Bernie Ecclestone, 2013

CVC ‘not planning to replace Ecclestone’

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bernie Ecclestone, 2013In the round-up: F1 owners CVC are not planning to replace Bernie Ecclestone, who faces trial in Germany on bribery charges next month.

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Ecclestone safe for now, says firm (The Guardian)

“We don’t have any changes planned at the moment. The board constantly reviews facts and circumstances and the current position is that no changes are planned.”

Lewis Hamilton Q&A: First few races will bring surprises (F1)

“Q: We hear a lot about drivers becoming puppets on the strings of the pit wall this year. What is the reality?
LH: There will be more communication, yes, and I am not particularly happy about it because more talking in your ear is more distraction.”

Vettel: Pace isn’t there yet (Sky)

“For sure we cannot do the times that the guys at the top of are doing for a couple of reasons but at the moment we have bigger problems to solve than just the pace.”

Michael Schumacher: Family welcome tribute after first corner at the Bahrain International Circuit renamed after F1 legend (The Independent)

Sabine Kehm: “Michael’s family would like to thank the Bahrain International Circuit for this gesture, acknowledging Michael’s achievements in Formula One and interest in the Bahrain International Circuit design.”

Red Bull has ‘stunning car’ – Hamilton (Autosport)

“They look like they have a stunning car, and usually the more beautiful it is the faster it is so I’m sure they’ve got a pretty quick car this year.”

I couldn’t do the job like Bernie: Horner won’t be the new Ecclestone… he has enough on his plate with Red Bull trouble (Daily Mail)

“My commitment to this team is for multiple years to come. I enjoy what I am doing. I enjoy the challenge of running a team and working with all the talented people here that have achieved a great deal of success. I still have goals and ambitions to accomplish with Red Bull.”

Is Formula 1 in crisis? (Duncan Stephen)

“A lot of the problems are caused by the power struggles and disagreements over what direction F1 should go in. Should it be a WWE-style entertainment show sold to the highest bidder on pay TV? Should its cars be road-relevant and eco-friendly? It’s an ideological battle.”

Tweets and pictures

Many thanks to our ECU guru Robin for this frankly beautiful @kamuikobayashi CT05 shot

A photo posted by Caterham F1 Team (@caterhamf1) on

Caterham: “Many thanks to our ECU guru Robin for this frankly beautiful Kamui Kobayashi CT05 shot.”

Comment of the day

@RJOConnell speculates on the competitive order:

I have no idea where Ferrari stand. Not a bottom-half team by any means, but where are they in relation to the projected front-runners? Are they better than Williams, McLaren, or Force India? I wouldn’t put them ahead of Mercedes.

I also have no idea where to place the Renault teams. Toro Rosso and Red Bull have pace, but almost zero reliability. Caterham have reliability, but not the pace. Lotus are a mess, and that’s a real shame considering how well the team has done in recent years and how highly I rate both drivers.
@RJOConnell

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On this day in F1

The 1979 season was well underway 35 years ago today – the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami marked round three. Gilles Villeneuve won the race which was briefly stopped due to rain, while team mate and local favourite Jody Scheckter recovered from a late pit stop to make it a Ferrari one-two.

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