Sergio Perez, Force India, Hungaroring, 2014

Mercedes’ rivals ‘will copy power unit design’

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergio Perez, Force India, Hungaroring, 2014In the round-up: Force India’s chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer expects Mercedes’ rivals to copy their power unit design for next season.


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Coming on strong – Q&A with Force India’s Otmar Szafnauer (F1)

“Q: Do you think the Mercedes power unit layout will be copied then?
OS: Yes. I don’t understand the strategic direction of the other power units, but I’m sure that in Formula One everyone looks at what everyone else is doing, and if they believe there is something they’ve missed, which they now know… that’s just how our industry works.”

F1 is ‘shooting itself in the foot’ (Autosport)

“F1 should be engaging more with the fans and engaging more with new technologies.”

German bank rejects $33.4m offer from Ecclestone (AP)

“Separately [to his recent court case], Ecclestone’s lawyers last week had offered to pay the public-sector bank 25 million euros, though they said damage to the company wasn’t evident. The bank said it rejected the offer, without giving reasons, and didn’t say what its next move would be. The offer expired Friday.”

Money makes Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One world go round (The Guardian)

“This will not have amused those teams struggling for survival towards the back of the grid, forced to watch as the private equity firm that controls the sport and employs Ecclestone, having creamed off more than half the revenues over the past eight years, prepares to sell it on at a large profit.”


Comment of the day

Jakob wants to see Nico Hulkenberg get a chance with a top team:

I am pretty sure I’m not the only one who likes to cheer for the underdogs of a particular sport. I have often found myself cheering for drivers like Johnny Herbert or Timo Glock. Guys who fight on despite the machinery and sometimes due to part luck part skill manage to beat some of the big guys.

It seems to me that Hulkenberg has the role of the popular underdog in the current field and gets a lot of credit for his results because they are not achieved with a top car. I certainly enjoy watching him and enjoy his high finishes. I wonder how (if) his popularity will change if he ever gets that top drive he seems to deserve.

Too bad Ferrari didn’t take a chance last year instead of Raikkonen.

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