Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2013

Vettel wins Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2013In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel wins the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award following his record-breaking fourth world championship victory last year having been nominated on four previous occasions without winning.


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Laureus World Sports Awards 2014 winners revealed (Laureus)

“Sebastian Vettel’s success was particularly satisfying for the young German racer, who had been nominated five times for a Laureus Award, before finally winning. His fourth straight world championship in 2013 saw him join motor racing legends Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Alain Prost, who all won at least four times, but he did it more quickly than them – at just 26 years and 116 days.”

Ecclestone reputation in dock once more as German media firm appeal court defeat (Daily Mail)

“Bernie Ecclestone’s reputation will be dragged through the High Court again on Thursday when Constantin Medien, a German media firm that owned shares in F1, make an application to appeal their defeat in a recent multi-million pound damages claim.”

Lewis: FIA ‘doing a good job’ (Sky)

Lewis Hamilton: “I’m really happy with the job the FIA have done over the past few years. I’ve not really read too much into it [the Red Bull case], but I know how technical it is this year and how difficult it is.”

Malaysian Grand Prix: F1 circus arrives in shadow of missing flight MH370 (The Guardian)

“The cars driven by [Nico] Rosberg and his team mate Lewis Hamilton will carry ‘Come Home MH370’ messages on their side panels.”

Fuel sensors could decide races – Horner (Autosport)

Christian Horner: “Depending on the calibration of your sensor, it will determine your competitiveness, which is completely wrong. Teams will end up buying hundreds of sensors, as some manufacturers already have, to try to pick the best.”

Court orders Sahara to pay 100 billion rupees to release chairman Roy on bail (Reuters)

“Sahara Chairman [and Force India co-owner] Subrata Roy was arrested on February 28 and has been held in a Delhi jail since March 4 after failing to appear at a contempt hearing in a long-running legal battle between the group and the securities regulator over the refund of billions of dollars to investors in outlawed bonds.”

I should have known… (A former F1 doc writes)

“It’s fairly evident that I really REALLY need to clarify what I meant, and what I didn’t mean, by my comments concerning ‘errors in judgement’. I see that I’m being quoted a lot, in lots of outlets. That’s not a problem of course, but it becomes problematic when what I wrote is turned into something that I most certainly did not say.”


Comment of the day

@Dennis says the new engine formula needs to be tested against rival solutions to prove it represents progress:

This ‘forefront’ of technology has no competition. Someone claimed this is what we need to have now and so that’s it.

Who says running a 3-litre V8/10/12 without the huge weight from the extra batteries wouldn’t be quicker, more reliable, more efficient?

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