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Ecclestone backs “very good” Jorda

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Carmen Jorda, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2015In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone backs Carmen Jorda’s bid to land an F1 seat.


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Ecclestone defends Carmen Jorda's F1 ambitions (Motorsport)

"She is very good. We asked Lotus to see and she has done a good job for them."

Honda promise McLaren a better engine from Spa (Reuters)

"After the summer shutdown our plan is to apply a new (specification) engine using some of our remaining seven tokens."

'We didn't imagine that it would be this hard' - Honda (ESPN)

"We knew it wouldn't be easy, but perhaps we didn't imagine that it would be this hard."

Will Stevens Q&A: 2015 performances prove I belong in F1 (F1)

"I grew up doing everything - getting a good or bad start was down to whether you did a good or a bad job. I think it’d be good if it was like that. You see now at a race start that everyone gets away the same, more or less."

Shell: Nothing to hide in Ferrari oil (Autosport)

"If you put a fuel component within the oil there is a chance it could get to the combustion chamber, (because) there is, in any engine, passage of oil from the sump via the rings to the combustion chamber."

Key expects tough ride for Toro Rosso at Spa and Monza (F1i)

"We will have to see what happens at Spa because one of our major strengths is the medium and high speed cornering ability of the car, which means we are competitive in those situations and Spa is full of corners like that, but it also has some very long straights, so we will have to see how we go."

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You’ve seen my verdict on the lowest eight drivers in the mid-season rankings – here’s Uzair’s:

20. Ericsson – Despite being in F1 for a year more than Nasr, Ericsson still hasn’t shown to be the team leader and is losing to the inexperienced Nasr in every aspect. Also has made more mistakes too.
19. Maldonado – He still hasn’t given up his habit of crashing or collecting penalties as if they were sweets, and is losing to Grosjean in every aspect and is much slower.
18. Merhi – His car is terrible, but slightly not as good as Stevens. However, in the last few races he has closed the gap to Stevens performance-wise.
17. Stevens – He is doing a solid job in his bus, and has had the edge on Merhi, especially in the first few races.
16. Perez – Once again, Perez is failing to beat Hulkenberg (who really deserves a top seat, in my opinion), and is very inconsistent, which is the opposite of Hulkenberg.
15. Raikkonen – He really is past it, and needs to retire soon. Vettel is making him look like an amateur. However, he has been very unlucky, especially in Australia and Hungary.
14. Rosberg – 9-1 in qualifying, and 7-3 in the races both in Lewis’s favour really just says it all. Disappointing performance from Rosberg.
13. Nasr – He is showing his more experienced teammate who’s boss at Sauber. Doesn’t say much though, considering that Ericsson is last on my list.
Uzair Syed (@Ultimateuzair)

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  • 86 comments on “Ecclestone backs “very good” Jorda”

    1. Simon (@weeniebeenie)
      6th August 2015, 0:21

      No Bernie, she is not. Well, not at driving a racing car anyway.

      1. She probably is very good at driving, likely better than anyone on this site. The trouble is to be in F1 you have to be exceptionally good.

        1. I totally agree that you have to be exceptionally talented to drive in F1 but have you seen Jorda’s F3 results? In THREE seasons her finishing positions have been something like 28,27&29 in the championship…that’s not even good enough to stay in F3 never mind graduate to F1.
          As one of her race winning F3 rivals said, “I wouldn’t trust her to develop a roll of film never mind a hybrid F1 car”
          She clearly isn’t capable for F1 and would have her license pulled quicker than Ide had his pulled back in 2006

          1. Simon (@weeniebeenie)
            6th August 2015, 1:55

            @eoin16 I think you mean GP3 but yes, her results speak for themselves. Nearly 3 full seasons of GP3 and not a single POINT, never mind a podium or win. It’s not like she even got close on many occasions either, she had one 13th place and next best was a few 17th places.

            I’m sure she is better than most of here but I don’t see what relevance that has. She is not good enough for the top levels of motorsport.

