident of Albert Park grand prix until 2020 (The Age)

“Chief among the hurdles is the government’s insistence that the annual sanction fee for the race, which will reportedly reach almost $36 million (??19.2m) this year, be significantly reduced.”

Red Bull denies staff exits have hurt (Autosport)

Dietrich Mateschitz: “The current problems arose from the engine side and not from our team, which still has the high-level know-how it needs.”

Analysis ?ǣ Red Bull RB10 Front Aero (ScarsbF1)

“Typically Red Bull found their own solution to the new Nose regulations, albeit what Newey described as a ??Keel? nose is not far from the more common ??Finger? nose in concept.”

??Sexing up? F1 by doubling points or golf by offering cash for a hole-in-one on a par four is ridiculous ?ǣ the sport alone is enough (The Independent)

“Most Formula One fans ?ǣ who, let?s face it, are devotees who understand the nuances of their sport ?ǣ are also largely opposed to it. They don?t want to see the rest of the season devalued in favour of a finale that amounts to a powerplay on wheels. It?s up there with drivers rotating cars from race to race.”

The aesthetics of the Formula 1 nose (MotorSport)

“Yes, form follows function in the binary chase of the last nth, but a line ?ǣ preferably a pleasing one ?ǣ must be drawn when a new batch of F1 cars, rather than provide a frisson and surge of pride, makes the sport a laughing stock. That?s now.”

Tweets and pictures


A photo posted by Felipe Massa (@massafelipe19) on

Felipe Massa posted this picture illustrating his choice of number for 2014 and beyond.

Comment of the day

There was no shortage of great suggestions for our latest Caption Competition. obo01, JackySteeg, Max Jacobson, Klaas and IsaacTham all came up with amusing captions.

But my favourite was this from Meridabob:

Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Jerez, 2014

I?m finding everything?s packaged too tightly, did Adrian design the underwear too?

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On this day in F1

1994 F1 seasonFerrari launched their 412 T1, powered by a V12 engine, 20 years ago today.

The team’s new car for the 1994 season would be driven again by Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi.

Having failed to win a race in the previous three seasons – the longest winless streak of the team’s F1 history – team principal Jean Todt had rehired John Barnard as designer.

Image ?? Mercedes/Hoch Zwei