In the round-up: Jenson Button acknowledges he may not start another Formula One race after Sunday if he fails to keep his place at McLaren.
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“I’ve had some good chats with people about racing in WEC. Who knows! It looks very interesting and you obviously give it a bit of a thought.”
“The problem is you have to bolt the parts onto the car and that takes hours to do so for me to do that tomorrow is impossible.”
“An experiment with a Le Mans-style ‘slow zone’ in FP1 and FP2 today did not work, so the FIA is switching its focus back to a virtual safety car as it addresses the yellow flag issue for next year.”
Finbarr O’Connell: “I’m clearly trying to sell the business, but another thing I have to do is investigate how the business was run, and anybody who has run it improperly or who owes it money, I have a duty to investigate them.”
“Finbarr O’Connell has run gold mines, Ukrainian wheat farms and been on standby to take over a nuclear power plant, but running a beleaguered Formula One team still ranks among the Irishman’s more bizarre and demanding challenges.”
“Win or lose Hamilton represents the best of Britain, an ethnic beacon and raving good news story at the end of a week in which a gormless football club chairman reminded us that the fight against prejudice and casual racism in sport is far from won.”
“If Hamilton finishes top two — as he has done in the last six races — order will reign and the integrity of the event will be maintained. If Hamilton finishes lower — or worst-case scenario, not at all — a sport already beleaguered by courtroom battles and economic crisis will plunge towards its greatest controversy yet.”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) November 21, 2014
Jean Todt hasn't said a word publicly about F1's cost crisis in weeks. He has thanked the FIA's 7 partners for their prize-giving though
— Daniel Johnson (@danielt_johnson) November 21, 2014
Bernie told me a couple of hours ago that he would like to go back to the V8 next year if he could. Wonder what Honda would think…
— Adam Cooper (@adamcooperF1) November 21, 2014
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Comment of the day
My first thought was why don’t Lotus replace everything and then get a pit lane start. Then I realised that maybe they have too many of some of their sixth parts (or even third or fourth) still unused (e.g. Energy Store and control electronics). In this case it seems like:
1. The penalty system isn’t quite right yet because his penalty seems to be worse than if he was on a sixth of all parts (i.e. complete sixth power unit).
2. Have Lotus shot themselves in the foot by not using components at least once sooner to make sure they could do a complete sixth power unit in this circumstance. Surely it’s possible to run all of the five available pieces by the last third of the season, even if just for a single practice session, so that the option of a complete sixth power unit is available should it be preferable in terms of the penalty.
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