            1. Haha you’re right, got my categories mixed up. My bad. So I just thought of a question…is she going to be eligible for a super licence? She can’t get an exemption based on her results that’s for sure

        2. @philipgb I think some of the competitive simracers might disagree with that statement :P

          1. *the first part of course. Ideally the F1 level is ‘cream of the crop’, ‘race of multiple champions’ etc. without any pay drivers.

        3. Her replacement won races and got pole positions in the exact same physical car that she couldn’t score any points with. And where is he? She’s a token pinup girl. That’s all.

          I reckon lots of users of this site could be just as good in an F3 car if given the chance. Heck, even a member from the public that was given the chance to drive an F1 car did really well, showing impressive talent in his first ever outing.

          Drivers have lots of talent and skill, sure, but they’re people too and there are other people out there that would have natural talent who are yet to drive a car or ever discover their potential, either due to a lack of interest or opportunity.

          1. I meant GP3, obviously. :)

      2. Well, if Bernie thinks she’s so bloody good, he should buy one of the teams and put her in the car. God knows he can afford it! Until then, shut your cake hole…

      3. Bernie is just talking to help his business!!

      4. maarten.f1 (@)
        6th August 2015, 6:43

        @weeniebeenie Well, to be fair, he didn’t mention what job she’s good at.

        But she’s pretty, and she looks pretty around the car. So if that’s her job, then yes, she’s pretty darn good at it.

        1. Agree. F1 need another darn good F1 ambassador…

        2. @maarten-f1 exactly that.

      5. This is the guy who said “Hamilton is the best champ we’ve ever had”.

        1. From a marketing perspective Lewis is probably the best Champion in decades.
          Sebastian is a very private person who doesn’t seek out media attention.
          Kimi is a difficult carachter and is terrible in front of a TV camera
          Jenson is a nice guy, but isn’t a media personality
          Alonso was great for driving up attention in Spain, but never really became a huge star in the wider world
          Schumacher was good for boosting F1’s popularity in Germany, but was also very private
          Hill is a nice guy but has never had that star quality
          Villenueve has a great name, but he comes accross as quite arrogant and unlikeable
          Prost was too much of a geek
          Senna had a messianic following amongst motorsport fans and the Brazilian public, but never quite broke into the world outside of motorsport till he died

          Lewis is very popular in the Americas, Africa and Asia, has the whole rap/R&B youth crowd following him on social media, was in all of the gossip magazines due to his relationships and friendships with other media personalities and generates a huge amount of media coverage. He’s good in front of the cameras, likes playing the media star and as the 1st mixed race champion helps a whole new audience relate to what is a very White sport.
          From Bernie’s perspective Lewis is probably the best Champion since Jackie Stewart.

          1. +10^100

            F1 fans like us can happily spend a few hours arguing about tyre compounds, but easily miss the impact Lewis has had outside the sport. We can’t just rely on the next generation of F1 fans getting into it because Dad dragged them down to the track, and personalities like Lewis are incredibly valuable for the future of the sport.

            1. Agree with both above posters. Lewis is ‘box office’, and so if he makes the sport more accessible to the public and pulls in new fans, then that is great. I’m an F1 fan first and foremost, so anything or anyone that promotes it is fine by me and for once in the last twenty years I agree with Bernie and his comment on Lewis.

      6. Bernie wants his Ronda Rousey!

      7. If she wasn’t some exceptionally good quality eye candy there is absolutely no chance she would have a reserve/test driver position. She’s just very good for publicity and I certainly don’t mind having the odd glimpse of her during the racing weekend. Can’t really argue with this, quite a significant amount of her own profile is to do with modelling and taking some (not all) her clothes off!

      8. What Bernie meant to say was: “She has a great rear diffuser”.

        1. Nice Beam beam?
          Great monkey seat?
          Fantastic barge boards?

          This could run forever :)

          1. I think the monkey seat takes the prize LOL

    2. A question which I am sure has been posed and answered before…
      Do teams have to use this seasons allotment of tokens this year? Or, can they save them up and either use them in the winter break and/or next season along with next seasons allotment of tokens?

