F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Felipe Massa, who has been team mates to both Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, believes Alonso will have the upper hand this year.
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“He is very intelligent, he’s already worked out the new regulations and he knows what he needs to do to be quick straight away.”
“It’s a bit of a pity because the cars are slower, obviously we always prefer to go faster, so that’s not quite as nice.”
“To enforce a budget cap you have to clearly state what is included and what not – what about marketing, drivers’ salaries etc? And what if you are a manufacturer and can hide several expenses in other budgets?”
“With heads were being scratched in the Jerez paddock about the legality of McLaren’s design, it seems that rivals are preparing to cover all their bases just in case.”
— Jamey Price (@jameypricephoto) February 2, 2014
Ross Brawn's exit from F1 means that we've lost another or the seriously good guys. Shame, but bet his wife Jean is delughted!
— alan henry (@f1alanhenry) February 2, 2014
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Comment of the day
One subject continues to dominate the off-season discussion:
Every season with any kind of double points scheme will need an asterisk placed next to it in the record books. At least it was fairly easy to compare previous seasons with different points systems because the same amount of points were awarded every race during a single season. It will be messy at best to make such comparisons in the future.
This does not need to be tried to know it is “stupid”.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Brawngp!
On this day in F1
Virgin (now Marussia) became the first of 2010′s new teams to launch their F1 car on this day four years ago. However the VR-01, which was designed by Nick Wirth without the use of a wind tunnel, was later revealed to have a serious design flaw, as it couldn’t take on enough petrol to be driven competitively over a race distance at some tracks.
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