In the round-up: Piero Ferrari says F1 is a global sport but must not forget its European heritage.
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“The future of Formula 1? First of all, I hope that it maintains the right balance between the number of races outside Europe and those held in the Old Continent itself: on the one hand, we must not forget this is a global sport, but on the other we must protect its historic birthplace with certain Grands Prix such as the one in France or the races at Silverstone, Spa and Monza, where we always witness some fantastic racing.”
“Right now I am a Force India Formula One driver so the focus is there. But in the future I want to be winning races and I’ll make my decisions based on that.”
“Veteran Italian Jarno Trulli’s tenure at Caterham – who raced as Lotus last year – is also believed to be insecure, but Russian Vitaly Petrov, who drove for Renault in 2010 and 2011, is tipped to get that seat.”
“I have been working with [Helmut] Marko for four years now so I know very well that he has high expectations. It’s always been the case. I use it as motivation to get the best out of myself and push to the very limit. If this is achieved then that’s real success.”
“It turns out [Miro Rivera Architects] also designed the main grandstand, even though the other architects employed by the circuit include Tilke GmbH and HKS. The German firm Tilke designed the 3.4-mile circuit in Southeast Travis County and has built striking Formula One tracks and grandstands around the globe.”
“Ferrari’s efforts to supplant Red Bull at the top of the F1 tree may have suffered a temporary setback amid reports that its 2012 car failed the mandatory FIA crash test.”
“Good news: Yesterday the C31 passed the rear crash test which was the final one missing. Now looking forward to the roll-out in Jerez.”
“Protests in Bahrain appear to have picked up recently despite the findings released in November of a government-backed commission established to investigate abuses by the government and security forces, Mariwan Hama-Saeed of Human Rights Watch says.”
“The lack of patents in F1 is quite simple. It’s because if a team takes out a patent on a design, that then locks in an advantage the other teams cannot access. Therefore the other teams will simply vote it out through the FIA Technical Working Group process by the end of the season in question.”
“During 1974, not only did he post his first Indy 500 victory but also became the first driver ever to win two 500-mile races during the same season.”
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Comment of the day
As ever yesterday’s debate on DRS provoked a range of differing opinions. A recurring theme was the perception that DRS has gone from being a temporary fix to a long-term solution, which a lot of readers didn’t like:
What about the proposed return to limited ground effects in 2014? The whole argument towards bringing it back was the fact that the cars would be less dependant on downforce from the wings.
I mean, please correct me if I’m wrong, but the whole idea for DRS was as a stop gap measure until the new regulations came in, after which it would be scrapped. I would say I’m of a majority that doesn’t like DRS but could live with it as a temporary measure. Now its basically permanent I’m sick at the sight of it.
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