Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Le Mans 24 Hours, 2014

Alonso wants to race at Le Mans after F1

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Le Mans 24 Hours, 2014In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says he would like to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours when he is done racing in Formula One.


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Alonso plans Le Mans move after F1 (BBC)

“To win the Le Mans 24 Hours means a lot to any driver, so one day hopefully I will race there. I think I will – that’s 100% decided.”

‘Sparks’ test set for Austria practice (Autosport)

“Ferrari will fit Kimi Raikkonen’s car with two skid blocks for the opening day of running at the Red Bull Ring, with Mercedes fitting some in a different position on Nico Rosberg’s car.”

No more random spins – Raikkonen (ESPN)

“When many things came together it can happen, we knew it after practice but probably didn’t put enough thought into it, but it will not happen again. We have made a lot of changes since the last race.”

‘Daniel not tougher than Mark’ (Sky)

Sebastian Vettel: “I think [Ricciardo] is going a very good job, I am not doubting that and he is able to get the maximum out of the car which he has been since race one, which is good. On my side we had a couple of things to overcome, but it is good to see the other half is doing well.”

Lewis Hamilton denies Nico Rosberg’s claim of having an edge mentally (The Guardian)

“It’s positive he feels that way, even for me. If he is feeling that way and I beat him anyway, that is even better for me.”

Ecclestone says his resignation from F1 board disrupting way sport is run (Autoweek)

“Stepping down from the board is just an aggravation for everybody including [CVC deputy chairman] Donald [Mackenzie] because I have to send contracts to him to sign.”

American F1 team to create 250 jobs in the UK (The Telegraph)

“American businessman Gene Haas has revealed that he is planning to create around 250 jobs in the UK by locating his new Formula One team in the country.”

Valtteri Bottas Q&A: Williams’ best yet to come (F1)

“Compared to last year everything is an improvement. The step forward was really big – maybe even bigger than we expected – and right now we are competing in a quite strong position.”


Comment of the day

Should the FIA take a leaf out of FIFA’s book?

When FIFA fight against racism, no one claims that they are “doing politics”. No one claims that anti-racism statements “could cause serious reputational and financial damage to our client”. People accept that racism is a bad thing, period. FIA should have the same attitude towards homophobia.

It is true that homophobia is a more divisive topic than racism. However, article three of FIFA statutes now clearly states that “Discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin colour, […] sexual orientation or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.” A similar statement by FIA is long overdue.

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On this day in F1

1994 F1 seasonOn this day in 1994 ex-F1 drivers Yannick Dalmas and Mauro Baldi shared victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours with Hurley Haywood. They were at the wheel of a Dauer 962LM, which to all intents and purposes was a Porsche 962, albeit altered to get around regulations requiring cars to be based on road-going models.

The trio had been run close by the Toyota 94C-V of Jordan F1 driver Eddie Irvine, alongside Mauro Martini and Jeff Krosnoff. The car was originally to have been piloted by Roland Ratzenberger, before his death in April. His name was left on its flanks as a tribute.

A gearbox problem in the final hour wrecked their chances of victory, but Irvine claimed second place as the final lap began:

Ten years ago today Michael Schumacher won the United States Grand Prix – his eighth win in the first nine races.

Rubens Barrichello made it another one-two and Takuma Sato took the only podium finish of his career for BAR.

But there was concern for the condition of Ralf Schumacher, who crashed at the high-speed final turn. He injured his back and missed the next six races:

Image © Ferrari/Ercole Colombo