The Official 2013 F1 Thread. Spoilers possible!

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  1. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    We're not going to get those great shots of worn tires or pit stop snafus any more.

    Bernie has relegated his TV cameras to the pit wall. Makes sense from a safety point of view. But we're going to miss a lot that we've come to take for granted.
  2. A. T. T-W

    A. T. T-W Can't be bothered.

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    Just watched a brilliant BBC documentary about the 1976 championship and the Hunt/Lauda battles. It will probably be on Youtube before long.

    Best quote from it, Hunt to Lauda after Lauda's crash, "Niki, you're the only person I know who could have come out of that crash better looking than you were before". :D
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    Sergey Sirotkin, 17, lined up for Sauber Formula 1 drive

    [​IMG] By Andrew Benson Chief F1 writer
    Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin has joined Sauber with a view to him racing for the team next year.
    The deal for the 17-year-old to be fast-tracked into F1 is part of an investment in Sauber by a group of Russian companies.
    A statement from the Swiss team said they would set up a development programme for Sirotkin "to prepare him as racing driver for the team in 2014".
    A spokesman added: "The goal would be to have him in our car next year."
    Sirotkin races this year in the Formula Renault 3.5 series and lies eighth in the championship, with a best result of second place.
    “This extensive co-operation will showcase Russian innovation at the pinnacle of motorsport. At the same time, the Sauber F1 Team will have a solid foundation to increase its competitiveness on a long-term basis.”
    The Sauber statement


    On the face of it, he does not qualify for the 'super-licence' required to be an F1 driver, and would have to win the Renault 3.5 championship to ensure he did.
    However, there is a catch-all clause that Sauber could use to argue his case, which states a driver must have "consistently demonstrated outstanding ability in single-seater formula cars".
    Sauber's race drivers this year are German Nico Hulkenberg, who is expected to move on next year, and Mexican Esteban Gutierrez, who also owes his presence in the team to sponsorship from his home country.
    Sauber have been in financial trouble for some time and the deal with a group of Russian companies secures their future for the next few years.
    The spokesman said there had been no change in shareholding at the team "for the time being", with founder Peter Sauber retaining two-thirds of the shares and team principal Monisha Kaltenborn one-third.
    The Sauber statement said: "This extensive co-operation will showcase Russian innovation at the pinnacle of motorsport. At the same time, the Sauber F1 Team will have a solid foundation to increase its competitiveness on a long-term basis."
    Sauber will also promote Russia's inaugural grand prix in Sochi in 2014.
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    wxwax Excited Member

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    This is very interesting. On the one hand, it's great that Sauber found a financial lifeline. On the other hand, the piece hints that Sauber may sell the team again, which would be a pity. He is its heart and soul.

    And lastly, two pay drivers. Well, I guess we'll find out how much it's the car, at any rate. :lol3
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    wxwax Excited Member

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    Perhaps you already know this, but that doc was in all likelihood made because the Ron Howard film Rush, about the same men, comes out next week.
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    Ferrari updates via animation at Auto Motor und Sport

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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    changes at Williams....

    [​IMG] Pat Symonds replaces Mike Coughlan at Williams Formula 1 team

    <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="news_article_author" align="left" valign="top" width="50%">By Edd Straw</td><td class="news_article_date" align="right" width="50%">Tuesday, July 16th 2013, 08:32 GMT</td></tr></tbody></table>

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    Pat Symonds will join Williams next month in place of technical director Mike Coughlan, who has left the team with immediate effect.
    Symonds, who has worked as a technical consultant for the Marussia team since 2011, will take up the role of chief technical officer on August 19.
    AUTOSPORT understands that the change has been made as a result of the team's struggles this year, with Coughlan stepping aside as part of a move to strengthen the squad technically after failing to score a point so far this season.
    "I'm delighted that Pat is joining the team," said team principal Frank Williams.
    "His technical capabilities and sporting successes speak for themselves and I'm sure that his knowledge and leadership will contribute considerably to the success that all of us at Williams are working hard to achieve."
    Symonds, who has left the Marussia team to take up this role, is confident that the team has everything it needs to return to its historical heights.
    "Williams is a team steeped in success and engineering excellence and I'm honoured to be asked to play a role in returning the team to its rightful place at the pinnacle of F1.
    "Sir Frank, Mike and Claire have put in place the foundations for success and I'm immensely excited to begin this new challenge."
    Group chief executive officer Mike O'Driscoll stressed that the move was motivated by the team's commitment to returning to winning regularly.
    He paid tribute to Symonds' skills, which he believes will play a key role in doing this.
    "Williams's sporting and engineering heritage dictates that we secure the finest talent available.
    "Pat brings unrivalled technical and managerial skills in addition to a proven ability to deliver on track results.
    "Our commitment to return Williams to winning ways is absolute and this appointment is yet more evidence of our collective desire to return the team to the position is deserves."

