Every track ruined – Bourdais
Former f1 driver Sebastien Bourdais says Formula One has ruined every track on the calendar. four-time champion in Champ Car who had a brief career in F1 in 2008-2009 slammed the sport.
He told Detroit Free Press “It’s challenging [racing] on concrete. Driving in the rain at Detroit, it’s tougher than any Formula One track, including the streets of Monaco.”
He says F1 has ruined every track and it hurts him that Monaco has become “friggin’ parking lot with a couple of turns.” Adding “They have taken the character out of them, made them vanilla.”
He believes this is the root of the current problems in the sport. Saying the sport is all about money and position.
India difficult without government support
The president of Nissan India says it is very difficult to organise a Formula 1 race without government support. Guillaume Sicard told NDTV that “there is always government support required. If you don’t have the support, it is very difficult (to organise the race).”
The reason why the race was removed from the calendar last season is because the state government of Uttar Pradesh has refused to accept F1 as a sport and instead classifies it as entertainment. This requires the sport to pay tax and duties on everything connected with the race.
Organisers say it will be difficult to organise another race without the support of all parties saying “We will go the central government again in due time, once we are closer to organising the race again, we will go. It could be a win win situation.”
Verstappen vs Massa
Max Verstappen has hit back at Felipe Massa after criticised him into the press confence ahead of this weekends Canadian Grand Prix. Massa called the 17-year old “dangerous”.
The Dutch teenager hit the rear of Romain Grosjean’s Lotus at Sainte Devote in the closing stages of the race. Massa said “After the race I said ‘I think he needs to be penalised because what he did was wrong.”
Verstappen said “look at my data and I didn’t break any later, I have braked later in the race before that. The lap I crashed [my braking] was exactly the same as the lap before.”
Verstappen suggest Massa should re-watch last year’s Canadian Grand Prix when the Brazilian had a coming together with Sergio Perez late in the race.
Leimer appointed as Manor test driver
Swiss Driver Fabio Leimer has been appointed the official reserve at the Manor Marussia team on Wednesday.
The 2013 GP2 champion will take part in free practice sessions at races this season. John Booth said “Fabio will be joining us at selected races for the rest of the season, contributing to engineering meetings and on hand to substitute for either race driver should they be unable to compete at any stage/”
He will join the teams current driver line-up is Spanish rookie Roberto Merhi and Britain’s Will Stevens, who both bring funding to the tail-end team.
Leimer, 26, competed in the World Endurance Series last season after failing to graduate from GP2 to Formula One.