Paul Rosches dies age 82
The Former BMW Engineer Paul Rosche has died age 82. Rosche worked for the German manufacturer from 1957-99, specialising in developing engines leading to success in Formula 1, touring cars and sportscar racing.
He was central to the firm’s F1 success with its turbocharged engine in the 1980s, helping Brabham’s Nelson Piquet to the world championship in 1983. When once asked about the maxium power output of a F1 engine, Rosche once said: “It must have been around 1400 horsepower; we don’t know for sure because the dyno didn’t go beyond 1280hp.”
Rosche started the F1 project behind the back of BMW in the 1970’s but when it proved susceptible to detonation past 650bhp, he worked with BASF chemicals to make a fuel which was less prone to spectacular failures. This lead to them winning the title in 1983 with Nelson Piquet Sr and Riccardo Patrese under the leadership of Berine Ecclestone.
Outside F1 he helped BMW and McLaren win the 24 hours of Le Mans in thew 1990’s before return to F1 in 2000. Rosche enjoyed success in the European Touring Car Championship winner in 1969, and progressing to the powerplant for the first generation BMW M3, one of the marque’s most famous cars.
Tributes to McLaren’s Medical Officer
Formula One coach Dr Aki Hintsa has died aged 58. Dr Hintsa was a specialist in orthopaedic and trauma surgery, who worked in Ethiopia before becoming the teams doctor and chief medical officer in 1998.
Dr Hintsa had been fighting cancer in the last few months but attended the Italian Grand Prix in September. A statement from the team said “It was with deep sorrow that we heard the news this morning that Dr Aki Hintsa had died. Aki had been fighting cancer with extraordinary courage in recent months, his indomitable spirit an inspiration to all who crossed his path.
“His last appearance at a grand prix was at Monza this year, where his warm smile and infectious chuckle were very much in evidence, despite the battle that was being waged within his newly slight frame.
“He was taken from us far too soon, aged just 58, but he packed more into his all-too-brief life than did many who lived almost twice as long. And, in so doing, he illuminated the lives of everyone he met, friendly and funny and kind and wise as he invariably was.”
“God bless you, dear friend. You will be missed. Indeed you will be missed more than these words can say, and more than you will ever know.”
Hintsa worked closely with Mika Hakkinen, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton. Where he helped develop there disciplined performances and lead to three titles over ten years.
McLaren to be run by committee
The McLaren Technology group which runs the f1 team has announced that the team will be run by an execute committee following yesterday’s announcement of the departure of Chairman and CEO Ron Dennis.
McLaren described the contribution that he has made to the team as “colossal” and said he “will always be one of the true greats of the sport”.
A statement released last night read “As of this afternoon [Tuesday] Ron Dennis no longer holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Technology Group (or its subsidiaries). However, he remains a shareholder and a director of McLaren Technology Group.”
“Over the past 35 years Ron’s contribution to the success of McLaren has been colossal. During his tenure the team won 17 World Championships and 158 Grands Prix, making him the most successful leader in Formula 1 history.” McLaren has described Dennis as a true great of the sport.
The group will be run by an executive committee made up of the majority shareholders and the senior management team who they say remain “utterly committed to the company, its partners, its employees and its fans, and share a passionate determination to build on our many strengths towards future prosperity.”
Brown given a ‘firm offer’
Sky Sports say they have learnt that Zak Brown who has been given a ‘firm offer’ to replace Ron Dennis. But this could leave him with the decision whether to take the McLaren offer or the position with the sports new owners Liberty Media.
According to Sky Brown will make the decision next week. The businessman resigned as the chief executive of the CSM sport marketing and entertainment group in September. Former world champion and Sky pundit Damon Hill said “I don’t think Zak would say he is the man to put together a Formula 1 team.”
“His strength probably is sponsorship and selling the team and that is a huge part of this sport, putting together a package in order to fight in Formula 1 as the cash flow out is massive.”
“He would be a brilliant person for that and he also has a good relationship with F1’s potential owners Liberty Media, so he is well placed to get on with the people who might be running.” McLaren announced they are seeking a new CEO after the removal of Ron Dennis in a coup by other shareholders.
Friends of Dennis have described the 69-year-old as feeling “betrayed by his own family”.
Ecclestone calls for simplification of rules
Berine Ecclestone will call for support today of simplification of the rules at a meeting of the Strategy Group. Ecclestone is adamant that Formula One is over regulated and has frustrated by anything related to driving offences.
Such as the recent focus on moving under braking that was triggered by Max Verstappen. Speaking to Motorsport.com Ecclestone said “Generally we need to have a good look. There are too many rules and too many regulations. You need lawyers and doctors and God knows what else to be in F1 today.”
Ecclestone said that race director Charlie Whiting should start again. Ecclestone believes that the threat of penalties has spoiled the racing: “I think what we should do is head our rules up, ‘It’s forbidden to race. Whatever you do, don’t race.’
“Because it takes away everything what people can do and can’t do, so they’re driving wondering what they can or can’t do. It’s ridiculous.” He gave the recent example of the blocking and moving under breaking and has little sympathy with the suggested that standards have dropped recently, with particular regard to moving under braking.
“The world is changing. You have to think about what did those people, when they started driving, what did they do. I haven’t had the time, but I’d like to look at some of the old races and see.”