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    Coughlan played a key role in the squad's strong 2012 season, with Pastor Maldonado ending a victory drought stretching back to the end of 2004 with a win in Spain last year.
    Williams has thanked him for his contribution since joining in 2011 after a major technical restructure in the wake of Sam Michael's departure as technical director.
    "The team thanks him for the significant contribution he has made since 2011 and wishes him well in his future endeavours," said a Williams statement.

    PAT SYMONDS IN F1


    1981-1985: THE TOLEMAN YEARS

    Symonds was recruited by Toleman at the start of 1981 ahead of its graduation to Formula 1. He played an increasingly important role for the squad, almost winning the Monaco GP as race engineer to Ayrton Senna in 1984 and claiming a pole position in Germany with Teo Fabi a year later.

    1986-1991: BENETTON'S EMERGING YEARS

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    With the team renamed Benetton, Symonds acted as race engineer for several big-name drivers before switching to the Reynard F1 programme, which never came to fruition.

    1991-1995: THE SCHUMACHER YEARS

    Symonds returned to Benetton and acted as Michael Schumacher's race engineer, along with other senior engineering management responsibilities. During this period, the team won two drivers' and a constructors' championship.

    1996-2002: THE WILDERNESS YEARS

    Benetton struggled to recapture past glories during this period. Symonds was appointed technical director in November '96 in the wake of Ross Brawn's move to Ferrari. During these seven seasons, the team won only once, with Gerhard Berger at Hockenheim in '97. In 2001, Benetton was renamed Renault.

    2003-2007: THE ALONSO YEARS, PART 1

    Symonds, who became engineering director in F1, was instrumental in the team's revival. Fernando Alonso was promoted from test to race driver in 2003, winning in Hungary. In 2005/2006, Alonso and the team claimed both the drivers' and the constructors' championships. The loss of Alonso, as well as the switch to Bridgestone tyres, led to a win-less 2007 campaign.

    2008-2009: THE ALONSO YEARS, PART 2

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    After a year at McLaren, Alonso returned in 2008 and won two races before the team again slumped in 2009. That season, it emerged that Nelson Piquet Jr had deliberately crashed in Singapore a year earlier to facilitate Alonso's victory. As a consequence, Symonds and team principal Flavio Briatore were banned from F1.

    2011-2013: THE MARUSSIA YEARS

    After spending two seasons out of F1, Symonds returned in 2011 as a technical consultant to Marussia, leading to an upturn in the squad's fortunes. This year, as de facto technical director, he started to attend races again. He will join Williams as chief technical officer next month.
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    young driver test today
    (young people with money driving F1 cars...)

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  10. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    Marussia is getting Ferrari power.
    Will it matter?
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    if I had to guess.... no
  12. Paebr332

    Paebr332 Good news everyone!

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    Bernie was formally indicted in Germany today for bribery. I wonder what Diffey et.al. will have to say about this come Hungary. :wink:
  13. wxwax

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    Funny. Horner isn't the most powerful man in his own paddock (choose between diaper baby and Marko.) But he could end up leading the second richest sports franchise in the world.
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    HarveyMushman Tire Squarerer

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    Exactly the sort of person who's usually at the helm when the house of cards comes tumbling down.
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    wxwax Excited Member

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    With the highest worldwide revenues of any sport except soccer, I have a hard time seeing F1 as a house of cards. Is that what you meant?
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    some cool tech shots courtesy of Sutton Images & analysis courtesy Matt Somerfield

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    Lotus wins "biggest wind array award"

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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    McLaren...

    clutching at straws?

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    A couple of second gen drivers leading the young driver tests, Nic Prost and Carlos Sainz jr., both were faster than Massa. Not a fan of Alain, but Carlos sr is my favorite rally driver.
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    As a result of several safety incidents, pit lane speed limits have been reduced from 100 to 80 kph, effective immediately.
    So now with quick degrading tires and longer pit stops, teams will be on badly worn tires in an effort to reduce pit stops. :eek1
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    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    cool... go Lotus!

    but seriously, the pit lane speed limit is like the tide that floats all boats.
    since it is the same for everyone it shouldn't make a difference to strategy (at least I don't think so).