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SECOND SECTOR: THE FEATURES
38 THE DARK SIDE OF VETTEL
Sepang has been the talk of the season. After Sebastian
Vettels sunny side was suddenly eclipsed, Andrew Benson
asks: do Red Bull have only themselves to blame?
44 BULLETPROOF BUTTON
While no one wants a car like this years MP4-28, Teflon-
tough Jenson Button has endured far worse over the years
52 A CHAT WITH MARTIN WHITMARSH
McLarens head honcho on a difficult season ahead
54 WHEN TECH GOES BAD
McLaren arent the only ones: we investigate how teams
can go from hero to zero over the course of a winter break
60 THE RETURN OF ADRIAN SUTIL
Putting that nightclub fracas far behind him, Sutil returns
to his Force India drive with a new perspective on life
66 HLKENBURG STEPS SIDEWAYS
Force India to Sauber wasnt an obvious promotion for
young Nico. But his ultimate destination is Maranello
72 AT SAUBER, EVERY DETAIL COUNTS
as we learn from their chief designer, Matt Morris
74 MONISHA: F1S FIRST LADY
The sports only female team principal on the
pressures of leading a team from the midfield
78 GO FIGURE
Spains involvement in F1 in number
80 LUNCH WITH FLAVIO BRIATORE
Maurice Hamilton enjoys a lively catch-up with one of the
most flamboyant and controversial figures ever to grace F1
88 YOU ASK THE QUESTIONS
Pirelli boss and Ricky-Gervais look-alike Paul Hembery
tackles your questions about tyres and calendars
92 THE ORIGINAL AUSSIE GRIT
An exclusive interview with the only man ever to win
the championship in his own car: Sir Jack Brabham
100 PERFORMANCE DRIVING WITH PROST
F1 Racing takes a few lessons from the sports Mr Smooth
FIRST SECTOR: THE REGULARS
10 IGNITION SEB REVEALS HIS TRUE COLOURS
12 PARADES THE VERY BEST F1 PHOTOGRAPHY
18 PITPASS NEWS, OPINION AND ANALYSIS
26 PITPASS TECH IN-SEASON CAR DEVELOPMENT
28 PETER WINDSOR SEPANG JUST WONT GO AWAY
31 DIETER RENCKEN WHO WILL BE THE NEXT BERNIE?
33 VALTTERI BOTTAS ON HIS VERY FIRST GRAND PRIX
34 INBOX YOUR VIEWS ON MULTI-21-GATE
36 NOW THAT WAS A CAR THE BRABHAM BT20
106 SUBSCRIBE AND GET A FREE MCLAREN T-SHIRT
THIRD SECTOR: FINISHING STRAIGHT
110 MALAYSIAN GP REPORT TEAM ORDERS GO AWRY
114 CHINESE GP REPORT RUBBER RUNS THE SHOW
118 SPANISH GP PREVIEW A VERY FAMILIAR CIRCUIT
121 TOM CLARKSON IN TROUBLE AT THE AIRPORT
122 MURRAY WALKER NOT AT ALL HAPPY ABOUT SEPANG
COVER STORIES
VETTEL Its a case of no more Mr Nice
Guy as Seb asserts himself at Sepang
BUTTON When the going gets tough
he always finds a way to pull through
FLAV Brace yourself as the
outspoken Mr Briatore lets rip
PROST How making the best of
your car makes you a better driver
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CONTENTS / MAY 2013
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The highly rated Nico Hlkenberg
is on a fast track to Ferrari
with a detour by way of Sauber
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Flavs got plenty to say about
team ownership, ditching
managers and Crashgate
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The relentless Jenson Button on
why even an underperforming car
cant blunt his competitive edge
We meet Jack Brabham: ferocious
competitor and, at 87, Formula 1s
oldest living world champion
When Vettel put winning above
team orders at Sepang, it opened
a can of worms at Red Bull
Adrian Sutils got his old drive
back at Force India. But what
has he learned in his time away?
We take a spin in Renaults
brand-new hot hatch with the
famously smooth Alain Prost
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The only surprising thing ubouL SebusLIun VeLLeI`s
skewerIng oI Murk Webber In MuIuysIu Is LhuL unyone Is
uL uII surprIsed IL huppened. Dj course VeLLeI wus goIng
Lo muke Lhe puss Ior Lhe wIn und he cun be reusonubIy
LhunkIuI Murk Webber uIIowed hIm Lo muke IL sLIck:
even such purugons oI cIeun drIvIng us AIuIn ProsL, who
we InLervIew In LhIs Issue on puge 1oo, huven`L been
beyond drIvIng LheIr nemesIs oII Lhe Lruck (uILhough
ProsL`s uLLempL Lo end AyrLon Sennu`s ruce uL Suzuku
In 1q8q wus uImosL IuughubIy huII-heurLed).
SLIII, Lhe IuII pubIIc exposure oI whuL we hud Iong
suspecLed - LhuL VeLLeI hus Lhe kInd oI ruLhIess sLreuk Lo
rIvuI Lhose oI Sennu und Schumucher - wus u Iong LIme
comIng und IL`s Loo eurIy, yeL, Lo ussess Lhe exLenL oI Lhe
dumuge Lo Red BuII or Lhe drIvers LhemseIves.
One ImmedIuLe cusuuILy wus VeLLeI`s pubIIc Imuge,
us Andrew Benson dIscusses on puge 8. F1 hus u new
punLomIme vIIIuIn who wIII Iorever be vIewed Lhrough
Lhe prIsm oI MuIuysIu zo1 (Remember Sepung,
wrILes PeLer WIndsor In hIs bILIng ussessmenL oI evenLs
on puge z8). CusuuILy number Lwo muy weII be Murk
Webber, Ior whom Lhe uIIure oI u new moLorsporL
chuIIenge wIII never huve seemed more uLLrucLIve. The
LhIrd Is Lhe smooLh runnIng oI Lhe Red BuII wInnIng
muchIne. s IL uny coIncIdence LhuL In Lhe ruce IoIIowIng
MuILI-z1-guLe`, Red BuII`s ChInese GP wus IILLered wILh
unchurucLerIsLIc errors? From Lhe non-compeLe` order
Ior VeLLeI In Q, Lo Webber`s underIIIIed IueI Lunk und
Lhe IuIIure oI hIs rIghL-reur-wheeI In Lhe ruce, LhIs wus
noL Lhe cruck Red BuII squud we huve grown so used Lo
seeIng uL work sInce zooq. DIshurmony Is dIsrupLIve
Lo uny orgunIsuLIon, IeL uIone u IIneIy Luned Lop F1 Leum.
The runcour uL Red BuII hus been Lhrown InLo shurp
reIIeI by Lhe reIuLIve euse oI busIness evIdenL uL F1`s Lwo
oLher eurIy-seuson wInnIng squuds: LoLus und FerrurI.
WhuL u conLrusL In upprouch Irom Lhe bIuck `n` goId und
red Leums - boLh buIIL uround u cIeur number-one und
boLh presenLIng sLrong conLenders Ior Lhe drIvers` LILIe
In Lhe Iorms oI Messrs RuIkknen und AIonso. There`s
u Iong wuy Lo go, buL once uguIn we seem Lo huve uL IeusL
u Lhree-wuy IIghL on our hunds Ior Lop honours LhIs yeur.
One mun unIorLunuLeIy ubsenL Irom LhuL LussIe Is
Jenson BuLLon, whose eurIy eIIorLs huve been humpered
by u Lurdy McLuren MPq-z8. NoL LhuL he`II be too
downcusL: us you cun reud on puge qq, u bIIp In cur
perIormunce Isn`L enough Lo grInd down u compeLILor
who hus preLLy much endured IL uII In F1, sInce zooo.
The sume couId be wrILLen In spudes ubouL unoLher
grund oId compeLILor, SIr Juck Brubhum, who grunLed
I1 Rccin un excIusIve InLervIew jusL beIore Lhe
AusLruIIun GP. A rucer hewn Irom grunILe, IL`s hurd Lo
ImugIne hIm huvIng uny Lruck wILh u Leum-muLe who`d
duped hIm. `d sLIII Iuncy my chunces uguInsL LhIs IoL, II
were younger, he LeIIs us, on pqz. Muybe LhIs AussIe
Iegend mIghL huve u LIp or Lwo Ior hIs modern heIr.
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Contributors
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Edging closer to 500 GPs
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F1s nuts and bolts
MuLL knows hIs wIdgeLs Irom
hIs grommeLs, so when IL
cume Lo InLervIewIng Lop
Suuber LechIe, MuLL MorrIs,
Lhere wus no-one beLLer
quuIIIIed, us you`II see on p;z
Thomas Butler
He makes em laugh,
he makes em cry
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greuL porLruIL phoLogrupher,
und LhuL`s cupLurIng Lhe
essence oI your subjecL.
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MonIshu KuILenborn on p;q
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No smoke without ire It wasnt just the Red Bulls that were embroiled in
a team-orders row in Malaysia. With Lewis Hamilton running low on fuel,
Nico Rosberg is ordered not to pass his team-mate. He obeys, albeit
reluctantly, thereby handing Lewis his first podium for Mercedes
Where Sepang, Malaysia When 2.15pm, Friday 22 March 2013
Photographer Glenn Dunbar/LAT
Details Canon EOS-1DX, 600mm lens, 1/250th at F8
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Lights-to-flag victory In the closing laps of the Chinese GP, Alonsos race
engineer Andrea Stella comes on the radio and tells the Spaniard to cool his
pace. Im not pushing, replies a super-relaxed Fernando. It speaks volumes
about his dominant performance and vaults him into the world title fight
Where Shanghai, China When 4.45pm, Sunday 14 April 2013
Photographer Glenn Dunbar/LAT
Details Canon EOS-1DX, 100mm lens, 1/400th at F4
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Bullish prediction As testing for a new season gets under way, the
question on everyones lips is whether Red Bulls stranglehold can be
broken this coming season. Although no headline fastest times were set by
Mark Webber (pictured) and Sebastian Vettel, they start 2013 as favourites
Where Jerez, Spain When 5.54pm, Wednesday 6 February 2013
Photographer Paul Gilham/Getty Images
Details Canon EOS-1DX, 300mm lens, 1/250th at F20
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The highs and the lows After a sensational start to the new season,
Kimi Rikknens joy at winning in Melbourne quickly evaporates in the
heat and humidity of Malaysia. The Finn is given a three-place grid penalty
for blocking Nico Rosberg and can only manage a seventh-place finish
Where Sepang, Malaysia When 1.54pm, Saturday 23 March 2013
Photographer Glenn Dunbar/LAT
Details Canon EOS-1DX, 50mm lens, 1/30th at F13
News Analysis Opinion
18 F1 Racing May 2013
INSIGHT
The uncomIortuble truce
beLween SebusLIun VeLLeI und
Murk Webber uL Red BuII hus
been shuLLered by Lhe worId
chumpIon`s decIsIon Lo Ignore
Leum orders noL Lo puss Webber
und wIn Lhe MuIuysIun GP.
The reIuLIonshIp beLween Lhe
Lwo drIvers hus been cooI Ior quILe
some LIme, wILh boLh emphusIsIng
Lhey ure noL IrIends buL coIIeugues
who work LogeLher Ior Lhe Leum.
Now IL remuIns Lo be seen
wheLher LhuL IrugIIe sILuuLIon cun
be resLored uILer VeLLeI`s beLruyuI
oI Webber In MuIuysIu. The Leum
huve mude IL cIeur LhuL VeLLeI`s
ucLIons were unuccepLubIe,
wILh even Lhe Germun`s bIggesL
chumpIon, moLorsporL udvIsor
Dr HeImuL Murko, suyIng Lhe
sILuuLIon hud goL ouL oI conLroI.
Red BuII huve sInce come In Ior
heuvy crILIcIsm oI LheIr hundIIng
oI Lhe sILuuLIon, und Ior uIIowIng
u sILuuLIon Lo deveIop whereby
VeLLeI eIIecLIveIy IeIL he couId do
us he pIeused.
Former RenuuIL boss - und
Webber`s munuger - FIuvIo
BrIuLore suId: There`s no
reIuLIonshIp |beLween Lhe drIvers|
uny more. don`L LhInk Lhe
reIuLIonshIp cun be IIxed.
BrIuLore suId eILher Webber or
VeLLeI wouId huve Lo Ieuve Red
BuII uL Lhe end oI Lhe yeur, und
sIummed Leum boss ChrIsLIun
Horner, cILIng hIs decIsIon Lo
send desIgn chIeI AdrIun Newey
up onLo Lhe podIum us un
exumpIe oI supposed weukness.
Sebastian Vettels act of deance in Malaysia could have huge ramications for his team
Red Bull at war
L wus prooI LhuL no one Is In
churge uL Red BuII. VeLLeI Is Lhe
boss Lhere. You cun`L huve u Leum
munuger uIso doIng Lhe drIvIng,
suId BrIuLore.
I Lhere wus u munuger wILh
buIIs, he wouId huve hud Lhem
swILch posILIons uguIn.
Red BuII responded Lo
BrIuLore`s uccusuLIons - whIch
echoed Lhose ruIsed eIsewhere
- In u surprIsIngIy IuIsome wuy.
They emphusIsed LhuL Lhere
hud been speIIs oI on-Lruck
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Red Bull team boss Christian Horner is
answering accusations of weakness
WINNERS + SPINNERS
UPS AND DOWNS ON THE F1 ROLLER COASTER
The travel-weary
Members of the Williams team, including Pastor
Maldonado, twice had to disembark their plane as they
tried to fly home from the Malaysian GP. The A380 they
were booked on developed a fault and spent 17 hours
grounded at Kuala Lumpur. Nearby hotels were all full, so
the team finally had to switch flights to get home.
Team-order T-shirts
Red Bulls Multi 21 team order wont be forgotten any time
soon. Like Ferrari's infamous Fernando is faster than you
its been immortalised on a range of T-shirts that bear the
line: What part of Multi 21 dont you understand?
Track cleaners
The owners of Nrburgring were forced to close the
adjoining Nordschleife in early April after a very large
phallic symbol was daubed onto the track surface.
Stop that sniggering at the back
The cuddly' Ron Dennis
When McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh was grilled by
Fleet Street over his teams poor start to 2013, one hack
wondered why there had been so many calls to have Ron
Dennis reinstated as team principal. Whitmarsh replied:
Because hes a warm and cuddly sort of individual...
Re-inventing the wheel
Lewis Hamiltons arrival at Mercedes has necessitated
a redesign of the steering wheel on his car. Hamilton felt
Schumi's was too complicated and has removed at least
six different switches and dials, as well as requesting that
more systems work through switchable default buttons.
Test venues
It looks like Ferrari have been granted their wish for more
testing, as F1 considers an extra fourth test perhaps
next January to allow more track time on account of
installation worries over the new 1.5-litre V6 engines.
GOOD
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rIvuIry beLween VeLLeI und
Webber over Lhe pusL Lhree yeurs
und LhuL boLh drIvers huve
Ignored Leum orders uL dIIIerenL
LImes. The Leum hus munuged Lhe
sILuuLIon euch LIme In ILs own wuy
behInd cIosed doors.
They InsIsL uny suggesLIon
LhuL Webber wouId Ieuve wus
specuIuLIon und
LhuL hIs conLrucL hus
been renewed Ior Lhe
pusL Iew yeurs on un
unnuuI busIs. He hus
conLInuuIIy chosen Lo
drIve Ior Lhe Leum euch
yeur und Lhe Leum
hus sImIIurIy wunLed
Lo conLInue workIng
wILh hIm, us he Is un
exceIIenL drIver und
u compeLILIve rucer.
They reIuLed
BrIuLore`s suggesLIon
LhuL Horner wus weuk,
suyIng: A weuk` Leum
prIncIpuI wouId be unubIe Lo sLeer
u Leum Lo Lhree consecuLIve worId
chumpIonshIps und oversee und
munuge Lhe exLensIve Leumwork
LhuL goes InLo LhIs uchIevemenL
- whIIe munugIng Lwo LuIenLed
rucers. ThIs IeuL hus onIy ever
been uchIeved by Iour Leums In
Lhe enLIre hIsLory oI Lhe sporL.
NeverLheIess, Lhe sILuuLIon
does ruIse quesLIons ubouL Lhe
susLuInubIIILy oI Lhe reIuLIonshIp,
purLIcuIurIy gIven LhuL VeLLeI Is
undersLood Lo huve u conLrucL LhuL
IusLs unLII uL IeusL zo1. Webber,
currenLIy Lhe oIdesL drIver on Lhe
grId, Is on u roIIIng one-yeur deuI
und wIII Lurn ; LhIs summer.
Dr HeImuL Murko hus cIuImed
Lhe sILuuLIon Is seLLIed und Lhere
wIII cIeurIy be no pubIIc reveIuLIon
oI uny dIscIpIInury
process uguInsL
VeLLeI - II one hus
even Luken pIuce.
And despILe
VeLLeI`s ruLher
unconvIncIng
upoIogy uILer
Lhe ruce, BernIe
EccIesLone - who
Is cIose Lo Lhe
Germun - mude
IL cIeur he IeIL
SebusLIun wus rIghL
Lo Ignore Leum
orders so eurIy
on In Lhe seuson.
L remuIns Lo be seen whuL
eIIecL Lhe IuII-ouL Irom MuIuysIu
wIII huve on Red BuII`s zo1 LILIe
cumpuIgn. n u sImIIur sILuuLIon,
neILher mun Is IIkeIy Lo LrusL Lhe
oLher uguIn. Webber Is IIkeIy Lo
conLInue Lo ruce VeLLeI, und vIce
versu, und muy even be moLIvuLed
Lo exucL some sorL oI revenge.
WILh Lyres us deIIcuLe us
Lhey ure LhIs seuson, LhuL couId
evenLuuIIy cosL Red BuII u ruce.
It was
proof that
no one is in
charge at
Red Bull
Flavio Briatore
Fabio Leimer
Who is he?
Leimer is a 24-year-old Swiss
driver, who is competing for the
Racing Engineering team in this
years GP2 Series.
How good is he?
Leimer took the spoils in the
opening GP2 race of the season,
which supported the Malaysian
Grand Prix back in March. His
victory came in the longer feature
race after he started fourth on
the grid. If he continues to display
the pace he had in Malaysia then
he could be one of the favourites
to ght for the title this year.
Anything else we need
to know about him?
Leimer was Formula Master
champion with Jenzer Motorsport
in 2009 and has been plying his
trade in GP2 ever since. Hes only
had a handful of wins, but did get
an F1 run-out with BMW Sauber in
2011, putting in 67 laps at the Abu
Dhabi Young Driver test.
F1 chances
After four years in GP2, this has
to be the year that Leimer proves
hes capable of winning otherwise
it could be too late. Then again,
winning in GP2 still doesnt
guarantee an F1 drive
1 Which driver rolled his car at
Monaco after Takuma Satos
engine blew up in 2004?
2 Who made his F1 debut at the
1981 San Marino GP for Tyrrell?
3 Which was the rst Californian
circuit to host a round of the F1
world championship?
4 Which eponymous team owner
was born in Auckland in 1937?
5 Which F1 team is situated on
Reynard Park Road?
6 What was the designation of the
Williams chassis that was used
during the 1995 season?
7 Which Dutch driver (below left)
started 2007 with Spyker?
8 Who did McLaren send onto the
podium with Jenson Button after
his Montral win in 2011?
9 In 1986 who (below) partnered
Jonathan Palmer at Zakspeed?
10 What are Jenson Buttons
two middle names?
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ANALYSIS
As Nick Fry
departs Merc, is
Ross Brawn next?
The staff manoeuvrings continue at
Mercedes as Toto Wolff and Niki Lauda
work to reshape the management structure
Nick Iry leIt his roIe us
Mercedes CEO uL Lhe sLurL oI
AprII, In Lhe IuLesL oI u serIes
oI munugemenL chunges.
Fry`s depurLure IoIIows
on Irom Lhe uppoInLmenL oI
NIkI Luudu us non-execuLIve
chuIrmun und Lhe ousLIng oI
NorberL Huug us Mercedes`
moLorsporL boss und hIs
repIucemenL by ToLo WoIII. He
wIII remuIn us u consuILunL unLII
Lhe end oI zo1q.
Luudu und WoIII huve uIso
recruILed Iormer McLuren
LechnIcuI dIrecLor Puddy Lowe,
who Is on gurdenIng Ieuve`
Irom hIs currenL Leum unLII
Lhe end oI Lhe yeur. Lowe wIII
joIn Mercedes Irom Lhe sLurL oI
zo1q, und hus been recruILed Lo
run Lhe sporLIng und LechnIcuI
uspecLs oI Mercedes GP - whIch
Is eIIecLIveIy whuL Leum prIncIpuI
Ross Bruwn does now.
Bruwn`s IuLure remuIns
uncIeur. He Is noL expecLed
Lo keep hIs currenL roIe
InLo zo1q, uILhough he wIII
noL necessurIIy Ieuve Lhe
Leum uILogeLher. I1 Rccin
undersLunds he couId be oIIered
u posILIon runnIng Mercedes`
engIne depurLmenL uL BrIxworLh
shouId he wunL Lo sLuy InvoIved.
As Lo why Bruwn wIII be
repIuced, one source cIose Lo
Mercedes remurked: Huve you
ever heurd oI u new munugemenL
Leum keepIng Lhe oId one In pIuce
when IL Lukes over?
Lowe Is noL expecLed Lo be
gIven Lhe LILIe oI Leum prIncIpuI
when he sLurLs work uL Mercedes.
