F1 Fanatic Round-up
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Helmut Marko: “I told him: ‘There are 50 engineers working on this engine and they can’t sort it out. You’re a top driver, it’s up to you. You have to do it.’ If he can’t sort out the car, the easiest thing is the driver. He has to raise his game.”
Luca di Montezemolo: “Formula One isn’t working. It’s declining because [the Federation International d'Automobile, the sport's governing body] have forgotten that people watch the racing for the excitement. Nobody watches racing for the efficiency, come on.”
Mattiacci: “We are very angry with ourselves, but we have no intention of giving up. We have improved since the start of the year, but every step forward we make must be looked at in the context of what our rivals have done.”
“Formula 1 is set to introduce a new fire-safety system that will prevent a repeat of the kind of fuel blaze that hit Williams in 2012, AUTOSPORT can reveal.”
Romain Grosjean: “Our target is to be part of the battle of fighting for points positions so we need to ensure we don’t have any more problems with the car. We’re making definite progress with pace, how the car feels and generally with reliability too, so it was frustrating that there was an issue with the rear wing. It’s another lesson learnt and we will come back stronger for Austria and beyond.”
Hamilton: “I caught up before and I can catch up again. It’s going to take another four wins to make the difference so I’m going to do my best to get those results. Right now, I’m just looking ahead to the next race in Austria and another chance to catch up to the lead.”
— Sauber F1 Team (@OfficialSF1Team) June 13, 2014
— Natalie Pinkham (@NataliePinkham) June 13, 2014
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Comment of the day
With the current trend of major manufacturers flocking to the WEC rather than F1, @osvaldas31 questions whether Formula 1 needs any manufacturer involvement at all.
The main reason is that F1 is too expensive and does not give proper return to manufacturers for loads of money, that has to be invested. Of course, you can spend 50 million pounds a year, but the car with such investment will be at the back of the grid and will damage brand’s name.
On the other hand, does F1 really need manufacturers? The biggest teams in F1 are manufacturers (even Red Bull could be considered that way, because they are the main Renault team). Without those, we would have such iconic and pure racing teams as Williams or Lotus fighting for world championships, and without spending enormous amounts of money. Now such teams like Mercedes and Red Bull pour buckets of money and success for them is almost granted, while others have no chance, unless they spend equal or even bigger amounts of money.
So, in my opinion, F1 would be better off without major manufacturers.
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On this day in F1
The Belgian Grand Prix ended in drama 50 years ago today. Dan Gurney led until the final four laps, when he pitted to refuel only to find there was none waiting for him.
Graham Hill took over the lead but ran out of fuel, and Bruce McLaren took over for him only for an electrical problem to halt his Cooper within sight of the flag. A surprised Jim Clark took the chequered flag first – and then also ran out of fuel!
Here’s some mute footage from the race: