In the round-up: Adrian Newey concedes the mid-season tyre compound change played into Red Bull’s hands.
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“‘Going back to 2012 tyres, for sure, helped us,’ said Newey, while adding there was “no single magic bullet’ and other factors also played a part.’The 2013 tyres were much more load sensitive. It was much more easy to damage them if you put too much load into them.'”
“The investigation by Swiss prosecutors was triggered by the receipt of third party complaint. It will attempt to establish the facts of the case, whether it falls under Swiss jurisdiction and whether the payment was criminal under Swiss law. No charges have been laid.”
“The delays have slowed Formula One’s progress toward a planned share sale. The racing circuit suspended plans for an initial public offering in June of last year, citing market conditions, and hasn’t resurrected the plans amid Ecclestone’s legal wrangles.”
“At the start of the season it looked like it could be anyone’s title shot but from the summer [Sebastian Vettel’s] not let anyone even look at the trophy. He’s just ran away with it. It’s very impressive and I can’t wait to have the best in the world as my team mate.”
Newey: “I’m not saying he won’t disobey team orders again. But he will learn how to handle things.”
Lewis Hamilton: “He’s on his way to being the greatest F1 driver – if he isn’t already.”
“A big compliment and many congratulations to Sebastian – terrific performance from him and his team, cool year, he really deserves this fourth title!”
“These are crucial weeks that we have ahead of us to the end of the year, because the work we are doing in preparation for 2014 is vital if we want to be the team that puts an end to this Red Bull dominance, just as we and Fernando have been their main rivals over the past four seasons.”
“We managed to complete a clean race and it’s a great result. There’s no question that I had a lot of pressure – and always great champions can perform with pressure.”
“When I drove the cars it was just raw racing. Most of the drivers can get really technical with the car in terms of set-up, ride height, cambers and this kind of things. For me Formula Three was the time when I learned all this stuff. Formula Three is just the best school for Formula One.
“Red Bull might have found a way to attach the tea tray such that heat expansion in the materials used in its mountings raise the tray by 1 or 2mm at higher speeds, when increased downforce is naturally compressing the car closer to the ground.”
Gary Anderson: “I believe Pirelli has gone too far in making the tyres softer again to try to provoke more pit stops. If there is only one pit stop sometimes, so be it. I would rather watch a good, hard, race-long battle between two cars fighting for position than tyres dictating how the race unfolds.”
“How do you turn F1 into a show without also turning it into a pantomime? I have been much taken with the measures made by Alan Gow and others into turning the BTCC into a true spectacle once more. If you like close, hard racing from first lap to last, it’s a one-stop shop.”
“The good news is that 2014 will bring with it a big regulation change, with a move from 2.4 litre V8s to 1.6 litre V6 turbos, and a lot more besides that. It will be a clean sheet for everyone. The bad news is that the Red Bull designer, Adrian Newey, is at his best when presented with a fresh challenge.”
“I feel that customer cars in F1 would actually improve the show, as long as the majority of cars on the grid were bespoke designs. I also feel that as this customer cars issue has been on the table for so long now it is almost certain that sooner or later customer cars will return to F1.”
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@Chiefboltkennyh Congratulations, Kenny, your 4th Constructors' Championship with Red Bull, and a career 6th. Not bad. I taught you well…
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Comment of the day
While Vettel claims the big records a couple of drivers are closing on some unwanted ones, as Julien points out:
Adrian Sutil can break the record for most races without a podium next year (if he still drives in Formula 1). Sutil has 106 races under his belt with a best finish of fourth.
The record holder is Pierluigi Martini with 118 grands prix without a podium, fourth is also his best finish. If Sutil is able to score a podium in the future he is by far the record holder for races before first podium Martin Brundle holds that record with 91 races before his first podium.
Also Charles Pic is on his way to a record in Formula One: most races without scoring a point.
Luca Badoer holds this record with 51 races without a point. Although with the modern point system he would have scored 26 points.
Pic has driven 36 races without scoring a point. If he drives with Caterham in Formula One next year, which is pretty certain, He has a good chance of breaking the record.
And if he does score points than he can also break the record of most races before the first points. That record is currently held by Nicola Larini with 44 races before he scored his first points.
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Happy birthday to Gavin Brown and Striay!
On this day in F1
And a happy birthday to Tiff Needell who turns 62 today. He made two appearances in F1 in 1980, taking over from the injured Clay Regazzoni at Ensign.
His recent autobiography details his subsequent career in sports cars, touring acrs and the BBC’s Top Gear series, and is worth a read:
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