Friday, October 18, 2013

Di Resta’s Force India future uncertain, suggests manager | F1 Fanatic Round-up

Paul di Resta, Force India, Korea International Circuit, 2013In the round-up: Paul di Resta is currently in a ‘tricky situation’ with Force India, according to manager Richard Goddard.


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Paul Di Resta: ‘No guarantees’ over Force India driver’s F1 future (BBC)[1]

Richard Goddard: “It’s difficult to know what will happen – there are a lot of drivers in the sport with money and a lot of teams that need money. That is probably the biggest issue, that it is not just outright talent that gets you a seat in the car any more.”

Can you solve the mystery of Nico Rosberg’s missing helmet? (CNN)[2]

“Can you solve the mystery of the missing helmet because Formula One driver Nico Rosberg needs your help. In a bid to track down the protective head gear, which he claims was stolen from a garage at the Nurburgring Circuit in Germany in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Mercedes driver has enlisted his fans’ detective skills.”

Renault downplays fears that F1 races could be boring in 2014 – (Autosport)[3]

Renault F1 technical director Naoki Tokunaga: “In terms of spectacle, I think the races will be different but still be exciting. At a circuit where you are limited to fuel, if you go flat out then you will not make the finish. Because you have to save fuel, it means there will be a difference between average power use through races and the maximum power available.”

McLaren can expect engine parity in 2014 – Mercedes (ESPN F1)[4]

Toto Wolff: “McLaren is a customer and we have long history with McLaren, so we will do everything to support them from Mercedes’ point of view. We are in modern times so there is no such thing as different specs [of engine] and different specs are not allowed by the regulations anyway.”

Kevin Magnussen on the shortlist to take Marussia’s second seat next season (Sky)

“Magnussen is part of McLaren’s young driver programme and is on track to clinch this year’s Formula Renault 3.5 Series championship. McLaren Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh is determined to get the 21-year-old a drive for next year and Marussia, who rely on McLaren for part of their technical operation, are an option.”

The Finishing Line – with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas ([6]

“The best cure for a hangover is…
VB: A Finn would probably say ‘have another drink’. But salty food also does the trick.”

Valencia slams Catalunya over F1 alternation ([7]

“Valencia president Alberto Fabra his hit out at his Catalunya counterpart for reneging on plans to alternate Spain’s two grands prix. Fabra, president of the Generalitat Valenciana, this week confirmed reports the Spanish port city will no longer host a formula one street race.”

Alonso team continues planning for 2015 (Cycling News)[8]

“Although Fernando Alonso’s proposed takeover of Euskaltel-Euskadi’s licence for next year ultimately came to nothing, the Formula 1 driver is proceeding with his plans to unveil a new top-level team for the 2015 season.”


Comment of the day

Max Chilton may feel that he is worthy of a seat in F1 next year, but F1Fanatic reader Chris[9] isn’t so sure.

I disagree with Chilton, I don’t think he deserves a seat for next year. Yes he’s been consistent by finishing every race, but he hasn’t shown that he’s got the raw speed, as he’s been consistently 0.8-0.3 tenths slower than Jules, sometimes more!

I don’t know how much money he (his father) brings to the team, but I suspect it’s quite a lot considering Marussia chose him over Timo Glock. And obviously that will go in his favour, but on a talent based analysis, I don’t think he’s done enough to earn that seat.

That’s no knock against him as a person, I think he seems like a really nice guy. And I know it’s tough as a rookie at the back of the grid but there haven’t been any huge outstanding performances so far (except maybe Suzuka qualy).

From the forum

With the latest official F1 game from Codemasters having been released[11], how are players getting on in career mode[12]?

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On this day in F1

Ludovico Scarfiotti, the last Italian driver to win the Italian Grand Prix for Ferrari, was born 80 years ago today. Scarfiotti only occasionally raced in F1 and mainly served in Ferrari’s sports car team.

But in 1966, at the wheel of Ferrari’s glorious V12-engined car, he led a one-two for the team ahead of Mike Parkes. But within 12 months of that win he had fallen out with the team and left.

He died in 1968 following a crash at a hillclimb competition in Germany.

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