Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“Speaking to Italian network SKY Tg24, Luca di Montezemolo said: ‘It is the contribution that Ferrari can make to this story.'”
“While Indian officials said that the gesture was not in the right spirit, Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi has complimented Ferrari for the move. ‘This shows that the entire country stands behind the marines’ said Terzi.”
“Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association) I have read it, and obviously you’re making a point regarding the two sailors that are in dispute with…
SD: No, no, that’s not true.
Q: (Ian Parkes – Press Association) It’s on the website. I’ve read what’s on the website. You’re saying that it’s for the two sailors.
SD: It’s not true, to be honest, what you’re saying.”
The page Parkes referred to says: “Ferrari pays tribute to one of the outstanding entities of our country, also in the hope that the Indian and Italian authorities will soon find a solution to the situation currently involving two sailors from the Italian Navy.”
Ferrari added a new page yesterday claiming “Ferrari wishes to make it clear that this initiative does not have, nor should it be seen as having, any political implication”.
Ted Kravitz: “Sam Michael told us at lunchtime that Lewis Hamilton was running parts for next year but McLaren didn’t tell Hamilton because they didn’t want him to know what they were.”
“[Sam Michael] said it was routine for drivers to be relatively unaware of the fine detail of their technical evaluation programmes.”
“Michael is a driver who gets very deeply involved with a team. He is not the kind of driver who just turns up on a race weekend, drives the car and goes away again. He was aware of what was happening and as I just said, the Lewis matter evolved. There was not one day where we said this is what we are going to do. Such a decision – like all big decisions – develops.”
“Sources suggest that Ferrari has given up its historic right of veto over rule changes, but does have the casting vote in the new F1 Strategy Group.”
Christian Horner: “Absolutely, he will be here in 2014, no doubt about it.”
“They asked our lawyers in Germany. They said could we have 400 million back? I did not respond. There is no point, is there?”
“Amazingly Bruce, who had last won a Grand Epreuve no less than six years before at Monaco in 1962, thought he had only finished second in the 1968 Belgian GP at Spa, only to be alerted that he had done one better as he pulled up on the exit of the La Source hairpin to save himself the stress and strain of an extra nine mile down lap.”
My look ahead to qualifying for Unibet.
If Ferrari wanted to support their navy they could have done so in Monza. To do so here can only be taken as a provocative politicised act.
— The Buxton Blog (@thebuxtonblog) October 26, 2012
I would like to maintain that the code motorsport is apolitical and non religious and any sensationalism is misplaced and uncalled for .
— Vicky Chandhok (@vickychandhok) October 26, 2012
Comment of the day
@Thejudge13 joins those perplexed by Ferrari’s political stunt.
Ferrari at times appear barely capable of managing the politics of a mere racing car business, so how on earth were they persuaded that they had the deftness of touch to intervene in the delicacies of an international diplomatic dispute between two sovereign governments?
To be fair to the often maligned Mr Ecclestone, he has recognised the political time bomb Ferrari have dropped and is quickly into damage limitation mode on first practice day in India. […]
And guess what – Nothing from monsieur Todt.
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On this day in F1
On this day in 1957 a non-championship race was held in Morocco ahead of the race which would concluded the 1958 championship season.
Tony Brooks took pole position but retired with an electrical problem on his Vanwall. Jean Behra, who had started second, won the race for Maserati, followed by Brooks’ team mate Stuart Lewis-Evans.
Image © Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo