One story dominates the otherwise rather quiet F1 news agenda at the moment.
“For me, four are better than two. The controversy, that is something that has mainly been pushed up by media I would say, has been dealt with directly by our shareholders in Malaysia and with the owners of the 1Malaysia racing team, and doesn’t really touch us.”
“While the name above the door may have changed down the years, the people who have helped make this team a winner remain. We should never forget that the strength of any team rests in the people that make it up – we’re all links in a chain. The other thing that remains unchanged is the hunger for success and determination to see Enstone back on top of the world. Whatever we’ve been called, that has remained a constant.”
“Dany Bahar is a marketing visionary. When Red Bull Racing first came on the scene in 2005 they did things bigger, better and more creatively than any team before.
That massive push – the Energy Station, the huge hedonistic parties, The Red Bulletin, the Unas, the movie tie-ins – lasted until Dany left for Ferrari in 2007. Then Red Bull stopped having fun. As I mentioned in one of my Abu Dhabi posts, they might have won the world championship, but in large part they have lost their identity.”
Dan Cross looks back on his predictions from earlier this year. The F1 Fanatic predictions made by all of us earlier this year will be reviewed here in a forthcoming article…
“Young web designers and developers looking to get their careers on to the starting grid are being sought to help design the new official British F3 website in a competition to find the 2011 Cooper Tires British F3 Web Apprentice.”
“This was the week that the drivers’ 2011 preparations really kicked into gear. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Jenson completed his seat-fitting for the 26A. Two days? That’s right – it’s a time-consuming, laborious process that’s best to get right first time, rather than risk it having to be repeated at a later stage because it wasn’t perfect in those initial sessions.”
Comment of the day
Hundreds of comments were posted on the Lotus stories yesterday, most of which came down on the side of Tony Fernandes’ operation. Here’s one from TacitErn:
1) Tony Fernandes has without doubt earned the right and respect to race as Team Lotus. Group Lotus have as yet done nothing but posture.
2) Team Lotus acquired the Lotus F1 brand from David Hunt, if anyone can draw a line back to the original Lotus F1 team its Team Lotus. For Group Lotus to suggest they have any connection with the original F1 team is ridiculous.
3) There are workers at the Team Lotus factory in Hingham that worked on the original Lotus F1 cars for the original F1 team. I doubt there is anyone in Group Lotus who can make this claim.
Hopefully the UK courts will clear this up for us. I would hope a decent bloke like Robert Kubica is embarrassed to be associated with this mess.
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On this day in F1
Three years ago today Martin Brundle hit out at the FIA who were threatening him with a lawsuit at the time:
I expect my accreditation pass for next year will be hindered in some way to make my coverage of F1 more difficult and to punish me. Or they will write to ITV again to say that my commentary is not up to standard despite my unprecedented six Royal Television Society Awards for sports broadcasting. So be it.