F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Mercedes will rethink their use of team orders after Lewis Hamilton refused an instruction to let Nico Rosberg past.
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Toto Wolff: “Maybe what we decided at the beginning of the year doesn’t function any more, and now we cannot ask either driver to give up positions or jeopardise their championship chances for the benefit of the team.”
“We needed to split the strategy as it wasn’t clear what was going to happen. One strategy was always going to be better than the other one… you let your team-mate by easily, he wins the race, you lose another eight or ten or 12 points to him and you damage your own campaign.”
“It’s entirely understandable from Lewis’s point of view to say ‘not today thanks’.”
“I would say that we’ve overachieved in many respects, so as soon as we start to close that horsepower deficit then we will able to take the fight to Mercedes.”
“He’s not a contender this year obviously because Mercedes have got the jump on everyone. Get him a good car next year. If you put that (Mercedes engine) in that bloody Red Bull, he would be a contender.”
Rob Smedley: “We were alright in the hotter temperatures [of Friday and Saturday], but the track cooled down by 18-20C and we just couldn’t get any pace out of the car.”
“Team bosses met Ecclestone in Hungary on Saturday and a more restricted group is set to gather again during the break to discuss ideas.”
“By finishing second starting from the fifth grid spot, Alonso equalled a very peculiar record in F.1 history: the highest number of podium finishes without starting from the front row. Alonso counts 66 of such podiums, the same of Michael Schumacher. Third in this ranking is Kimi Raikkonen, with 54 podiums without starting from the front row.”
“To anyone with even the scantest knowledge of this sport, it is abundantly clear that it is Formula 1’s business model which is broken, not the racing spectacle itself.”
“Hamilton is not the first man to have had reliability issues. Many drivers with more titles than him have had horrible seasons of unreliability and that is just the way it goes.”
“Formula One’s lack of a marketing arm is nothing short of ridiculous. It means it is left to the teams, who are usually and understandably more concerned with winning racing, to promote the sport wherever we travel around the world.”
“‘Porsche South Africa was the successful bidder,’ Lance Chalwin-Milton, joint managing director of The High Street Auction Co., told reporters after the property was sold in less than 60 seconds of bidding. ‘They are going to keep it as a track. I believe they are going to develop around the track, which will then enhance the value for the owners.’”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) July 28, 2014
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Wonder if Spa could paint the barriers a different colour from Red & Yellow to make it easier to spot the flags?! Just an idea…
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Comment of the day
@Fer-no65 wonders if those demanding ever zanier F1 rules have bothered to watch this year’s races:
The bad thing about this race was that there’s a three-week gap until Spa. Because ever since Monaco, this season has been shaping up to be the best I’ve ever seen. And it’s not something I expected to say during March when it was clear that one team had a two-second advantage over the rest of the field.
Even the races before Monaco provided excitement, but after the Monaco debacle, and the two Mercedes flying sparks between each other, and the unpredictable races we’ve had, it’s just an astonishing moment for the sport.
If anything, F1 can show pride of the quality of its drivers: wheel-to-wheel racing since Silverstone has been supreme.
I don’t know how many more times will F1 need to provide this epic racing for bosses, organisers and marketing gurus to realize that the only weak link here is them. Their decisions outside the track is pushing people away, not the on-track action.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Kevin, Mandev and Sean Doyle!
On this day in F1
Alan Jones dominated the German Grand Prix 35 years ago today, leading every lap to head a Williams one-two. Behind Clay Regazzoni was Jacques Laffite in third and championship leader Jody Scheckter fourth.
Also, happy birthday to Fernando Alonso who is 33 today!
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