In the round-up: Red Bull announce they have also left the Formula 1 Teams’ Association.
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Sebastian Vettel: “It’s a bit different because I already won the championship in Japan and not at the last race. Still this doesn’t mean that we stopped fighting or competing. We kept fighting for wins. This is all we want, to get the maximum out of every single race.”
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Comment of the day
Matt90 is not impressed with Ferrari and Red Bull leaving FOTA:
It’s sensible to have a union or collaboration of some sort in any field, especially one as commercial as F1 where money drives decisions rather than common sense or practicality. A unity of teams helped prevent ridiculous regulations coming into F1 during 2009, and I’m sure there will be a time when the teams need to be together again.
Not having the common ground of FOTA will also make the teams more bitter towards one another – see the Ferrari/McLaren spat of previous years, which seems to have cooled considerably in recent years.
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On this day in F1
Given the intense debate around overtaking this year, and the role the new Pirelli tyres have played in facilitating it, it’s interesting to look back on these words from Felipe Massa five years ago.
Massa spoke after sampling the first generation of Bridgestone rubber since the end of the tyre way with Michelin, and warned that the harder, more conservative compounds would not make for good racing:
“The driving changes: there’s less grip, the tyres are harder and the car tends to slide. The braking distance got longer, you need to drive more smoothly because it’s easier to lose the back or locking the front tyres. You can’t be aggressive in the turns. This won’t help overtaking. There will be even less grip in the slipstream.”