In the round-up: Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali advises against listening to criticism from opponents of the new engine formula.
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“In this situation, it’s best not to rush to draw any conclusions, and play into the hands of those scaremongers, as a propensity for self-destruction serves no purpose.”
“I don’t expect a big change, especially now after the regulation change because they have the financial resources and the manpower to be flexible to make any changes, which you have to make with a new car.”
Toro Rosso’s chief designer Luca Furbatto, who joined the team in 2011, has left.
“Caterham Group cars boss Riad Asmat has stepped down. Asmat joined Caterham as part of the firm’s F1 team in 2009, and is leaving to ‘seek new challenges’.”
“Playing down Justice Mudgal committee’s report on corruption in the [Indian Premier League cricket competition], Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya on Wednesday said scandals were a part and parcel of the every sport and the brand value of the cash-rich event remained unaffected.”
This Ferrari of the same type Gilles Villeneuve drove during 1982, his last season of competition, is offered for sale.
“Nearly 30 cars, including Gilles Villeneuve’s 1980 Ferrari 312T5 will be entered in the two races scheduled for the inaugural weekend of Montreal’s ever festive summer season.”
Jacques Villeneuve is to compete in the FIA’s World Rallycross Championship.
“Freeze the Speed, the work of motorsport photographer Rainer Schlegelmilch.”
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Comment of the day
A counterpoint to yesterday’s Comment of the Day from Chris.
I don’t really see what’s so bad about it, I mean it can be a bit pedantic sometimes, like reminding them to drink, but they’re just that: reminders. The driver doesn’t necessarily have to drink that second. They know if they get thirsty they can take a sip.
If I were a driver last season with those ridiculous tyres, I would also want my engineer giving me as much information as possible as to how the temps and wear rates were happening. Because they have access to a lot more info than the driver.
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On this day in F1
However Speed was dropped at mid-season and replaced by the driver who the following year gave Toro Rosso their first and so far only win – Sebastian Vettel.
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