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“Do not fear change, be proactive and have the courage to come up with ideas. I know you can do it and that’s what Ferrari needs.”
Mercedes’ chief designer John Owen: “Our rivals seem to have sacked half their companies – so I think they are in a bit of a difficult situation.”
“Big sponsors are beginning to sever their ties with Michael Schumacher as doubts remain over the F1 legend’s recovery for his ski accident.”
“McLaren boss Ron Dennis, whose team would be required to supply a third car if the numbers on the grid drop to 16 or less, has said that he is minded to help the struggling teams, rather than go the third car route. His view is shared by many, but not all, his peers.”
“The Indian tycoon has had less time for partying as he tries to fend off the banks and other creditors chasing him for the debts that were left unpaid when Kingfisher went under.”
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) December 13, 2014
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Comment of the day
Alex is unimpressed with Bernie Ecclestone’s latest interview which featured in yesterday’s round-up:
There is simply no logic in his thinking, no acceptance of facts, no understanding of consequence and no responsibility taken. For example:
“I said we have got this bloody engine and it is a secret. Nobody has told the world what it does and how a wonderful piece of engineering it is…”
Whose job is that? The teams? The engine manufacturers? The press? The sports commercial rights holders? Who should lead that? Some social media would be a good start.
In the meantime, he’s doing his own bad press with interviews like this.
Alex Brown (@Splittimes)
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From the forum
- Sebastian Buemi won the Formula E Punta del Este ePrix after pole sitter Jean-Eric Vergne dropped out while pressuring him for the lead
New McLaren driver Fernando Alonso also attended Ferrari’s end-of-season lunch and met Maurizio Arrivabene, the man who replaced Marco Mattiacci as team principal on the day after Alonso’s last race for them.
Happy birthday to Dermot Farrelly and Carlo Grlj!
On this day in F1
Tony Fernandes gave notice of his new F1 team’s intentions by announcing two grand prix winners would drive for him five years ago today. Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli were the first appointed Lotus drivers since Alessandro Zanardi and Mika Salo at the end of 1994.