Christian Horner, Bernie Ecclestone, Bahrain, 2013

F1 directors ‘prefer Horner to follow Ecclestone’

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Christian Horner, Bernie Ecclestone, Bahrain, 2013In the round-up: Christian Horner is preferred as a choice of successor to Bernie Eccletone.

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Christian Horner primed for Formula One driving seat (The Times, subscription required)

Unnamed Delta Topco board member: “The fact that Bernie would train Christian up, in effect, looks like a solution to many of the directors.”

Gossage upset with Formula One scheduling (Washington Times)

Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage: “I can’t say I was surprised because Bernie Ecclestone does a lot of foolish things. The thing he unfortunately doesn’t recognise is there is an 800-pound gorilla when it comes to major American motor sports. The 800-pound gorilla is NASCAR.”

F1 chief dismisses NASCAR objection (BT Sport)

“At the end of the day they run a domestic series in America – we run a world championship.”

Texas Motor Speedway president still calls Formula One-NASCAR overlap ‘foolish’ (Austin-American Statesman)

Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein: “I’d think (Gossage) would worry more about a [Dallas] Cowboys game, as that probably costs him several thousand tickets, rather than worry about what happens in Central Texas.”

‘FW36 running like a dream’ (Sky)

“We totally lost a day at the beginning through this wiring problem which was part of the fuel system electronics, but after that the car has run like a dream.”

Renault says it will be ready for Oz (Autosport)

Renault head of track operations Remi Taffin: “I think we will be ready to run [at the Australian GP], but it depends what performance we will get there.”

Mercedes F1 W05 – cooling and diffuser developments (F1)

“Not only did Mercedes finish the first Bahrain test with the fastest times of the week, they also trialed several updates, including different cooling configurations.”

Why I fear Susie Wolff is fuel for Formula One’s PR machine (The Telegraph)

Former ITV F1 pit lane reporter Beverley Turner: “F1 needs to grow up. It’s losing female and younger fans. A woman in a competitive car would re-energise the sport and attract a new fan base. We can only hope Wolff turns out to be more than a publicity pawn.”

Senna’s MP4/4 returns to Imola (McLaren)

“This year, [Imola] will see a return of Formula One – of sorts – after announcing a four-day event at which Ayrton’s most famous car, the McLaren MP4/4, will be the centrepiece to a festival that carries official support from the Instituto Ayrton Senna, and which will showcase a series of films, unpublished photographs and exhibits that celebrate Ayrton’s life.”

Time for a Formula One Revolution (MotorSport)

“As the striking cover of the April issue states so clearly, we believe it is ‘Time for a Formula One Revolution’.”

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F1 cars were within a second of last year’s pole position time (1’32.330) in the first test at Bahrain. But is 2013 a worthwhile reference for car performance?

I find it slightly annoying that they keep referring to 2013 lap times when talking about performance. 2013 levels of performance were not staggering. The course record at Bahrain is a 1:29 or something.

Besides, the biggest area for concern (for me) is the race performance. It would be interesting to see how fast the GP2 cars are in the first few laps of a race (when much of the action takes place) compared to 2013/2014 F1.
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On this day in F1

1994 F1 seasonA major seven-day pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya ended 20 years ago today with Mika Hakkinen fastest for McLaren. He set a best time of 1’17.99 in the Peugeot-engined MP4-9.

However McLaren were still yet to decide on his team mate for the 1994 season.

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