Bernie Ecclestone, Tony Fernandes, Sepang, 2011

Ecclestone prepared to sell F1 shares

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Bernie Ecclestone, Tony Fernandes, Sepang, 2011In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says he is planning to sell his shares in Formula 1 if and when CVC sell their 35 percent stake in the sport.


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Bernie Ecclestone says he will sell his Formula One shares with CVC (Telegraph)

“Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he will sell his 5.3pc stake in Formula One when its controlling shareholder, the private equity firm CVC, exits the business.”

Christian Horner is ‘extremely disappointed’ by Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification (Sky F1)

Horner: “These fuel flow sensors that have been fitted by the FIA to measure fuel – which have proved problematic throughout the pit lane since their introduction at the start of testing – there’s been discrepancies in them and they’ve been unreliable.”

Rosberg underlines the superiority of Mercedes (BBCF1)

“The two Mercedes drivers will battle for the championship this season – with or without any opposition it is difficult to say just yet – and already Hamilton has a 25-point deficit on the only man with an identical car.”

Rookies shine on record-breaking F1 debuts (

“Meanwhile, by finishing tenth, Daniil Kvyat became the youngest driver in history to finish in a point-scoring position. Incidentally, Kevin Magnussen is the 13th youngest driver to score points, but the second youngest (behind Sebastian Vettel) to score a podium.”

Claire Williams: How F1’s first lady is driving Williams back to the top (Independent)

Claire Williams: “When I was put into this role I never thought, ‘Oh God, will people take me seriously because I’m a woman?’ I’ve never really found that it’s been more of a challenge doing this role because I’m a girl. I’m just there to do my job. The girl thing just doesn’t come into it.”

Honda aims to win fuel efficiency race in return to F-1 (Reuters)

“”There’s no point in racing unless you win,” Yasuhisa Arai said, strolling around a classic Honda F-1 car circa 1964 on display during a recent F-1 fan event at the Suzuka Circuit, 50 kms (30 miles) south of Nagoya in central Japan.

2014 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix – Race Start (Strat via YouTube)


Comment of the day

With the first race of F1’s brand new formula now in the books, @andae23 thinks the sport has taken many steps forward – but one big step back…

Really enjoyed that, especially the beginning. Good, clean racing, not too DRS-dominated and the tyre screams are fantastic to hear. Fantastic result though! Regarding tyres, good to see less marbles on the track, which seemed to encourage overtaking. Defending driving is still completely dead, as most drivers can’t be bothered to defend their position.

However, the thing that ruined it most for me was the live timing: I don’t have an iPhone or iPad or anything like that, so I simply don’t have the possibility to get the F1 app. I used the free version they stream on, but it’s completely useless now they don’t show sector times, nor can you see weather conditions and race progressions. What’s worse, they don’t show the number of pitstops anymore, which gave me zero sense of strategy.

There is absolutely no need to stop streaming sector times and pitstops on the free website; it’s just to make you buy the app, which I heard isn’t particularly impressive either. I know it’s just luxury issues, as I’ve got used to the old version, but it’s just a huge and unnecessary step backwards.

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On this day in F1

Jacky Ickx won the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch 40 years ago today. Driving a Lotus 72, Ickx led home Ferrari’s Niki Lauda by 1.5 seconds.

Emerson Fittipaldi was third for McLaren.