The Week in Words (Apr 14-20)

The Week in Words (Apr 14-20)


It has been a busy week for the F1 world, with the Red Bull court hearing, a new team principal at Ferrari and, of course, the fourth round of the 2014 season in China. But who has been saying what over the last seven days?

“There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress. There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious. Of course I am not a doctor, but medically, there is a distinction between being awake and being conscious, the latter meaning there is an ability to interact with his surroundings.

Sabine Kehm revealed more details on Schumacher’s condition at the start of the week

“I take responsibility – as I always have – for the situation we are experiencing. It is a choice taken with the desire to do something to give a jolt to our environment & for the sake of this group. I sincerely thank all the men and women of the team, the drivers and partners for the wonderful relationship we have had in these years. I wish you all that you can quickly return to the levels that Ferrari deserves.”

Domenicali announced his departure from Ferrari on Monday

“I would like to do 2015, simply because the first year is going to be a difficult year no matter what happens. It’s a very big challenge and part of that learning curve is just simply getting to the track and sorting out the logistics of going from race to race, and the sooner we learn that, the sooner we’ll be done with that. It’s one of those things that we’re going to find out in the next few weeks, and hopefully in the next four weeks we should have an idea which year we’re going to pursue.”

Gene Haas explained the plans for his F1 team in a press conference

“The court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the decision number 56 of the stewards by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s car number 3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.”

The FIA confirmed the decision of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo exclusion appeal…

“The Court finds that the appellant did not prove that its fuel flow model estimates the fuel flow (very) accurately and/or more accurately than the FFM Sensor 73 and does not find any element in the present case that could prove that the appellant’s car No.3 did not exceed the fuel mass flow limit of 100kg/h set out in Article 5.1.4 Technical Regulations.”

…before then releasing the full verdict later in the week

“I don’t think we are going to give up. Our goal is to close the gap as much as we can with the leaders and at the moment that is Mercedes. There are many variables that can influence a lap that can influence a race and a championship. It’s still very early to make decisions but our goal is to close the gap as soon as possible with Mercedes. It’s not an easy task, not an easy task.”

New Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci said the Maranell0-based outfit is not giving up on 2014 just yet

“The noise of the current engine is a consequence of the overall layout, the architecture and so forth. I think in terms of the possible adjustments to change the noise it makes, I think we’re at the beginning of a consultative process that will kick off in about an hour’s time.

“I think the scope to fundamentally and profoundly alter the noise of the engines is extremely limited by the type of technology that we have deployed and therefore I think we need to be realistic about the scope of any action that we might take but of course we’re sensitive to the subject and we’ll certainly participate in any of the studies that might lead to actions being taken.”

Renault Sport F1’s Rob White believes there is little scope to change the engine sound

“China was the host nation to reveal another poorly kept secret in F1, that secret being Mercedes’s new nose. Originally planned to be introduced way back in Melbourne, the new design failed 4 crash tests so its arrival to the F1 circus has been postponed repeatedly for some time.”

Richland F1’s technical expert Will Tyson took a look at some of the updates brought to Shanghai

“The team have done an amazing job and all the hard work both here and at the factory is really paying off at the moment. This car is just unbelievable; in the final laps, I was pushing a little bit more to keep up the tyre temperatures and it just felt great to drive. I’m so, so happy today. We had to make a lot of changes after P2 in terms of the set-up of the car but after it rained on Saturday, we didn’t know exactly how it would go today.

“There was a lot of hard work done, sitting down with the engineers so that we didn’t guess anything and just made the right steps in anticipation for today. We are definitely on a roll right now; I’m working hard, the team is working hard and we just want to improve even further when we get back to Europe.”

Lewis Hamilton was understandably delighted to win his third consecutive race

“Fernando Alonso delivered a standout performance during Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix to secure both his and Ferrari’s first podium finish of the year. In shades of his form in 2012, when the Spaniard regularly punched above his weight in the difficult F2012, Fernando Alonso drove a fine race to third on the podium, coming home a respectable seven seconds down the road from Nico Rosberg in the dominant Mercedes, to secure his and Ferrari’s first rostrum finish of 2014.”

Our very own Dan Paddock took a look at Fernando Alonso’s run to third in China

“Sebastian Vettel’s Chinese Grand Prix was plagued by not only a lack of pace in his Red Bull in comparison to Mercedes, Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo, but also by yet another instance of role reversal with team orders after he was instructed during the middle stages of the 56-lap race to allow Daniel Ricciardo through.”

Andy Young looked at the resurfacing of team-orders at Red Bull during the Chinese Grand Prix

Image courtesy of Ferrari


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