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“Asked if he feared for the sport’s future, Lopez said: ‘Yes, I do, but not just because of this, many things. The whole engine choice was a mistake, the noise, the fans. Less fans coming, less promoters interested.'”
“It is hoped the team can still take part in the season finale in Abu Dhabi if they can raise between £3 million and £5 million by the end of the week, with time to ship the cars and parts to the Yas Marina Circuit ahead of the race on November 23rd.”
“With teams limited to 100kg of fuel for a race, the crediting of a lap without actually driving it risked handing lapped cars an advantage – as it effectively gives them a free lap’s worth of fuel.”
“McLaren’s racing director, Eric Boullier, is to sit down with the chief executive, Ron Dennis, this week for a final round of talks in a bid to resolve the team’s driver line-up for 2015.”
“I think a lot of people underestimate how good my first year was. People constantly compared me to [Fernando Alonso], but it was my rookie year. It’s different now and I hope that experience counts for something.”
“I will race somewhere even if I’m not getting the big bucks, unlike a few drivers who are out there.”
Claire Williams Q&A: Don’t rule us out in Abu Dhabi (F1)
“To come ahead of Ferrari with the budget that we have in comparison to theirs – that is really significant for us. It’s a great talking point when we are talking to partners: we are Williams – with half the budget look where we are compared to some of our rivals!”
“Formula One, the auto racing series controlled by CVC Capital Partners Ltd., may be forced to delay plans for an initial public offering a second time after two teams entered bankruptcy protection.”
“I’d hate for either one of them to go into the last race and have a mechanical [failure] and lose the world championship because of double points.”
Indian Grand Prix promoter Sameer Gaur: “JPSI is very keen on bringing Formula One back to India and having the [Buddh International Circuit] host the Indian Grand Prix once again, however we have no timeline in place for this.”
“Internal fighting is not uncommon but it seems to have reached a new level. The smaller teams feel unloved; worse than that, they feel they are being made to look silly and finally they have had enough.”
“A driver came to me at the end of a race complaining of a bit of, um, butt pain. In fact, he had a massive second degree burn on most of one half of his butt. He’d driven the whole race in agony, and drove well. Incredible focus, courage, abnegation. A real hero.”
Great job by @McLarenF1 this weekend, Friday was tough but we turned it around & got a P4 in the race! Mega pitstops once again by the lads!
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) November 11, 2014
— Tom Stallard (@Tom_Stallard) November 11, 2014
— Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) November 11, 2014
#F1 teams decide against new plan on how to handle backmakers during Safety Car periods. Killing them off proved a more effective solution.
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) November 11, 2014
I have said it before, & will say it again. The drivers need to be bigger stars; not just in F1, in all series. See Mr E's comments ref Nico
— Oliver Weingarten (@OWeingarten) November 11, 2014
Manufacturers come into F1 & out-nuke each other. Pay TV revenues killing audience figures, so advertising falling. Result? Teams are weaker
— Manish Pandey (@mpandey69) November 11, 2014
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) November 11, 2014
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Comment of the day
@JerseyF1 picks apart Christian Horner’s threat to push for far greater relaxation of the engine rules for 2016 if Mercedes prevent it happening in 2015.
There are three scenarios:
(1) Engine ‘freeze’ stays as it is, costs remain relatively low.
(2) In season engine freeze is lifted for 2015, engine costs will rise.
(3) Entire concept of frozen engines is scrapped from 2016, engine war starts up and development spending goes through the roof.
What Horner (and the other non-Mercedes power holders) are saying is either you give us two or we’re going to stick you with three in revenge. It’s not a suggestion that not relaxing the current restrictions will increase costs but a threat to intentionally increase costs massively if they don’t get what they want.
It reminds me of a child in the street trying to apply his own unequal football rules with the threat of “it’s my football, you either play my way or else I take the ball and go home”.
I think that the irony is that of all the engine manufacturers it is probably Mercedes who would throw the greatest resources at an all-out engine war so it doesn’t seem like much of a threat to me. I hope Mercedes stand their ground.
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Happy birthday to Christian Briddon, A-Safieldin and Khuzai!
On this day in F1
Three years ago today Sebastian Vettel equalled Nigel Mansell’s record for scoring 14 pole positions in a season, during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Vettel broke the record with his 15th pole position later that year.
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