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“Ecclestone has this year been pushing for the big teams to supply customer cars to be run by smaller teams, but he says his preference for small teams such as Caterham to survive. ‘I’d rather not lose the teams,’ he said.”
“Although the cars are being shipped on Saturday, Kolles said it would be possible to get them away even if the team only gets access to the factory a few hours before they are due to leave.”
“The previous owners of the Caterham F1 team failed to pay over £256,000 in legal fees before the team was sold to a consortium in June, court documents show.”
Schumacher’s doctor “I have seen some progress but I would say give him time. It’s like other patients, we are in a timescale that ranges from one year to three years, so it takes patience.”
“I have achieved my objective to complete 300 km without making any mistakes and at a good speed.”
Red Bull will not remain as personal sponsors to Sebastian Vettel when he makes his expected switch to Ferrari next year.
Italian weekly Autosprint is already worried about next year’s Ferrari, claiming it’s slower than their current model based on simulations.
“Mexican driver Sergio Perez, recruited to McLaren last year, was bankrolled by telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim, for example. But then it boils down to talent. Perez, incidentally, didn’t last long in F1.”
“Bernie Ecclestone’s big mistake in his initial approach to the Russian Grand Prix was one of timing. The then Soviet Union had no need for Formula One, with an image that was firmly fixed in the minds of the majority of the world’s television audiences.”
“In truth, we, the Formula One community, are still focused on Jules [Bianchi]. Of course we are. We are all hoping and praying for him daily.”
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) October 23, 2014
Spoke to a source at Caterham and there is a serious danger of Caterham F1 not making Austin, Brazil or Abu Dhabi.
— Ben Hunt (@benjhunt) October 23, 2014
— The Sheriffs Office (@sheriffsonline) October 23, 2014
One wonders if people sending out statements currently understand UK libel law?
— Racecar Engineering (@RacecarEngineer) October 23, 2014
With these ridiculous Caterham statements flying back and to it's easy to understand why Bernie thinks "it's better they go".
— Formula Money (@FormulaMoney) October 23, 2014
As Ecclestone lets another team collapse in a sport awash with cash it's easy to understand why many think 'it's better that he goes'. #F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) October 23, 2014
So this is the helmet I'll be racing with in Abu Dhabi, the contest was won by Andrea Menardo. Looks great! 😃 pic.twitter.com/f6mxJ1LY7a
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) October 23, 2014
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Comment of the day
Will Gene Haas’s team sink or swim in F1? @Bullmello is optimistic:
I think Haas has the ability to make it in F1.
He is already in the business of racing and knows what kind of commitment it takes.
He is bringing partners and sponsors on board, but is also self sufficient financially. He is not dependent on OPM (Other People’s Money).
He is partnering with the most iconic team in F1. Not always the most successful on the track, but certainly the team with the most clout in F1. Success on the track is cyclical and Haas knows that. As Haas learns and becomes more established in F1 he can adapt and change partners if needed. First, a team needs to become established, then find whatever it takes to improve. Ferrari have made some changes and maybe they will have more success within the next few seasons. Maybe Haas has tied in with Ferrari at just the right moment, time will tell.
His expectations are realistic. His future in F1 is not tied to winning races in his second or third season or else. He has stated five years to see what they can do. Some teams come into F1 with very unrealistic expectations only to disappoint everyone including their investors and then the money runs out.
Haas can adapt. Already he has changed some of his original plans and adapted. Part of this is due to the fact he did not rush to make it to the grid in 2015. That was a good move. It has given Haas more time to see what will work and what may not work.
All these points make it more likely that Haas will be in F1 for the long haul. Success on the track will be determined by many different factors and fortunes over the next few years. Within that time frame (starting in 2016) I would certainly give Haas better chances than Caterham, Marussia, Lotus or Sauber. It’s sad to think some or all of those teams may not even be on the grid in 2016. Over the first five years for Haas I would hope they have more success than Toyota did, for example. We shall see.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Adam Tate!
On this day in F1
Juan Pablo Montoya departed Williams with a victory in the Brazilian Grand Prix ten years ago today.
He defeated his future McLaren team mate Kimi Raikkonen and pole sitter Rubens Barrichello, who had to settle for third. Here’s Montoya’s final lap:
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