BuL he wIII eIIecLIveIy run Lhe
Leum In Lundem wILh WoIII,
whose InvoIvemenL hus grown
sLeudIIy sInce hIs uppoInLmenL,
und who Is re-mukIng Lhe Leum In
hIs und Luudu`s Imuge.
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/ The unexplained mystery of McLarens sluggish MP4-28
NEWS
McLaren mystified
by cars lack of pace
Jenson Button admits the team dont fully understand how
they have slipped so far back from the sharp end of the grid
How do you go Irom huvIng Lhe IusLesL cur
uL Lhe end oI one seuson Lo one oI Lhe sIowesL
come Lhe sLurL oI Lhe nexL? ThuL`s Lhe quesLIon
everyone hus been uskIng oI mIghLy McLuren
- IncIudIng Lhe Leum LhemseIves.
When Lhey Lurned up In AusLruIIu und Iound
LhemseIves Lwo seconds oII Lhe puce, Lhey were
us surprIsed us unyone. L wus cIeur Irom Lhe
hnuI LesL In SpuIn LhuL Lhey were sLruggIIng -
buL noL Lo LhuL exLenL.
nILIuIIy McLuren LhemseIves dId noL know
whuL wus wrong - sporLIng dIrecLor Sum
MIchueI udmILLed Lhey were IookIng uL uII
IronLs, reuIIy In LheIr
uLLempL Lo work ouL
why Lhe cur wus so sIow.
BuL he dId muke one
InLeresLIng udmIssIon:
numeIy LhuL McLuren
were noL so much
surprIsed by where Lhey
were In Lerms oI Lhe puce
oI LheIr cur, us much us by jusL how Iur buck
Lhey were compured Lo IronL-runnIng Leums.
Jenson BuLLon suId: A Iew mIdheId Leums
who wouId normuIIy be behInd us ure uIso
surprIsed by how quIck some oI Lhe curs ure.
And LhuL hus surprIsed us jusL us much, us
we`re noL geLLIng Lhe perIormunce we LhoughL
we hud. We huve u reusonubIe undersLundIng
oI whuL we need Lo do, buL noL 1oo per cenL.
There hus been u IuIr bIL oI Iocus on Lhe
remurkubIe InIormuLIon LhuL BuLLon`s puce
uL Lhe hrsL pre-seuson LesL wus down Lo u
suspensIon componenL beIng hLLed Lhe wrong
wuy uround. BuL IL`s IuIr Lo suy LhuL IL`s cIeur
where Lhe probIems IIe.
There`s onIy one reuson why F1 curs ure
IusL or sIow, suId u IeudIng engIneer Irom u
rIvuI Leum. AerodynumIcs.
McLuren InsIsL LhuL LheIr new cur is quIcker
Lhun Lhe oId one - or uL IeusL hus Lhe poLenLIuI
Lo be - buL Ior LhuL Lo be Lhe cuse Lhey need
Lo work ouL whuL Is goIng wrong somewhere
umong Lhe chunges Lhey huve mude Ior zo1.
GIven LhuL Lhey chunged Lhe nose heIghL, Lhe
sIdepods, Lhe coke-boLLIe ureu uL Lhe reur und
Lhe bodywork uround Lhe geurbox - In eIIecL
preLLy much every uerodynumIc surIuce - LhuL
Is unIIkeIy Lo be Lhe work oI u momenL.
Button: dont tell me
the cars so slow
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/ Could money woes see off Lotus title challenge?
Finance is key to
Lotuss title quest
Lotus started 2013
with triumph, but could
find they lack the
budget to maintain
season-long
development
Kimi Rikknen`s victory uL Lhe
seuson-openIng AusLruIIun Grund PrIx
und hIs conLInuIng sLrong Iorm suggesL
LoLus huve u cur LhuL Is cupubIe oI mounLIng
u LILIe chuIIenge LhIs seuson.
RuIkknen IInIshed LhIrd behInd
SebusLIun VeLLeI und Fernundo AIonso
In zo1z, uILhough LhuL wus down Lo hIs
remurkubIe consIsLency - und Lhe Iuck
LhereoI oI LewIs HumIILon`s McLuren und
Murk Webber`s Red BuII - more Lhun IL
wus down Lo hIs ubsoIuLe compeLILIve puce.
LoLus`s rourIng sLurL Lo LhIs seuson
suggesLs RuIkknen couId be u LhreuL In
boLh respecLs. BuL Lhe bIg quesLIon Ior
LoLus Is wheLher Lhey cun keep up wILh Lhe
breukneck deveIopmenL speed oI Lhe bIg
Leums up uL Lhe IronL oI Lhe IIeId.
RuIkknen`s Leum operuLe on u budgeL
oI noL much more Lhun huII Red BuII`s. The
mosL recenLIy pubIIshed IIgures - Irom
zo11 - show LhuL Red BuII`s budgeL wus
z11.1mIIIIon (und Lhey ure beIIeved Lo huve
spenL even more IusL seuson) compured Lo
LoLus`s budgeL oI 1qmIIIIon. So IL wouId
be u bIg usk Ior LoLus Lo Improve LheIr cur
uL Lhe sume ruLe. n IucL no Leum cun muLch
Red BuII when IL comes Lo LurnIng up uL
euch ruce wILh cruLes IuII oI new purLs.
There huve been consLunL rumours
over Lhe pusL Lhree yeurs LhuL LoLus ure In
IInuncIuI LroubIe. And uround Lhe LIme oI
Lhe ndIun und Abu DhubI ruces IusL yeur,
mechunIcs LhreuLened Lo down LooIs II LheIr
uIreudy overdue suIurIes were noL puId -
whIch Lhey Lhen were.
BuL LoLus InsIsL LhuL Lhey huve noL onIy u
IuII budgeL Ior zo1, buL uIso Lhe LechnIcuI
wherewILhuI Lo consIsLenLIy compeLe uL
Lhe IronL. And Lhey huve now uppoInLed
properLy InvesLor Andrew Ruhun Lo LheIr
bourd. He wus empIoyed Ior hIs busIness
ucumen, uccordIng Lo Leum boss ErIc
BouIIIer, who udded LhuL mIIIIonuIre Ruhun,
wus noL IInuncIuIIy buckIng Lhe Leum.
NEWS
Kimi started
the season well
but is it sustainable?
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Theres been a clamour for more durable rubber to help
exploit cars advantages and Red Bull are leading the charge
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Just us it wus In zo11 und zo1z, one subjecL
hus been domInuLIng conversuLIon In F1 LhIs
yeur (uL IeusL unLII Lhe Red BuII Leum orders
row bIew up): Lyres.
PIreIII`s zo1 runge oI Lyres Is even soILer
Lhun Lhose LhuL cume In prevIous yeurs, whIch
hus Ied Lo rumbIIngs LhuL Lhe compuny huve
now gone Loo Iur. And Lhe IoudesL compIuInLs
by Iur huve come Irom Red BuII, who IeeI LhuL
Lhe need Lo Iook uILer LheIr rubber durIng
ruces Is hoIdIng Lhem buck und prevenLIng
Lhem Irom showIng Lhe IuII perIormunce
oI LheIr cur becuuse ILs huge IusL-corner
downIorce overIouds Lhe Lyres.
Murk Webber mude hIs opInIon cIeur
In MuIuysIu, sLuLIng: The whoIe cuLegory
Is geured uround Lyres uL Lhe momenL
- Lyres, Lyres, Lyres, Lyres. And Leum boss
ChrIsLIun Horner udded: WhuL we wunL Lo
uvoId Is drIvers cruIsIng uround under Lhe
perIormunce oI LheIr cur, unubIe Lo IoIIow
unoLher cur cIoseIy, oLherwIse IL`s noL rucIng.
The dIspurILy beLween Lhe puce oI Lhe
Red BuII In quuIIIyIng und prucLIce, when ILs
udvunLuge hus been huge, und ruces, when IL
Is beuLubIe, suggesLs Lhey ure rIghL. WheLher
LhuL Is uccepLubIe depends on your poInL
oI vIew. Some urgue LhuL Lyres ure creuLIng
RUBBER
How pitstops have risen in the Pirelli era
Since the two-compounds-per-race rule was introduced in Formula 1, the average number
of pitstops in each grand prix and over the first three races of the year, has steadily increased
STATS
u IucsImIIe oI F1 - where compeLILIon Is
urLIIIcIuIIy beIng mude cIoser Lhun IL Iooks.
OLhers suy purL oI Lhe gume hus uIwuys been
Lo operuLe wILhIn Lhe IImILs oI Lhe Lyres,
und LhuL IL Is ImpossIbIe Lo sepuruLe LheIr
perIormunce Irom LhuL oI Lhe cur.
Red BuII ure pressurIng PIreIII Lo muke
hurder Lyres us Lhey dId Lowurds Lhe end oI
zo1z, by mukIng choIces mosL Leums IeIL were
Loo conservuLIve. BuL PIreIII moLorsporL boss
PuuI Hembery reIuses Lo bow Lo Lhe pressure,
InsIsLIng Lhe sILuuLIon now Is no dIIIerenL Lo
Lhe prevIous Lwo yeurs und LhuL Leums wIII
be on Lop oI Lhe Lyres wILhIn seven ruces.
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From 2014, Merc will supply Force India with a
new powertrain, including engines and gearboxes
NEWS
Claire Williams takes on
senior role in fathers team
Sir Franks daughter becomes the teams deputy
team principal and likely long-term successor
MeunwhIIe, McLuren`s decIsIon Lo swILch
Lo Hondu engInes Irom zo1 - u deuI LhuL hus
been sLruck, yeL noL oIhcIuIIy conhrmed by
eILher oI Lhem - eIIecLIveIy meuns Force ndIu
wIII become Mercedes` B-Leum Irom zo1q.
The deuI wus expecLed IoIIowIng Lhe sIgnIng
oI AdrIun SuLII, us I Rccin reporLed IusL
monLh. Mercedes were InsLrumenLuI In
securIng u pIuce Ior SuLII In Lhe Leum, despILe
compeLILIon Irom JuIes BIunchI, who Is u
member oI Lhe FerrurI DrIver Acudemy, und
whom FerrurI were pushIng wILh Lhe oIIer oI
u deuI on LheIr engIne Ior zo1q.
L meuns un uncomIorLubIe zo1q Ior
McLuren, who wIII use Mercedes` new Lurbo
engIne IoIIowIng Lhe chunge In ruIes nexL
yeur buL wIII swILch Lo Hondu In zo1. Merc
moLorsporL boss ToLo WoIII suId: L Is
essenLIuI Lo ensure Lhere Is no LrunsIer oI P
|InLeIIecLuuI properLy|. We ure uII proIessIonuIs
und IL Is ubouL huvIng Lhe rIghL conLrucLs und
suIeguurdIng LechnoIogy LrunsIer.
Mercedes were instrumental in
securing Sutils Force India drive
Force India strengthen
their ties with Mercedes
Iorce Indiu huve mude u sLrong sLurL Lo
Lhe yeur und LheIr growIng sLuLure hus been
underIIned by Lhe sLrengLhenIng oI LheIr IInks
wILh Mercedes.
The Germun munuIucLurer hus sIgned u
new deuI wILh Force ndIu LhuL meuns Lhey wIII
suppIy LheIr powerLruIns - engIne, geurbox
und energy recovery sysLems - Irom zo1q.
ThIs wIII oIhcIuIIy end Force ndIu`s LechnoIogy
purLnershIp wILh McLuren, who huve suppIIed
LheIr geurboxes sInce zooq.
Sir Irunk Williums hus unoInLed hIs
duughLer CIuIre us hIs Iong-Lerm successor us
Leum prIncIpuI uL Lhe squud he Iounded In Lhe
eurIy 1q;os. CIuIre WIIIIums Is now depuLy
Leum prIncIpuI, hIIIng u IeudershIp vucuum
LhuL hus deveIoped over Lhe pusL Iew monLhs.
LusL yeur, WIIIIums shurehoIder ToLo
WoIII wus heuvIIy InvoIved In Lhe duy-Lo-duy
runnIng oI Lhe Leum und hud been deveIopIng
u Iong-Lerm pIun Ior Iormer McLuren LechnIcuI
dIrecLor Puddy Lowe Lo come on bourd us
WIIIIums Leum prIncIpuI.
BuL when WoIII becume moLorsporL boss
uL Mercedes, he Look Lowe wILh hIm, IeuvIng
WIIIIums wILh u number oI senIor posILIons
Lo hII. The sILuuLIon wus exucerbuLed by Lhe
depurLure oI chIeI operuLIons engIneer Murk
GIIIun, who IeIL Lhe Leum uL Lhe end oI zo1z.
CIuIre WIIIIums` uppoInLmenL wus ugreed
beIore Lhe sLurL oI LhIs seuson, buL Lhe deuLh
oI SIr Frunk`s wIIe und CIuIre`s moLher GInny,
meunL LhuL Lhe unnouncemenL wus deIuyed
und LhuL CIuIre dId noL LruveI Lo AusLruIIu.
ThIs IeIL LechnIcuI dIrecLor MIke CoughIun
us Lhe onIy senIor hgure und Je jccto Leum
boss uL Lhe ruce Lruck. However, XevI PujoIur
hus sInce been promoLed Lo Lhe new roIe oI
chIeI ruce engIneer, so repIucIng GIIIun.
CIuIre WIIIIums` Inbox wIII now be IookIng
preLLy IuII. She noL onIy hus Lo hnuIIse u
new sLrucLure In whuL hus become u very
IeudershIp-IIghL ouLhL, buL she uIso hus
Lo muke pIuns Lo secure Lhe Iong-Lerm
sponsorshIp pIuLIorm oI Lhe Leum.
On LhuL IronL, quesLIons ubouL Lhe
Iong-Lerm posILIon oI PusLor MuIdonudo
und Lhe omIIIIon worLh oI VenezueIun oII
sponsorshIp he brIngs wILh hIm every yeur
huve been ruIsed IoIIowIng Lhe deuLh oI hIs
greuL supporLer, Lhe counLry`s PresIdenL
Hugo Chuvez IusL monLh.
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What happens when a new car
appears in testing and doesnt
correlate with what you expected?
For Lhe pusL zo yeurs, Leums huve pIuced
IncreusIng vuIue on sImuIuLIon Lo deLermIne
how LheIr curs shouId behuve. The mosL weII-
known Iorm oI sImuIuLIon Is wIndLunneI LesLIng,
whIch duLes buck even IurLher. SophIsLIcuLed
sLress-unuIysIs progrummes ure uIso cupubIe
oI uvoIdIng muny oI Lhe IuIIures LhuL were
u common purL oI LesLIng yeurs ugo.
The udvenL oI ucLIve suspensIon In Lhe
eurIy 1qqos spurred u IoL oI ucLIvILy In vehIcIe
modeIIIng. nILIuIIy LhIs used reIuLIveIy sImpIe
muLhemuLIcuI modeIs Lo descrIbe Lhe vurIous
moLIons oI Lhe cur by u number oI equuLIons
whIch, once soIved, wouId prInL ouL resuILs oI
how Lhe cur muy behuve In u dynumIc IushIon.
These requIred u IoL oI InLerpreLuLIon, so u desIre
grew Ior drIver In Lhe Ioop` sImuIuLIon Lo soIve
Lhe equuLIons whIIe generuLIng vurIous ouLpuLs
LhuL physIcuIIy drove Lhe sImuIuLor. SImIIur
meLhods ure used Lo LruIn uIrIIne pIIoLs.
AII LhIs hus heIped consIderubIy In InLerpreLIng
Lhe resuILs, sInce sImuIuLors now oIIer u IeveI
oI reuIIsm LhuL IeLs drIvers IeeI how Lhe cur wIII
hundIe, whIIe provIdIng u quunLILuLIve meusure
oI Lhe desIgn by wuy oI u vIrLuuI Iup LIme. So
Leums now go Lo Lhe hrsL LesL wILh u much beLLer
Ideu oI how Lhe cur shouId behuve, und LheIr hrsL
Lusk Is Lo ucquIre duLu Irom Lhe eurIy runnIng
und compure LhuL wILh Lhe predIcLed resuILs.
GeneruIIy speukIng, Lhe sLress-unuIysIs resuILs
wIII uIreudy huve been bucked up by physIcuI
LesLIng In Lhe Leum`s IuboruLorIes, buL Lhere wIII
sLIII be occusIonuI surprIses. The uerodynumIc
churucLerIsLIcs ure perhups Lhe mosL cureIuIIy
ussessed, sInce Lhese huve Lhe greuLesL beurIng
on perIormunce, whIIe Lhe drIver`s commenLs on
hundIIng wIII be noLed und guuged uguInsL
Lhe behuvIour oI Lhe Lyres, whIch cun oILen
musk Lhe subLIeLIes oI cur buIunce.
Pat Symonds
Explaining the hidden brilliance that drives Formula 1 forward
Car development
THE SCIENCE BEHIND...
After such a poor start
to 2013, McLaren will be
ramping up development of
the underachieving MP4-28
How do you go about finding out
what the problem is?
I Lhere Is u sLrucLuruI probIem, IL shouId be
preLLy obvIous, buL you need Lo undersLund
why Lhe IuIIure wusn`L predIcLed. L muy be LhuL
Lhere wus u munuIucLurIng or muLerIuI IuuIL, buL
In order Lo ensure suIeLy, Lhe probIem musL be
unuIysed unLII Lhere Is reusonubIe cerLuInLy us
Lo boLh Lhe cuuse und Lhe remedy.
I uerodynumIc perIormunce Is oII-key, Lhe
seurch Ior u soIuLIon Is more compIex. An F1
cur`s uerodynumIcs ure so crILIcuI LhuL even Lhe
smuIIesL devIuLIon oI un ImporLunL surIuce cun
drumuLIcuIIy uIIecL Lhe cur`s perIormunce. huve
seen cuses oI u sIIghLIy Ioose oor skId bIock
LoLuIIy desLroyIng dIIIuser perIormunce.
What if the problem is so bad you
have to build a new monocoque?
How long will that take?
don`L LhInk unyone hus ever suIIered LhIs IeveI
oI mIsIorLune (or IncompeLence!) buL IL Is noL
uncommon Ior some componenLs Lo need mInor
redesIgn uILer runnIng. Even when LoLus hud
u probIem wILh Lhe IronL suspensIon mounLIng
In Lhe monocoque IusL yeur, IL dId noL uppeur
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The difference between a car's
performance in the last race of
the year in Brazil and the rst
one in Melbourne really depends
whereabouts you are on the grid.
dIIhcuIL Lo hx. One oI Lhe bIggesL probIems wILh
hurrIed redesIgns Is LhuL Lhey uIwuys end up
heuvIer Lhun you wouId IIke Lhem Lo be.
What if you bring a car to the track,
only to find a few at the front of the
field have found a brilliant tweak?
We huve uII been In LhuL posILIon und Lhe normuI
Iorm Lhese duys Is Lo whInge IIke heII, sLIr up
IoLs oI LroubIe und, In Lhe meunLIme, geL on wILh
your own InLerpreLuLIon oI IL. The doubIe dIIIuser
In zooq, when wus uL RenuuIL, wus u perIecL
exumpIe oI LhIs. To my mInd, Lhe semunLIcs
InvoIved In IormIng un InLerpreLuLIon oI Lhe ruIes
LhuL permILLed such u devIce were conLorLed
Lo suy Lhe IeusL und so we, IIke oLher Leums,
proLesLed Lhe IeguIILy oI Lhe curs runnIng Lhese
dIIIusers uL Lhe hrsL ruce. AL Lhe sume LIme, In
Lhe hrm knowIedge LhuL we mIghL Iose Lhe cuse,
we worked uL-ouL on our own soIuLIon, whIch
we munuged Lo debuL uL Lhe LhIrd ruce.
When youre starting to design
the following years car, how do
you manage resources while still
developing the current car?
The swILch oI resource Irom one yeur Lo unoLher
Is consLunLIy dIIhcuIL. L Is uIwuys necessury
Lo keep some peopIe sorLIng ouL Lhe InevILubIe
probIems LhuL occur on every cur durIng u
ruce weekend, buL how muny uddILIonuI sLuII
ure kepL workIng on deveIopmenL Is IurgeIy u
IuncLIon oI sLruLegIc decIsIons. When u Leum ure
hghLIng hurd Ior sIgnIhcunL posILIons durIng Lhe
yeur IL nuLuruIIy meuns LhuL Lhey need Lo keep
deveIopIng LheIr cur or rIsk IosIng LheIr sLundIng
In Lhe chumpIonshIp - und hence money.
If the problems are only minor, what
is the natural course of developing
a car throughout a season?
The mosL IruILIuI ureu oI deveIopmenL Is
uerodynumIcs, und durIng Lhe yeur numerous
vurIuLIons oI wIngs, bodywork und dIIIusers
wIII be seen. However, LhuL Is noL Lo suy LhuL
suspensIon und oLher mechunIcuI ILems ure
Ignored. SImuIuLors uIIow Lhese Lo be LesLed Lo
some IeveI beIore Lhey ure InLroduced und so
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Because the rules have been
relatively stable for a few years,
the gains are hard to nd up
front. Unless a big breakthrough
is found, I would expect the top
teams to nd between half a
second and a second's worth of
speed over the course of 2013.
Further back, there is much
more speed to nd. At Marussia,
we found around two seconds
from the different avenues we
explored over the year. It is a
shame we never get the chance
to really nd out these days
other than in the simulators.
The 2009 Brawn stirred things
up with its innovative but
controversial double diffuser
Backmarkers like Marussia will
nd more speed over the course
of a season than the frontrunners
Leums wIII brIng cuuLIous upgrudes Lo Lhe cur
durIng Lhe yeur. SomeLImes Lhese mIghL even be
uImed uL Lhe IoIIowIng yeur und FrIduy prucLIce
IeLs Leums pursue u desIgn uvenue Ior Lhe comIng
seuson wILh more conhdence.
