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“Although there is little desire for a total ban on team radio, it is understood that efforts will be made to outlaw specific communications from the pits that help drivers with their performance.”
Eric Boullier: “I don’t think we’ll go to eight teams and three cars per team next year and definitely not in such a short-term notice. I think everybody is aware of this and I think F1 is aware of that as well.”
“Q: You are serving as interim team principal – will your permanent replacement in that role be a real racer again?
Gerard Lopez: The answer is yes. We are in the process of looking at that. That should be decided sooner rather than later to be fully integrated in 2015.”
Ron Dennis: “Don’t expect it (success) today, maybe not even during the course of this year but I can absolutely and categorically assure you we are back.”
“The tiddler teams, who could help [GP2 championship leader Jolyon] Palmer become a serious F1 driver, need $10 million to $15 million (roughly £6.2 million to £9.3 million) from a driver to guarantee a seat – and there are plenty of foreign drivers out there with budgets provided by the governments and industrial sponsors.”
“The name of former Mercedes technical director Bob Bell has again cropped up in connection with a future role at Ferrari as Marco Mattiacci continues his restructuring programme.”
Didn't get the result we expected in Monza but the wheel 2 wheel combat was mega! The racing is great in F1 right now & long may it continue
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) September 9, 2014
Reducing communication via team radio is hopefully just a first step. Ban telemetry completely! Driver's skills should be more crucial.
— Timo Gans (@TimoGans) September 9, 2014
In my opinion F1team radio clampdown could be dangerous if will be introduced in Singapore. TeamsDrivers need time to review race management
— Roberto Chinchero (@RobChinchero) September 9, 2014
Switching off all team radio comms would be a massive backward step IMO. It's been one of the best developments of recent years #f1
— Byron Young (@byronf1) September 9, 2014
Applied for American and Russian visas this morning. Unless sanctions bite sporting events, can't see Sochi being cancelled.
— Daniel Johnson (@danielt_johnson) September 9, 2014
— Ben Constanduros (@BenConsty) September 9, 2014
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Comment of the day
DaveW says Luca di Montezemolo’s problems at Ferrari are as much to do with his strategy for the road car business as the F1 team’s performance:
I think FIAT’s board doesn’t necessarily share this view of Ferrari’s business. Yes, Montezemolo has turned Ferrari into one of the world’s most valuable luxury brands, in part, through limiting production.
But FIAT is in business to make money, and you don’t grow the brand enough by licensing sports shoes and amusement parks. You make it by moving more product at a high margin. Iim sure that FIAT’s board has seen what Wolkswagen has done with Lamborghini, and what Porsche has done, and have a mighty hankering for the top-line numbers of those firms. Porsche, over the howls of purists, massively expanded sales and revenues by building the Cayenne, and is about to start stacking mountains of paper with the Macan. Lamborghini is about start its own SUVs. VW is even taking Bentley into a volume direction with an SUV coming there too.
Montezemolo’’s philosophy is not in line with basic reality for a subsidiary of a major corporation–you have to continually increase profits, shares, and revenues. The purists will howl, but Montezemolo will be gone, and Ferrari soon enough will be building SUVs in a couple sizes and a probably a volume turbo GT below the California. Perhaps even a proper full-size saloon a la the Ghibli or Quattroporte.
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On this day in F1
The leaking of a statement made by Nelson Piquet Jnr to the FIA five years ago today fuelled the controversy surrounding the Renault team’s victory in the previous year’s Singapore Grand Prix.
- Statement by Nelson Piquet Jnr on his Singapore crash leaked online
- Crashgate’s shadow still lingers five years on
And 25 years ago today Alain Prost inherited victory in the Italian Grand Prix when his McLaren team mate Ayrton Senna retired with a blown engine.
Prost, who had already announced his impending move to Ferrari, delivered a calculated blow to team principal Ron Dennis by giving the trophy to the fans. With four races remaining he headed Senna by 20 points in the championship.
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