Vettel wins Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

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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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57 comments on Vettel wins Laureus World Sportsman of the Year

  1. Maciek (@maciek) said on 27th March 2014, 7:00

    Montoya at Monza, 2004… how fantastic could that era have been on slicks, eh? For right now, there sure is an overload of opinion on 2014, when we’ve only got one race under our belt with what is basically a new formula. Maybe it’s my advancing age talking, but: patience, people, patience. Take it easy and take the time to take it in, you know?

    • Nick (@npf1) said on 27th March 2014, 8:46

      Honestly, it’s the Schumacher era all over again. People kept complaining F1 was dead, that new drivers didn’t have any character, Ferrari was cheating all the time, the grooved tyres were terrible, paydrivers were clotting up F1, not leaving any room for talented drivers from F3000. Now people are complaining about F1 being dead, the drivers not having any character (and complain even louder when they do; Hamilton) Red Bull is cheating all the time, the Pirelli tyres are terrible, paydrivers are clotting up F1, not leaving any room for talented drivers from GP2 or FR3.5.

      I can’t find the comment right now, but yesterday someone on here compared the current outrage to that of 2010, right after Bahrain. Sure, it was a terribly boring race. But people were complaining about fuel, drivers not going to the limit because they had no fuel-stops and how boring the season was going to be. I’m pretty sure the same happened when we got the current wings, went from V10 to V8 and V10s became mandatory before, when the grooves appeared and the cars became narrower in 1998, when driving aids were banned, refuelling was introduced, when turbos were banned and I can’t even imagine the collective rage if F1 would move to GP2 rules like it moved to F2 rules a long, long time ago.

      Honestly, I think we’re dealing with a very loud, very small minority who just keep attacking F1 on the internet. They have the right to express themselves, but their ferocity might lead the silent majority to think this is a much larger problem than it actually is.

  2. F1Fan said on 27th March 2014, 8:07

    Seriously, Kimi spoke only twice with his team mate in whole 2 year, thats sad..
    I doubt it..alteast they may say hi right?

  3. salcrich said on 27th March 2014, 8:40

    For those that like to bemoan the demise of F1 the current fuel flow reminds me of a time before blogs. I am not technical enough to remember exact details but I am sure that weekly Motoring magazines were dominated by updates on challenges to the legality of rival teams restrictor plates / air boxes (or something similar). There will always be these issues in a developing environment -which is ultimately healthy. The only difference now from earlier eras is the instantaneous nature of the debate much of which is based on supposition and second hand info.

  4. Sir OBE said on 27th March 2014, 9:59

    Who says?
    Says everyone who has an engineering degree in a related field. Some COTDs lately…

    I agree that it should be tested against other solutions, but those solutions would likely be even further away from the “real F1″ as some are calling it. On the other hand, you can’t just let them build absolutely anything. Some things are faster at the moment, but are much worse for the long term future of engine development, but since this is a competition, everyone would go for the regular V10s. And you achieved nothing. Maybe if they would allow some crazy turbo+ers combos but how much would that cost? Who would compete? Ferrari against Mercedes, with Red Bull bemoaning the fact that they are a fizzy drinks manufacturer that can’t compete in an open field war of that kind against integrated teams like Ferrari and Mercedes. Renault would probably leave since there is no hope of winning if you aren’t both constructor and an engine manufacturer. That would be the end of F1.

  5. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 27th March 2014, 12:00

    Good intentions, poorly executed by Mercedes on the MH370 issue. Come home???

  6. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 27th March 2014, 13:24

    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.”

    If that’s really true, something has to be done about these sensors.

  7. @Dennis thank god someone heard you. If you compare a new hybrid car and a good diesel car, you will have to run the hybrid for 24 years until it gets to be more environmentally friendly than the diesel, but who owns the same car for 24 years…..

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