      1. My understanding is that the token system is only a result of a loophole being founded iin the regs regarding the required date to homologate the engines, and that that loophole has been closed up for next season. So the tokens system will not exist next year. What happens to the unused tokens at the end of this year I am not sure but I would imagine they are just gone

        1. @torretto1 The token system was always in place. Each year there are less tokens available though. The loophole simply meant that teams can use the tokens in-season instead of during the winter only.

      2. ColdFly F1 (@)
        6th August 2015, 8:16

        They have to use this season (2015) or lose them. @mach1
        But there is IMO another loophole. The season runs officially until after the last race. Thus teams can use remaining tokens (i.e. present a new engine for homologation) after the last race.
        Upside: not losing token, no grid penalty. Downside: not able to use the PU in race this year.

        1. No you still need to do it during an official race weekend. The way these rules are constructed, a token is only used when a car leaves the pitbox, again during an official race weekend and not during a test, a promotion take, etc.

          I was thinking along the same line back during winter testing, with manufacturers perhaps trying to strategically not use tokens during the season, saving them up to work in tandem with 2016 tokens. However again a token is only used when it is brought into action. An ex-engineer from F1 all explained this to me.

        2. Yes, season ends on last day of the year. Because Vettel was not allowed to drive the Ferrari at the Abu Dhabi test after the last race in 2014, because he was still on RBR contract until the end of season. (I think).

    3. That Honda quote is just paraphrased Coldplay lyrics.

      1. glad I wasn’t the only one who thought that!

        and now that I think about it, Jenson looks a bit like Chris Martin too… uhmmm… =P

        1. ColdFly F1 (@)
          6th August 2015, 11:00

          Honda: “Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry”
          McLaren: “Running in circles, Coming up tails”
          Honda: “Nobody said it was easy, No one ever said it would be this hard”
          Button: “It’s such a shame for us to part”
          Alonso’s car: “Oh, take me back to the start”
          Engineers: “I was just guessing”

      2. Aha! So the FIA got the idea of engine tokens from Cold Play. It all makes sense now.

      3. @eriko – good catch, I knew it seemed familiar. No wonder they appear to be going in reverse…

      4. Glad I’m not the only one to think the same. ☺
        And now it’s Renault and Red Bull’s turn: ‘It’s such a shame for us to part’

      5. Haha, Honda wishing they could go back to the start…

      6. Willem Cecchi (@)
        6th August 2015, 9:31

        The Honda quote combined with the main persona on this round-up is quite funny.

    4. @keithcollantine, maybe you should run a poll to see how many of us think McLaren will make the podium this year? Haha…maybe after Spa.

      1. They will need a crazy race and a good amount of luck. Another crash at the front and an additional SC in Hungary they could well make it.

        I doubt they will make it on merit in 2015.

        1. @jcost Does it rain in Azerbaijan? Might be a good chance for next year.

    5. Bernie- synapseza says: “Think before you speak”

    6. Two things about Bernie’s comments:
      1. Obviously Jorda is not very good.
      2. It’s a bit disingenuous of him saying that the others did not want to come to Europe for F1. De Silvestro did sacrifice a year of racing to do a development program with Sauber in 2014. Unfortunately it didn’t work out, with Sauber suggesting her sponsor wasn’t paying up (although given their recent dealings, I would like to know the full story – why on earth didn’t they sign a fifth driver for 2015?).

      I would have loved to see De Silvestro in this year’s Sauber, even though I think the three most prolific female drivers at the moment, Patrick and Visser in addition to Simona, are only just good enough not to embarrass themselves in F1. I’m still waiting for a female driver to display F1 championship-winning promise.

      1. First of all, I agree with your view of BE’s comments @adrianmorse.

        As for Sauber, didn’t the whole rollercoster get started when De Silvestro’s backers couldn’t pay up and that meant Sauber agreeing with VdGarde on a deal for 2015 if his sponsors payed upfront?

