In the round-up: Frank Williams says Adam Parr, the team’s chairman, is his “natural successor”.
“He’s a young man and physically fit like I was at his age. He’s not a racer but, in a way, that’s probably an advantage in these distinctly commercial days. He’s very good at making financial decisions and working out cost-to-benefit. And he can hold his own in the Formula 1 meetings.”
“Even though in theory the pull-rod link can be thinner than a push rod, its extreme angle here neutralises any potential weight gain. Furthermore, because the pull rod is mounted to the top wishbone, greater loads are applied to the wishbone, which hence has to be stronger – and heavier – than it would have been.”
“Of course it is a shame that we can’t test in Barcelona … [But] safety comes first,”
“The arrangement would almost certainly be in alternation with the Belgian GP, with Spa getting races in 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020 and 2022; and there being a French event in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021.”
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Comment of the day
No one can fault Patrese for being patriotic, but Ferrari can only hire who they believe to be the best drivers for there team.
When one looks at Mercedes its a German team with two German drivers, McLaren a British team with two British drivers. However, out of those four men three of them are former world champions and that’s the difference. Being from the same country is nice but its strength in depth and quality that decides who goes where, as in the best footballers always end up at the biggest clubs and the best drivers always wind up at the best F1 teams.
For me though, I have sympathy for Massa. Too many of us are quick to forget the events of Hockenheim 2010, when Felipe, still getting back to form from a near fatal crash the year before, was ordered to allow his team mate to pass him in order to win a Grand Prix. Personally, I don’t think Massa has either forgotten or recovered from this event from the very team he almost won the title with in 2008.
Could you imagine the stink you would get if McLaren ordered Hamilton to give up a win to Button or vice versa, I doubt they would do it and rightly so. I am not belittling Felipe, he’s a good guy and has a lot of heart, but Ferrari screwed him over in Germany and thats all there is to it.
If I were a driver with prospects of driving for Ferrari, one of my questions would be if the team would put me in that position? They all do it, but Ferrari at the moment has the distinct impression of being Fernando Alonso’s team and I imagine that has not gone unnoticed by the other drivers.
If the Italians do decide to dump Massa, and it is a real possibility, they have to go with youth. I would personally put Sergio Perez in the car alongside Alonso and have done with it, mixing both youth with experience. Lets also remember the possibility that Fernando almost certainly has a vocal opinion on who his team mate should or should not be also, but Patrese is really living in la la land if he thinks there is an Italian driver of F1 standard out there at the moment.
From the forum
- Reliving the 2008 championship showdown
- Pictures of some of the new GP2 teams and drivers in testing
- The first race of the new IndyCar season will be shown on Sky’s F1 channel in the UK
On this day in F1
Today is leap year day – so which drivers from F1 history can claim this date as their birthday?
One of them is Masten Gregory, who achieved a trio of podium finishes in the fifties for Maserati and Cooper. Gregory, who won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1965, passed away in 1985.
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