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Ferrari dismiss quit suggestions as ‘pure speculation’

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Will Wood

In the round-up: Ferrari have strongly denied any suggestion that they may consider a switch from Formula 1 to the World Endurance Championship following Luca di Montezemolo’s latest criticisms of the current F1 regulations.

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Ferrari denies it is threatening to quit F1 (ESPN)

“”Some elements of the media have suggested Ferrari would quit Formula One to concentrate on the Le Mans 24 Hours and Endurance racing,” a statement read. “This is a bit of a stretch based on President Luca di Montezemolo reiterating that Formula One needs to evolve and renew itself, while also admitting that there is a unique attraction to the 24 Hour race.””

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso flags start of 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 (Examiner)

Alonso: “Well I’m the first time here for me, so it’s a completely new experience, and try to enjoy this weekend that I’m not in the car, and let these guys compete. It’s a race that’s very attractive for all of the drivers; it’s very prestigious, so yes, I think one day before later I’ll come here.”

Schumacher ‘moved to rehabilitation ward’ (Times – Subscription)

“Michael Schumacher is being moved from intensive care to a rehabilitation ward in the Grenoble hospital where the Formula One driver is being treated for severe brain injuries, a German magazine has reported.”

Eleven years since the last Austrian GP, Formula 1 has transformed (NBC)

“Of the 22 drivers currently racing in Formula 1, just three raced at the last Austrian Grand Prix: Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. Raikkonen finished the race in second place behind Michael Schumacher, with Button coming home in fourth place for BAR Honda. Alonso retired from the race for Renault.”

F1′s return to Austria bucks the trend of global expansion (NBC)

“Austria’s return has been brokered by the track owner: Red Bull. Dietrich Mateschitz has seen all of this success on track for his team, but is yet to see them race at a home grand prix. Much like the team, this is a project that he has the money to make happen. F1 is happy, he’s happy, the fans are happy.”

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With Luca di Montezemolo voicing more complaints about the state in F1 in 2014, @craig-O asks, just how bad is this season, really?

What is wrong with F1 2014?

We have this titanic battle for the world title.

We have this excellent battle shaping up in each race for third place (4 different constructors have taken at least one podium finish) and in turn we have a great battle for 2nd and for 4th in the Constructors’ table.

We also have Marussia being considerably closer to the rest of the pack than before, and at times Bianchi has been ahead of one or both Saubers.

We also have the resurgence of Lotus, as they take on Toro Rosso for 8th place.

But most of all, we still have unpredictability. I mean, how many people have had a ‘perfect score’ in the predictions championship so far? Not too many that I can recall.

I’m loving F1 2014, and probably will continue to until Abu Double.
@craig-O

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