Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014

Alonso “keeping Ferrari alive” – Andretti

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014In the round-up: Mario Andretti hails Fernando Alonso’s performance for Ferrari this year.


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A champion’s thoughts on 2014 (F1)

Andretti: “Fernando is one of those brilliant talents who will maximise everything you throw at him. He’s keeping Ferrari alive very well.”

Vettel ‘worn out’, Red Bull fighting back, says Horner (Reuters)

“He used to drive a bit ‘like a ballerina, dancing on the throttle and the brakes,’ said Horner, a style that was impossible at the start of this season, but was gradually moving back within reach as the team improved the car.”

Maldonado happier at Lotus (ESPN)

“We were not getting progression in terms of development, but for sure I knew that this year would not be a repeat of 2013 [for Williams] because they got the Mercedes engine and they have a good car. The extra power is helping them quite a lot in my opinion.”

Pat Symonds explains the story behind the Williams “miracle” (James Allen on F1)

“I believe that we have just developed faster than our opponents. We have significantly improved the aerodynamics, which is pretty impressive because the new regulations actually allow only small steps in this area.”

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Silverstone, 2014Grosjean considering future over break (Crash)

“I want to win races in the near future and we are working on that. Of course you think about your future … it’s going to certainly be in the summer break.”

Kvyat not ‘100 per cent’ confident (Autosport)

“I’m not at 100 per cent confidence level yet, but I expect a few things will come later on, maybe the second half of this year.”

The fighter (Ferrari)

Fernando Alonso says the hardest thing to deal with as a racing driver is “making mistakes that are too obvious”.

Il futuro della Ferrari e di Montezemolo (Autosprint, Italian)

More rumours from Italy about the future of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. Alberto Sabbatini, editor-in-chief of Italian weekly Autosprint, claims the Agnelli family which owns Fiat (and, in turn, Ferrari) and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne wish to place someone from the Agnelli family, such as John Elkann, in control of Ferrari. Sabbatini points out that at a major Fiat Group meeting in May the heads of each brand reported on their plans for the future – except for Ferrari, where Marchionne substituted for Montezemolo.


Comment of the day

@PhilEReid was one of several people who thought 14th place was too high a rank for Kimi Raikkonen after the season he’s had so far:

Raikkonen I think has been the disappointment of the season. So much was said before the season started of the Alonso/Raikkonen battle, but it has been an absolute slaughter in the way of one man.

Personally I would put Raikkonen bellow Kvyat, simply because he is a rookie and doing very well.

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On this day in F1

Nigel Mansell scored one of the greatest wins of his career 25 years ago today, racing through from 12th to claim victory on the tight and twisty Hungaroring.

The coup de grace was this opportunistic sweep past Ayrton Senna, when the McLaren driver was briefly delayed by Stefan Johansson’s slowing Onyx, to clinch a memorable victory:

Images © Ferrari/Ercole Colombo, Lotus/LAT