Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Teams set for showdown over costs

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014In the round-up: Following the collapse of the FIA’s plans to introduce a cost cap, F1’s smaller teams will challenge the governing body to get spending under control.


Your daily digest of F1 news, views, features and more.

F1: May Day crunch talks set to decide whether sport can avoid potential civil war and the demise of the smaller teams on the grid (The Independent)

“Asked whether F1 had reached the critical point of cost control, Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn said: ‘We reached that point long ago. It is just that maybe some of us have voiced our opinions that we don’t agree to the way it is suddenly going.'”

Big teams not blind to cost struggles (Autosport)

Christian Horner: “The fundamental issues are: what are our cost drivers? If you address those cost drivers, and then create a more level playing field, with more creativity for the teams, then that is a far more healthy way of doing that than suppressing from the top down.”

Paddy Lowe and Mercedes look to put F1’s new world on the map (The Guardian)

“‘I’m not going to mention specific names,’ he adds, though the chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone, must have been uppermost in his mind. ‘But it’s our sport. We’re competing with other sports and we’ve got to make it successful. We should promote the great things we’ve done.'”

New Ferrari boss upbeat for future (BBC)

“Mattiacci said Montezemolo was ‘extremely focused’ on giving as much support as he could to the team. ‘Whatever is needed will be done,’ said Mattiacci.”

New Ferrari boss thought job offer was April Fool (Reuters)

“Mattiacci revealed on Friday ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix how fast things had moved between him being offered the job and accepting it. ‘I received a call at 5.58 on Friday morning and chairman Montezemolo on the phone told me, ‘this is my idea.’ And I told (him) that April Fool’s (day) was already far away, 15 days earlier,’ said Mattiacci, who lives in New York.”

Schumacher medics deny his treatment was ‘delayed’ (The Telegraph)

“The medical team caring for hospitalised Formula One champion Michael Schumacher has denied claims that the driver’s treatment for head injuries was needlessly delayed after his serious skiing accident last year and insisted that their actions helped save his life.”


Comment of the day

Red Bull broke the rules, but did they cheat? Here’s Sam’s view:

Do understand that in no way I think Red Bull was correct in their doing. Saying they cheated however, not for me.

This is a very competitive sport and every team does what they think is best to go home with the biggest trophy, within the rules. They thought they were in the right but now have been proven wrong.
Sam (@Ardenflo)

From the forum

Site updates

A few people have reported difficulty logging in to their accounts. You should be able to remedy this by clearing your browser’s cookies for (make sure you know what your password is first).

Happy birthday!

Happy birthday to Jiten, Lenny, The Comedian 39, The_Pope and Tommo N7!

If you want a birthday shout-out tell us when yours is by emailling me, using Twitter or adding to the list here.

On this day in F1

Sebastian Vettel gave Red Bull their first F1 win five years ago today in the Chinese Grand Prix. It was a one-two finish for the team with Mark Webber taking second.

Image © Sauber