DeveIopmenL Isn`L uIwuys physIcuI, however,
und engIneers wIII uIwuys be workIng on engIne
muppIng wILhIn Lhe IImILs uIIowed by Lhe
reguIuLIons Lo Improve perIormunce. ThIs Lype oI
deveIopmenL uIso uppIIes Lo ureus such us sLurLs
und Improved geurbox und dIIIerenLIuI muppIng.
Why do so many teams turn up in
Australia with such a large update
without having tested it first?
L Is u meusure oI Lhe conhdence In sImuIuLIon.
You uIwuys wunL Lo uIIow Lhe desIgners und
uerodynumIcIsLs us Iong us possIbIe Lo deveIop
LheIr Ideus und LhIs someLImes meuns LhuL
Lhe hnuI deLuIIs ure onIy seen uL Lhe hrsL ruce.
OI course, wILh no In-seuson LesLIng LhIs Is
no dIIIerenL Lo Lhe sILuuLIon uL oLher LImes In
Lhe yeur when much bIgger upgrudes ure LrIed
wILhouL huvIng hrsL run In LesLIng.
Do you have points in the season
when you prefer to bring updates?
There wus u LIme when upduLes were grouped
LogeLher und InLroduced jusL u Iew LImes u
yeur. TypIcuIIy LhIs wouId be uL Lhe sLurL oI Lhe
Europeun seuson, mId-seuson, Lhen Ior Lhe hnuI
y-uwuy ruces. Toduy Lhe urms ruce Is such LhuL
upgrudes ure broughL Lo every sIngIe ruce -
uILhough Lhere Is sLIII perhups u sImIIur LemporuI
Iocus Ior more mujor chunges.
Are all the updates aero-based?
MosLIy, yes. UpduLes resuIL Irom puInsLukIng
reseurch InLo uII uspecLs oI perIormunce und
reIIubIIILy, und mosL perIormunce Is Iound In
Lhe uerodynumIcs. BuL us sImuIuLor LechnoIogy
muLures, we couId see more suspensIon-bused
deveIopmenL underLuken. Even beIore cIrcuIL
LesLIng wus IImILed, IL wus hurd Lo muke chunges
Lo Lhe suspensIon und reuIIy know II you`d mude
Lhe cur IusLer or noL. WILh sImuIuLors IL Is eusIer
Lo evuIuuLe LhIs Lype oI chunge.
Can you find yourselves moving
backwards in a season after youve
gone the wrong way with setup?
L Is unIIkeIy now LhuL you wIII puL purLs on
Lhe cur LhuL ucLuuIIy deLrucL Irom perIormunce
becuuse Lhe IeveI oI modeIIIng und meusuremenL
ure so sophIsLIcuLed, buL Lhere huve been cuses In
Lhe noL-Loo-dIsLunL pusL when LhIs hus huppened.
We`ve uII heurd oI Leums who IeeI LhuL Lhe
correIuLIon beLween LheIr wIndLunneI resuILs
und Lhe meusured perIormunce on Lhe Lruck Is
InudequuLe. SomeLImes u Leum ure unubIe Lo
deIIver Lhe perIormunce upgrudes LhuL LheIr
compeLILors ure uchIevIng, und IL cun cerLuInIy
seem us II LheIr perIormunce Is goIng buckwurds.
In the development race, which
is easier: staying at the front or
chasing the leaders?
NeILher Is eusy. FormuIu 1 does noLhIng Lo
dImInIsh Lhe LruLh oI Lhe weII-known suyIng LhuL
IL`s Lough uL Lhe Lop`, buL perhups IL shouId udd
LhuL: IL`s even Lougher uL Lhe boLLom!`
Webber leads Vettel at
Sepang. But not for long
Authority, wit and intelligence from the voice of F1 Racing
Peter Windsor
RACERS EDGE
28 F1 Racing May 2013
Okuy. Sepung is now conIined to history,
uIong wILh moIu `8z, Lhe MunIch AgreemenL und
Turkey zo1o. LeL`s Iook on Lhe brIghL sIde.
Murk:
AILhough AussIe GrIL hus never LrusLed LhuL Iouse
VeLLeI, Lhe chunces ure LhuL VeLLeI hus, In Lhe pusL,
uIwuys Lended Lo LrusL Murk. ForgeL LhuL. RegurdIess
oI whuL Is suId buck uL MIILon Keynes, In hoLeI IobbIes
unywhere In Lhe worId, In Leum debrIeIs or guruge
huddIes, VeLLeI wIII never uguIn be ubIe Lo LrusL
AussIe GrIL. And he knows LhuL. A zo1 LILIe decIder
In BruzII, wILh VeLLeI needIng Lo wIn In order Lo Luke
hIs IourLh? You LhInk LhuL Murk, ouL In IronL, Is goIng
Lo sLep usIde? RIghL. And u RhodesIun RIdgebuck
Is goIng Lo sIdIe up Lo un AyIesbury duck jusL Lo suy
hI. And LhuL`s kInd oI nIce. From now on, VeLLeI wIII
noL know where he sLunds. To be on uny sorL oI soIId
ground, he`s goIng Lo huve Lo ussume LhuL AussIe GrIL
Is jusL unoLher compeLILor, u guy ubouL us IIkeIy Lo
heIp hIm on Lruck us Fernundo AIonso.
The pressure`s oII. Remember Sepung wIII
become Lhe new pussword. There`II be no need uny
more Lo hung uround LhuL Lucky Red BuII burge
on Lhe Monuco hurbour, or Lhose deIIghLIuI RB
poseur-mugneLs LhuL IronL us moLorhomes In Lhe F1
puddocks: Where`s Murk? Why Isn`L he ouL IronL,
LuIkIng Lo our guesLs? He`s In Lhe guruge, chuLLIng
wILh hIs guys. Remember Sepcn.
nLervIew LIme, Murk. We`ve suId No` Lo u record
,zq; journuIIsLs over Lhe pusL week, so cun you gIve
z oI Lhem Lhree mInuLes now?
Been Lhere. Done LhuL. Spoken Lo my muLes. No
need Lo LuIk Lo unyone
eIse. Remember
Sepcn.
Need you Lo
sLund In Ior Seb uL u
roudshow In Koreu,
Murk. Sorry, buL we`d
reuIIy upprecIuLe IL
und oI course IL`II
be reIIecLed In your
bonus.
Sorry muLe.
WushIng Lhe Porsche
LhuL duy. Remember
Sepcn.
PhoLoshooL, Murk. We need you ouLsIde Lhe
guruge In Len mInuLes. Don`L IorgeL Lhose IeuLher
booLs, Lhe sLreLch jeuns und Lhe spungIe T-shIrL.
Cheers muLe. `II be Lhere In me QuIcksIIvers.
Remember Sepcn.
Seb:
He wus genuIneIy sorry uILer Lhe ruce. GenuIneIy.
There wus no excuse, no coherenL expIunuLIon. He
wus, Lhough, ubsoIuLeIy IuII oI regreL. He wronged
Murk, he dIsobeyed Leum orders. So here, II he cun
do IL, Is u chunce Ior hIm Lo grow. Muybe he does
IIsLen Loo much Lo uII LhuL Red BuII sLuII. Muybe
he does need Lo spend u bIL more LIme jusL beIng
Seb VeLLeI. Three yeurs ugo, he couId never huve
ImugIned he`d do whuL he dId In Sepung. NoL In u
Leum IIke Red BuII - noL wILh ChrIsLIun und AdrIun
on Lhe pILwuII und Kenny und Lhe boys In Lhe guruge,
beIIevIng In hIm uII Lhe wuy.
So u new chuIIenge IIes uheud - und LhuL Is Lo be
Lhe rucIng drIver who wIns, buL uIso Lo be u mun who
Ieurns Irom Sepung. No one`s perIecL. He mude u
bIg mIsLuke und some peopIe now respecL hIm Iess.
The Lusk Is Lo recover - und Lhe wuy Lo recover Is Lo
respecL peopIe more. To respecL hIs Leum-muLe more.
To respecL the tecm more. To remInd hImseII LhuL,
yes, he pIuyed hIs purL buL, no, he couIdn`L huve won
Lhree LILIes und z; ruces (pre-ChInu) wILhouL DIeLrIch,
AdrIun, ChrIsLIun und HeImuL. There Is un order oI
LhIngs und he Is buL u purL oI IL. He doesn`L Ieud IL.
He knows LhIs; he knew LhIs. L wus Lhe udrenuIIne
oI Lhe ruce LhuL chunged everyLhIng. L wus somehow
us II u swILch hud been IIIcked In hIs bruIn, muLIng
Lhe rudIo. WInnIng Lhe ruce wus Lhe onIy LhIng LhuL
muLLered Lo hIm uL Lhe LIme. AL IeusL he cun recognIse
LhIs. AL IeusL he cun ucL upon IL Ior Lhe IuLure. There
muy be opporLunILIes, physIcuIIy, Lo redress Lhe
buIunce - Lo gIve Murk u wIn. ThuL`s unIIkeIy, Lhough.
WhuL ure Lhe chunces, In u yeur IIke LhIs, oI Lhe sume
sILuuLIon huppenIng In reverse? L`s more ImporLunL
WAS
MALAYSIA
2013 THE
BEGINNING
OF THE END
FOR RED
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NEW DAWN?
OUR MAN
REFLECTS
ON AN
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CHANGED
EVERYTHING
The mistake was in asking a
three-time world champion on
softer and newer tyres to finish
behind his team-mate
A tense podium
at Imola in 1982
after Pironi passes
Ferrari team-mate
Villeneuve, allegedly
against team orders
All happy with
that one-two
then? Er no
Read Peter Windsors interview with Adrian Sutil on page 60
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Lo Ieurn und Lo become u more pure uLhIeLe us
u resuIL. ThuL Is uchIevubIe.
No more, Lhen, Lhe ruIsed sIngIe dIgIL In purc
Ierm? nsLeud u KImI-IIke wuve Lo Lhe Leum?
ThuL, perhups, wouId be u sLurL.
Christiun:
WeII, uL IeusL he won`L huve Lo come ouL wILh
uny more oI LhuL we jusL wunL our Lwo guys
Lo ruce one oLher wILhouL jeopurdIsIng Lhe
curs-Lype nonsense LhuL hus kepL Lhe press so
conLuIned Ior Lhe pusL Lwo or Lhree yeurs. From
now on, Lhe job Is Iess Ioggy: Lo wIL, Lo keep
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Murk und Seb us Iur upurL us possIbIe. BuL how
Lo do LhuL und sLIII IInIsh one-Lwo?
SImpIe. ReIy on Seb`s consIsLenLIy good
sLurLs und Murk`s consIsLenLIy bud ones.
Whenever Murk quuIIIIes neur or uIongsIde Seb
he usuuIIy bIows IL oII Lhe IIne. SLrunge LhuL.
And yeL when Lhey`ve goL u cur or Lwo beLween
Lhem on Lhe grId, Murk shooLs uwuy IIke u
scuIded WeImuruner.
Sepung? The mIsLuke, In reLrospecL, wus
probubIy In uskIng Seb Lo IInIsh second. A
Lhree-LIme worId chumpIon, on soILer und
newer Lyres beIng LoId Lo IInIsh second behInd
hIs Leum-muLe`? WhuL on eurLh dId we LhInk
wouId huppen?
We were LhInkIng, nuIveIy, LhuL Seb wus sLIII
Lhe rucIng drIver he used Lo be - sLIII Lhe young
guy who wouId IoIIow udvIce und compIy wILh
InsLrucLIons. We were IorgeLLIng, oI course,
LhuL he`s spenL Iour yeurs IIvIng In u bubbIe,
beIIevIng whuL mosL peopIe huve been LeIIIng
hIm. We were IorgeLLIng LhuL wILh uII LhuL sLuII
uround hIm, he wouId, In Lhe heuL
oI buLLIe, IIsLen onIy Lo Lhe voIce In hIs heurL.
Adriun:
ThIs Is whuL we were LhInkIng: we were
LhInkIng, How do we know Rosberg Isn`L goIng
Lo puss HumIILon und puL us under pressure?
How do we know LhuL Lhe Lyres uren`L goIng Lo
IuII oII Lhe cIIII In Lhe IusL Lhree Iups?`
And: Murk`s done u greuL job Loduy. He
deserves Lhe wIn. A one-Lwo Is u rure und
brIIIIunL LhIng und you don`L pIuy uround wILh
IL when IL comes your wuy.`
The good news Is, Seb reuIIses hIs mIsLuke
und hopeIuIIy won`L do Lhe sume LhIng uguIn.
Murk? He`s bIg enough Lo Luke LhIs und Lo
come buck IIghLIng. He knows he`s u wInner.
And he knows LhuL he cun sLIII wIn wILh us.
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IS THREE
FOR THE
PRICE OF
TWO THE
ANSWER
TO F1S
SUCCESSION
QUESTION?
II unyone were Lo express doubLs ubouL BernIe
EccIesLone`s pIvoLuI roIe In F1`s ongoIng growLh,
dIrecL Lhem Lo puge ; oI Lhe preIImInury prospecLus
LhuL wus reIeused uheud oI Lhe sporL`s proposed
oLuLIon on Lhe SIngupore SLock Exchunge IusL yeur.
L`s Lhere In bIuck und whILe: Dur commercicl
success is JepenJent to c consiJercble extent on the
ejjorts, cbilities cnJ reputction oj our mcncement,
especicll Mr Ecclestone.
AILhough Lhe IIsLIng oI FormuIu 1 pIc wus uborLed
due Lo Lhe gIobuI economIc crIsIs, Lhe qq8-puge
prospecLus provIdes IuII dIscIosure - us requIred by
sLock exchunge reguIuLIons - so oIIers u IuscInuLIng
InsIghL InLo Lhe busIness oI F1 und ILs IuLure dIrecLIon.
CVC CupILuI PurLners, Lhe mujorILy conLroIIers oI F1`s
commercIuI rIghLs, orIgInuIIy Ieused by Lhe FA Lo
EccIesLone Ior u perIod oI 11q yeurs, ure sLIII keen Lo
drIve Lhe oLuLIon when murkeL condILIons ure rIghL.
The documenL uIso sLuLes, Our success Lo duLe hus
depended Lo u sIgnIhcunL exLenL on Mr EccIesLone, our
chIeI execuLIve oIhcer, who Is currenLIy 81 yeurs oId
und hus been responsIbIe Ior Lhe growLh und sLruLegIc
deveIopmenL oI FormuIu 1. L Lhen sLuLes u successIon
pIun Is In pIuce, buL, Lhe Ioss oI Mr EccIesLone couId
dIsrupL our operuLIons und huve u muLerIuI udverse
eIIecL on our busIness und resuILs oI operuLIon.
CVC ure wIse Lo huve u successIon pIun In pIuce.
Now 8z und IucIng IeguI ucLIon Irom boLh sIdes oI Lhe
ALIunLIc, EccIesLone Iuces muny pressures In hIs roIe
us CEO oI u gIobuI enLILy LurnIng over u bIIIIon pounds
per yeur. CVC musL uIso be concerned ubouL hIs
heuILh: In 1qqq he underwenL u LrIpIe heurL bypuss.
WILhIn Lhe puddock, Loo, IIIe uILer BernIe Is u
reguIur Lheme oI dIscussIon, uILhough mosL peopIe
joke LhuL F1`s Lsur hus no InLenLIon oI pussIng on unLII
he cun hnd u wuy oI uvoIdIng Lhe LruIsm
LhuL you cun`L Luke IL wILh you. The
IucL oI Lhe muLLer, Lhough, Is LhuL Lhe
Iuws oI nuLure und uveruges ure squureIy
uguInsL hIm. WILhIn Lhe puddock he
cun conLroI uII LhIngs, buL beyond Lhe
LurnsLIIes IL`s unoLher muLLer, suId one
Leum boss recenLIy. SIgnIhcunLIy he
reIused Lo eIuboruLe on Lhe record.
For more Lhun u decude now,
specuIuLIon ubouL who couId evenLuuIIy
repIuce EccIesLone hus been rIIe. A
yeur ugo, CVC churged un InLernuLIonuI
recruILmenL ugency wILh shorLIIsLIng poLenLIuI
cundIduLes. Some suggesL IL wouId Luke Lhree senIor
execuLIves - wILh specIuIIsms In Lhe sporLIng,
murkeLIngJmedIu und commercIuIJIogIsLIcs spheres
- Lo hII Lhe voId when Lhe InevILubIe evenLuuIIy occurs.
There Is uIso Lhe possIbIIILy oI promoLIng Irom
wILhIn. Some Lwo yeurs ugo, EccIesLone uIIuded Lo
u womun runnIng F1`s commercIuI rIghLs probubIy
Lhree Lo hve yeurs Irom now. He hus some cupubIe
cundIduLes In hIs orgunIsuLIon, IncIudIng Iuwyer
und Iormer AusLruIIun GP CEO JudILh GrIggs, who
conLroIs F1`s money-spInnIng Puddock CIub.
Then Lhere Is group generuI counseI und execuLIve
dIrecLor Suchu Woodwurd-HIII, whose 16 yeurs
uIongsIde EccIesLone provIde u mussIve IooL up,
purLIcuIurIy sInce she hus seIdom been Iur Irom Lhe
ucLIon despILe keepIng Lhe IowesL oI Iow prohIes. A
IormIdubIe operuLor, suy F1 IoIk who huve been on Lhe
oLher sIde oI Lhe LubIe durIng negoLIuLIons - und one
noL uIruId Lo puL EccIesLone sLruIghL when necessury.
One oLher nume keeps croppIng up: LhuL oI 1-yeur-
oId moLor rucIng IunuLIc JusLIn KIng, currenLIy CEO
oI SuInsbury`s. A seII-conIessed peLroIheud, KIng,
whose BusIness AdmInIsLruLIon sLudIes uL BuLh
UnIversILy were sponsored by uuLomoLIve componenL
munuIucLurer Lucus, recenLIy swupped hIs MuseruLI
Ior u hybrId Lexus (neuLIy mIrrorIng F1`s swILch Lo
recoverubIe energy propuIsIon). As Lhe successIuI heud
oI u BrILIsh IIsLed compuny, he Is uu IuIL wILh sLock
exchunge reporLIng procedures, whIIe hIs IuLe 1q8os
speII In Lhe MIddIe EusL couId uIso serve hIm weII.
BuL Lhe quesLIon musL be usked: Is u pIIe `em hIgh,
sLuck `em wIde` greengrocer equIpped Lo Ieud LhIs
gIobuI specLucIe InLo ILs nexL growLh phuse und meeL
ILs ongoIng chuIIenges? And Lhose chuIIenges ure
muny: F1 Is mIgruLIng ever eusLwurds, embrucIng new
LechnoIogIes, shIILIng Lo new medIu pIuLIorms, und
posILIonIng ILseII us un eIILe pusLIme LurgeLed uL weII-
heeIed consumers ubIe Lo uIIord suLeIIILe subscrIpLIons
und eye-wuLerIng LIckeL prIces. You couId uIso IucLor
In Lhe IncreusIng IrreIevunce oI uuLomobIIes Lo F1`s
IuLure murkeL, Lhe mIIIennIuI generuLIon Ior whom
cur ownershIp Is un expensIve proposILIon.
F1 requIres u vIsIonury, regurdIess oI gender or
buckground - one ubIe Lo connecL wILh Iuns, Leums,
Lhe FA, cIrcuIL promoLers und broudcusLers whIIe
puLLIng Lhe sporL uheud oI Lhe cush demunds oI
CVC und ILs Iund InvesLors. TruIy u LuII order.
Dieter Rencken
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For more than a
decade, speculation
about who could
replace Ecclestone has
been rife. One name
that keeps cropping
up is that of Justin
King, currently CEO of
Sainsburys
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FINALLY,
I MAKE MY
FIRST EVER
F1 RACE
START
AIter u long winter we IInuIIy goL Lo AusLruIIu, where
becume Lhe eIghLh drIver Irom FInIund Lo sLurL u
FormuIu 1 grund prIx In Lhe 6z yeurs oI Lhe worId
chumpIonshIp. Our IIrsL weekend wus Lough, deIInILeIy,
becuuse we ure noL where we wunLed Lo be, buL we uII
beIIeve Lhere Is u IoL oI poLenLIuI In Lhe cur LhuL we jusL
need Lo unIock.
IIew ouL Lo MeIbourne on Lhe FrIduy nIghL beIore
Lhe ruce und urrIved on Sunduy mornIng Lo gIve myseII
Lhe besL chunce oI uccIImuLIsIng Lo Lhe nIne-hour LIme
dIIIerence. The LrIck wus sLuyIng uwuke Ior Lhe IIrsL Ieg
oI Lhe IIIghL Lo SIngupore, where wuLched u coupIe oI
IIIms, IncIudIng Lije oj Pi - II you huven`L wuLched IL
you musL: IL`s worLh seeIng. Then sIepL on Lhe second
Ieg Lo MeIbourne Lo Lry Lo beuL Lhe jeL Iug. L sLIII Lukes
Lwo or Lhree nIghLs Lo compIeLeIy geL over IL, und
wouId wuke up uL zum every
duy, IeeIIng wIde uwuke.
Euch mornIng wouId go Ior
u run und do some LruInIng.
On my IIrsL duy expIored
MeIbourne und even wenL Lo
Lhe zoo Lo Iook uL Lhe kunguroos und kouIus Lhey huve
Lhere. There were ucLuuIIy more IuncLIons Lo uLLend
Lhe IoIIowIng week In MuIuysIu; Lhere hud u RenuuIL
evenL Lo go Lo und uIso un F1 guIu In Lhe cILy oI KuuIu
Lumpur where meL Lhe MuIuysIun royuI IumIIy und
Lhe counLry`s supreme ruIer, AbduI HuIIm oI Keduh.
