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Double points finale could be scrapped – Todt

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

F1F CSIn the round-up: FIA president Jean Tost says the unpopular double points rule could be scrapped given unanimous agreement from the teams.


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Todt hints at double points rethink (Autosport)

“I was surprised to get so much emotion for this thing that I do not feel is a huge change in F1. But again we need to listen to that and hopefully we will take that into consideration.”

Start, Yas Marina, 2013Bernie Ecclestone Plans Online Push to Boost Formula One Income (Bloomberg)

“Formula One plans to bolster its online content as early as June after officials at Ferrari SpA and Williams Grand Prix Holdings Plc’s (WGF1) teams called the racing series’ media strategy outdated.”

‘Appeal case stronger since Melbourne’ (ESPN)

“As more races have progressed, issue have become more evident and issues and understanding has come to light. Hopefully we can present our case fairly and get the second place back that Daniel [Ricciardo] deserves from Melbourne.”

Ericsson losing half a second in weight to F1 team mate (Crash)

“The problem is that he’s 10kg lighter than me, so for me to be able to match his times is so difficult because I have half a second every lap which I’m losing just because of the weight.”

Horner claims Ricciardo is among the best after youngster enjoys fine start at Red Bull (Daily Mail)

“It demonstrates how difficult it is sometimes to judge drivers in inferior equipment because he has grabbed his opportunity and he is really making the most of it.”

Mercedes driver duel has hidden depths (Reuters)

Lewis Hamilton: “Someone in the team did a huge study on my pace last week and, as I arrived (in Bahrain)…there was this big document with all the reasons why I was quick. And he (Rosberg) used that to his advantage.”

BMW ready to come back in Formula 1 (Minardi)

Gian Carlo Minardi: “German rumour has it that a BMW Board of Directors has been fixed for the month of May to consider a coming back in F1 already for 2015.”

The First Time – with Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi (F1)

“What was the first thing you did after getting your first seat in F1?
KK: I got on a plane! I was in Japan and had a call from Toyota to say Timo (Glock) may have to pull out of the Brazilian Grand Prix, so I had to fly to Sao Paulo as quickly as possible!”

1989 Ferrari F1-89 Formula One (RM Auctions)

Ex-Nigel Mansell and Gerhard Berger Ferrari for sale.


Comment of the day

Ross on F1’s mixed messages in Bahrain:

Changing the formula to one based on improving energy efficiency and then erecting 495 lights rather than race in the daylight seems a little backwards to me.

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On this day in F1

Mika Hakkinen won the Brazilian Grand Prix 15 years ago today despite being delayed by a gearbox glitch early in the race.

Michael Schumacher took second ahead of Heinz-Harald Frentzen – the latter finishing a lap down and running out of fuel on the final lap.

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