In the round-up: Eddie Irvine ridicules the controversial new F1 rule which will award double points for the last race of the season.
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“I think Formula One has lost its way. This latest rule of double points for the last race is insanity. That actually made me realise I am not going to watch another race until that rule gets kicked out. That is just embarrassing. It really is. They should be ashamed of themselves.”
“I will not compromise the quality of drivers for money. I will not let down all of my people in Silverstone who are so passionate about designing and building a competitive race car and then compromise the car on the track by taking a driver who is not the very best, simply because he brings money to the table.”
“I think I have proven that I am part of the best drivers and that’s how I consider myself.”
“Paul di Resta and his father Louis were accused of being ‘totally unreliable witnesses’ who became ‘fixated’ by the prospect of a multimillion-pound sponsorship windfall, as the damages lawsuit brought by the Scottish driver’s former manager Anthony Hamilton continued in the High Court on Tuesday.”
“If the regulations continue to become ever more restrictive we’ll eventually get the point where the car’s more or less designed by the rulebook.”
“This rule change threatens to devalue the entire championship. The entire sport.”
“It is a fundamental principle of sport that the best person wins. The latest F1 idea flies in the face of that. They are creating a lottery which could deny the best for the sake of resuscitating flagging interest. And making the sport even more artificial than it is now.”
No estoy seguro si eso favorecería la aerodinámica… I guess not good for aero performance.. pic.twitter.com/HasXbgQu1g
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Comment of the day
Can we put to rest the canard using [Sebastien] Bourdais to marginalize Vettel’s win? The win is only one metric. Look at the season as a whole.
Vettel had nine points finishes to Bourdais’ two. Look at the way both finished the season after Monza: Vettel – 5th, 6th, 9th, 4th; Bourdais 12th, 10th, 13th, 14th.
As for the win, one of the more impressive things is that he didn’t bin it. Look at Hulkenberg last year in Brazil, he really should have won the race, P2 at the minimum, but he did collide with Hamilton, and while the penalty was harsh (it was more a racing incident), it shouldn’t have happened.
Vettel had 35 points in 2008, more than both Red Bulls drivers and Bourdais combined. And he was only 21 years old. At Monaco, he qualified 18th, but finished 5th (if any driver did that today they’d be hailed as the second coming).
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Onofre Marimon was born 90 years ago today. He drove alongside his great Argentinian compatriot Juan Manuel Fangio at Maserati in 1953, finishing on the podium at Spa. He did so again the following year at Silverstone, but during practice for the following race at the Nurbrgring he crashed and was killed.
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