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Alonso’s Tweet 13:00 (Updated 13:15)
Formula 1 needs a shakeup
As the election for the FIA presidency draws near the first salvos of the battle has been fired. Ex FIA president Max Mosley blames ‘The Silent One’ for the team’s financial difficulties because “was never a friend of cost limits“.
Gerhard Berger has now joined in with his two pence worth. Speaking to Bild the Austrian made it clear that Ecclestone and Mosley worked together whereas the Ecclestone and Todt combination is not working.
“In Formula One, the old adage ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’ is more and more true. Previously, Max Mosley and Bernie Ecclestone worked as a unit. But today we have in Jean Todt and Ecclestone two chefs who have different tastes and different spices. This leads us to something that is expensive and also difficult for many of the fans to understand.”
Berger goes on to say the rule changes are making the sport hard to understand for fans and is introducing extra costs to the sport, one which small teams cannot afford. He is also critical of ‘artificial’ racing such as DRS. “I don’t like these ways to artificially improve the show. And I honestly believe that it’s the same for the fans as well. They want a real sport.”
While his view on Todt is not flattering he is supporting Ecclestone though. “He has led this sport for decades with perfection, vision, cunning and hard work to great success, for which we all have to thank him.”
Oh dear… Was Mosley and Ecclestone not friends, or shall we say Mosley jumped when Ecclestone told him to, hence why their relationship worked so well? Also was it not Mr E who wanted to introduce ‘fake rain’ and gave Pirelli the instructions to produce tyres that will give a similar racing spectacle to Canada 2010? That gives us pure racing Mr Berger does it? Are you perhaps forgetting how mundane races were and yet.
Is Mr Berger lining himself up for a job with Formula 1 in the near future?
Late last night Alonso set Twitter alight with a tweet saying “I have important news coming these days … Stay tuned here on Twitter and on the Web.. !!!” TJ13 reader cavallinorampantef1 duly posted this on yesterday’s which drew a few comments speculating what this could mean.
Today various news sources are reporting Alonso is buying Spanish World-Tour cycling team Euskaltel Euskadi. The team currently has star rider Samuel Sanchez, a former Olympic champion, as their lead rider and the team will be built around him.
Those who follow Alonso closely will recall Alonso’s friendship with Tour De France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España winner Alberto Contador. The original plan was to set up a team with Contador at it’s centre however when Contador signed with Saxo Tinkoff and that was the end of that.
Nigel Mansell also has a cycling team in the UK called Team UK Youth… are we going to see ex Formula 1 drivers become cycling team owners?
TJ13 Update: It has now been confirmed that Alonso has bought the team and according to a statement on Alonso’s website, “As of today we will start to work against the clock, with maximum effort and humility, and transferring the best of our professional experience, in order to be capable of starting the first races of the 2014 season with a new team, full of desire and with a fighting spirit.” The team will be a transparent and clean team according to the Spaniard.
Monza, a damp race beckons
According to the weather forecast for Monza this weekend we may just see another race with rain. The rain should be intermittent and should be around for the start of the race.
It is very early in the week so this may still change but if it is wet, can anyone beat Vettel (the scene of his first pole and win in F1)?
Ron Dennis the father figure?
Today Ron Dennis said he did not actively stop Lewis Hamilton from leaving the team. “Last year I didn’t seriously seek to prevent his efforts to explore new pastures with the Mercedes AMG F1 team – perhaps it was a necessary part of his maturation.”
Dennis continues, “I’ll always remember his time with us very fondly, just as I’m very proud of having been McLaren’s CEO and team principal when he became world champion with us in 2008.
I recently read a very nice quote from Lewis in which he said that, unlike other drivers who had joined McLaren once they’d already raced in F1, his apprenticeship with the team in his youth meant that he was a seed that had grown within McLaren, which I thought was an extremely eloquent way of putting it.”
It sounds like the words from a loving father does it not? Time heals they say and so it must be. Last year TJ13 reported Lewis was pushed rather than leaving McLaren willingly. At the time Dennis told Sky TV in Canada “…some people get the wrong idea…when I last looked at the contract – I was paying him. It’s a question of whether we employ him, not the other way around”.
Are we seeing Dennis possibly paving the way for a Hamilton return to McLaren or is this another veiled attempt to tell him he needs to ‘mature’ more?
Ricciardo to Red Bull – Official
The big Red Bull “non-surprise” confirmation has been made. Daniel Ricciardo will join Sebastian Vettel in 2014 as an Infinity Red Bull Racing driver. Ricciardo signed a multi-year deal with the team so at least having Vettel there with Ricciardo takes care of the medium term at Red Bull.
Horner said, “It’s fantastic to confirm Daniel as the team’s race driver for 2014. He’s a very talented youngster, he’s committed, he’s got a great attitude and in the end it was a very logical choice for us to choose Daniel. He’s got all the attributes that are required to drive for our team: he’s got a great natural ability, he’s a good personality and a great guy to work with.
Daniel knows what the team expects from him; he’ll learn quickly and it’s very much a medium-to-long term view that we’re taking in developing him.”
We knew he was signed before Spa so why the delay Mr Horner?
For those who missed it – TJ13 contributor Adam Macdonald wrote a piece on Daniel Ricciardo here.