Red Bull prepared for F1 life after Newey

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Adrian Newey, Red Bull, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013In the round-up: Red Bull are prepared to continue in F1 as technical director Adrian Newey scales down his involvement in their race car programme.


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Red Bull ‘committed to F1 long-term’ (BBC)

Helmut Marko: “The team was built around Adrian [Newey] but we have a group of really good people and are prepared for the challenge.”

F1 popularity on agenda at key meeting (Autosport)

“The first [discussion point] is titled: ‘Improving the show: how can we make Formula 1 more attractive to our fans?’ And the second is: ‘The rule changes: who is going to take responsibility for educating the public in order to reinforce their information?'”

Haas Hopes F1 Team Will Help Boost His Sales By $1 Billion (Forbes)

“I’m not planning on having any partners in the F1 team. This is kind of a big risk thing and I wouldn’t really want to give anybody expectations that we are going to make money with it but that is the goal. The ultimate goal is to have a successful race team.”

Will Stevens Silverstone Test (Caterham)

“Test Driver and Caterham Racing Academy member Will Stevens will drive the team’s 2014 CT05 F1 car on July 8th at the Silverstone F1 test, taking place after the British Grand Prix.”

Lewis Hamilton on Michael Schumacher: Mercedes driver delighted at ‘amazing’ news that former champion is out of a coma (The Independent)

“I always keep him in my thoughts and prayers and it’s a real positive to hear that there’s some progress.”

Good news? (A Former F1 Doc Writes)

“I cannot but think that if Michael had emerged at all from the minimally conscious state that Sabine so accurately described in April, we’d be told that Michael is leaving for rehab, that he is having problems expressing himself and will work hard to get better. Or that he’s having to learn to walk, read, write, etc all over again. But no, we’re told what we already know, and pretty much told to not ever expect further updates.”

Thank you all so much! (Michael Schumacher)

“We would like to thank all the people who wish Michael well for their positive energies. We are sure they had helped him already.”

Lotus 43 F1 (Lego Ideas)

Vote for this proposal for a new Lego set based on the Lotus-BRM 43 with an H16 engine which Jim Clark used to win the 1966 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen.


Comment of the day

Another view on the engine debate from @John-H:

I don’t think this has been talked about too much, but I believe quieter engines might help get more young people to attend the races. For example, I’m now considering getting a ticket for my three-year-old daughter to come and see the racing cars on one of the Silverstone days. I’ve managed to get her interested in racing cars on the TV, but now I can take her to grands prix as she grows up knowing I probably won’t permanently damage her hearing (too much at least).

As I say, not many have talked about the family aspect so I thought it should be raised.

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On this day in F1

For the second race in a row in 1989 Ayrton Senna dropped out of a race he had been leading with a techical problem. Another engine failure handed a one-two to Williams, with the Dallara of Andrea de Cesaris third.

The rain-hit race also saw Derek Warwick retire after leading for four laps in his Arrows. Nigel Mansell and Alessandro Nannini disqualified for leaving the pits before the lights had gone green – as seen in this video from the race:

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65 comments on Red Bull prepared for F1 life after Newey

  1. Ibrahim (@ibrahim) said on 18th June 2014, 11:36

    COTD, PLEASE STOP THIS MADNESS!! LOL, but seriously, this HAS been talked about extensively @John-H.

    Yes, you can finally take your infant children to F1 races. Should infant children be at F1 races? The back of the ticket says you are attending a potentially dangerous and fatal event. So, you decide.

    Why people in the past couldn’t bring their young children to races and supply them with protective ear muffs, I do not know.

    My family took me to the 1974 Canadian GP when I was nine months old and they carried me around in a backpack. Did I have ear protection? Am I now suffering from this?

    Thankfully no, and I would not personally take a child below the age of 10 to a motorsports event.

    So, should we all be thankful that with the quieter cars, we can now take children, have conversations, hear tires squealing??


    My opinion.

    (I was at the Malay GP this year and I also experienced EVERY SINGLE PERSON I TALKED TO HATED THE NEW SOUND!)

    • John H (@john-h) said on 18th June 2014, 19:51

      I think you make some good points @ibrahim . I’m not expecting babies to attend events to be honest, but just from a personal point of view I would go camping with the little one at Silverstone and I think it would be fun, especially if I’m not worried about having the ear muffs at the ready! I wouldn’t stand next to the catch fencing or anything either but yes I suppose there is risk. That’s life. Every time I drive my car with her in the back there is a risk, but I still do it.

      I also didn’t realise the fact that more families might start attending races had been addressed at length before to be honest, but I guess I was wrong.

      For the record, I miss the sound too, but I understand the compromise. Maybe after hearing in the flesh at Silverstone I won’t be so charitable… Let’s see.

    • Deej92 (@deej92) said on 18th June 2014, 21:49

      “So, should we all be thankful that with the quieter cars, we can now… have conversations, hear tires squealing??”

      It is somewhat baffling to me that people use the squealing of the tyres as a consolation for the quieter engines. I’ve never heard anyone wanting to hear tyres squealing before this season, and it may just be me but I don’t really find it any consolation at all.

      And referring to having conversations at the event, I have to agree there. It is just my own personal experience from having been to the British Grands Prix since 2008, but I was never bothered by not being able to have a conversation in the middle of the race with who I attended the with due to the V8s. I was so engrossed in the race I didn’t feel the need to talk about it until it was over.

      The only things I like about the quieter engines is that 1) you can hear the crowd at certain events on TV. That really adds to the atmosphere. And 2) I actually like the sound of them (especially Ferrari).

      I’m looking forward to Silverstone this year just to hear these engines after so much discussion. I’ve heard so many points of view I’m not sure what to expect!

  2. Garns (@) said on 18th June 2014, 13:04

    I love footage from 1989 (except the end result of course) – that’s my childhood right there!!!!!

  3. JohnBt (@johnbt) said on 19th June 2014, 11:38

    F1 is in trouble. Luca is having a huge meeting with teams and sponsors before Monza’s race. I think quietly, internally they are trying to figure out why fans and sponsors are on the decline. If Mclaren have not found a major sponsor that’s a major hitch. F1 has been a sporting event but off late they’re trying to make it a show, bad move and the effect is evident. As for new fans it’s the children who get influenced by parents crazy about motorsport. The percentage of new young fans who follow F1 on their own discovery is small I suspect.

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