One oI Lhe LhIngs `m goIng Lo huve Lo geL used Lo
durIng my rookIe yeur Is Lhe number oI PR evenLs -
und oI course Lhere Is u shurp Increuse In Lhe umounL
oI medIu work compured wILh whuL `ve prevIousIy
done. L`s very eusy Lo suy someLhIng you shouIdn`L,
purLIcuIurIy when you`ve jusL jumped ouL oI Lhe cur und
Lhe udrenuIIne Is pumpIng: LhuL`s when you need Lo be
mosL cureIuI ubouL whuL you suy.
HuvIng drIven so muny prucLIce sessIons IusL yeur,
wus IumIIIur wILh Lhe IIrsL purL oI Lhe weekend, buL
oI course In MeIbourne we hud Lhe probIem wILh Lhe
ruIn und quuIIIyIng wus spIIL - IInIshIng on Sunduy
mornIng. wus very pIeused wILh my perIormunce. You
wouIdn`L LhInk IL, buL sIepL reuIIy weII on Lhe SuLurduy
nIghL beIore Lhe ruce. dIdn`L huve uny nerves uL uII und
goL nIne und u huII hours sLruIghL; sIeepIng hus never
been u probIem Ior me. And despILe IL beIng Lhe duy oI
my IIrsL grund prIx sLurL wus ubIe Lo keep quILe cuIm
when IL cume Lo keepIng my emoLIons In check.
A reuI hIghIIghL Ior me cume on Sunduy uILernoon
when Look purL In my IIrsL ever drIvers` purude. ThuL
wus reuIIy cooI us suw so muny FInnIsh IIugs und
Iuns who were cuIIIng ouL my nume - LhuL wus u greuL
experIence und IL IeIL IIke u LruIy specIuI momenL.
A coupIe oI hours IuLer wus IeuvIng Lhe pILIune Lo
heud uround Lo Lhe grId Ior my IIrsL ever F1 ruce sLurL.
L wus reuIIy ImporLunL uL LhuL LIme Lo Iocus on uII oI
Lhe procedures. Once on Lhe grId jumped ouL oI Lhe
cur, Look my heImeL oII, spoke wILh my engIneer und
Lhen, beIore knew IL, IL wus LIme Lo geL sLrupped buck
InLo Lhe cockpIL, ensure Lhe rudIo Lo my engIneer wus
workIng - he LoId me Lhe IuLesL InIormuLIon ubouL
whIch Lyres Lhe curs uround me were sLurLIng Lhe ruce
on - und Lhen IL wus LIme Ior Lhe IormuLIon Iup
ComIng uround Lo Lhe grId Ior Lhe sLurL my heurL
sLurLed rucIng u IILLIe - Lhen Lhe IIghLs wenL ouL und
uwuy we wenL. You Lhen need Lo be super shurp Ior
Lhe IIrsL corner, uII Lhe LIme uImIng Lo uvoId possIbIe
IncIdenLs beLween curs, und LhuL wus IL - my FormuIu 1
ruce cureer hud begun.
A ninth Jriter, MichceO Kozcrouitzl, jciOeJ to
qucOij jor tuo IormuOc rcnJs prix in p;;
VALTTERI BOTTAS
ROOKIE YEAR
My heart started racing then
the lights went out and away
we went! You need to be super
sharp for the rst corner
You wouldnt think it, but I slept really well on the
Saturday night before the race. I didnt have any
nerves and got nine and a half hours straight
F1 Racing May 2013 33
Inbox
Seb: do as youre told!
SebusLIun VeLLeI dId noL sImpIy
deprIve Leum-muLe Murk Webber
oI u deserved wIn In MuIuysIu.
By IgnorIng Leum orders, he uIso
dIspIuyed u wunLon dIsregurd Ior
Lhe enLIre Red BuII squud und
reveuIed hImseII Lo be moLIvuLed by
u ruLhIess pursuIL oI personuI gIory.
AILhough he`s sLIII young, IL`s
noL Loo eurIy Ior VeLLeI Lo consIder
whuL sorL oI Iegucy he wIII Ieuve
Lhe sporL. He needs Lo reIIecL on
hIs ucLIons, Ieurn Irom hIs mIsLuke
und ucL IIke Lhe chumpIon und
sporLsmun LhuL he hus hereLoIore
demonsLruLed hImseII Lo be.
Michael Buccioni
Ontario, Canada
What else could Seb do?
muy be In u mInorILy, buL
cerLuInIy huven`L IosL uny respecL
Ior VeLLeI IoIIowIng hIs move on
Webber In MuIuysIu.
He knew AIonso wouId pIuy u bIg
roIe In u LIghL chumpIonshIp LhIs
yeur, und on u duy when AIonso wus
u DNF Lhe exLru poInLs he guIned
Ior wInnIng InsLeud oI comIng
second were crucIuI. L muy huve
been seIIIsh, buL IL demonsLruLed
why Seb hus Lhree worId LILIes und
Murk hus yeL Lo wIn one - und us
u Iun, IL wus greuL Lo wuLch.
Kelli Francis
Essex, UK
A nasty trick indeed
L hud Lo huppen dIdn`L IL? The
goIden boy, Lhe modern rucIng
drIver who unILed Iuns Irom uII
uround Lhe worId, IeII Irom gruce.
VeLLeI`s mIsundersLundIng`,
whIch suw hIm dIsobey Leum orders
und overLuke Leum-muLe und ruce
Ieuder Murk Webber In MuIuysIu
wus u nusLy LrIck Indeed.
Tim Woodall
Cambridge, UK
IeeI compeIIed Lo commenL ubouL Lhe end oI Lhe MuIuysIun Grund PrIx
und gIve u huge Lhumbs down Lo Red BuII und Mercedes. Are Lhey LryIng
Lo Ieud us buck Lo Lhe oId FerrurI processIonuI` sLyIe oI moLor rucIng? Do
we reuIIy wunL LhIs IeveI oI ruce IIxIng` und InLerIerence?
We huve become used Lo ruIn und some degree oI muyhem uL MuIuysIu
- we dIdn`L geL LhuL LhIs yeur, so Lhunk you very much Lo SebusLIun Ior
gIvIng Lrue rucIng enLhusIusLs Lhe mosL excILIng Iew mInuLes oI Lhe ruce.
L`s noL us II Murk pussed Seb on Lhe Lruck - he wus gIILed Lhe Ieud by
Lhe pILsLop sLruLegIes. CouId we reuIIy expecL u LrIpIe worId chumpIon
noL Lo wunL Lo remedy LhIs? WouId we wunL u worId chumpIon who
cuImIy compIIed? cun`L ImugIne Schumucher or Sennu doIng so. L uIso
suggesLs LhuL Red BuII huve no conIIdence In LheIr drIvers` skIII, ubIIILy und
InLeIIIgence In beIng ubIe Lo ruce wILhouL LukIng euch oLher ouL.
Come on Red BuII und Mercedes - IeL`s noL go buck Lo Lhe durk yeurs.
Marilyn Strawn
South Yorkshire, UK
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36 F1 Racing May 2013
Juck Brubhum hud sLoIen u murch on hIs rIvuIs In 1q66, when
FormuIu 1 becume u -IILre IormuIu. WhIIe oLher Leums wusLed LIme
IobbyIng uguInsL Lhe new regs, Juck pucked hIs bugs Ior hIs nuLIve
AusLruIIu und LIed up u deuI wILh Lhe spure purLs compuny Repco.
The Repco V8 wus u mIsh-mush oI purLs - un uIumInIum
OIdsmobIIe engIne bIock orIgInuIIy desIgned Ior roud-cur use, DuImIer
conrods und AIIu Romeo cum IoIIowers - buL IL worked. The chussIs
Lo whIch Brubhum IILLed IL, Lhe BT1q, hud been sILLIng In Lhe
workshop Ior over u yeur, huvIng orIgInuIIy been desIgned Lo
uccommoduLe Lhe CIImux IIuL-16 engIne LhuL never suw producLIon.
For Brubhum, u sLopgup chussIs worked jusL IIne - preLLy much
everyone eIse wus runnIng sLopgup engInes. And when Lhe IIrsL BTzo
wus reudy - un evoIuLIon oI Lhe BT1q, buL Ionger In Lhe wheeIbuse,
more sLIII In LorsIon und wILh beeIIer brukes - Brubhum decIded Lo
sLIck wILh hIs OId NuII` becuuse he IeIL IL wus IIghLer.
For boLh curs, desIgner Ron Tuurunuc hud Iuvoured sLIIIness over
uerodynumIcs. WhIIe LoLus used rocker urms Lo ucLuuLe LheIr
InLernuIIy mounLed sprIngs und dumpers, so us Lo keep Lhem ouL oI
Lhe uIr IIow, Tuurunuc sLuck wILh u doubIe-wIshbone seLup becuuse IL
wus rIgId und oIIered beLLer geomeLry.
Brubhum`s Leum IInIshed ussembIIng Lhe IIrsL BTzo on Lhe
Thursduy nIghL beIore Lhe French GP uL ReIms, Lhe LhIrd
chumpIonshIp ruce oI Lhe yeur. And LhuL`s when Juck mude
Now that was a car
WORDS STUART CODLING PICTURES JAMES MANN
No 15: The Brabham BT20
A scoring machine in Brabhams 196667 glory years
hIs decIsIon Lo sLIck wILh Lhe BT1q. He quuIIIIed IourLh buL InherILed
Lhe Ieud when Lorenzo BundInI`s LhroLLIe cubIe broke. He heId on Lo IL
Lo become Lhe IIrsL person Lo wIn u grund prIx In u cur beurIng LheIr
own nume. HuIme wus LhIrd In Lhe BTzo, even Lhough he hud Lo sLop
und IIIL IL by Lhe nose Lo sorL ouL u IueI-Ieed probIem.
AILer LyIng up Lhe drIvers` LILIe uL Monzu, Brubhum Look on Lhe
BTzo Ior Lhe IusL Lwo ruces oI Lhe seuson, seLLIng poIe uL WuLkIns GIen
beIore engIne IuIIure Iorced hIm ouL, und IInIshIng second Lo John
SurLees In MexIco. HIs LILIe deIence In 1q6; goL oII Lo u bud sLurL uL
KyuIumI Lhough, when he mude u mIsLuke und spun uILer sLurLIng
Irom poIe. He IInIshed sIxLh wILh HuIme In IourLh. NexL LIme ouL, uL
Monuco, Brubhum wus on poIe uguIn buL hIs engIne bIew uL Lhe sLurL.
HuIme won Irom IourLh In Lhe BTzo-z. AL Lhe LhIrd ruce oI Lhe seuson
LoLus wheeIed LheIr new cur, Lhe qq, ouL oI Lhe Lruck wILh Lhe new
Ford-CosworLh V8 engIne In Lhe buck. The gume hud moved on.
WhIIe Repco`s engIne wus ouLcIussed by Lhe new CosworLh In uII Lhe
perIormunce benchmurks, IL wus InILIuIIy more reIIubIe. JIm CIurk
won In Lhe LoLus qq on hIs IIrsL ouLIng, buL Loo oILen IuIIed Lo IInIsh
ruces uILer beIng Lhe quIckesL. HuIme noLched up unoLher podIum
posILIon In Lhe BTzo beIore LukIng over Lhe new BTzq, und scored
consIsLenLIy LhroughouL Lhe resL oI Lhe seuson Lo cIInch Lhe LILIe uheud
oI Brubhum uL Lhe IInuI ruce oI Lhe yeur.
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F1 Racing May 2013 37
BRABHAM BT20 TECH SPEC
Engine 3-litre Repco 620
Layout V8 (90 degrees)
Power 311bhp
Transmission 5-speed Hewland
Wheelbase 2,375mm
Weight 560kg
Fuel and oil Esso
Fuel tank 145 litres/32 gallons
Tyres Goodyear
Notable drivers Jack Brabham
Denny Hulme
F1 Racing May 2013 39
THE DARK SIDE
OF VETTEL
Rancour continues to
brew at Red Bull and the
happy-go-lucky image
of triple world champion
Sebastian Vettel has
given way to something
rather less appealing. But
do the team have only
themselves to blame?
WORDS ANDREW BENSON
IMAGE ANDREW FERRARO/LAT
& PETER CROWTHER
At the Red Bull launch In Februury LhIs
yeur, SebusLIun VeLLeI`s quIck und dIsurmIngIy
churmIng sense oI humour provIded un umusIng
dIsLrucLIon, us IL so oILen does In such sILuuLIons.
WhuL ure your pIuns Ior worId domInuLIon
LhIs yeur? he wus usked In Lhe news conIerence.
`m Germun buL dIdn`L suy LhuL, he repIIed
wILh u smIIe. huve no mousLuche.
A IILLIe IuLer, compere MurLIn BrundIe
IndIcuLed LhuL IL wus LIme Ior Lhe conIerence Lo swILch
over Lo Germun Ior Lhe benehL oI Lhe LeIevIsIon crews
Irom VeLLeI`s home counLry.
We ure mukIng our secreL pIuns, VeLLeI suId, quIck us
u ush, ruIsIng hIs IILLIe hnger Lo hIs mouLh In Lhe munner
oI Lhe Dr EvII churucLer Irom Lhe Austin Pouers hIms.
L`s IronIc, Lhen, LhuL Iess Lhun Lwo monLhs IuLer, VeLLeI
hnds hImseII cusL us u reuI-IIIe vIIIuIn, wILh Iuughs In very
shorL suppIy, IoIIowIng hIs ugrunL dIsregurd oI Leum
orders noL Lo puss Murk Webber Lo wIn Lhe MuIuysIun GP.
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VeLLeI`s behuvIour creuLed u huge ouLcry, buL
Lhe bIggesL surprIse Is LhuL so muny peopIe cre
surprIsed. BrIIIIunL Lhough Lhe z-yeur-oId muy
be, hIs ouLsLundIng LuIenL behInd Lhe wheeI oI un
F1 cur hus Iong been puIred wILh un overurchIng
ruLhIessness und deLermInuLIon Lo pursue
success uL uII cosLs. L muy huve been IosL Lo some
In Lhe bIIzzurd oI success und Index-hnger suIuLes
LhuL huve suLuruLed F1 over Lhe pusL Iew yeurs,
buL VeLLeI`s engugIng personuIILy und eIIecLIve
wIL huve uIwuys dIsguIsed u durker reuIILy.
The hrsL sIgns emerged In Turkey zo1o.
Webber wus IeudIng VeLLeI, wILh Lhe McLurens
oI LewIs HumIILon und Jenson BuLLon beurIng
down on Lhem. n un echo oI MuIuysIu zo1,
VeLLeI IeIL Webber wus hoIdIng hIm up und
wunLed Lhe Leum Lo order Webber Lo IeL hIm pusL.
VeLLeI wenL Ior Lhe InsIde on Lhe hnuI chIcune,
whIIe Webber deIended robusLIy us usuuI; Lhe
Lwo coIIIded und VeLLeI wus ouL. As Webber
hnIshed LhIrd, VeLLeI wuIked Lo Lhe pILs, doIng
Lhe InLernuLIonuIIy recognIsed nuLLer` sIgn -
mukIng cIrcIes wILh hIs Iorehnger uL hIs LempIe.
WhuL reuIIy mude un ImpucL, Lhough, wus LhuL
boLh Red BuII moLorsporL chIeI HeImuL Murko
und Leum boss ChrIsLIun Horner mude IL cIeur In
remurks uILer Lhe ruce LhuL Lhey IeIL bIume Ior Lhe
uccIdenL Iuy IurgeIy uL Webber`s door Ior IuIIIng
Lo gIve VeLLeI enough room. mpurLIuI observers
hud uImosL ununImousIy poInLed Lhe hnger uL
VeLLeI Ior swervIng InLo hIs Leum-muLe.
To mosL, LhuL wus us cIeur un IndIcuLIon oI
Red BuII`s preIerence Ior VeLLeI us IL wus possIbIe
Lo geL. WhuLever Lhe rIghLs und wrongs oI Turkey
zo1o, IL wus undoubLedIy Lhe sLurL oI Lhe spIruI
LhuL Ied dIrecLIy Lo MuIuysIu zo1.
The very nexL ruce wus Cunudu, where
Webber wus ordered noL Lo puss VeLLeI, who wus
proLecLIng u dumuged geurbox. GIven LhuL Lhe
Leum hud gone InLo Lhe MonLruI weekend suyIng
LhuL Lhe Lwo drIvers wouId be uIIowed Lo hghL,
Webber wus undersLundubIy noL Impressed.
Two ruces IuLer, uL SIIversLone, Red BuII were
LryIng u new IronL wIng In hnuI prucLIce. There
were onIy Lwo wIngs uvuIIubIe und Lhe one on
Brilliant though Vettel is,
his talent is paired with
overarching ruthlessness
and determination to pursue
success at all costs
Malaysia 2013:
public opinion of
Vettel shifts as he
dees team orders
to pass Webber
and steal the win
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MosL Leums wouId, In LhuL sILuuLIon, huve
usked VeLLeI Lo buck Webber`s chuIIenge, buL Red
BuII reIused Lo gIve up on VeLLeI. He deIIvered In
Lhe end - uIbeIL Lhunks Lo un InexpIIcubIe sLruLegy
error by FerrurI uL Lhe hnuI ruce In Abu DhubI -
buL Lhe wounds oI LhuL decIsIon huve yeL Lo heuI.
FusL Iorwurd Lo Lhe chumpIonshIp cIImux In
BruzII zo1z.
VeLLeI wus uguIn goIng Ior Lhe LILIe uguInsL
AIonso, buL LhIs LIme Webber wus ouL oI
conLenLIon. Pre-ruce, Red BuII usked Webber
Lo IorgeL ubouL hIs own hopes LhuL duy und
heIp VeLLeI beuL AIonso. AL Lhe sLurL, Webber
squeezed VeLLeI Lowurds Lhe InsIde, LrIggerIng
Lhe chuIn oI evenLs LhuL Ied Lo hIm coIIIdIng wILh
Bruno Sennu`s WIIIIums uL Turn q - whIch couId
so eusIIy huve puL hIm ouL oI Lhe ruce. ShorLIy
uILerwurds Webber uppeured Lo IeL AIonso by
eusIIy, und Lhen IuLer In Lhe ruce when VeLLeI
cume up Lo hIm he sLurLed Lo ruce hIs Leum-muLe.
DeIIghL uL VeLLeI`s LhIrd LILIe dId noL dImInIsh Lhe
unger IeIL by Murko und Horner uL LhIs conducL.
AL Suo PuuIo uIrporL LhuL nIghL bumped
InLo Webber und LrIed Lo muke u joke ubouL Lhe
uILernoon und hIs LussIes wILh VeLLeI. He wus
noL umused. Yeuh, weII, he suId, Lhey dIdn`L
exucLIy Iuy IL on u pIuLe Ior me In zo1o, dId Lhey?
`ve dweIL on zo1o becuuse Lhe evenLs oI LhuL
yeur ure so crILIcuI Lo undersLundIng whuL hus
come sInce - Lhey Iorm Lhe buckdrop Lo und
huve shuped everyLhIng LhuL hus subsequenLIy
huppened beLween Red BuII und LheIr drIvers.
They soIIdIhed In VeLLeI`s mInd Lhe beIIeI
LhuL he wus Red BuII`s chosen one - u noLIon
sLrengLhened by Lhe IucL LhuL, on pure puce, he
more oILen Lhun noL hus Lhe beLLer oI Webber.
OI uII Lhe sILuuLIons where Lhe Lwo huve been
rucIng over Lhe pusL Iew yeurs und where Lhere
hus eILher been un overL Leum order Lo sLop
hghLIng, or Webber hus suspecLed someLhIng hus
gone on Lo keep hIm uwuy Irom hIs Leum-muLe,
Lhe mujorILy huve Iuvoured VeLLeI.
On Lhe rure occusIon LhuL Webber hus reIused
Lo buck oII - LhInk SIIversLone zo11 - he hus
never ucLuuIIy succeeded In pussIng hIs Leum-
muLe. L Is u mooL poInL how much oI LhuL Is due
Lo Lhe IucL he beIIeves, deep down, LhuL Red BuII
Iuvour VeLLeI und LhereIore knows he wouId
Incur Lhe wruLh oI Lhe Leum by doIng so.
MeunwhIIe, VeLLeI hus grown In sLrengLh. He
hus seen Lhe Leum buck hIm over hIs Leum-muLe
In neurIy every sILuuLIon where IL hus muLLered.
And hIs InnuLe sense oI superIorILy - presenL In
uII greuL drIvers - hus been boIsLered by hIs Lhree
worId LILIes, no muLLer LhuL Lwo oI Lhem shouId
huve been won by AIonso, In u sIower cur.
VeLLeI`s cur broke. JusL beIore quuIIIyIng, Lhe Leum
decIded Lo Luke Lhe wIng oII Webber`s cur und
gIve IL Lo VeLLeI, Lhe jusLIhcuLIon beIng LhuL he wus
uheud In Lhe chumpIonshIp und hud expressed
u sLronger preIerence Ior IL Lhun Webber. ThIs
decIsIon, when IL wus reveuIed, cuused wIdespreud
dIsbeIIeI up und down Lhe pILIune. Webber wus
IurIous und deLermIned Lo huve hIs revenge.
Come ruce duy he beuL VeLLeI oII Lhe IIne, und
whIIe VeLLeI LrIed Lo sIL IL ouL uround Lhe ouLsIde
oI Copse corner, he goL u puncLure und couId onIy
hghL buck Lo sevenLh pIuce.