        In contrast, its interesting to see that Susie Wolff is “co editing” an Autosport special about woman in Motorsport

        1. Honestly, I think it’s a bad thing for the case of women drivers in F1. If all you get is laughably poor drivers like Jordà, it does not do your case much good in terms of publicity, and will only fuel stereotypes that women racers only get into good cars because of their PR value, etc.
          If Simona had gotten an F1 seat, I believe she could’ve actually done a decent job, not worse than any male driver at least. Right now she is pretty much the only talented female driver there is, apart maybe from Beitske Visser and there’s another one whose name escapes me for the moment. It would be much better for the case of women in motorsports to wait until a woman comes into F1 who is actually half-decent, rather than giving a seat to some terribly poor (Susie isn’t that great either, based on her DTM performances) girl just for shock value.

    7. I agree with most on Jorda. She is simply not F1 material. But I cannot stand people who keep saying, even as a joke, she might be good at something else implying a sexual activity of sorts. If we ever get a good woman driver in F1 is this the treatment she has to expect? is that how we are going to welcome every woman who perhaps has not achieved what the top dogs did? Because neither Nasr, Ericcson or Stevens have THAT much to brag about either. Then F1-fans don’t not deserve a female driver.

      1. Simon (@weeniebeenie)
        6th August 2015, 7:16

        Unfortunately that minority is likely to always exist in a still male dominated sport.

      2. I’m making fun of her because she was hired for PR reasons. If there ever is a good female driver, she’ll have my greatest respect.
        Don’t blame the fans, it’s the teams who hire sub par female drivers.

        1. @paeschli It’s not because a door is open you should enter.

      3. Because you never see those male F1 fans saying anything derogatory about the male drivers! Or something.

      4. If a fan is saying something derogatory or sexual towards her because she’s a female that is very wrong.

        But noting that she only has the job because of her looks/PR value is no different than noting that Maldanado is here because he brings sponsorship money.

        Those are simply factual observations.

    8. “If you take power steering away, F1 cars would be the most physical out there.”

      What are your opinions about doing that? If the drivers can cope, then why not?

      1. @ambroserpm It depends on the aim. Do we remove power steering because we want F1 to be more challenging and see drivers making more mistakes? Or do we simply want drivers to suffer more?

        I would not object if F1 cars were more difficult to drive and drivers made more mistakes but I am not sure if taking the power steering away would be the best way to achieve it and I do not think that drivers should suffer more and be close to fainting when they step out of the car. As Stevens points out, “the fitness level up and down the pit lane now is, I’m sure, higher than it ever has been” so F1 is not a hobby, it is still a very tough sport where you need to be completely dedicated so I do not agree with the claims that F1 drivers have it too easy these days.

        1. I really don’t care how they can make it harder to physically drive the car- to actually test these athletes, like in the good ‘Ol days. You also don’t want them to be collapsing. That is not a pretty sight to see nor should someone have to go through that.
          If the fitness level is the highest it’s ever been, why couldn’t drivers cope. We’d have to work it out. There are far more qualified people to do this than myself. Whether this is the road forward or another, hopefully something can be done to start testing drivers in the pinnacle of Motorsport. Let’s seperate the men from the boys! A driver like Alonso or Button, Vettel and Ricciardo I think would go nuts for a true challenge.

          1. The only downside i think is wrist injuries from contacts like in indycar, would be a shame to see a great driver miss 3 races from a preventable injury

        2. I agree with @girts I’m actually a bit disturbed about this seeking for a way to force them into mistakes, especially by making everything physically harder. Especially if they make the cars go faster, it could even become a safety issue.

          1. I just want to make it challenging making it harder to be perfect, like so many drivers are now.
            If the cars go faster it should make it more challenging and then no more needs to be done.
            It seems like a walk in the park for some now the only errors creating some excitement being lock-ups.

            1. Everybody is always asking for everything to be challenging by taking away things that are common place in every production car nowadays. People have to realize that F1 or any other Motorsport for that matter is highly professionalized and apart from thousands of hours on Simulators the cars are computerized to be able to produce the same results with very tiny error margins over and over. That’s the product of millions of Dollars invested in the Sport. Like it or not you’re not gonna get another Fangio or Jackie Stewart in an era where everything can be designed to perfection. If you want them to commit mistakes, give them every assist possible and 1500 horsepower on a 500kg car, and watch every mistake Count as a death. That was the excitement from the 50s 60s 70s and 80s. The safety Technology is better, so the risk is greater when everything fails.

              But pulling more crap just for the sake of “give them hell like good ol’ days” is just gonna sink F1 more into gimmicks.

        3. In the 1960’s & 70’s drivers were not so fit but there was only 9 grands prix a year. Now for such a long season 20 to 21 races from March to November, drivers have to be very fit.

      2. @ambroserpm Watch Indycar :P

        (Unless you’re like me and livve in a wacky timezone like UTC+7 that is :)

      3. Maybe we can fit all the cars with muscle-actuated drum brakes while we’re at it? If it was good enough for Fangio, by gum, it should be good enough for the modern F1 driver!

      4. @ambroserpm Keep the power steering, bring back H-boxes.

    9. I think one needs to read between the lines in Ecclestone’s statement. Everyone knows that Jorda is not good enough for F1 and that she will never be a race driver. I believe that this is the key sentence:

      She wants to be in F1. We have to try to find the right way

      Jorda recently supported Ecclestone’s idea of F1 female world championship and what Ecclestone really means to say is: “I would love to see her in that new championship.”

      To be honest, I have not been too impressed with Jorda’s public behaviour. Instead of encouraging other female drivers or simply young girls to not be afraid to compete with men, she has said that “a woman will never win a Grand Prix” because “the physical difference, the strength levels are too much” even though there is no evidence to that claim. The pictures on her Twitter account and website also rather scream “I’m a cute girl, look at me” than “I’m a racing driver, come and challenge me if you dare”.

      For sure, she can say and post whatever she wants but I do not thing it helps to promote the equality in motorsports in any way.

      1. Even if there was a “female F1 championship”, Jorda wouldn’t be the best driver there. Just had a quick peek at Susie Wolff’s career results, it’s mildly more impressive than Jorda’s and Susie is at best a good test driver.

        1. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
          6th August 2015, 13:38

          Susie Wolff isn’t even a good test driver. Drives are easy got when your husband owns 30% of Mercedes F1. Susie isn’t even clsoe to being there on merit, and she’s still a class above Jorda.

          There are good female racers out there, Simona de Silvestro in particular springs to mind.

          Unfortunately Bernie doesn’t want a female race driver, he wants a sexy racing driver.

          This will not rectify itself until the sport stops rolling out 20 walking vaginas to stand beside the cars every Sunday, and starts treating women as equal competitors, and not a cheeky side-show for middle aged perverts.

          F1 is broken in many ways and this is one of them.

          1. Actually I find you ’20 walking vaginas’ comment more offensive than almost anything read or published on this matter.

            You really need to read up on how hard girls choosing that career path work along with perhaps thinking about the loss of earnings, career prospects etc etc, with the casual ‘get rid of them’ attitude.

            Until you have hired such workers for whatever reason best leave the prejudices at home.

            1. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
              7th August 2015, 11:39

              My comment was clearly laced with hyperbole for effect.

              Why is it do you think that girls choose this career path that is so tough and low-paying Drg?

              Perhaps it is because they see things like Formula One and think ‘gee, I could be one of those nameless ladies….’

              They are far less likely to think ‘gee, perhaps I could be once of those famous sportspeople…’ because it simply isnt presented that way.

              I’m arguing for a better presentation of F1 that tells youngsters, ‘girls can be F1 drivers too’, or even ‘boys can be models too’, rather than continuing to prop up the idea that men should aspire to be heroic and girls should aspire to be gorgeous.

