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Drivers Rating for the season thus far (James Allen)
Italian sports paper Gazzetta dello Sport has today published its rankings of the F1 drivers for the season so far.
In first position with 10 points is championship leader Sebastian Vettel. Gazzetta says “This year he seems like Alain Prost, when it seems the right moment to settle, he does so without trying to win at all costs. He’s running away with it and it’s hard to imagine him not getting a fourth title.” James remarks dryly that it is an interesting view as in Malaysia Vettel could not stop himself going for the win.
Bottom of the table are the newcomer trio of Gutierrez, Van der Garde and Chilton.
What are your thoughts on the driver of the season thus far and if you had to score them out of ten, would you agree with the ratings from Gazzetta?
7 Hamilton, Rosberg
6.5 Grosjean, Button, Di Resta
6 Hulkenberg, Webber, Bianchi
5.5 Ricciardo, Maldonado, Bottas, Sutil, Perez
5 Massa, Vergne, Pic
4 Gutierrez, Van der Garde, Chilton
The McLaren boys are back in town
From Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Facebook page, “Rested, refuelled and back from the summer shutdown, great to have the boys back in the race bays. Bring on Belgium“.
Think we will see them on the podium this season?
Sauber’s Russian investment (the lack thereof)
TJ13 reported last week that Sauber claimed to have received an initial payment from their Russian investors and have paid their drivers. It was also mentioned that suppliers like Ferrari have not been paid yet and according to Bild, Pirelli is also looking for their money.
To compound problems, it now appears that the National Institute of Aviation Technologies (NIAT) deal has met further delays.Their board of directors have voted against the investment.
“The Russian sponsor rescue could fail. According to our information, the NIAT board has voted by large majority against the EUR 400 million investment,” reports Bild.
Ecclestone is less forgiving saying if Sauber wanted to he can sell the team…
Ferrari considering switch development to 2014
Felipe Massa said Ferrari will use the next couple of races to determine when they should shift full focus to their 2014 challenger. In an interview with Brazil’s newspaper ‘Totalrace’ Massa said, “We are already thinking about next season,”
Massa went on to confirm what we already know, they have been working on the 2014 car for some time (TJ13 reported earlier this year that Rory Bryne was drafted in to start the design on the 2014 car).
One can only hope that Ferrari
have sorted will have sorted their wind tunnel by the time the car gets aero tested…