As LhuL remurkubIe seuson unIoIded, wILh
boLh drIvers IuIIy In conLenLIon Ior Lhe LILIe, bud
IeeIIng wus creuLed LhuL hus never gone uwuy. n
Jupun, Lhe Leum cuIIed oII Lhe ruce when Webber
IeIL he couId chuIIenge VeLLeI. A week IuLer In
Koreu, Webber crushed whIIe needIessIy LryIng
Lo keep puce wILh VeLLeI In Lhe soukIng eurIy Iups.
VeLLeI`s subsequenL reLIremenL Irom Lhe Ieud
wILh engIne IuIIure hunded vIcLory Lo Fernundo
AIonso, puLLIng Lhe SpunIurd uheud In Lhe LILIe
chuse wILh onIy Lwo ruces Lo go. Webber wus
second, 11 poInLs behInd, wILh VeLLeI z udrIIL.
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BuL whIIe VeLLeI`s Lhree yeurs oI success huve
reveuIed hIs compeLILIveness, Lhey huve uIso IuId
bure u ruLher Iess uppeuIIng churucLerIsLIc - hIs
sense oI enLILIemenL. L`s dIIhcuIL Lo know II
Lhe Leum`s supporL, wheLher overL or ImpIIed,
hus heIghLened LhuL LruIL - buL, whuLever ILs
IounduLIon, Lhere Is no doubL IL exIsLs.
So when VeLLeI ended hIs own ruce by puIIIng
ucross Loo eurIy when IuppIng un HRT In
MuIuysIu In zo1z und cIIppIng Lhe cumbersome
whILe cur, he bIumed Lhe hupIess drIver, cuIIIng
despILe Lhe InLroducLIon oI u ruIe Lhe prevIous
wInLer requIrIng drIvers Lo Ieuve one cur`s wIdLh
when deIendIng u posILIon. AIonso dId huve Lo
Luke Lo Lhe gruss Lo uvoId Lhe curs LouchIng und
VeLLeI wus gIven u penuILy. The rIvuIry beLween
AIonso und VeLLeI Is jusL us powerIuI und jusL us
reveuIIng us LhuL beLween VeLLeI und Webber.
L`s jusL LhuL Lhey huve - so Iur - hIdden IL beLLer.
n Jupun zo1z, AIonso wus smurLIng uILer
quuIIIyIng becuuse VeLLeI hud heId hIm up uL
Lhe chIcune on hIs one und onIy yIng Iup - buL
VeLLeI escuped penuILy on Lhe grounds LhuL he
probubIy dId noL know AIonso wus Lhere. ThIs
wus despILe Toro Rosso`s Jeun-ErIc Vergne beIng
penuIIsed Lhe sume duy uILhough Lhe sume wus
Lrue when he heId up WIIIIums` Bruno Sennu.
And uL Lhe sLurL In MuIuysIu LhIs yeur, AIonso
IeIL VeLLeI hud been unusuuIIy sIow uL Lhe upex oI
Turn z, where Lhe FerrurI broke ILs IronL wIng on
Lhe buck oI Lhe Red BuII, uImosL us II VeLLeI hud
deIIberuLeIy bucked oII. When quesLIoned ubouL
IL In ChInu, however, AIonso udmILLed LhuL Lhe
error hud been hIs.
OI course, Lhe greuLesL drIvers ure rureIy
ungeIs - und Lwo cIoseIy muLched, InLenseIy
compeLILIve Leum-muLes such us VeLLeI und
Webber wIII never muke u huppy mIx. JusL LhInk
oI CurIos ReuLemunn IgnorIng WIIIIums Leum
orders Lo IeL AIun Jones by In BruzII In 1q81;
LhInk AyrLon Sennu und AIuIn ProsL; LhInk,
Indeed, oI AIonso und HumIILon.
The IuLLer combInuLIon sImmered uII Lhrough
LheIr yeur us Leum-muLes In zoo; unLII IL hnuIIy
NuruIn KurLhIkeyun un IdIoL. And when LewIs
HumIILon unIupped hImseII In Germuny In zo1z,
VeLLeI wus upopIecLIc on Lhe rudIo ubouL IL, even
Lhough Lhe EngIIshmun hud done noLhIng wrong.
When IuLer In LhuL sume ruce uL HockenheIm
VeLLeI wunLed Lo puss BuLLon, he IeIL IL wus okuy Lo
go beyond Lhe boundurIes oI Lhe Lruck - despILe IL
beIng onIy u week sInce Lhe drIvers were expIIcILIy
LoId Lhey were noL Lo guIn udvunLuge by doIng so.
He hus uIso shown u wIIIIngness Lo push Lhe
boundurIes oI uccepLubIe behuvIour beyond
breukIng poInL, u LruIL LhuL - unLII ruce duy In
MuIuysIu LhIs yeur - hud been mosL uppurenL In
hIs buLLIes wILh AIonso. AL Monzu In zo11, VeLLeI
pussed AIonso Ior Lhe Ieud wILh Lwo wheeIs oII
Lhe Lruck uL 18omph uround Lhe ouLsIde oI Curvu
Grunde. AILerwurds, he wus cIeurIy unImpressed
by AIonso`s behuvIour. He mude poInLed reIerence
Lo IL In Lhe news conIerence uILerwurds, und
severuI LImes more over Lhe succeedIng monLhs II
ever boLh were In Lhe sume room when Lhe subjecL
oI drIvIng sLundurds cume up.
The LhIng wus, AIonso hud done noLhIng wrong.
Yes, he wus bruLuIIy hurd, buL he hud IeIL VeLLeI
jusL enough room Lo sLuy on Lhe Lruck. VeLLeI
hudn`L hcJ Lo go oII Lo uvoId hILLIng hIm; he jusL
huppened Lo huve done so.
ExucLIy 1z monLhs IuLer, VeLLeI suw hIs chunce
Lo guIn revenge Ior whuL he hud consIdered u
wrong. ThIs LIme, IL wus AIonso LryIng Lo puss
VeLLeI uround Lhe ouLsIde oI Curvu Grunde
und VeLLeI squeezIng hIm. BuL, unIIke AIonso Lhe
yeur beIore, VeLLeI dId noL Ieuve enough room -
Turkey 2010: Vettel
suffers a tyre-
shredding exit after
tangling with Webber
then lays the blame
on his team-mate
Italy 2012: Breaking
new rules, Vettel
squeezes Alonso
onto the grass. And
then goes on to
blame Alonso
Malaysia 2013: Vettel
is struck from behind
by Alonso at Turn 2,
although Alonso later
insisted the mistake
had been his
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expIoded In Hungury. Once Lhere, HumIILon
reneged on un ugreemenL Lo IeL AIonso by us Lhey
were doIng LheIr IueI-burnIng Iups` uL Lhe sLurL oI
quuIIIyIng (whIch sounds LrIvIuI, buL eIIecLIveIy
robbed hIm oI Lhe chunce Lo compeLe Ior poIe
on equuI Lerms) und Lhen AIonso reLuIIuLed by
hoIdIng HumIILon In Lhe pILs jusL Iong enough Lo
sLop hIm compIeLIng u hnuI quuIIIyIng Iup.
ThuL sILuuLIon wus creuLed by McLuren LryIng
Lo munuge muLLers beLween LheIr drIvers, ruLher
Lhun uccepLIng Lhey couId noL conLroI Lhem und
IeLLIng Lhem geL on wILh IL us II Lhey were Lwo
drIvers Irom opposIng Leums who jusL huppened
Lo be compeLIng Irom Lhe sume guruge. For u
Leum, IL`s un undersLundubIe upprouch buL, jusL
us IL wus wILh HumIILon und AIonso, VeLLeI und
Webber ure provIng how hurd IL Is Lo susLuIn.
To some, VeLLeI`s ruLhIessness, Lhe IengLhs Lo
whIch he Is prepured Lo go Lo pursue success, und
Lhe InLernuI sILuuLIon uL Red BuII LhuL hus
IucIIILuLed IL, huve been obvIous Ior some LIme.
Now, Lhey ure cIeur Lo Lhe worId. AILer MuIuysIu
VeLLeI cun joke uII he IIkes, buL hIs sunny pubIIc
Imuge hus been repIuced by un uILogeLher durker
uIr. ChungIng IL buck uguIn wIII noL be so eusy.
AnJreu enson is C Sport's chiej I1 uriter
Its hard not to feel some
sympathy for Red Bull team
boss Christian Horner post-
Sepang. He s led the team
with enviable calm since 05,
but Vettels harpooning of
Webber in Malaysia gave
rise to accusations of weak
leadership as controversy
clouded the success of the
past four seasons.
Consider Horners invidious
position. While his team have
a competitive budget and a
technical staff led by Adrian
Newey (lured from McLaren by
Horner himself, it should not be
forgotten), Horners position
remains... nuanced.
Why so? Look no further
than Dr Helmut Marko. The
former racer seen so often
at the back of the garage on
Vettels side is the personal
adviser, on motorsport, to Red
Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz
and thus Horners worst
nightmare: a hugely inuential
minister without portfolio
placed where the team owner
wants him. While day-to-day
running of the team is down to
Horner, the inuence of Marko
is beyond his control.
Its in this light that Vettels
deance of team orders, in
such an public manner, should
be seen: yes he followed his
racers instinct, but hes the
product of a culture hard-wired
to promote his success. He
grew with Red Bull backing
since his teens and now feels
empowered to act as he likes,
safe in the knowledge that
ultimate authority does not
rest with Horner.
So forget talk of disciplining
Vettel. His move at Sepang
was as much the product of
cool calculation as it was of
red mist. Back in Austria, Red
Bulls overlord will be loving it.
Mateschitzs genius, after all,
is as a marketeer... And nothing
sells cans like column inches.
Anthony Rowlinson
Hamstrung by Helmut
The presence of a highly inuential adviser means there are practical
limits to team principal Christian Horners authority
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F1 Racing May 2013 45
BULLETPROOF
The slings and
arrows of F1 fortune
have hit Jenson
Button harder and
sharper than almost
any of his peers.
Yet entering his
14th season, hes
standing stronger
than ever.
JB chatted to
F1 Racing
about life,
lycra, and
being
McLarens
out-and-out
number one
WORDS
ANTHONY ROWLINSON
PORTRAITS
ANDREW FERRARO
BUTTON
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WHY do we fall, sir? usks MIchueI CuIne`s AIIred oI
ChrIsLIun BuIe`s Bruce Wuyne In ctmcn eins.
So LhuL we cun Ieurn Lo pIck ourseIves up.
L`s Murch zoo1 und u sIender, sLIII buby-Iuced
Jenson BuLLon hus quuIIhed hIs Iume BeneLLon-
RenuuIL Bzo1 In P16, uheud onIy oI hIs
Leum-muLe GIuncurIo FIsIcheIIu und Lhe IIkes
oI EnrIque BernoIdI In un Arrows, GusLon
Muzzucune In u ProsL und Juguur`s LucIuno
BurLI (gIossIng over IuLure chump AIonso,
murooned In 18Lh on hIs F1 debuL wILh
buckmurkers MInurdI).
ThIs Is u shock. BIg LIme. BuLLon
hud gIIded Lhrough zooo us u hIghIy
ImpressIve rookIe, oILen emburrussIng
hIs Iur more experIenced Leum-muLe,
RuII Schumucher, und uL ruces such us Lhe
Germun GP demonsLruLIng hIs subIIme
weL-dry Louch Lo hnIsh IourLh, hIs besL
resuIL oI Lhe yeur. A comIng mun, Lhen,
wILh so much LIme on hIs sIde.
BuL Lhe sIumps - IoIIowIng Lhe hIghs
- wouId recur.
DurIng Lwo uwkwurd seusons
uL BeneLLon, BuLLon`s LuIenL und
uppIIcuLIon were quesLIoned by Leum
boss FIuvIo BrIuLore, who dIsmIssed
Jenson us u drIver who wouId never
wIn u worId chumpIonshIp, beIore
reIeusIng hIm wILhouL ceremony
Ior zoo Lo BAR.
Then cume zooq, whIch promIsed
Lo be BuLLon`s breukLhrough seuson,
brIngIng wILh IL Len podIums und u
poIe. BuL zoo wus bIIghLed by BAR`s
IIIeguI IueI Lunk scunduI.
One yeur on, u uwIess hrsL wIn
In Hungury shouId huve opened Lhe
oodguLes; InsLeud IL opened Lhe guLes Lo
heII, us Hondu Look IuII conLroI oI BAR und
proceeded Lo conjure Lwo oI Lhe mosL ubjecL
F1 cumpuIgns on record. Jenson`s LuIIy? SIx
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poInLs In `o;, jusL Lhree In `o8. There were
muny uL Lhe LIme who wondered II Lhe
cureers oI BuLLon und Leum-muLe Rubens
BurrIcheIIo were ubouL Lo hzzIe ouL wILh
u whImper, Jenson crysLuIIIsed us Lhe
wonderkId who never IuIhIIed hIs promIse;
Rubens us Lhe respecLubIe number Lwo who
wouId uIwuys be judged by hIs FerrurI yeurs
uIongsIde MIchueI Schumucher.
Then cume Lhe kIIIer bIow: Hondu`s
wILhdruwuI In Lhe depLhs oI Lhe zoo8-zooq
oII-seuson, IeuvIng BuLLon noL onIy wILhouL
u drIve, buL uIso uncoveLed, uILer Lwo such
joyIess chumpIonshIp seusons.
DId he IeL Lhe bud LImes geL hIm down?
No, he conLInued Lo do Lhe onIy LhIng rucIng
drIvers cun do when Lhe mugIc curpeL Is
puIIed Irom beneuLh LheIr IeeL: sLuy shurp,
sLuy Iocused, sLuy In Louch wILh Lhe Leum
(Ross Bruwn, NIck Fry) who were puLLIng
Lhe broken pIeces buck LogeLher. And uwuy
Irom Lhe cuIumILous heudIInes, Jenson heId
IusL Lo whuL he beIIeved In: u new-Iound
Iove oI LrIuLhIons heIped keep hIs mInd
cIeur oI morbId InLrospecLIon; hIs cIose-knIL
Teum BuLLon` (umong Lhem hIs dud, John,
munuger RIchurd Goddurd und PA JuIes
Gough) provIded counseI und IounduLIon.
The Bruwn GP IuIry LuIe LhuL IoIIowed
wenL sLruIghL Lo number one In Lhe churL oI
F1 IubIes, heIped by Lhe hunger Ior success
gnuwIng uL Lhe pIL oI Lhe sLomuch oI Lhe
Leum`s Ieud drIver uILer Lhe IuIIow yeurs LhuL
hud gone beIore. ndeed, IL wus BuLLon`s
dogged pursuIL oI Lhe
zooq drIvers` LILIe uL
Lhe BruzIIIun GP (u
hghLIng 1qLh Lo hILh
Lo bug Lhe crown) LhuL
prompLed McLuren
Leum boss MurLIn
WhILmursh Lo
upprouch Jenson wILh
u vIew Lo recruILIng hIm
uIongsIde LewIs HumIILon Ior zo1o.
L wus Lhe Monduy mornIng uILer LhuL
drIve In BruzII, yes, WhILmursh recuIIs.
wus mussIveIy Impressed by how he cIosed
ouL Lhe chumpIonshIp In u LrIcky ruce und In
u cur whose udvunLuge wus sIIppIng uwuy.
know Irom beIng uround peopIe In Lhe
sume sILuuLIon Lhe pressure und LensIons
LhuL go wILh IL, und LhoughL: ThuL wus
bIoody good.` He kepL cooI und dId IL.
WhILmursh hud seen someLhIng more
Lhun jusL u drIver sensIng und seIzIng un
opporLunILy, however: he`d spoLLed dIscord
beLween drIver und Leum, urIsIng Irom
dIspuLed cush und bonus puymenLs reIuLed
Lo Lhe LILIe wIn. SensIng un opporLunILy oI
hIs own, WhILmursh reusoned LhuL despILe
Lhe superhcIuI hurmony, LhIs wus Lhe
momenL Lo pouch F1`s newesL chumpIon:
LhoughL LeL`s gIve IL u go,` und when
Iunded uL HeuLhrow on Lhe Monduy uILer
Lhe ruce mude u cuII us wus sLood uL Lhe
curouseI. ThuL`s how IL sLurLed.
And Io, Ior Lhe hrsL LIme In hIs F1 cureer,
Jenson wus uIIorded Lhe sLubIIILy und
securILy LhuL cun onIy come wILh u drIve Ior
one oI Lhe sporL`s grundee Leums.
L suILs hIm. SILLIng opposILe I1 Rccin us
we LuIk uheud oI Lhe AusLruIIun GP, BuLLon
Is Lhe very pIcLure oI success: u perIecLIy
groomed producL oI Lhe McLuren Imuge
muchIne, buL uIso u seII-mude sporLsmun
who hus Ieurned Irom hIs youLhIuI mIsLukes
Lo emerge sLronger, more deLermIned und
- Lo u sLuggerIng degree - hLLer.
HIs neur-obsessIve InLeresL In LrIuLhIon
seems uImosL us ImporLunL Lo hIm, Lhese
duys, us FormuIu 1 und we geL LuIkIng ubouL
Lhe musochIsLIc uppeuI oI endurunce sporL.
The muIn reuson Is Ior F1, he expIuIns,
buL reuIIy goL InLo IL when LImes were
Lough In rucIng. L`s Lhe compeLILIve edge.
So IL provIded Lhe kIck LhuL couIdn`L be
Iound drIvIng u sIuggurdIy Hondu? Yeuh,
especIuIIy Lhe `o;-`o8 yeurs. Then jusL hung
on Lo IL und reuIIy enjoyed Lhe compeLILIon.
L`s ubouL doIng u beLLer job yourseII, IL`s noL
ubouL compeLIng uguInsL oLher peopIe. Now
`ve munuged Lo geL Lo u posILIon where cun
hghL Ior podIums und sLuII. L`s quILe Iun.
The LrunsIormuLIon Irom skInny youLh
Lo hurdened LrIuLhIeLe over Lhe pusL decude
Is one LhuL conLInues Lo umuze, us much
Ior Lhe evIdenL physIcuI resuILs us Ior Lhe
IucL LhuL IL`s drIven soIeIy by BuLLon`s own
desIre. BeIng hL enough Lo drIve In F1 Is
one LhIng. DeveIopIng Irom Lhere InLo u
podIum-chusIng LrIuLhIeLe wILh desIgns on
pro-sLundurds, quILe unoLher. No one buL
BuLLon Is mukIng LhuL huppen.
L`s very sImIIur Lo F1, he oIIers, by wuy
oI expIunuLIon. L`s Lhe cIock Lhe whoIe
LIme. When you Iook uL Lhe swIm, bIke,
run und Lhe LrunsILIons, IL`s uII ubouL beIng
us quIck us you cun on euch oI Lhem. BuL
Lhere`s uIso Lhe menLuI sIde oI IL. `ve pushed
myseII Lhrough LhIngs LhuL never LhoughL
48 F1 Racing May 2013
Jenson competes
in the Oceanside
Ironman 70.3 in
California on 30
March, nishing
fth in his age
group and setting
a personal best
Ive pushed myself through things that
I never thought I would. And Ive been
through pain that I never thought I would
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Wins Poles Fastest Other Qualifying Points
laps podiums
2000
Jenson Button 0 0 0 0 6 12
Ralf Schumacher 0 0 0 3 11 24
2001
Jenson Button 0 0 0 0 4 2
Giancarlo Fisichella 0 0 0 1 13 8
2002
Jenson Button 0 0 0 0 5 14
Jarno Trulli 0 0 0 0 12 9
2003
Jenson Button 0 0 0 0 9 17
Jacques Villeneuve/ 0 0 0 0 6 6
Takuma Sato 0 0 0 0 0 3
2004
Jenson Button 0 1 0 10 10 85
Takuma Sato 0 0 0 1 8 34
2005
Jenson Button 0 1 0 2 16 37
Takuma Sato/ 0 0 0 0 1 1
Anthony Davidson 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006
Jenson Button 1 1 0 2 10 56
Rubens Barrichello 0 0 0 0 8 30
2007
Jenson Button 0 0 0 0 10 6
Rubens Barrichello 0 0 0 0 7 0
2008
Jenson Button 0 0 0 0 8 3
Rubens Barrichello 0 0 0 1 10 11
2009 - CHAMPION
Jenson Button 6 4 2 3 7 95
Rubens Barrichello 2 1 2 4 10 77
2010
Jenson Button 2 0 1 5 6 214
Lewis Hamilton 3 1 5 6 13 240
2011
Jenson Button 3 0 3 9 7 270
Lewis Hamilton 3 1 3 3 12 227
2012
Jenson Button 3 1 2 3 5 188
Lewis Hamilton 4 7 1 3 15 190
How Jensons stacked up against his closest competition over the years his team-mates
F1 Racing May 2013 49
Friends or rivals?
wouId. And `ve been Lhrough puIn LhuL
never LhoughL wouId.
The evIdence Is In Lhe resuILs, boLh on-
Lruck und oII. Over Lhree seusons uIongsIde
LewIs HumIILon, BuLLon edged hIs megu-
quIck Leum-muLe by 6;z poInLs Lo 6;, whIIe
In hIs downLIme he`s runnIng wInLer huII-
muruLhons In 1hr 1qmIns. ThuL`s serIousIy
IusL. L`s uIso IurgeIy IrreIevunL Lo Lhe duy job
oI u rucIng drIver, unIess. unIess IL heIps
LhuL drIver sLuy us sLrong menLuIIy us he Is
physIcuIIy und ensures LhuL whenever Lhe
nexL IuII comes, he cun pIck hImseII up.
