In the round-up: Jean-Eric Vergne says there is no surprise why France remains off the F1 calendar while other countries such as Azerbaijan join it.
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“We know that these countries pay a lot of money to receive Formula One and France isn’t what it used to be. It isn’t as rich as it was before.”
“There are no big differences [since the takeover] because the trackside engineers are still the same positions so there’s no big difference, but on the company side there has been a lot of change. We lost a few guys’ jobs so it’s not an easy situation but I think they can fix it.”
“Fong said he has been offered a reserve seat, believed to be with the UK-based Anglo-Russian team, for the 2015 season but he must come up with massive funding to make it all happen.”
The FOM video highlights for the Hungarian Grand Prix include lots of new radio highlights – including Ricciardo’s exclamation of “that’s how it’s done, ladies” after passing Fernando Alonso to win the race – but the editing is questionable, showing some events out of sequence. See this comment for details.
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Comment of the day
Disney may not seem like obvious buyers for Formula One but Theo Parkinson reckons they would be a good fit:
As someone who lives in the US and has watched a lot of coverage from major sporting events, Disney buying F1 would be a great move. ESPN is the definitive channel for sports, smashing NBCSN out of the water, and they have a great way of providing coverage that will make Americans care about the sport. If they can get half the excitement they managed to bring during the world cup, then I’m sure viewing figures will far exceed the current ones in the IS.
There is still one key issue stopping F1 from becoming big in the USA. The times of the races are ridiculous. Asian races aren’t worth it and European races are OK if you’re on central time but a real chore if you are further west. I know there isn’t really that much to be done, but F1 is always going to struggle in markets outside of Europe.
Theo Parkinson (@Theo-hrp)
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From the forum
- Having taken his first win for seven years at Toronto, Sebastien Bourdais is on pole again at Mid-Ohio after yesterday’s rain-hit qualifying
Happy birthday to Søren Kaae!
On this day in F1
Jacky Ickx, one of the masters of the Nurburgring Nordschleife, took his first German Grand Prix victory at the circuit 45 years ago today. The Brabham driver was leading eventual champion Jackie Stewart when the Matra driver’s challenge faded with gearbox trouble.
Steward nevertheless brought his car home second, almost a minute in arrears, with Bruce McLaren third, the best part of two-and-a-half minutes further back.