It’s race day and it’s also Nico Rosberg’s birthday. He turns 25 today, so happy birthday Nico!
Here’s today’s round-up:
Have the Daily Mirror not noticed F1 hasn’t been on ITV since 2008?
Eric Boullier: “Formula One needs to work more as a global industry. We should work more together for the interests of the sport rather than just look after ourselves. I am not naive. There are egos and interests out there. But F1 needs to behave and have one voice, like the Olympic Games. We need to develop for the interests of F1, we need to walk as one community and with one aim.”
“When I ask about speculation that he is seeking a partnership with Ferrari to bring a Formula One team to the US he does nothing to dampen the speculation, instead going out of his way to praise Ferrari?óÔé¼Ôäós role in the history of motor sports. ‘They?óÔé¼Ôäód be great to work with but I don?óÔé¼Ôäót know when that would be, whether it will even be an option on the table,’ he says.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “We will clarify the regs. Given I am calling for that then we will not be doing a filming day. We will be doing a straight-line running day, which will consume one of those days. That is the fair and proper thing to do.”
Comment of the day
Today Lotus mark their 500th Grand Prix start. While some insist the new incarnation of the team should not be considered the same as the one which raced from 1958 to 1994, others disagree, including Jim N:
As a very long time Lotus fan, emotionally Lotus was only Lotus when Colin Chapman was in charge as it was very much his team and his genius.
But did that make the Lotus races after Chapman?óÔé¼Ôäós death not Lotus? No of course not. But if you have gone to the lengths that Fernandes seems to have done, buying the rights to the old name, getting the backing of Lotus cars and the Chapman family, building the cars as near to the old Lotus workshops as possible with quite a few of the old personnel, then I think he has done all that can reasonably be expected.
No, for me they do not have the emotional pull of the old Lotus, that would be impossible. But I don?óÔé¼Ôäót have a problem with them using the name and claiming some of the heritage and I would like to see them do well, well enough to perhaps persuade the Chapman family to let them use the final endorsement, the ACBC logo.
Happy birthday to Dan N!
On this day in F1
The first F1 race at Clermont-Ferrand was held on this day 45 years ago.
While several tracks have been given the appellation, ‘mini-Nurburgring’, Clermont-Ferrand was one of the very few to actually deserve the name. There is nothing like it on the F1 calendar today – the eight kilometre circuit had 51 corners and Jim Clark’s pole position time was three minutes, 18 seconds.
The Lotus driver won having switched from his usual 33, with which he had won at Spa-Francorchamps two weeks earlier, to the earlier 25.
Here’s an excellent video I found of the race on Vimeo. It appears to be part of a series so if anyone knows what production it’s from, please let me know as I’d like to see the whole thing!
Read more: F1 circuits history part 5: 1961-6