              But no your right, lets keep up this mysogynistic presentation, regardless of the harm it does in the long term, because god forbid the poor pit-girls might be out of pocket.

      2. @girts Agree that you’ve seen this the right way. For a female F1 racer, de Silvestro was our chance but that has now passed. She drove Indycars without power steering and this wasn’t a hindrance.

        We might have to wait for Visser or Floersch, who is now preparing for German F4 after already winning in Ginetta Junior. RBR have had tabs on both for a few years now, so Marko is no doubt looking to break this ceiling as his next big RB Juniors achievement.

        Vettel dominated German F4 for RBJ, so Floersch is quitting Ginettas from 3rd as a rookie to get a half year’s testing in.. in 5 or 6 years she could be in a similar position Vettel was with RBR (edge of F1).

    10. Obviously a misquote by Bernie there, what he meant to say is “She’s very good…… In front of a camera”. Meanwhile she is only harming the hunt for a good female driver that the teams will take seriously, we all know why Lotus hired her and its not for car feedback.

    11. A best finish of 13th in three years of GP3 – I could not be more angry right now, it’s a complete insult to every genuinely talented young driver already struggling to overcome F1’s budget discriminations.

      Clearly Mr Bernie “Hefnor” is better suited to running an adult magazine – a hint of modernity is probably necessary when running a sport.

      1. To me alone the fact that he compares what should be a sport (F1) with a beauty contest is enough to make his point completely go amiss @countrygent.

        No respecting driver, and even less a female driver, would want to be seen compared with “winning a miss world competition”. And as for his arguments, I am pretty sure that he could have done more for De Silvestro, as it was mostly money not being there that cut short her Sauber ambitions, even if BE claims she did not want to move back to Europe.

        1. Exactly @bascb, De Silvestro is probably the most viable female talent of recent years; but just not in Bernie’s eyes. Bernie appears to think there is another more important requisite of a female driver: sex appeal.

          Carmen is jolly pretty, but I fail to see why Bernie feels this is at all relevent when it is a sport that submerges its athletes in plenty of carbon fibre and nomex. In his defence, Bernie is a commercial animal, and he knows a “hot” female F1 driver would generate plenty of publicity: much in the way his new favourite driver was recently seen girrating with Rihanna in Barbados.

          Also, it is a sport, a meritocracy. Bernie has also had problems with that concept.

    12. Michele Mouton is not agree with you, old man..xD

    13. Interesting piece in AmuS (German) about the proposed design for 2017 – first of all, who knew that its design came largely from Red Bull, i.e. Adrian Newey, interesting. Then it seems that by now the impression is that the cars will be too fast (easily 4-5 seconds before anyone starts improving them), and that there might be some huge uncertainties about its effect on following cars, i.e. the effect of the lower, wider rear-wing on overtaking (not surprising with an AN design in my view), and all of that means that the design concept is not yet finalized and could be postponed to 2018 instead!

      Funny enough these points were made by many of the fans immediately when the idea to “make the cars faster” and “better looking”.

      1. @bascb That article is slightly flawed in that it only talks about the effect the wider/lower rear wing ‘may’ have on the front wing of a car behind & only looks at aero.
        However the biggest gains from the 2017 cars will be ground effects & more overall mechanical grip (Thanks to wider cars & tyres) which almost certainly will improve the racing.

        Take a look at this year’s Indycar’s as an example, The new body kits are producing a lot more downforce than the standard Dallara package & they have more turbulent air coming off the back thanks to the various flaps & winglets.
        However Contrary to pre-season discussion that has not made the racing any worse (Its arguably been better) because along with the increased aero downforce they also increased mechanical grip by altering the underwing/diffuser & changing tyre compounds.

