In the round-up: Donald Mackenzie, co-chairman and co-founder of F1 owners CVC Capital Partners, says there is an urgent need for improvements to F1, as the controversial Strategy Group reconvenes ahead of the British Grand Prix.
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CVC boss acknowledges ‘urgency’ to improve F1 (Motorsport)
“There is definitely some urgency to see some improvements made, to make it a more exciting sport.”
F1 strategy meeting must be decisive, says Horner (Reuters)
“The sport’s Strategy Group, which includes six leading teams (Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Force India) along with the commercial rights holder and governing FIA, is due to meet in London before the sport gathers at Silverstone this weekend.”
F1 needs vision and leadership, says McLaren CEO Jonathan Neale (ESPN)
“We need constancy of purpose, some sense of direction and less of a spin-the-bottle approach to regulation making.”
Formula E more of a threat to GP3 than F1 – Christian Horner (Autosport)
“(Fanboost) was the one thing I liked about it. The interaction with the fans was great.”
F1 planning group must get it right for 2017, says Christian Horner (The Guardian)
“Compare (Formula E) more to GP3 than F1. You can see it?s full of all the people that didn?t quite make it in F1.”
Maria De Villota’s family state Formula 1 test crash ‘irregularities’ (BBC)
“The family’s lawyers are studying the report in order to identify the next steps that the family may wish to take, including court proceedings.”
Working through the summer (Ferrari)
Kimi Raikkonen: “I think I prefer the old (Silverstone layout), it was more traditional and now it’s a bit… obviously the pits are nicer because they’re new but the layout I prefer the old one.”
Alonso to switch to old engine (Sky)
“The Spaniard will not incur a penalty as he will be using components already used this season.”
Susie Wolff – Q&A Interview (Crash)
“Do I want to go back down the side – GP2, GP3 – no. I want to see how far I can get in Formula One, and then let’s see how things pan out.”
Vandoorne in ‘regular talks’ with McLaren over future (F1i)
“My main focus is winning GP2 in the best way possible. We’ll see what happens. I still have regular talks with Ron and with Eric about what happens with the opportunity.”
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? F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) June 30, 2015
Comment of the day
Short shrift for Mark Webber?s Red Bull revelations:
If things went south in 2010, why did Webber keep renewing his contract year after year until 2013? Surely he could have walked out and pursued a different team to drive in F1 or go do the World Endurance Championship. 2010 was the closest he got to winning the championship and yet he feels he was not given parity.
Why did he then think the situation will ever change? As much as Webber can cry about not getting equal treatment, it was Vettel who kept putting the car in places it belonged. It made sense for Red Bull to back him post 2010.
He stuck it to pole, raced away to a distance and maintained position to get the wins. Compared to Webber who would most like qualify a little lower than what his car was capable of, get bogged down at the start, end up 8th and do a recovery drive.
Mark Webber is not going to win anything from revealing his time at Red Bull while continuing to be there for three more years. His chance at speaking up was probably sometime in 2010/11. He missed that and all these interviews now look like purely desperation to put himself in better light.
I liked Webber when he drove for Red Bull but seeing what Vettel is doing in a different car, makes me believe it wasn?t purely the car. The guy had consistency at the sharp end of the grip.
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On this day in F1
Antonio Pizzonia won the British F3 round at Donington Park on this day 15 years ago. The first four drivers home were all future F1 drivers, Pizzonia being followed by Gianmaria Bruni, Takuma Sato and Narain Karthikeyan.
Pizzonia?s title rival Tomas Scheckter ? son of 1979 F1 champion Jody Scheckter ? collided with rival Matt Davies:
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