`ve done LrIuLhIons In Lhe PhIIIppInes
uL 8C wILh hIgh humIdILy und u huII-
muruLhon In Cunnes when IL wus zero
degrees und ruInIng, suys BuLLon. Those
LhIngs hurL IIke heII und beIng menLuIIy
sLrong enough Lo hghL Lhrough Lhem reuIIy
heIps when go rucIng. And IeudIng up Lo u
ruce IL Lukes you uwuy Irom uII Lhe buIIshIL
und IeLs you reIux wILh your muLes und reuIIy
muke sure you`re In Lhe zone und Iocused on
Lhe weekend. ThuL reuIIy heIps me.
On eurIy-seuson evIdence, BuLLon`s goIng
Lo need Lo druw on LhuL menLuI IorLILude, us
McLuren wresLIe wILh Lhe LurdIness oI LhIs
yeur`s MPq-z8.
MeIbourne conhrmed suspIcIons we
uIreudy hud, suys sporLIng dIrecLor Sum
MIchueI, us we suw Irom wInLer LesLIng
we hud un Issue und we were noL where we
needed Lo be. You don`L InLenLIonuIIy desIgn
u cur LhuL`s noL Lhere Lo wIn, especIuIIy In
our posILIon us McLuren, und we`re In Lhe
mIddIe oI LhuL unuIysIs now, Lo muke sure
we undersLund whuL Lo do nexL.
A LechnIcuI sIump such us LhIs,
purLIcuIurIy Irom u Leum who hnIshed IusL
seuson so sLrongIy, cun be hurd Ior u drIver
Lo sLomuch. AII Lhe more so when, Ior Lhe
hrsL LIme In hIs cureer, he`s Lhe unequIvocuI
number one (however muny puIns ure Luken
Lo sLress Lhe purILy oI equIpmenL oIIered Lo
BuLLon und SergIo Prez).
BuL whIIe he`s dIsuppoInLed uL Lhe Iuck oI
eurIy-seuson puce, BuLLon Is Iur Irom
dIspIrILed. ndeed, LukIng u IeuI Irom Lhe
Fernundo AIonso Teum TuIIsmun
Hundbook, he sLresses he`s up Ior Lhe
chuIIenge: The Ideu behInd Lhe cur In Lerms
oI chungIng ILs geomeLry und Lhe wuy LhuL
Lhe uerodynumIcs work shouId heIp us
LhroughouL Lhe seuson. And our
deveIopmenL curve shouId be very good
compured Lo oLher Leums` - LhuL wus uIwuys
our Ideu. L meunL wInLer LesLIng wus uIwuys
goIng Lo be u bIL Lough, us don`L LhInk muny
Leums huve reuIIy done whuL we huve.
AII commendubIy IoyuI, buL Jenson`s
senLImenLs uren`L enLIreIy sugur-couLed.
WILh u roII oI Lhe eyes he conIesses: We`d
sLIII expecL Lo huve u good cur uL ruce one.
We don`L expecL Lo be sIower Lhun Lhe resL
und IL`s ubouL IeurnIng Irom mIsLukes, whIch
obvIousIy us u Leum we mude quILe u Iew oI
IusL yeur. So we need Lo Improve In Lhose
ureus, und II we cun Lhere`s every chunce we
cun hghL Ior LhIs worId chumpIonshIp.
A LILIe shoL wouId huve been BuLLon`s
mInImum expecLuLIon heudIng InLo zo1
(wILh LhIs Leum you uIwuys IeeI you`II go
InLo Lhe seuson und hghL Ior Lhe worId
chumpIonshIp, he suys) uILer McLuren
spenL much oI zo1z wILh Lhe IusLesL cur.
TheIr seven wIns (Jenson Lhree, LewIs Iour)
were equuIIed onIy by LILIe-wInnIng Red
BuII, und McLuren vIcLorIes book-ended
Lhe seuson. They proved noL jusL Lhe eurIy-
seuson compeLILIveness oI Lhe MPq-z;, buL
uIso Lhe Leum`s ever-ImpressIve ubIIILy Lo
squeeze more speed Irom u chussIs. And
wILh HumIILon depurLed Ior Lhe oLher sIIver
Leum, never hus BuLLon enLered u seuson
wILh hIs uII hIs ducks so neuLIy uIIgned
(zooq upurL, whIch none predIcLed wouId be
so sLeIIur). So IL`s u shume Lhe MPq-z8 dIdn`L
reud Lhe scrIpL und cume on sLuge IuckIng
downIorce, wILh sLubborn undersLeer, u poor
rIde und heuvy Lyre degruduLIon.
Form, however, Is Lemporury, und rIghL
now BuLLon`s huppIer Lo Iocus on McLuren`s
cIuss, proven over yeurs oI F1 success:
Iove LhuL drIvIng Ior u Leum IIke McLuren
wus uIwuys my dreum us u kId, he suys.
WuLchIng AyrLon und AIuIn hghL IL ouL
here. us u kId you never LhInk IL`s goIng Lo
huppen buL Lo ucLuuIIy be here und be Lhe
experIenced drIver wILh Lhe Leum, In my
IourLh yeur, IL reuIIy does meun u IoL.
Teum BuLLon cerLuInIy lool huppy In Lhe
McLuren Leum envIrons, us II Lhey were
uIwuys desLIned Lo be Lhere. A bIL IIke AIonso
uL FerrurI, und KImI uL LoLus, JB-McLuren
huve synergy Lo Lhe exLenL LhuL IL`s hurd Lo
ImugIne hIm drIvIng unywhere eIse.
CerLuInIy, LhuL`s how MurLIn WhILmursh
sees IL: When you sIL here und huve u
cup oI Leu wILh Jenson, he`s dIsurmIng,
he suys. You don`L reuIIse Lhe Iocused
compeLILIveness he hus. He`s exLruordInury.
MosL peopIe who huve LhuL IeveI oI
compeLILIveness, weII, muny oI Lhem ure
unInLeresLIng: Lhey`re one-dImensIonuI,
Lhey`re noL purLIcuIurIy pIeusunL. We
don`L empIoy our drIvers Lo be pIeusunL,
we empIoy Lhem Lo wIn, so IL`s preLLy nIce
und suLIsIyIng when Lhey`re compeLILIve und
uIso jusL pIeusunL IoyuI Leum pIuyers.
WhILmursh druws puruIIeIs wILh u
McLuren chumpIon oI Lhe recenL pusL, MIku
HukkInen, who becume so enmeshed wILhIn
Lhe Leum LhuL he never drove Ior unoLher.
BoLh, WhILmursh suys, were consummuLe
Leum pIuyers, whose commILmenL Lo Lhe
cuuse und Iow-muInLenunce work eLhIc
geIIed Lhe ruce Leum uround Lhem.
The burden oI IeudershIp, II LhuL`s whuL
IL Is, resLs squureIy on BuLLon`s shouIders
now, Ior In McLuren`s posL-HumIILon eru,
eyes wIII Lurn Lo Lhe youLhIuI veLerun In
cur number hve Lo speurheud whuLever
chumpIonshIp chuIIenge cun be mounLed.
L`s u greuL IeeIIng, Jenson enLhuses,
becuuse know how ImporLunL my Ieedbuck
Is. PeopIe usk Is IL u IoL more pressure?` und
muybe IL Is. BuL enjoy LhuL. enjoy knowIng
LhuL my commenLs ubouL Lhe IeeIIng oI Lhe
cur wIII reuIIy be IIsLened Lo by Lhe Leum.
They`II need Lo, becuuse rIghL now
McLuren huve u sLur drIver IusLer Lhun hIs
muchIne. BuL Lhey uIso huve u mun In Lhe
cockpIL ubIe Lo LeII Lhem Irom hIs own
experIence - someLImes bILLer, someLImes
subIIme - LhuL onIy by IuIIIng do you Ieurn
how Lo pIck yourseII up.
50 F1 Racing May 2013
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SOMETHlNGFOP EVEPYONE
McLarens team boss on tough
times both on-track and off
PORTRAIT ANDREW FERRARO/LAT
In
conversation
with
Martin
Whitmarsh
1980
Graduates from
Portsmouth
Polytechnic
with a degree
in mechanical
engineering
and secures a
job with British
Aerospace as
a structural
analysis
engineer
1988
Promoted to
manufacturing
director
of British
Aerospaces
Hamble-le-
Rice-based
subsidiary,
Aerostructures
Hamble
1989
Joins McLaren
International
as operations
director
1997
Moves up
to become
managing
director of
McLaren Racing
2004
Becomes chief
operating
ofcer of the
McLaren Group
in addition to
his McLaren
Racing role
2009
Replaces
Ron Dennis
in the team
principal role at
McLaren and
becomes the
chief executive
ofcer of the
McLaren Group
F1 Racing May 2013 53
How hurd hus the sturt to the seuson been?
WeII, FrIduy In AusLruIIu wus one oI Lhe hurdesL duys
cun ever recuII. The cur Iucked overuII grIp und
consIsLency, und IL hud undersLeer und u poor rIde. So
LhuL wus u very dIIhcuIL duy und one where we dIdn`L
move Iorwurd. BuL we huve u IoL oI duLu now und Lhe
Leum wIII be workIng Iong und hurd. The cur shouId
be u buse on whIch we cun Improve. No doubL ubouL IL
Lhough, IL wus dIsuppoInLIng und Lough.
McLuren huve been uble to develop bud curs in
the pust, but you wouldn`t huve wunted to sturt
Irom such u low buse.
No, buL IL`s u Iong seuson. We mude u IoL oI chunges Lo
Lhe cur goIng InLo LhIs seuson und, uL Lhe momenL, we
don`L IuIIy undersLund how Lo geL Lhe besL ouL oI IL. BuL
LhuL`s u choIce you muke. The seuson IusLs unLII Lhe end
oI November und we wIII ruce LhroughouL LhuL perIod
oI LIme, deveIopIng Lhe cur us we go. ThuL`s whuL we seL
ouL Lo do. OI course IL`s much more comIorLubIe Lo sLurL
compeLILIveIy und hghL Irom Lhere, buL we`ve done boLh
In our LIme. We`re u sLrong Leum und we`II jusL huve Lo
hnd u wuy Lhrough.
Wus the depurture oI technicul director Puddy
Lowe responsible Ior the poor eurly-seuson
perIormunce oI the MP-2S?
Puddy wus wILh us Lhrough unLII Lhe Iuunch oI Lhe cur,
so don`L LhInk hIs decIsIon hud un ImpucL. We mude
u judgemenL over Lhe course oI zo1z und InevILubIy
when you do LhuL Lhere Is some rIsk InvoIved. BuL LhuL
wus Lhe judgemenL we mude. We sLIII beIIeve we`ve goL
u pIuLIorm we cun deveIop |Lhe MPq-z8|, buL IL`s u
pIuLIorm we don`L know us weII us Lhe one we IeIL
|Lhe MPq-z; oI zo1z|.
Would you be quicker iI you took lust yeur`s cur
und just concentruted on thut?
Toduy, yes, LhInk we wouId. BuL wouId IL huve Lhe
deveIopmenL poLenLIuI durIng Lhe yeur? We`II see over
Lhe course oI Lhe seuson wheLher we`re rIghL or wrong,
buL IL wus our judgemenL LhuL we needed Lo muke some
chunges, whIch Is whuL we dId.
Is your liIe eusier, not huving to munuge two
world chumpions?
Any Leum wunLs Lhe sLrongesL drIver IIne-up. There
huve been u coupIe oI LImes when we`ve hud Lwo worId
chumpIons und Lhose huve usuuIIy been InLeresLIng und
good phuses becuuse you huve Lwo good drIvers.
L`s noL u reuI chuIIenge munugerIuIIy. OccusIonuIIy
you huve u sILuuLIon where boLh drIvers ure neur Lhe
IronL und Lhey`re compeLIng wILh one unoLher und Lhen,
II you`re In Lhe mIddIe oI Lhe pILwuII, you know LhuL II IL
goes wrong Lhe heuL wIII come on you. L cun gIve you
some uncomIorLubIe momenLs buL, overuII, IL`s noL such
u bud posILIon Lo be In.
Are you worried ubout the decline in uudience
Iigures connected with the move to puy-per-
view TV? oes thut dumuge I1`s sponsorship
und murketing potentiul?
The worId Is chungIng und medIu Is chungIng, so
cIeurIy puy-per-vIew hus reduced Lhe cIussIc uudIence
sIze und LhuL`s goL Lo be u concern Lo us uII. AII we cun
do In FormuIu 1 Is puL on Lhe mosL enLerLuInIng show
we possIbIy cun. We uIso huve Lo work hurd on uII Lhe
oLher pIuLIorms becuuse Iewer peopIe ure wuLchIng
LeIevIsIon In Lhe LrudILIonuI sense. They ure wuLchIng
IL In deIerred modes, Lhrough mobIIe devIces, IupLops,
LubIeLs, eLc. So we huve Lo Iook uL Lhe compIeLe pIcLure
oI how peopIe vIew LheIr enLerLuInmenL - how Lhey
ucLuuIIy use enLerLuInmenL.
The whoIe modeI Is In LrunsILIon, buL muybe Lo u
beLLer modeI LhuL`s goIng Lo Increuse Lhe poLenLIuI
revenue sLreums. BuL us suId beIore, IL`s jusL u very
Lough murkeL uL Lhe momenL.
Your long-time title sponsors, VoduIone, ure
pulling out ut the end oI the yeur. Is the
ongoing globul Iinunciul crisis hurming your
ubility to pull in sponsors?
There ure sLIII u IoL oI compunIes ouL Lhere who
do hnd FormuIu 1 very uLLrucLIve buL, InevILubIy, II
Lhey`re goIng Lhrough u Lough LIme, Lhey`re hesILunL
Lo come In. We uII come ucross u IoL oI busInesses LhuL
wouId IIke Lo enLer Lhe sporL, buL perhups on u ruLe curd
LhuL some oI Lhe Lop Leums wouIdn`L supporL. We`ve
goL Lo be very conscIous oI LhuL und Lo muke sure we
buIId Lhe show und work very hurd uL IL. The worId
economy cerLuInIy husn`L mude LhIngs uny eusIer,
uILhough we ure sLurLIng Lo see some posILIve sIgns In
Lhe murkeL uL Lhe momenL. Teums ure sLurLIng Lo see
beLLer InLeresL In Lhe commodILy oI FormuIu 1 Lhun we
huve In Lhe pusL Lwo or Lhree yeurs when peopIe jusL
dIdn`L huve conhdence uL uII.
oes Iormulu 1 spend too much money?
I you Iook uL Lhe budgeL Lo puL Lwo curs on Lhe grId
1q LImes LhIs yeur, Lhen by mosL peopIe`s domesLIc
economIcs IL seems very excessIve Indeed. BuL IL`s
drIven by Lhe vuIue oI success In FormuIu 1 becuuse,
us we`ve menLIoned uIreudy, IL`s u worId sporL, IL hus
LhIs greuL coveruge und none oI Lhe InvesLors Loduy
In FormuIu 1 ure Lhere becuuse oI uny uILruIsLIc
moLIvuLIon. They`re Lhere becuuse IL mukes sense
und Lhey geL u reLurn on LhuL InvesLmenL.
FormuIu 1 Is noL u nuLuruI envIronmenL In whIch Lo
Lry Lo conLroI cosLs becuuse we`re uII compeLILIve peopIe
und we`re uIwuys LryIng Lo hnd u wuy Iorwurd, Lo hnd
perIormunce, Lo hnd u wuy Lo spend more money. BuL
do LhInk Lhere Is much more dIscussIon ubouL money
In F1 Lhun Lhere needs Lo be; don`L know how much IL
InLeresLs Lhe uudIence IncIdenLuIIy. perhups we LuIk
ubouL IL Loo much?
Factfile
Date of birth
29 April
1958
Birthplace
Chobham,
England
Team
McLaren
Role
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54 F1 Racing May 2013
WHEN
TECH
GOES
McLAREN MP4-28
You wouldnt expect to see a McLaren
battling for position with a Marussia.
But then 2013 hasnt exactly been
their greatest start to a season
F1 Racing May 2013 55
McLuren hud u Iust cur lust seuson: Lhe MPq-z;. L won seven
ruces, Iour Ior LewIs, Lhree Ior Jenson, und BuLLon`s cume uL Lhe IIrsL und IusL grunds
prIx oI Lhe yeur. So noL onIy wus IL IusL, IL wus preLLy consIsLenL und responsIve Lo
deveIopmenL - uII Lhe necessury componenLs Ior u chumpIonshIp chuIIenger.
NeverLheIess, some LIme uround Lhe mIddIe oI zo1z, u decIsIon wus Luken Lo pursue u
dIIIerenL LechnIcuI dIrecLIon Ior LhIs yeur`s MPq-z8 InsLeud oI IurLher deveIopIng Lhe z;.
The new cur IeuLures puIIrod IronL suspensIon und reur bodywork uggressIveIy
commILLed Lo muxImIsIng reur-end downIorce.
Thus Iur, however, Lhe gumbIL Iooks Lo huve IuIIen InLo Lhe heroIc IuIIure` cuLegory
- uILhough LhuL`s noL Lo suy LhuL u Leum oI McLuren`s IormIdubIe engIneerIng prowess
won`L quIckIy geL Lo grIps wILh Lhe reur uIrIIow uLLuchmenL Issues LhuL bedevII Lhe z8,
und Lurn IL InLo u wInner.
MeunLIme, McLuren`s boIIIns cun Luke comIorL In Lhe knowIedge LhuL Lhey`re noL Lhe
IIrsL Lo be skewered by LheIr LechnIcuI umbILIon.
McLaren are by no means the rst team to
slide from the front of the grid to the mideld
almost overnight. F1 Racing remembers other
sorry examples of top-team tech-tastrophe
WORDS ROBERT HOLMES PICTURES LAT ARCHIVE
56 F1 Racing May 2013
AIter u miseruble time LhroughouL mosL
oI Lhe 1qos, BRM IInuIIy uchIeved success In
Lhe 1.-IILre IormuIu oI Lhe eurIy 1q6os Lhunks
Lo u smuII, neuL V8 und Lhe skIIIs oI Gruhum
HIII und, IuLLerIy, JuckIe SLewurL. They won
Lhe consLrucLors` chumpIonshIp In 1q6z und
were runners-up Irom 1q6-1q6. BuL wILh
Lhe -IILre IormuIu oI 1q66 IoomIng, Lhe Leum
repeuLed errors Irom eurIIer on In LheIr
hIsLory, opLIng Ior 16 cyIInders oI compIexILy,
weIghL und LroubIe.
The 1.-IILre V8 wus IIuLLened ouL Lo muke
u IIuL-8 und unoLher wus mounLed on Lop Lo
muke u -IILre H16. DesIgned by Tony Rudd,
Lhe orIgInuI concepL InvoIved sIx cumshuILs
beLween Lhe Iour cyIInder heuds wILh Lhe Lwo
crunkshuILs beIng dIrecLIy IInked. ThInk LhuL
sounds bud? L goL worse. L ended up huvIng
eIghL cumshuILs und u chuIn Lo IInk Lhe Lwo
crunks. The cusLIngs were LhIcker Lhun
InLended, Loo - und IL weIghed In uL uround
zokg Ior noL much more Lhun qoobhp.
Even JuckIe SLewurL couId do IILLIe wILh IL,
uILhough Lhe engIne dId score u GP wIn In Lhe
buck oI JIm CIurk`s LoLus uL WuLkIns GIen In
IuLe 1q66. The IoIIowIng yeur, LoLus swILched
Lo Lhe new Ford CosworLh V8 - qobhp Irom
jusL 16;kg und wuy Iess IueI requIred, IeuvIng
Lhe H16 IookIng uLLerIy rIdIcuIous.
Iour-wheel drive wus goIng Lo be where IL
wus uII uL In F1. JusL us we once ussumed we
wouId one duy uII huve jeL pucks, IL wus Lhe
pusL`s Ideu oI whuL Lhe IuLure wouId Iook IIke.
Four-wheeI-drIve wouId sureIy be necessury
Lo IuIIy expIoIL Lhe enormous horsepower LhuL
wus on ILs wuy - by 1q68 Lhere wus cruzy LuIk
oI oo horsepower soon beIng uchIevubIe.
The LoLus 6 wus born rIghL In Lhe mIddIe
oI 1q6q`s qWD Iever. L IeuLured un ubouL-
Iuce CosworLh DFV drIvIng u geurbox In Lhe
cenLre oI Lhe cur und u dIIIerenLIuI LhuL
dIverLed uround z per cenL oI Lhe Lorque Lo
Lhe IronL wheeIs. The IueI Lunk wus uL Lhe
buck, where Lhe geurbox wouId normuIIy be.
MercurIuI Leum boss CoIIn Chupmun wus so
convInced oI Lhe concepL`s IuLure LhuL on Lhe
eve oI Lhe BrILIsh GP he soId Lhe Leum`s
convenLIonuI - und super-quIck - qq modeIs.
A coupIe oI ruces eurIIer, Jochen RIndL hud
reIused Lo drIve Lhe LoLus 6 und LhIs wus
Chupmun`s soIuLIon Lo LhuL probIem. BuL
RIndL uguIn reIused uL SIIversLone und uILer
Gruhum HIII hud proved jusL how much
sIower IL wus Lhun Lhe qq, Chupmun hud Lo
borrow buck Lhe curs he hud jusL soId. WIngs
und Lyre deveIopmenL hud nuIIIIIed Lhe
LrucLIon udvunLuges oI qWD, IeuvIng jusL Lhe
downsIdes oI weIghL und poor drIvubIIILy.