        Also regarding Pat Symmonds & Paddy Lowe bringing up there 2008 study regarding wing dimensions, Its actually generally accepted that there was flaws in the OWG data (They were using outdated aero models for a start based off much simpler wing profiles) relating to that area as the taller/narrower rear wing has not made following cars any easier as its producing just as much turbulent air as the old designs & directing just as much of it onto the front wing thats been affected just as badly by it as before.

        1. The thought did occur to me that some people do not like their work in the OWG now being more or less undone. On the other hand its good that there is some continuity from Lowe and Symmonds being part of the OWG and part of the team looking at them @gt-racer

          Wasn’t a wider use of ground force effects also planned to be part of the 2013 (then postponed to 2014) engine+aero package, partly based on what the OWG found, but with new insights in its relevance?

          1. Michael Brown
            6th August 2015, 23:41

            Yes, ground effects were proposed for 2014 but were then dropped. I guess the teams were complaining about the costs of the new engines.

          2. @bascb Yes ground effects were supposed to be introduced for 2013/2014 but were dropped partly because of cost’s but also because of DRS which teams felt removed the need to make any further aero changes.

            Something that is often forgotten or ignored about DRS is that at the time it was introduced it was supposed to be a temporary band-aid that would be in place until the new regulations were introduced, It was never actually designed to be a long term thing which is why the DRS systems are not as advanced as they perhaps could be.

    14. Bernie never got to finish his sentence before they cut him off, “Jorda is very good looking” is what Bernie meant to say

    15. I don’t agree with him.

    16. Duncan Snowden
      7th August 2015, 12:30

      “We asked Lotus to see and she has done a good job for them.”

      Doing what, Bernie? Standing in the garage on Sunday afternoons, smiling sheepishly at the camera (just before the Obligatory Shot of Claire Williams Looking Worried*)? Because it certainly isn’t driving a racing car.

      I mean, everyone knows her results in lower formulae aren’t too impressive, but we’ve seen plenty of male drivers who outperformed a mediocre previous record when they got to F1; at least give her the chance to prove she’s better than her reputation. Put up or shut up, E(ccle|n)stone.

      *Seriously. It’s the new Christian Horner’s Vibrating Foot. There’s a drinking game in there, I’m sure of it…

      1. Pat Ruadh (@fullcoursecaution)
        7th August 2015, 12:49

        Or Ross Brawns strategical banana

      2. WAG shot – take a shot; Team Principal – finish your drink; Jorda shot – ? :P

    17. When translating the “very good” part into Portuguese, it fits 100% what most men would say about Carmen Jorda:

    18. Oh Bernie, do not insult our intelligence by suggesting Jorda is even slightly qualified for an F1 race seat. She isn’t even as good as Giovanna Amati, and she was pretty rubbish. If we want every website and every cheap tabloid writer in the world writing about F1, then sure Lotus sign her up now. But for her ability, there’s nothing to discuss.

    19. “If you put a fuel component within the oil there is a chance it could get to the combustion chamber, (because) there is, in any engine, passage of oil from the sump via the rings to the combustion chamber.”

      I tried to find some source that said it was actually worth adding fuel to the engine oil, but apart from adding diesel to the oil for maintenance reasons (not something I’d recommend) I couldn’t.
      The oil in an engine is specifically designed to reduce friction, increase fuel economy, and increase engine life. I would imagine that for an expensive F1 engine there would be a demand from the engine manufacturer’s engineers for a range of expensive additives that are simply unaffordable for us to use in our own cars, and these would be specifically selected and the amounts carefully determined for the F1 racing environment. If someone added fuel (which has its own additives) to the engine oil, then that would alter the lubricating qualities of that oil designed specially for that F1 engine, meaning the oil is out of spec. This wouldn’t be an action that would meet the approval of either the oil manufacturer or the engine manufacturer. The only consequence one could expect is an increase friction, which reduces engine power output, increased fuel consumption, increases in the thermal load on the radiators, and a shorter engine life. I don’t know if you would use more fuel from the fuel tank than what you added to the sump, but it wouldn’t surprised me if that did happen.

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