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    F1 Indian GP to skip 2014, return in 2015?

    Following overnight comments from Bernie Ecclestone that the Indian Grand Prix is unlikely to be on the 2014 F1 world championship calendar, the chief of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India Vicky Chandhok has confirmed next year's race is indeed in doubt.

    "Is India going to happen next year? Probably not," Ecclestone had told Reuters at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend. "It's very political," he added, alluding to a combination of red tape, local taxation rules and ongoing concerns over the event's financial viability. (See original story.)

    The event is still contracted to hold three more races including this year's race on October 27, and according to Chandhok the negotiations are now turning to how the commitment can be fulfilled if the 2014 race is not able to go ahead.

    "I think what they are trying is to find a solution to run 2015 early in the year and 2016 instead of 2014 late," he explained.

    "Apparently they are trying to find a mutually convenient date to start early in the year in 2015," he told Reuters. "With that in mind, 2014 obviously doesn't make logical sense - nobody can afford to have a late start in 2014 and then host another grand prix early 2015.

    "I am saying that's what Bernie must have meant," Chandhok added, insisting that everyone involved was still committed to keeping F1 in India. "Instead of running in October, November, [the race] will be postponed by four months to run the next year ... And since their contract is for five years, they will run 2015 and 2016."

    Meanwhile race promoters Jaypee Sports International insist that as far as they're concerned, the 2014 and 2015 races will go ahead as originally planned.

    "We have not got anything in writing from the F1 management regarding the status of the 2014 Indian Grand Prix," said a spokesman for JSI. ""We are keen that F1 races take place in India at the Buddh International Circuit till our contract is in operation, that is, 2015."

    During the Hungarian Grand Prix weekends, team principals were asked about the likelihood of the Indian Grand Prix being on next year's F1 calendar and managed to be largely evasive about revealing what they had been told by Ecclestone in a private meeting in Budapest on Friday.

    Source: F1 Reader - Indian GP to skip 2014, return in 2015?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verbl Kint View Post
    Many thought Merc would fade over the course of the season. It looks like they will be serious contenders from here on.

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    Seb just said on BBC's post race interview that he prefers Kimi over Alonso as his teammate.

    Merc's are good on narrow and street like circuits. I hope they can repeat their performance at Spa.


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    That is why it appears that LH's crystal ball is working brightly.... Moving from McLaren (contender last year; midfield this year) to Mercedes (midfield last year; contender this year) is a brilliant move!

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    ^ I think LH was banking exactly on that trend. Alam niya na magaling ang manager niya in terms of car development eh. It was just the right timing on his part IMO.

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    It's not that they're good on street circuits. They're good everywhere. The main problem Mercs have had in the past is huge tire degradation on the constant radius fast corners that you see on Tilke tracks.

    Ang pagbalik ng comeback...

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    Mercedes' tire solution...

    Mercedes using infrared camera to monitor tyres | News | Motorsport.com

    Mercedes using infrared camera to monitor tyres

    Jul.24 (GMM) Mercedes is the author of the latest F1 innovation, according to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.
    Suffering in recent years with a lack of in-season development, and recently grappling with excessive tyre wear, the report said the Brackley based team has come up with a cunning trick in 2013.

    It is a thermal infrared camera, mounted backwards on the front wing of the W04 cars raced this season by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

    The mini camera streams data to engineers about the live performance of Pirelli's sensitive 2013 tyres, including early signs about possible overheating.

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    Belated Happy 32nd birthday Fernando, what do you wish for???

    Fernando Alonso rebuked by Ferrari chief Di Montezemelo
    By Andrew Benson
    Chief F1 writer

    Ferrari have revealed that Fernando Alonso has been admonished by the company's president.

    The team said Luca Di Montezemolo phoned the driver on Monday to wish him a happy birthday but also "tweaked his ear" for his "latest comments".

    Ferrari have not revealed which remarks by Alonso, 32, upset Di Montezemolo.

    But when he was asked what birthday present he would like after finishing fifth in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, Alonso replied: "Someone else's car."

    A Ferrari statement said Alonso was reminded by Di Montezemolo that "all the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own".

    According to the statement, Di Montezemolo also insisted that "this is the moment to stay calm, avoid polemics and show humility and determination in making one's own contribution, standing alongside the team and its people both at the track and outside it".

    It also revealed that Di Montezemolo was referring to Alonso when he told a team meeting on Monday that "there is a need to close ranks, without giving in to rash outbursts that, while understandable in the immediate aftermath of a bad result, are no use to anyone".

    It is highly unusual for Ferrari to reveal its internal dealings in such a manner and it emphasises Di Montezemolo's strength of feeling about the situation.

