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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Montemezolo: “Stop this nonsense”

Ferrari president Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is hoping the team has learned its lesson after a disastrous Silverstone weekend.

The Ferrari chief admonished the Scuderia for missing too many chances to score points this season, despite its lead in the constructors championship.

“I hope we win the eighth title in ten years," Montemezolo is quoted in Gazetta dello Sport. "We will achieve that if we stop this nonsense.”

Team manager Stefano Domenicali admitted, in hindsight, to making the wrong decisions, and pledged to learn from the mistakes of last weekend.

“We need to be alert so that we don't have any more Sundays like this one. We need to focus on the next Grand Prix. I have always believed that this year's championship will be a very close race for the title,” Domenicali told the team’s Web site. “The only thing that we can say is that we need to think very thoroughly about the car's performance and also about its reliability, without focusing on a specific outcome, because those will be important factors that can decide many points. The second half of the season will be very exciting.”

DC taps Vettel

David Coulthard believes Sebastian Vettel is the man to replace him next season at Red Bull.

“For me Sebastian Vettel has everything that a future winner in Formula One needs,” Coulthard said in an interview with the official Formula 1 Web site. “Also his maturity and approach shows me that he is the best man for the job. So I am very confident that he would be able to do a very good job for Red Bull Racing.”

Vettel has been the favorite of pundits to take over when Coulthard retires at the end of the season. Ironically, DC took Vettel out on lap one at Silverstone last weekend.

Women confirm sexcapades were not “Nazi themed”

Four participants in the Max Mosley sex scandal have supported the FIA head’s claim that there was no Nazi theme to the events in the News of the World video.

Mosley has admitted involvement in the “prison” session, but charges the tabloid used his family’s history against him by calling it Nazi role playing.

One of the women involved said she was disgusted with the allegations of Nazi role play, and being described as a hooker.

"It is an insult and offence if a newspaper equates German with being Nazi - my grandparents were not members of that party," the woman, whose identity is being withheld, is quoted as saying by the Guardian.

The woman did admit to wearing a modern Luftwaffe jacket and suspenders, and to giving orders in German, but that speaking in her native language, and the prison scenario, were spontaneous choices by the women, and not a suggestion of Mosley’s.

Shark fins for everyone!

Lewis Hamilton topped day one of three days of testing at Hockenheim, posting a time of 1:15.483, as McLaren was the latest to sprout a shark fin engine cover.

Rain and wind were again on hand as all 10 teams were on the track.

Hamilton was non-committal when asked about the team’s progress in an interview on the McLaren Web site.

“Its too early say where we are but we have taken some steps forward but as always we will have to wait and see,” he said.

Kimi Raikkonen was second in the Ferrari with a time of 1:15.803, as the Scuderia try its difficult British Grand Prix behind.

Nico Rosberg (Williams), Adrian Sutil (Force India) and Sebastien Bourdais (Toro Rosso) rounded out the top five.

  1. Hamilton, McLaren, 1:15.483
  2. Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:15.803
  3. Rosberg, Williams, 1:16.099
  4. Sutil, Force India, 1:16.516
  5. Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:16.533
  6. Kobayashi, Toyota, 1:16.570
  7. Heidfeld, BMW Sauber, 1:16.593
  8. Piquet, Renault, 1:16.856
  9. Coulthard, Red Bull, 1:17.361
  10. Wurz, Honda, 1:17.825
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Luca. Not changing to fresh tires, in particular, was very 'GP2'.

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