UPDATED 09:47 GMT – A Daily Round up of Formula One news, inside whispers, opinion and comment. Today,
LdM: Vettel was contacted on advice of Schumacher
To use a Hollywood analogy, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel are the Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker of German Motorsports. The seven times world champion began mentoring Vettel whilst he was with the Benetton F1 team and Multi21 best displays how much the young Luke Sebastian learned from Schumi, including the dirty tricks.
When Felipe Massa had his accident in Hungary 2009, Ferrari tried to bring back Schumacher, but the German had not yet recovered enough from a spine-injury he’d suffered after an accident in a Bike race, which shall be a warning to all you kids out there: Buy cars, they don’t fall over,
Not being able to secure the services of Big Schu, he gave Ferrari the advice instead to keep an eye on the other German, who had earlier that year scored Red Bulls maiden victory, after doing the same for Toro Rosso a year before.
Dominicali wanted him at all costs,” Monsignore Luca di Montezemolo recalls in an interview with Italy’s La Republica and talks about his first meeting with Seb in 2011. He accompanied me to my home in Bologna. He brought a box of Swiss chocolates and appeared a bit socially inept. He was already a world champion back then. But he left a good impression on all of us.”
The ousted former Ferrari boss claims the decision to hire the German to be his and dismisses the myth that a certain Spaniard left voluntarily. “When Marchione and I saw that Alonso got more and more bitter and continually mistrusted the team, we decided it was time for a change. Vettel definitely earns less than Alonso had demanded for an extension of his contract, and he helped Arrivabene build a new, better spirit within the team.”
Hint Luca: That new spirit came about as soon as you and Fernando were out. 😉
Berger: Renault have only themselves to blame
Currently, Formula One fans will see the ‘Junior Bulls’ from Faenza – mostly on fire.
According to the Austrian the problem is French and surprisingly goes by the name of Renault. “I’m not surprised. They have an outdated factory and Mercedes invests three times more money into engine development. Renault is hopelessly out-gunned.”
According to German media speculation, the Renaults have been turned down so far by now that they are carrying a 100 horsepower deficit to Mercedes, yet the French power units still spontaneously morph into an external combustion engine if anyone looks at them cross-eyed.
Danny Ricciardo, who scored his first three wins last year, will already be using the fourth and last allotted unit in Barcelona, which means that he might start collecting Grid penalties as early as Monaco, and mind you, Renault hasn’t introduced a single improvement yet.
The Emperor’s MP4-30’s new clothes
If you do something silly these days, you can be sure it is all over the interwebs in a matter of hours. That’s all jolly well if you are an attractive young lady and accidentally show the world which packaging your future children’s first drink comes in – we won’t complain about that 😉
But if you are a multi-million dollar operation that makes an ‘unfortunate’ design decision, you’ll get mocked mercilessly.
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) May 6, 2015
— Matt Somerfield (@SomersF1) May 6, 2015
Hunt says ‘bullshit’