In the round-up: Outgoing Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says Fernando Alonso is on his way out of the team.
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“Fernando is leaving for two reasons. One, he wants another environment. Two, because he is an age when he cannot wait to win again.”
“‘I don’t think we will change our mind in the next month, whenever the commission meeting is going to take place,’ said Wolff, who added that any relaxation would only increase costs.”
“I was very surprised to hear Kamui referring to some mileage-saving instruction coming from the team’s management: we saw via telemetry that there was a potential issue with the brakes and we decided to avoid any risks; Kamui officially confirmed this as well and I’d like to add that he had also asked us to change the previous set before qualifying because he felt some vibration.”
“The FIA has written to Formula One teams asking them to bring forward any information that may be relevant to the investigation into Jules Bianchi’s Japanese Grand Prix accident.”
Eric Boullier: “To make sure that we are ready at the launch of the new cars in 2015 we’ve decided to build a development car, as Honda needs to check all the multiple systems. We also need to check the IT link between track and Woking and between track and Japan. So as not to have to focus on these things too much in the test season, we’ve decided to run a development car programme.”
“Lewis Hamilton claimed it was ‘very cool’ to have met Putin on the podium last weekend. The issue that received rather less analysis – certainly from rights-holders Sky, so terrified of offending Ecclestone that they depicted Russia solely in terms of the blue sky and the lovely Black Sea waters – is the scandal of a sport lionising Putin after his annexation of Crimea and the months of bloodshed in Ukraine.”
— David Coulthard (@therealdcf1) October 15, 2014
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Comment of the day
MattDS believes Red Bull’s young driver development programme should be praised, not criticised:
Take McLaren. Tell me how many drivers they have promoted to F1 in the past, like, 15 years? I can name two. Take Ferrari. How many have they promoted to F1 these past 15 years? Two, three? How many were promoted to the main team?
Then take the Red Bull Junior Team. The main team has had one driver from the junior team in their ranks for years now, and since this year both the drivers come from the junior team. And the confidence is so big that next year again they will partner Ricciardo and the very young Kvyat instead of going for, for example, Alonso. Name me one team that, in the past 20 years, have ran a line-up existing solely of their own youth products. And now we’re only talking the main team – there’s lots of other drivers who have gotten a shot at F1 through the programme. More than the other young driver programmes combined.
That whole “dropping them without plan B” thing is nonsense. Sure, Buemi and Alguersuari were left caught out by poor timing. But they had about three years to prove themselves, any F1 team could have taken notice for the year after, but nobody did. The fact that Buemi still works for them and is happy in doing so speaks volumes.
As for Vergne, well, he was informed well in advance. He also had three full seasons to prove himself. And again, any team interested in him can sign him.
How can you possibly slate the one programme that actually allows their drivers to reach F1 on a regular basis? With Verstappen and Sainz or Lynn next year, that’s seven drivers in seven seasons. On average one per season! How on earth can you criticise that?
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On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher won the 1994 European Grand Prix 20 years ago today, moving five points clear of Damon Hill in the drivers’ championship.
Check back here later today for an article on this race as part of F1 Fanatic’s 1994 season retrospective.
Image © Ferrari/Ercole Colombo