Stung by criticism Irom vurIous quurLers
LhuL Lhe orIgInuI 1q;o Murch ;o1 wus jusL Loo
conservuLIve, desIgner RobIn Herd (uIong wILh
GeoII FerrIs und uerodynumIcIsL Frunk CosLIn)
LrIed u more rudIcuI upprouch wILh Lhe Leu-Lruy-
IronL-wInged ;11. L mude RonnIe PeLerson
runner-up In Lhe worId chumpIonshIp.
For 1q;z, Herd wus even more exLreme und
Lhe ;z1X wus conceIved uround Lhe concepL oI
mInImIsIng Lhe poIur momenL oI InerLIu` -
reducIng Lhe dumbbeII eIIecL oI chungIng
dIrecLIon. CenLrIng Lhe cur`s muss wus Lhe key Lo
LhIs, so u Lrunsverse geurbox wus pIuced beIore
Lhe reur uxIe IIne, whIch moved Lhe engIne
Iorwurd Irom Lhe reur wheeIs, buLLIng IL up
uguInsL Lhe cockpIL. Up IronL wus u bruLuI sLub
nose, whIch, In Lheory, wouId muke Lhe cur
IunLusLIcuIIy responsIve Lo dIrecLIon chunge.
nsLeud, Lhe Iorwurd weIghL dIsLrIbuLIon creuLed
by Lhe mechunIcuI IuyouL LoLuIIy overwheImed
Lhe sLundurd Issue IronL Goodyeur Lyres und
produce chronIc undersLeer. To compound LhuL
probIem, when Lhe IronL Lyres evenLuuIIy JiJ
grIp, Lhe cur wouId respond very suddenIy,
InducIng horrIbIy unexpecLed oversLeer.
PeLerson - ruLed us Lhe worId`s IusLesL drIver
- IeIL Lhe cur wus good. HIs Leum-muLe, u puy-
drIver novIce cuIIed NIkI Luudu, InsIsLed IL wus
hopeIess. Herd soon reuIIsed Luudu wus rIghL.
March 721X, 1972
Constructors championship:
6th (15 points)
Previous season:
4th (33 points)
BRM H16, 1966
Constructors championship:
4th (22 points)
Previous season:
2nd (45 points)
Lotus 63, 1969
Constructors championship:
3rd (47 points)
Previous season:
1st (62 points)
BRM H16
Lotus 63
March 721X
Tech timeline
F1 Racing May 2013 57
AIter chunging the Iuce oI F1 downIorce wILh ground
eIIecLs en rouLe Lo chumpIonshIp gIory In 1q;8, LoLus pIunned
Lo move Lhe whoIe gume on unoLher mussIve sLep. A sLep Loo
Iur, us IL Lurned ouL. The LoLus 8o wus conceIved Lo derIve uII
ILs downIorce Irom Lhe underbody, wILh no need Ior wIngs.
SkIrLs run Lhe IuII IengLh oI Lhe cur, Lhe sIdepods (whIch
housed Lhe ground-eIIecL-generuLIng venLurI Lubes) were
exLended und Lhe wIngs bunIshed.
L Iooked gorgeous - buL IL dIdn`L work. The concepL
requIred Lhe enLIre
underbody Lo be
encIosed, whIch meunL
LhuL Lhe sIdepods were
curved In pIun vIew
so Lhey dIdn`L sImpIy
sLop uheud oI Lhe reur
wheeIs. The skIrLs
couId noL cope wILh
Lhe curvuLure und kepL
sLIckIng. BuL Lhe reuI IImILuLIon wus LhuL Lhe huge underbody
downIorce couId noL be properIy hurnessed due Lo
porpoIsIng` - u vIoIenL bouncIng ucLIon us Lhe uIrIIow goL ouL
oI phuse wILh Lhe bumps on Lhe Lruck und Lhe cur`s sprIngIng.
When Lhe cur IInuIIy JiJ ruce, IL dId so equIpped wILh
convenLIonuI IronL und reur wIngs. LoLus und MurIo AndreLLI
persevered wILh IL Ior u Iew ruces, buL sInce IL wus unubIe Lo
run In ILs InLended wIngIess Iorm und wILh much oI ILs
poLenLIuI downIorce unusubIe, IL wus sImpIy u heuvIer, Iess
ugIIe ;q und wus duIy ubundoned.
Brubhum were one oI F1`s shurpesL squuds In Lhe eurIy 1q8os, wILh sLur drIver
NeIson PIqueL LukIng Lhe 1q81 und 1q8 drIvers` LILIes und Lhe Leum wInnIng ruces
InLo 1q8. BuL by 1q86, wILh engIne suppIIer BMW IuIIIng behInd In Lhe LechnoIogy
sLukes und Brubhum Leum boss BernIe EccIesLone sLurLIng Lo Iose InLeresL, Lhe roIIer
skuLe` BT wus u cuse oI desIgner Gordon Murruy gumbIIng Lhe house on red.
PosILIoned rudIcuIIy Iower Lhun uny oLher cur, even ILs predecessor Lowered over
IL, und ILs seuL recIIned
uL un ungIe oI more
Lhun o. The Iow-
drug dImensIons were
mude possIbIe by
cunLIng over Lhe
Iour-cyIInder engIne
uL ;z, meunIng Lhe
crunkshuIL Iuy Lo one
sIde oI Lhe cenLruI uxIs
und u LrIck Lrunsverse
geurbox hud Lo be
devIsed. The LrucLIon
probIems Lhe cur
suIIered couId
probubIy huve been
cured, buL Lhe bIggesL
IImILuLIon wus Lhe
engIne`s breuLhIng probIems. OII couId noL cIrcuIuLe properIy, cosLIng boLh power
und reIIubIIILy, und Lhe oId BTq wus exhumed beIore Lhe seuson goL Loo oId.
Brubhum never reuIIy recovered us Lhe cur IuIIed Lo reIgnILe BernIe`s InLeresL In Lhe
Leum. BuL Murruy wus IuLer vIndIcuLed when he used much Lhe sume dImensIons on
Lhe McLuren MPqJq - whIch won uII buL one ruce In 1q88.
Lotus 80, 1979
Constructors championship:
5th (39 points)
Previous season:
1st (86 points)
Brabham BT55, 1986
Constructors championship:
9th (2 points)
Previous season:
5th (26 points)
Lotus 80
Brabham BT55
58 F1 Racing May 2013
Irenchmun Jeun-Cluude Migeot Is u brIIIIunL uerodynumIcIsL who cume up wILh
Lhe modern hIgh-nose concepL on Lhe TyrreII o1q uL preLLy much Lhe sume LIme LhuL
AdrIun Newey wus doIng someLhIng very sImIIur over uL LeyLon House. DespILe Lhe
IucL LhuL Lhe o1q coIIecLed jusL nIne poInLs over Lhe course oI 1qqo, MIgeoL
subsequenLIy Iunded u job uL FerrurI us LheIr chIeI oI uerodynumIcs.
For Lhe 1qqz seuson,
MIgeoL devIsed Lhe LwIn-
IIoor` FerrurI FqzA, u
muchIne IeuLurIng LuII,
nurrow sIdepods LhuL were
ruIsed up Irom Lhe IIoor Lo
Iorm u chunneI runnIng
beLween Lhe IIoor und Lhe
undersIde oI Lhe pods. The
uIrIIow wouId ucceIeruLe buck
Irom Lhe IronL wIng uIong
LhIs chunneI und Lhen over
Lhe Lop oI Lhe IuII-wIdLh
dIIIuser. The IusLer Lhe
uIrIIow wus sucked over Lhe IronL wIng, Lhe more downIorce wouId be creuLed uL
Lhe IronL. And Lhe IusLer Lhe uIrIIow sped over Lhe dIIIuser, Lhe greuLer Lhe dIIIerence
In pressure beLween Lhe underIIoor und Lhe upper body, Lhereby IncreusIng
underbody downIorce us weII.
ThIs Lheory wus perIecLIy sound when consIdered In uerodynumIc IsoIuLIon, buL
Lhe Increuse In Lhe cenLre oI gruvILy heIghL Irom ruIsIng Lhe sIdepods - und Lhe
rudIuLors wILhIn Lhem - In u cur LhuL wus uIreudy Iur Loo heuvy, Lurned ouL Lo be
dIsusLrous. To unLungIe such u compIex probIem, Lhe Leum reuIIy needed Lo huve
u very LechnIcuIIy usLuLe Ieud drIver on bourd. BuL FerrurI hud Jeun AIesI (drIvIng
uIongsIde vun CupeIII). so Lhe ScuderIu`s sIump Irom chumpIonshIp-chuIIengIng
Iorm In 1qqo conLInued.
McLuren`s 2uu@ muchine wus uII seL Lo Luke consLrucLIon
Lo new IeveIs wILh ILs no-compromIse upprouch Lo weIghL-
suvIng und uero perIecLIon. The bruInchIId oI AdrIun Newey,
ILs consLrucLIon wus so exLreme LhuL Lo muke key seLup
chunges, Lhe cur hud Lo be Luken upurL und huve new curbon-
IIbre secLIons bonded In. UnIorLunuLeIy, IL hud u Lendency Lo
shuke ILseII Lo pIeces, us proved by LesL drIver AIex Wurz`s
huge uccIdenL uL Lhe PuuI RIcurd cIrcuIL. n uddILIon, engIne
cooIIng proved murgInuI due Lo Lhe super-nurrow sIdepods.
Progress on Lhe MPq-18 wus deIuyed uILer IL IuIIed severuI
crush LesLs, so McLuren sLurLed Lhe seuson wILh u D-spec
upduLe oI Lhe oId MPq-1;, wILh Lhe 18 seL Lo uppeur durIng Lhe
Europeun purL oI Lhe seuson. ThuL debuL never muLerIuIIsed,
us Lhe 18 conLInued Lo desLroy ILseII In LesLIng. A Monzu debuL
wus Lhen mooLed becuuse oI Lhe summer LesLIng bun. ThIs
duLe uIso cume und wenL, by whIch poInL KImI RuIkknen wus
IIghLIng u convIncIng LILIe cumpuIgn wILh Lhe 1;D. He enLered
Lhe IInuI round
showdown sLIII In Lhe
oId cur und Lhe MPq-
18 - und ILs upduLe,
Lhe 18B - never ruced.
So Iur uheud oI ILs
LIme wus Lhe MPq-18
LhuL IL dIdn`L ruce unLII
zoo, by whIch LIme IL
hud been properIy deveIoped us Lhe MPq-zo. n LhuL
IncurnuLIon IL wus cIeurIy F1`s IusLesL cur, kepL Irom Lhe LILIe
onIy us u resuIL oI un unreIIubIe engIne und Lhe combIned
LuIenLs oI RenuuIL und Fernundo AIonso.
Ferrari F92A
McLaren MP4-18
Ferrari F92A, 1992
Constructors championship:
4th (21 points)
Previous season:
3rd (55.5 points)
McLaren MP4-18, 2003
Constructors championship:
3rd (142 points) with the MP4-17D.
The MP4-18 never raced
Previous season: 3rd (65 points)
60 F1 Racing May 2013
F1 Racing May 2013 61
Adrian Sutil fell out of F1 after being
convicted of GBH. Now back with
Force India, he tells Peter Windsor
how a year on the sidelines has
changed his entire outlook on life
WORDS PETER WINDSOR
PORTRAITS ANDREW FERRARO/LAT
The image was compeIIIng, und cuughL IL
us we were bourdIng Lhe IIIghL Lo MuIuysIu: RIcky PonLIng,
Iormer AusLruIIun crIckeL cupLuIn, weurIng u bIuck eye und
u Iuce oI conLrILIon. huve Lo udmIL Lo myseII LhuL
huve u probIem wILh uIcohoI uL LImes und InLend Lo
overcome LhIs probIem. upoIogIse Ior my ucLIons,
he wus suyIng on ABC TV. um seekIng counseIIIng
und `ve uIreudy gone uheud und urrunged LhuL.
The documenLury wus IookIng buck over PonLIng`s
cureer und Lhe IncIdenL In quesLIon huppened In
1qqq. MosL AusLruIIuns hud IorgoLLen uII ubouL IL,
und Lhose who dId remember were ubIe Lo Iuugh
IL oII. PonLIng wenL on Lo gIve 1oo per cenL Ior
hIs counLry. He moved on Lo greuLness.
n spILe oI - or becuuse oI - LhuL bIuck eye? DId
LhuL hurdshIp, uL LhuL sLuge oI hIs cureer, udd Lo
hIs grIL, Lo hIs seII-dIscIpIIne LhereuILer?
AdrIun SuLII`s sLory Is dIIIerenL, buL noL mussIveIy
so. The F1 worId, Ior Lhe usuuI reusons ussocIuLed
wILh money, ego, power, Lhe Iure oI muLerIuIIsm und
u Ieur oI non-conIormILy - hus been consIderubIy
Iess IorgIvIng oI AdrIun Lhun wus Lhe enLIre AusLruIIun
nuLIon oI RIcky PonLIng. One mInuLe AdrIun wus
unoLher IusL Germun; Lhe nexL, IoIIowIng LhuL
IncIdenL In u nIghLcIub In ShunghuI, he wus F1`s
shume. The money - und LhereIore Lhe
62 F1 Racing May 2013
F1 Racing May 2013 63
comIorL zone - sLood wILh Lhe Injured purLy (ErIc Lux, u dIrecLor oI LoLus
F1 und LheIr hoIdIng compuny, GenII CupLIuI). n FormuIu 1, SuLII wus buL
u drIver - Lux u mujor pIuyer.
remember wuLchIng AdrIun joggIng uIongsIde Lhe rIver In Cunudu
In zo11, by whIch poInL hIs IuLure wus begInnIng Lo Iook IrugIIe. He Iooked
u IILLIe unguInIy; he wusn`L your LrIuLhIeLIc Jenson. He guzed InLo Lhe
mIddIe dIsLunce, hIs Iuce druwn, hIs body Iunguuge resLrIcLed. dIsLIncLIy
remember LhInkIng: ThIs guy Is lost. L`s u wonder he cun even drIve
Lhe cur, IeL uIone wrIng ILs neck.`
AdrIun conLInued, Lhough, Lo exLrucL Lhe muxImum Irom hIs Force ndIu.
A courL cuse Ioomed; hIs cureer conLInued Lo spIruI downwurds; und yeL
sLIII he drove superbIy - someLhIng LhuL cuImInuLed In u sIxLh pIuce In
BruzII. The key here Is hIs nuLuruI IeeI. As menLIoned In my coIumn IusL
monLh, AdrIun, Lo my eye, hus uIwuys been u vee-drIver, by whIch meun
u drIver who mukes Lhe corners us shorL us possIbIe by exLendIng Lhe
sLruIghLs boLh In und ouL oI Lhe roLuLIon poInL - mukIng Lhe corner u vee`,
In oLher words. To do LhIs weII - Lo do LhIs up
Lhere wILh KImI und LewIs - you need u subIIme
Louch Ior Lhe brukes, sLeerIng und LhroLLIe. The
perIecL momenL oI roLuLIon vurIes wILh every
corner, every Iup. L Is uII Lo do wILh Lhe rIghL
umounL oI InILIuI bruke-peduI pressure, InILIuI
sLeerIng InpuL, Lhe rIghL reIeuse oI Lhe bruke-
peduI pressure, Lhe correcL Increuse In sLeerIng
Ioud reIuLIve Lo bruke reIeuse, und Lhen Lo Lhe
correcL IoudIng oI Lhe ouLsIde reur. Done weII,
IL Is why KImI or LewIs rureIy Iook Lo be ouL
oI IIne. Ls counLerpoInL Is RomuIn Grosjeun or
SergIo Prez, ouL Lhere on Lhe LrudILIonuI rucIng IIne, mugIcuIIy correcLIng
LheIr own mIsLukes. LoveIy Lo wuLch, buL uILImuLeIy noL us quIck.
Even uL LheIr besL, Lhough, AdrIun`s InpuLs IeIL hIm more prone Lo
IockIng InsIde IronLs, more prone Lo brukIng u Lud more hurshIy Lhun, suy,
LewIs. NoLhIng, Lo my eye, hus ever been mussIveIy wrong wILh AdrIun`s
hundwork; IL wus hIs IooLwork LhuL becume IncreusIngIy IrunLIc us zo1o
guve wuy Lo zo11.
AdrIun wus dropped by Force ndIu uL Lhe end oI zo11. The courL cuse
wus IoomIng. He wus Iound guIILy oI grIevous bodIIy hurm In eurIy zo1z
und senLenced Lo un 18-monLh suspended juII Lerm; In uddILIon, he wus
requIred Lo donuLe Czoo,ooo Lo vurIous churILIes. The F1 worId moves
quIckIy: NIco HIkenberg repIuced AdrIun und Lhe new seuson begun.
No RIcky-PonLIng-IIke second chunce.
When hud my courL cuse IL wus u very dIIIIcuIL LIme, buL uIso Ieurned
u IoL, suys AdrIun now. You huve Lo go Lhrough hurd LImes Lo geL beLLer.
L`s uII ubouL experIence In IIIe. I you never muke mIsLukes, you never
grow. So jusL Look IL ruLIonuIIy. LrIed Lo conLroI my emoLIons. LhoughL,
Okuy. goL my penuILy Ior IL und now move on und show everyone LhuL
IL`s sLIII possIbIe Lo huve u IuLure In FormuIu 1. never gIve up. There ure
so muny dIIIerenL wuys, II you reuIIy wunL Lo uchIeve someLhIng. I you
huve Lhe wIII Lo do IL, you cun do unyLhIng. couId be u successIuI
busInessmun II reuIIy wunLed Lo; couId be successIuI In unoLher sporL.
L`s jusL here, In Lhe bruIn, LhuL you huve Lo be weII sorLed.
So whuL dId he do In zo1z? How dId he IIve hIs IIIe? How dId he come Lo
Lerms wILh whuL hud huppened?
cun suy enjoyed my IIIe In zo1z, he suys. The gIInL In hIs eyes LeIIs
you he`s genuIne. reuIIy enjoyed my IIIe. IIve In u beuuLIIuI counLry -
SwILzerIund - und unLII Lhen hud never hud LIme Lo enjoy IL. L wus hurd
uL Lhe sLurL oI Lhe yeur, when hud no drIve, und hud Lo usk myseII: Why?`
BuL no one cun unswer uII Lhe quesLIons. LhInk everyLhIng huppens Ior u
reuson und LrIed Lo undersLund my sILuuLIon. IorgoL ubouL Lhe neguLIves
und jusL Look Lhe posILIves ouL oI IL. And Lhe posILIves were LhuL IL wus
nIce Lo huve u normuI IIIe und Lo be ubIe Lo spend LIme wILh my IrIends.
And Lo upprecIuLe LhuL IIIe Isn`L jusL ubouL FormuIu 1. L`s noL Lhe whoIe
IIIe. huve u reuI IIIe uL home. know now where IL Is und now see F1 us
my job. It's c job. L`s noL my IIIe.
And LhInk IL`s ImporLunL Lo know LhuL, becuuse IL mukes you sLronger.
LIIe goes on wILhouL rucIng. You cun perIorm
here, In F1; no probIem. BuL II you cun`L do
unyLhIng eIse In IIIe excepL ruce Lhen you puL
yourseII under so much pressure Lo perIorm.
He dId Lhe LhIngs you cun never do II you`re
consLunLIy on Lhe move, rucIng In F1. He reud
books (busIness sLudIes, urL), he sLuyed IIL
(buL noL Loo IIL: `m u ruce drIver, noL u runner
or u cycIIsL or u muruLhoner) und, when IL
Iooked us II one oI Lhe reguIur drIvers mIghL be
under pressure, he upped hIs gume u IILLIe (jusL
Lo be reudy!). For Lhe mosL purL, Lhough, he
renewed IrIendshIps und sLrengLhened hIs neLwork.
cume ouL oI LhIs much sLronger, much more wILh my IIIe In
perspecLIve, he suys. Yes. mude u mIsLuke. upoIogIsed. puId
u penuILy. And Irom LhuL grew.
Were Lhere uny IeeIIngs oI bILLerness or resenLmenL? NoL reuIIy. As
suId, II you wunL Lo be successIuI you huve Lo conLroI your emoLIons und
here In F1 IL`s ImporLunL Lo do LhuL by dIvIdIng your prIvuLe IIIe Irom Lhe
rucIng. PeopIe usk me ubouL my reIuLIonshIp now wILh LewIs. L`s u IILLIe bIL
dIIIerenL, Lhe reIuLIonshIp, buL wusn`L Lhe one who chunged Lhe phone
numbers. I cun`L do unyLhIng. I he wunLs Lo LuIk he cun come over Lo me.
He husn`L done LhuL so Iur, buL Lhen LhIs Is my prIvuLe IIIe unywuy.
By Lhe LIme AdrIun receIved Lhe phone cuII InvILIng hIm Lo LesL In
BurceIonu zo1, he wus reudy Ior unyLhIng. dId everyLhIng Lo geL Lhe
seuL, buL when we goL Lo LhuL poInL wus ubIe Lo suy Lo myseII: L`s Lhe IusL
uvuIIubIe seuL. `ve done everyLhIng. I LhIs doesn`L work cun do sporLs
curs or DTM, und II don`L geL u drIve cnuhere cun uIwuys do
someLhIng eIse. `d eurn my money unoLher wuy.