    The statement comes a day after it emerged Alonso's manager had had a meeting with Red Bull team boss Christian Horner over the Hungarian GP weekend.

    Sources say Alonso's manager, Luis Garcia Abad, told Horner that the Spaniard was potentially available to partner Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull next year and would like the opportunity to do so.

    "Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo is playing a dangerous game in publicly admonishing Fernando Alonso.

    "The Spaniard has carried Ferrari on his back for the last four seasons, performing miracles in an uncompetitive car. So it is understandable if he is frustrated, even if his manager meeting Red Bull's team boss Christian Horner in Hungary was probably not the most sensible idea.

    "Di Montezemolo's actions are unlikely to sit well with Alonso, a proud man and truly great driver.

    "How will this end? Will everyone calm down and accept that, for all their current problems, Alonso and Ferrari are probably in the best place they can be? Or will it turn sour, in the way Alonso's relationship with McLaren did six years ago?"

    Alonso, who lies third in the drivers' championship, 39 points behind leader Vettel, insisted after the race that he was "very happy" at Ferrari.

    Asked whether his representative had approached Red Bull, Alonso said: "I don't think so. Not that I know."

    Abad told BBC Sport there had been "no discussions" with Horner.

    The Ferrari statement will do little to quell the impression that all is not well between Ferrari and their star driver.

    Sources close to Ferrari say the team are not entirely convinced Alonso always gets the best out the car in qualifying, while those close to Alonso say he feels he is constantly having to push to the absolute maximum to make up for an uncompetitive car.

    Ferrari's admission that Di Montezemolo is unhappy with Alonso's public behaviour came on the same day that the team confirmed the signing of former Lotus technical director James Allison to lead their design department, with Pat Fry moving to a new job as director of engineering.

    Allison, who is one of F1's most highly regarded design engineers, joined Ferrari with the explicit approval of Alonso.

    The two worked together at Renault when Alonso won his back-to-back titles in 2005 and 2006, when Allison was deputy technical director.


    Prior to that, he worked at Ferrari for five years during the early 2000s, when they dominated the sport with Michael Schumacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monseratto View Post
    That is interesting, bro...

    Pero, hindi nila na-predict o napigilan ang overheating(?) ng makina ni NR eventually leading to its failure last race...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CVT View Post


    That is interesting, bro...

    Pero, hindi nila na-predict o napigilan ang overheating(?) ng makina ni NR eventually leading to its failure last race...

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    Quite suprising blow out, considering all the sensors you'd expect from a factory team...

    "Nico was unfortunate to get tangled up with Massa on the first lap and then suffered an engine failure, which was a little worrying in the closing laps as we hadn't seen any signs of overheating," Brawn revealed.

    Mercedes' director of motorsport Toto Wolff admitted that Rosberg's late engine failure had given the team's pit wall some anxious moments toward the finish of the race, worrying over the durability of race leader Hamilton's own power plant.

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    Lotus's hopes of keeping Kimi Raikkonen for F1 2014 set for boost



    Lotus's hopes of convincing Kimi Raikkonen to stay next year are set for a boost later this week, with the team hoping to finalise its investment deal with Infinity Racing.

    The Enstone-based outfit announced recently that the group of investors were to buy a 35 per cent stake in the team to help provide a much more secure financial setup.

    Such a deal would not only give the team the foundations it needed to shore up its technical progress, but would guarantee the stability that Raikkonen has been looking for.

    Although there have been doubts about the Infinity Racing deal coming off after team owner Gerard Lopez revealed recently that things had not progressed as fast as he hoped, AUTOSPORT has learned that matters moved forward significantly last weekend.

    Key figures from Infinity Racing held talks with Lotus chiefs, and their presence at the Hungarian GP was viewed as a positive signal that the deal was back on course.

    Team principal Eric Boullier hopes that matters will be finalised in the next few days.

    "I think by the end of this week everything should be clear," Boullier told AUTOSPORT.

    "The deal gives us more than optimism for the future.

    "It gives us the means to bring all the resources to go to the next step in terms of stability, size and, let's say power."

    When asked if the financial boost provided by the Infinity Racing was what Raikkonen was looking for to commit to Lotus, Boullier said: "It is not the main thing, but it is one of the things yes.

    "We are not the biggest team after the big four, and clearly the strategy we had since the beginning is that you have build in cycles.

    "We put everything all in to make the team better, and now we are better we can attract sponsors and investors. That is what we are doing now.

    "It obviously takes more time than expected, but we are talking about a big deal.

    "And once this deal is cleared, which it should be this week, we know for the next years, many years, the platform will be one step up."

    Source: autosport

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