The Week in Words (Jun 16-22)

The Week in Words (Jun 16-22)


Formula 1 made its long awaited return to Austria last week, after an 11 year absence, with Nico Rosberg edging out his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to become the first man to win in F1 at the newly refurbished Red Bull Ring. But who has been saying what over the last seven days?

“Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore. The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes to Michael. We are sure it helped him.”

Sabine Kehm confirms that Michael Schumacher is no longer in a coma

“We had a long talk with Adrian. Ferrari made him an absurd offer, not only on the financial side but also on what his responsibilities would be. We didn’t want to lose him. That’s why we created a situation where he can work on other projects.”

Helmut Marko confirms that Ferrari offered Adrian Newey an ‘absurd’ deal to join the Italian team

“I will, that’s 100%. I need to wait until I finish Formula 1 probably because it requires some tests, some training, some dedication. I’m a person that if I do something, I do 100%, I don’t do 50-50, so first I will try to do some more years in Formula 1, try to win championships, try to help Ferrari, and then one day, of course, I cannot be seated at home in the sofa, so endurance is a category that you can race when you’re a bit older with not big problems, and that will be my intention.”

Fernando Alonso reveals his intention to race at Le Mans after his F1 career

“I didn’t expect it to be that difficult. At the moment we are having challenges that are very hard to fix in the short term. We are in the position where it is hard to compete with the people in front, especially in the top 10. This is a frustrating situation but at the same time it is a position to really realise that as a team, we need to be more integrated and we need to work a lot in ourselves in order to prepare better for the long term. Better days will come, I am very sure of that.”

Our man on the ground in Austria, Jack Leslie talks to Esteban Guttierez about his season so far

“I am so happy with what has happened today. For our team was such a great moment. It was already a long time ago when I had my last pole position, which was in Brazil 2008, so it’s such an incredible moment. The best place to be is here, the first place. It is something I got the chance to be many times in my whole career and I am again now. I am happy, very emotional. I am so pleased for me and Williams as well. They’ve had an incredible career in the past, and now they are back to the top, back in the fight.”

Felipe Massa after taking his first pole position in over five years at the Austrian Grand Prix

“Take America’s IndyCar Series as a classic example, where the idea of double-file restarts was introduced back in 2011 to also spice up the action and provide more entertainment. When the race was resumed on an oval, the field were forced to line-up side-by-side in a bid to replicate the start of the race once the safety car returned to the pits. This ultimately led to an increase in cautions, and quickly became extremely unpopular with the drivers and fans alike. Instead of allowing a race to resume, a case of “cautions breeding cautions” arose whereby one minor incident instead became the catalyst for further altercations.

Richland F1’s Andy Young questions F1’s introduction of standing starts, citing a contrast to the IndyCar series

“To be 100% honest I am not a big fan of that. When you are leading the race and you get a safety car, it is already quite hard and you lose all of your advantage. If it is a restart, I don’t know if they are going to change tyres or not. If they don’t, safety is going to be tricky because the tyres may be very old and cold, so if they do change, then the idea is to stay out until the safety car. I don’t know. I think we need to improve the show but maybe in a different way.”

Romain Grosjean shares his view on F1’s adoption of standing restarts from 2015

“The testing of mandatory titanium skid blocks is the most recent counter-intuitive implementation of Formula 1 in the vain hope of spicing up what is – in the absence of Mercedes domination – a perfectly fine show. In the mid-1990s, skid blocks were used to check that cars weren’t too close to the track surface, as was indicated if the wood was worn away. As such, ‘sparking’ was a naturally entertaining by-product. Creating the same effect for no good reason other than ‘entertainment’ begs the question as to why drivers aren’t setting off flares or oil-slicks in some kind of Blake Edwards-esque farce.

Trent Price discusses F1’s current fixation with creating ‘entertainment’ and ‘spectacle’ 

“Well, in my view we are clearly not there, where we should be and where we wanted to be, at least from our team’s perspective. I also don’t think we have achieved so far any measurable cost cutting. If you mention the World Motor Sport Council there was a decision taken last year by the Council in which they endorsed cost-cutting as a target and they also agreed in principle to the cost cap and the FIA was mandated to implement that. Since then other decisions have been taken by other groups going in a different direction.”

Sauber Team Principal Monisha Keltenborn questions recent efforts to cut costs in F1

“Really, really happy. Difficult to put into words really, I am just really thankful for the team for giving me this car. Because it has been a long way for us since last year, I mean many, many years at Williams, now it is so much better. The race was exactly what we needed at this point: clean, nice, everything went like planned. The car was good for a podium this time and I am just so happy.”

Valtteri Bottas reacts after scoring his first podium in Formula One

“The last lap move put a smile on my face, but otherwise it was a pretty sad race. I hadn’t really done anything good all day so I figured I had to do something. I got in his tow, got close enough and thought ‘what the hell, let’s go for it.’”

Daniel Ricciardo explains his last lap pass on Nico Hulkenberg

“In fact, I would be happy. It’s like a poker game. You don’t know the other players. They should not be in the game. You should not be in this business if you cannot afford it.”

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone dismisses fears over losing cash-strapped teams

Featured image courtesy of Octane Photographic