Vettel told to ‘raise his game’ by Marko

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F1 Grand Prix of Monaco - PracticeIn the round-up: Helmut Marko has revealed he told Sebastian Vettel to stop complaining about the new regulations and to ‘raise his game’ after the Chinese Grand Prix.

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Sebastian Vettel: Red Bull’s world champion told to ‘raise his game’ (BBC)

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.”

Ferrari Could Leave Formula One (Wall Street Journal)

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: Ferrari angry with 2014 performances (NBC)

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 set to introduce new fuel safety system (Autosport)

“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.”

Lotus are optimistic they can overcome their recent hiccups in Austria (Sky)

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 confident of catching Rosberg (ESPN)

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.”

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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!

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100 comments on Vettel told to ‘raise his game’ by Marko

  1. Joaquin (@fat-tyre) said on 14th June 2014, 10:55

    Throwing money into the sport doesn’t guarantee success, just remember what happened to Toyota.

  2. Uzair Syed (@ultimateuzair) said on 14th June 2014, 11:04

    I couldn’t care less if Ferrari left Formula One as they are a rubbish team since 2009 and they can’t give a good car to Alonso and their constant whining makes me hate them even more. Their road cars are rubbish and ugly as well. Go home Ferrari you’re drunk.

  3. Slr (@slr) said on 14th June 2014, 11:59

    I think Montezemelo has missed the part where F1 has tried to spice up the racing, albeit via heading in the wrong direction with the silly way DRS is implemented, the even more ridiculous rule about the top ten starting on their Q2 tyres, and the inane double-points race in Abu Dhabi.

  4. MagillaGorilla (@magillagorilla) said on 14th June 2014, 12:01

    He’s not going to leave the sport (LDM that is), his damn company lives for this sport, and is the only one to get paid to play in it like they do. Hell if they left they’d be saving the FOM/CVC some money.

    • Tifoso1989 (@tifoso1989) said on 14th June 2014, 16:00

      You’re dead wrong !!! Enzo Ferrari began manufacturing road cars only to sponsor Ferrari’s racing activities. In the 80′s He threatened to quit F1 to American CART because of the restriction over the engine cylinders (V8) and he was very serious to the point that a Ferrari American CART was manufactured (Ferrari 637), what happened next is that the FIA reviewed their engine regulations and Jean Marie Balestre and Bernie Ecclestone were at Maranello to sign the Concorde agreement.

  5. Jason (@jason12) said on 14th June 2014, 16:01

    Good point there Marko.

    The team has delivered for four consecutive years, it’s his turn now to do the same.
    I expect VET to be a few tenths behind RIC though for the remainder of the season.

    • Eric (@) said on 16th June 2014, 21:41

      @jason12

      Yeah, because Vettel didn’t deliver in the last four years.
      Those constructors titles? All made possible by a certain M. Webber.
      Let’s just completely forget that Vettel´s points alone would have been enough for the constructors title last year…
      13 wins of which 9 in a row? Pfff,…

      Next silly comment.

      • Jason (@jason12) said on 17th June 2014, 11:44

        There’s nothing silly about asking VET to pull up his socks.

        The team has carried him (via a dominant car – overall) for some time now.
        It’s his turn to carry the team by taking a non-dominant car to victory, as RIC has done.

  6. Fixy (@fixy) said on 14th June 2014, 16:06

    Di Montezemolo is right about fans watching the sport for the action, and not for the efficiency. But, of course, if Ferrari were winning he wouldn’t even have to worry about the sport’s conditions…

  7. Leroy (@g-funk) said on 14th June 2014, 18:15

    Isn’t it ironic that in 2011, di Montezemolo was pushing for these exact changes (less reliance on aero and a V6 engine with enhanced KERS/ERS systems) and if they weren’t enacted he threatened to pull Ferrari from F1. Now that they are in place and his beloved Ferrari haven’t been able to capitalize on them as well as Mercedes, he is once again threatening to pull out of F1.

    The problem with di Montezemolo’s arguments is that, if F1 does change the rules to keep Ferrari in the sport, Ferrari’s technical department is so woeful that they will be in the same spot they are in now: struggling to be the best of the mid-pack teams, which is utterly shameful given their respective operating budgets and available resources.

  8. davey said on 14th June 2014, 19:17

    been watching the le mans race and anyone who says that f1 is dull should watch that.

    the tv coverage is terrible, the commentary is terrible, far too many ad-breaks, the camera work is terrible, there lifting & coasting far more than what we see in f1 (Despite commentators claiming its a flat out sprint as on-screen telemetry graphic shows its not), the hybrid systems sound terrible & the racing hasn’t been that good either (apart from the 1st few laps).

    not a lot going on in the race right now as there having to save some fuel….. and people on here have been going on aout le mans as if there is no tyre/fuel saving & its a flat out sprint. just goes to show that it isn’t.

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 14th June 2014, 19:36

      The TV coverage doesn’t really do justice to the sounds of the cars. I was at the Silverstone WEC race, and the noise the Porsche 919 in particular was making was pretty damn good :) The Audi R18s sound naff, but they’re diesels, and all diesels sound naff.

    • Dave (@raceprouk) said on 14th June 2014, 19:37

      Should also add that Eurosport is at fault for the poor commentary and badly-timed ad breaks. You’re probably better off finding a non-commentary stream and listening to Radio Le Mans.

  9. SauberS1 (@saubers1) said on 14th June 2014, 23:12

    Hamilton has very big motivation. This is a good thing.

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