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Lauda turns councillor.. 22:41
Roscoe not well 12:21
McLaren CEO Jonathan Neal believes it will be a challenge for McLaren to win races this year and double points finishes are their best chance.
“Both drivers are capable of scoring points and we have seen some double figure points scores, which is always pleasing.”
He added that the team is now focussing on their 2014 challenger “The areas that we’re working on this car are areas that, either directly or indirectly, are relevant to our 2014 campaign“.
So if you are a McLaren fan, get a bottle of Johnnie Walker whiskey and enjoy it. It could be the most enjoyment you will have this season that is McLaren related…
Lauda turns councillor.. (Telegraph)
If it is not enough for Niki Lauda to be telling everyone in Formula 1 how to do things he has now turned his attention to women who undergo plastic surgery.
“It means they can’t stand whoever they are. I’ve had a lot of incidents in the past where people were wondering how I looked,”
He added, “You have to have enough personality to overcome this beauty bull—- and find the strength to love yourself the way you are“.
If you say so Niki…
Tyre supplier change still a possibility
Amongst the F1 silly season chatter of which seats will be filled by which drivers comes the reminder that the 2014 tyre supplier to Formula One is still not decided. With no sign of a new contract for Pirelli to be announced, it is a difficult time for all parties involved.
The Italian manufacturer cannot properly prepare for next year, whilst the FIA would find it very difficult to convince another supplier to take over the tyre responsibilities of the sport given that the trackside advertising for 2014 is already signed to Pirelli. Furthermore, the teams cannot begin to adapt to any changes to the boots they run in.
McLaren’s managing director, Jonathan Neale, has said the British team is “assuming” Pirelli will get an eleventh-hour extension to its contract. However, there was also the admission of a possible ‘curveball.’
Neale applauded Pirelli’s reaction to the tyre-exploding crisis of the British Grand Prix. However, he did express concern about this weekend’s high-speed circuit at Spa-Francorchamps. The high loads that the tyres experience will be the closest simulation for the new tyres, to that of Silverstone.
It seems with the low levels of activity at Woking at the moment, the focus has well and truly been turned on to the 2014 car. An earlier admission of there being only a slim chance of getting on the podium this year shows just how bleak this year has been for the team.
Sirotkin to do a demonstration run at Sochi
Speed Week is reporting that Sirotkin will have his debut in a Formula 1 car on the 27th September. The demonstration was requested by Sauber’s new investors and will form part of the International Investment Forum held at Sochi.
As to the relevance of Formula 1, Sauber Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn said, “The demonstration run is part of the International Investment Forum in Sochi, during which the there is also a motorsport part,” It will be the first time a Formula 1 car will be driven in Sochi.
The young Russian already had his seat fitting and is meeting with the team physiotherapist today (Wednesday) for an assessment. The team is also looking at getting him some time in a simulator (possibly Ferrari’s) to familiarise himself with the controls as Sirotkin rightly points out, “It is not easy to get used to the many functions on the steering wheel. In the Renault World Series, we can [only] adjust the brake balance. In Formula 1, there are dozens of functions“.
So technically, Sirotkin could be driving a Ferrari before he drives a Sauber… Not a bad start to your F1 career.
Roscoe not well
Hopefully this does not affect Hamilton badly at this coming weekend’s Grand Prix. This morning Hamilton posted a picture of his dog saying he has been at the vet for the past four days with pneumonia.
Ferrari focusing on championship, not 2014 drivers
“There is much talk outside the company regarding the future [of 2014 drivers], but we must concentrate only on the present, on the fight for the championship“. These are the words of Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali.
In an interview with Motorsport Total he carried on saying, “The words of our president before the summer break must serve as a stimulus, because they were meant as the words of a good family father, who, first and foremost really roots for our team. Keep those words in mind and let’s all pull together, starting in Spa“.
Again Ferrari is not denying anything, Domenicali rather issues a call to arms to the team, to pull together starting in Spa. So whatever is set to happen, do everything you can now for the team, for the family.
Yesterday, in an interview with Chi magazine Luca Di Montezemolo said, “In Formula One you can never let your guard down and so we have already thought about the future, much like the possibility of a stable without Lauda, and hiring Reutemann.
It was very difficult to explain to Niki the choice we made, but the interests of the Ferrari, then as they are now, always come before those of the pilots, whoever they were, or are”.
Alonso’s body language will be interesting to watch at Spa…