In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says Michael Schumacher shouldn’t have made a return to Formula One.
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Bernie Ecclestone: “With hindsight Schumacher shouldn’t have started [his comeback]. How would he have performed if he was in a Red Bull? Or a Ferrari? I suppose when he went there [to Mercedes] he expected the team to do a lot better than they have.”
“I think Lewis was just playing things down. I’m sure in his heart he wants to win and set pole positions, but he understands the journey we must go on.”
“As a lot of teams have, we’ve struggled to get it working and in the right region, and there just needs to be a bigger band of working range for everyone. It just makes it a little bit more fair. Some guys luck in to the tyres with their car at the start of the year and others luck out.”
“Having looked at the different bids, West Ham has now been named as preferred bidder in a move that will end the dreams of an F1 race around the park, which hosted the successful London Games this summer.”
“Rolex, the leading luxury watchmaking brand and a pioneer of sports sponsorship, will become a major long-term partner of Formula One from 2013 as Official Timekeeper and Official Timepiece.”
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) December 5, 2012
Just had the most pathetic slow speed 'crash' on some ice into the @MercedesAMGF1 car park, much to the gate-house attendant's amusement.
— Anthony Davidson (@antdavidson) December 5, 2012
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Comment of the day
GT_Racer believes the original proposal to reintroduce ground effect aerodynamics in F1 from 2014 was a good one:
A lot of people seem to believe that the scrapping of ground effects for 2014 was good because ground effects is too dangerous and would cause cars to take off and fly a lot easier. This is simply not true.
What was proposed for 2014 was not the full on ground effects that was seen in the early eighties, It was a more limited form similar to what is been used in many other open wheel categories around the world (GP2 and the new for 2012 IndyCar for example).
Categories that use the sort of ground effects that was planned for F1 in 2014 are not more dangerous and do not see cars flying through the air any more often than is seen in F1 currently and its all down to wheel to wheel contact rather than cars simply taking off for no reason because there running ground effects.
There were problems with ground effects in the early eighties, Problems caused purely by the fact cars were scraping the floor and had practically no suspension. Advances in technology and a better understanding of ground effects would erase these problems even if a full-on return with sliding skirts etc… was on the cards.
If the designers/engineers believed the proposed ground effects rules for 2014 were dangerous they would never had proposed them and the FIA would never have accepted/implemented them.
The reason the plan was eventually scrapped was purely because teams believed it would increase the cost’s too much as they would have to totally scrap current designs, plus they believe DRS is great and is working perfectly well so any big aero changes are no longer needed.
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