As IL huppened, AdrIun sIoLLed rIghL buck InLo Lhe Force ndIu wILh
bureIy u gIILch. L Look jusL u Iew Iups Lo geL buck InLo Lhe cur, he recuIIs.
wenL InLo IL us II IL wus jusL unoLher LesL duy. OI course you IeeI IL u bIL In
Lhe neck here und Lhere, buL wus umuzed, ucLuuIIy, how quIckIy wus I
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Formula 1s rst world champion set the
benchmark for successful comebacks at
motorsports top level: Giuseppe Farina had
been number two to Tazio Nuvolari in the 1930s
and then, like many drivers of his generation, lost
the golden years of his career to World War II.
He won three world championship races in 1950
with Alfa Romeo (whose cars were making a
comeback of their own, having escaped being
melted down for munitions during the war) to
claim the very rst drivers title shortly before
his 44th birthday.
Since then its been rare for a returning driver
to recreate their peak after time out. In the 1980s,
Mario Andretti and Alan Jones, champions both,
made brief returns with mixed results: after a
one-off drive with Williams at Long Beach in 1982,
Andretti drove the last two races of the season for
Ferrari and started from pole at Monza, nishing
third. Jones retired at the end of 1981 but returned
full-time in 1985 for two unproductive seasons.
When Niki Lauda returned to the fray with
McLaren in 82 he was quick enough to add
another title (84) to his portfolio. Alain Prost,
whose speed hastened Laudas second retirement,
claimed the title in 1993 with Williams after a years
sabbatical, albeit with a demonstrably superior car
to everyone else bar his team-mate.
Not all drivers get to come back to a winning
car and some didnt have competitive machinery
before entering the wilderness: the likes of Bruno
Giacomelli, Jan Lammers and Yannick Dalmas were
on a hiding to nothing. And of the second comings
of Nigel Mansell (1995) and Michael Schumacher
(2010-2012), let us not utter another word.
Stuart Codling
F1s comeback kings
(and clowns)
(L-R) Returners Farina, Andretti, Jones and Lauda
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Irom Lhe sporL. He knew he`d goL Lhe drIve ubouL un hour
beIore Lhe news wenL pubIIc.
You know, someLImes you push hurder und ucLuuIIy you
geL sIower. BeIng uwuy Ior u yeur hus mude me more reIuxed
In Lhe cur. You drIve us you shoulJ - by noL pushIng Loo
much. AL Lhe perIecL IeveI. LhInk hud IInIshed on u hIgh
IeveI uL Lhe end oI zo11, buL uL LhuL poInL wus probubIy uL Lhe
IImIL oI my possIbIIILIes. dIdn`L know how Lo Improve more.
Now um re-sLurLIng uL LhuL puce buL know how Lo Improve.
So IL`s deIInILeIy u bIg udvunLuge.
The IooLwork, In oLher words, hus become more suppIe,
more udepL. A more reIuxed mInd hus Luken uwuy Lhe IreneLIc
IuLe-brukIng; hIgh mInImum speeds ure no Ionger u prIorILy.
L`s Lhe energy, LhInk, suys AdrIun. goL u IoL oI energy
IusL yeur. hud Lo Iook wILhIn myseII - LhuL`s whuL huppens
when you go Lhrough hurd LImes. And II you`re goIng Lhrough
u hurd LIme und you soIve IL, you cun move up Lo u hIgher
IeveI. The uILernuLIve Is jusL Lo run uwuy Irom probIems, buL
Lhey wIII geL you In Lhe end.
Then you Luke u sLep buck und you Luke Lwo sLeps Lo Lhe
IronL. NormuIIy when you Lry someLhIng reuIIy hurd, und you
don`L succeed, you wuke up Lhe nexL mornIng und you Lry IL
uguIn. And, IIrsL Lry, IL works. So you Ieurn.
AdrIun drove beuuLIIuIIy In hIs reLurn ruce. He IeIL u IogIcuI
murgIn In Lhe weL buL he wus rIghL Lhere In Lhe dry, drIvIng
wILhouL error InLo Lhe heurL oI Lhe ruce, muxImIsIng hIs
P1z grId sIoL und hIs PIreIII medIums. When Iound myseII
up Lhere wILh VeLLeI, Lhen, yes, hud Lo smIIe. L wus whuL IL
- Lhe yeur uwuy - hud been uII ubouL. ThIs wus how hud
chunged. um u beLLer drIver. enjoy F1 more. huve u new
perspecLIve on IIIe.
F1 quIckIy IorgoL ubouL AdrIun SuLII; Indeed, some
observers, even uILer he wus pIcked Lo ruce Ior Force ndIu,
decrIed Lhe choIce. Now, FormuIu 1 Is, Ior Lhe mosL purL,
weIcomIng AdrIun`s reLurn. know how Lo Luke LhIs sorL oI
sLuII now, he suys. puL IL InLo perspecLIve. L`s my job. L`s
u nice job, und wunL Lo be successIuI. BuL IL`s noL my lije.
L`s noL the onl thin.
BIuck-eye-wIse, you cun reud AdrIun SuLII` Ior RIcky
PonLIng - wILh LhuL one mujor dIIIerence: RIcky dIdn`L Iose
hIs sIoL In hIs Leum. AdrIun eIIecLIveIy dId. And sLIII he`s
IIghLIng buck.
Sw|ss movcmcn|, Ln||s| bcat|
1bc vic|otv oj |bc \anuall dtivcn bv S|itling Moss and 1onv Btoo|s in |bc ama:ing 19 Bti|isb
Ctand tix a| Ain|tcc is cclcbta|cd in out la|cs| cbtonomc|ct. ouctcd bv |bc L1A 21.2 COSC,
|bc 1,9-piccc limi|cd cdi|ion salu|cs a tacc |ba| cbangcd |bc coutsc oj Bti|isb mo|ot tacing jot
cvct. I| is, oj coutsc, in Bti|isb Racing Ctccn.
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WORDS TOM CLARKSON
PICTURES ANDREW FERRARO/LAT
F1 Racing May 2013 67
Sideways to victory
Wondering why Nico Hlkenberg really transferred from
Force India to Sauber for 2013? The answer is written in red
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Think about it from Ferraris
poInL oI vIew. There were IIushes oI Lhe oId
FeIIpe Mussu Lowurds Lhe end oI IusL yeur,
buL no IIrm guurunLees LhuL he wus ubouL Lo
recupLure Lhe Iorm he showed reguIurIy
beIore thct uccIdenL uL Lhe HungurorIng In
zooq. Come conLrucL-renewuI LIme, Lhough,
who eIse wus uvuIIubIe Lo repIuce hIm?
FerrurI heId LuIks wILh Murk Webber, buL
IuIIed Lo ugree Lerms, und none oI Lhe young
guns In LheIr DrIver Acudemy wus deemed
reudy - noL even SergIo Prez. ThuL`s why
Mussu wus conLrucLed Lo un eIghLh yeur wILh
Lhe ScuderIu - und why Lhe Leum wIdened
LheIr neL us Lhey soughL some young buL
suILubIy experIenced LuIenL Ior Lhe IuLure.
EnLer NIco HIkenberg. The z-yeur-oId
Germun hus Impressed durIng hIs Lwo
seusons oI F1 Lo duLe, IIrsL wILh WIIIIums In zo1o, Lhen wILh Force ndIu In zo1z, und hIs junIor CV Is
second Lo none. He won every serIes he conLesLed en rouLe Lo F1; kurLIng, FormuIu BMW, FormuIu ,
A1 Grund PrIx und GPz - und he wus Lhe sLundouL young drIver Lowurds Lhe end oI IusL yeur.
GIven u huII-decenL cur In Lhe VJMo, NIco wus IusLer Lhun Leum-muLe PuuI DI ResLu und more
consIsLenL Lhun hIs peers RomuIn Grosjeun, PusLor MuIdonudo, Jeun-ErIc Vergne und DunIeI
RIccIurdo. He wus exucLIy Lhe kInd oI drIver LhuL Lhe bIggesL Leum In F1 needed Lo huve on LheIr
books, whIch wus why he swILched Irom mId-grId Force ndIu Lo mId-grId Suuber over Lhe wInLer.
On puper IL wus un InconsequenLIuI move sIdewuys - or even u sLep
buckwurds II Lhe Iorm book uL Lhe end oI IusL yeur wus Lo be Luken IILeruIIy.
HIkenberg Ied more Iups Lhun unyone eIse uL Lhe seuson-cIosIng BruzIIIun
Grund PrIx en rouLe Lo IIILh pIuce, whIIe onIy one Suuber drIver cume home
In Lhe poInLs - KobuyushI In nInLh. BuL HIkenberg`s new Leum Ieuves
hIm In u sLronger posILIon goIng Iorwurd, becuuse he`s gone Irom
Force ndIu-Mercedes Lo Suuber-FerrurI, wILh u dIrecL IIne InLo
MuruneIIo. NoL LhuL oIIIcIuI conIIrmuLIon Is IorLhcomIng jusL yeL.
For sure NIco Is u good drIver, suys FerrurI Leum prIncIpuI
SLeIuno DomenIcuII. He`s one oI Lhe good ones, buL our Iocus Is on geLLIng
Lhe muxImum ouL oI Lhe drIvers we huve. Fernundo und FeIIpe ure boLh
very sLrong.
L`s u predIcLubIe sIdesLep Irom DomenIcuII, buL sources conIIrm LhuL
FerrurI und HIkenberg huve un undersLundIng`. The HuIk wIII drIve
u red cur uIongsIde Fernundo AIonso II Mussu doesn`L deIIver LhIs yeur.
ThuL`s why FerrurI heIped pIuce hIm uL Suuber us u repIucemenL Ior
puy-drIver KumuI KobuyushI.
PubIIcIy, NIco won`L be druwn on Lhe FerrurI ussocIuLIon. He cIuIms IL
wus Lhe Iure oI podIums ruLher Lhun mere poInLs IInIshes LhuL mude Suuber
more uLLrucLIve Lhun Force ndIu, buL LhuL urgumenL doesn`L sLuck up In
reuIILy. Force ndIu hud Lhe IusLer cur durIng Lhe second huII oI IusL yeur,
und Lhe Leum huve currIed LhuL momenLum InLo zo1.
There ure IucLors InvoIved In Lhe move LhuL `m noL goIng Lo go InLo
now, suys NIco. BuL Suuber ure u good Leum, wILh good IucIIILIes und
u good cur. ruced Prez und KobuyushI cIoseIy IusL yeur und couId see
how good LheIr curs were. wunLed Lo drIve one II possIbIy couId.
We`re noL yeL where we wunL Lo be LhIs yeur, buL know whuL
deveIopmenLs ure comIng und LhInk we cun sLIII uchIeve u IoL. The Cz
hus u very good buIunce; IL`s very good Lhrough IusL corners und when
we`ve Improved IL Lhrough Lhe sIower sLuII we`II be more compeLILIve. L
wouId be good Lo geL on Lhe podIum, buL Lhe mosL ImporLunL LhIng Ior me
Is consLunL ImprovemenL.
FerrurI wIII be IookIng Ior sImIIur ImprovemenL Irom NIco becuuse he`s
sLIII reIuLIveIy InexperIenced. He IIrsL LesLed un F1 cur In zoo;, buL hus hud
onIy Lwo IuII seusons oI F1 sInce Lhen. He ruced Ior WIIIIums In zo1o,
FROM SAUBER
TO GLORIOUSNESS
KIMI RIKKNEN
Plucked from Formula Renault by Peter Sauber, the
21-year-old Finn bagged a couple of fourth places
during his debut F1 season in 2001 and was duly
snapped up by McLaren. Race wins followed, and
he claimed the world title with Ferrari in 2007.
FELIPE MASSA
Finished in the points in his second race for Sauber
in 2002 and joined Ferrari as their test driver the
following season. Three years on, he was racing
for the Scuderia alongside Michael Schumacher.
SERGIO PREZ
Second place for Sauber in last seasons Italian
Grand Prix, just four seconds behind the race
winner Lewis Hamilton, was enough to cement
McLarens interest in hiring Checo to replace
the Mercedes-bound Hamilton.
HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN
Had a long association with Sauber in sportscars
even before Formula 1, then caught the attention
of Williams for 1997. Finished third in the world
championship for Jordan in 1999.
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buL wus IeL go uL Lhe seuson`s end Lo muke wuy Ior PusLor
MuIdonudo`s PDVSA mIIIIons, und he suL ouL zo11 us Force
ndIu`s LhIrd drIver beIore rucIng Ior Lhe Leum In zo1z.
The knocks huve LuughL HIkenberg Lo muke Lhe mosL oI
every opporLunILy. AL hIs IIrsL F1 LesL Ior WIIIIums, he wus
ImmedIuLeIy IusLer Lhun KuzukI NukujImu und onIy o.qsecs
sIower Lhun NIco Rosberg. AL Lhe zo1o AusLruIIun Grund PrIx
he wus jusL o.1 seconds shy oI Leum-muLe Rubens BurrIcheIIo
uround Lhe LrIcky AIberL Purk cIrcuIL In Q1 - und Lhen cume
hIs IIrsL LrIp Lo nLerIugos uL Lhe LuII end oI zo1o.
Truck condILIons were uwIuI uL Lhe sLurL oI quuIIIyIng, buL
u dry IIne uppeured durIng Q und NIco muxImIsed Lhe
uvuIIubIe grIp on sIIck Lyres. He seL seven consecuLIve IusLesL
secLors und quuIIIIed on poIe by more Lhun u second Irom
SebusLIun VeLLeI.
He dId u phenomenuI job LhuL duy, suys BurrIcheIIo. BuL
he wus ImpressIve uII yeur, Lo be honesL; he`s deIInILeIy quIck.
HIkenberg`s IncredIbIe IeeI Is hIghIIghLed whenever
condILIons ure weL or chungeubIe - Lhe sLurL oI LhIs yeur`s
MuIuysIun Grund PrIx beIng unoLher exumpIe. SInce he IuIIed
Lo muke Lhe grId In MeIbourne u week eurIIer, you`d huve
IorgIven NIco Ior beIng cuuLIous In Lhe eurIy sLuges uL Sepung.
BuL he used Lhe sIIppery condILIons In hIs Iuvour und
IeupIrogged seven pIuces In Lhe openIng sIx Iups.
The drIver Is one oI Lhe besL sensors In Lhe cur, suys Tom
McCuIIough, Suuber`s heud oI Lruck engIneerIng, und NIco Is
cerLuInIy u very good one. He`s IncredIbIy sensILIve und seems
Lo IInd grIp where oLhers cun`L. He uIso gIves very good
InIormuLIon ubouL Lruck condILIons, whIch heIps u IoL when
you`re LryIng Lo decIde when Lo chunge Lyres.
McCuIIough knows HIkenberg beLLer Lhun mosL, huvIng
uIso been hIs ruce engIneer uL WIIIIums. BuL Lhere`s noLhIng
unusuuI In u drIver IormIng u cIose reIuLIonshIp wILh un
engIneer: IL`s huppened muny LImes beIore. CoIIn Chupmun
und JIm CIurk were InsepurubIe; dILLo AII FruncIs und SLIrIIng
Moss, Ross Bruwn und MIchueI Schumucher, Murk SIude und
KImI RuIkknen, und Rob SmedIey und FeIIpe Mussu. BuL
IumIIIurILy doesn`L necessurIIy muke Lhe reIuLIonshIp eusy.
NIco Isn`L uIwuys eusy Lo work wILh, suys McCuIIough.
He pushes everyone und wunLs Lo undersLund Lhe bIg
pIcLure, ruLher Lhun sImpIy reIyIng on whuL hIs engIneers suy.
He IIkes Lo pIuy devII`s udvocuLe; he consLunLIy quesLIons whuL
you`re doIng und why you`re doIng IL. used Lo IInd LhuL quILe
hurd, buL `ve goL used Lo IL now und respecL Lhe IucL LhuL he
wunLs Lo know exucLIy whuL`s goIng on.
Such Independence In LhoughL Is reIIecLed In Lhe wuy
HIkenberg does busIness uround Lhe F1 puddock. He spIIL
wILh hIs munuger WIIII Weber uL Lhe sLurL oI zo11 - L wusn`L
workIng Lhe wuy wunLed IL Lo - und hus IIown soIo ever
sInce. He hus un udvIsor In Werner HeInz, who used Lo work
wILh NIck HeIdIeId, buL NIco mukes hIs own phone cuIIs und
he negoLIuLes hIs own deuIs. n Lhese duys oI megu-
sponsorshIp endorsemenLs und compIex puy sLrucLures,
LhuL`s hIghIy unusuuI.
don`L undersLund why you need u munuger, suys
NIco. You need peopIe who know Lhe puddock und
who cun LeII you whuL`s goIng on, buL LhuL`s IL. IIke
Lo do Lhe resL becuuse LhuL wuy you know exucLIy whuL`s
been suId und whuL`s goIng on.
WuLch ouL, FeIIpe; he`s heurd IL sLruIghL Irom Lhe
(pruncIng) horse`s mouLh.
FROM SAUBER
TO INGLORIOUSNESS
NICK HEIDFELD
Seven years racing for Sauber in both independent and BMW-
owned guise did little for Quick Nick. He clocked up 183 starts
in his F1 career but never won a race, despite having some
rather competitive machinery at his disposal.
JOHNNY HERBERT
Took two wins at Benetton before switching to Sauber for three
years in the mid-90s and bagging a couple of podiums. Won one
further race for Stewart GP but this was against the run of form,
and he scored no points for Jaguar in his nal season (2000).
KAMUI KOBAYASHI
Finished 12th in all three of his years with Sauber
(2010-2012), but while former team-mate Prez used
the Sauber experience to secure a McLaren drive,
Kamui slipped off the back of the grid into sportscars.
Look out Felipe: on his rst race outing
with Sauber in Malaysia, Nico jumped
seven places in the rst six laps
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F1 Racing May 2013 73
WORDS MATT YOUSON
PORTRAITS ANDREW FERRARO/LAT
Saubers chief designer,
Matt Morris, explains his
teams strategy of putting
engineering before politics
To the shock oI ubsoIuLeIy no one, Suuber huve
sLurLed Lhe seuson wILh yeL unoLher good cur. L`s been
Lhe puLLern Ior Lwo decudes: oLher smuII Leums IIounder
whIIe Suuber suII smooLhIy by. The IILLIe Leum LhuL cun,
uIwuys scorIng poInLs und occusIonuIIy nIppIng In Lo
emburruss Lhe bIg boys.
PeLer Suuber uIwuys spoke oI runnIng hIs Leum wILh
soIId engIneerIng IounduLIons und u ruLhIess Iuck oI
romunLIcIsm. A successIon oI LechnIcuI dIrecLors Irom
Leo Ress Lhrough WIIIy RumpI Lo Jumes Key udhered
Lo hIs bIueprInL, und whIIe Lhe posL oI LechnIcuI dIrecLor
Is no more, Lhere`s sLIII un uwIuI IoL oI conLInuILy uL
HInwII. L Is, suys chIeI desIgner MuLL MorrIs, un
operuLIon IurgeIy devoId oI poIILIcs und hIgh drumu.
`m noL nuIve enough Lo LhInk LhuL FormuIu 1 Isn`L
u poIILIcuI gume, he suys. OI course IL Is, buL one oI
Lhe muny LhIngs IIke ubouL workIng here Is LhuL we
don`L huve uny oI IL. We jusL muke Lhe rIghL decIsIons
bused on Lhe engIneerIng.
MorrIs, q, hus become Lhe pubIIc Iuce oI Lhe Suuber
LechnIcuI depurLmenL. n u sporL where Lhe EngIIsh
Iunguuge domInuLes medIu ouLpuL, hIs comIorLubIe
EusL MIdIunds burbIe hILs InLernuLIonuI eurs more uccessIbIy Lhun Lhe
SwIss-GermunIc uccenLs oI hIs coIIeugues. He`s proved Lo be u nuLuruI,
puLIenLIy breukIng down Lhe compIexILIes oI rucIng und cur desIgn InLo
eusIIy dIgesLIbIe concepLs Ior Lhe musses: hIs presenLuLIon oI Suuber`s
cuLuwuy cur hus uccumuIuLed over 1.6mIIIIon YouTube hILs Lo duLe.
reuIIy wusn`L expecLIng LhuL, he recuIIs In Lhe Sepung puddock on
Sunduy mornIng. One oI Lhe murkeLIng guys usked II hud u Iew mInuLes
Lo do u bIL oI IIImIng wILh Lhe huII-cur. When goL over Lhere, Lhere wus
u IuII IIIm crew und u gIrI sLurLed puLLIng muke-up on me. L does muke you
wonder whuL you`re IeLLIng yourseII In Ior.
LhoughL IL wouId go up on our websILe und LhuL wouId be Lhe end oI IL,
buL suddenIy wus geLLIng emuIIs und LexLs Irom uII over. ThuL wus quILe
unusuuI. ObvIousIy uII oI my muLes were rIngIng Lo Luke Lhe pIss - buL
Lhere were uIso guys such us ChurIIe WhILIng und PuLrIck Heud phonIng
Lo suy whuL u good LhIng IL wus Ior Suuber Lo do.
MorrIs mude Lhe swILch Lo rucIng uILer consIderubIe success In ruIIyIng,
whIch, In Lurn, IoIIowed u mIgruLIon Irom Lhe specIuIIsL worId oI engIne
deveIopmenL. HIs IIrsL job uILer u mechunIcuI
engIneerIng degree wus uL CosworLh, workIng on
cusLomer F1 projecLs Ior Lhe IIkes oI TyrreII und
MInurdI. AL Lhe sume LIme, ouLsIde work, he becume
cupLIvuLed by ruIIyIng; IIrsL he LwIddIed spunners Ior u
IrIend und Lhen he boughL hIs own ruIIy cur. scruped
uII my suvIngs LogeLher - und some oI my wIIe`s - und
boughL un oId zo GT ChuIIenge-spec cur. wus onIy
doIng sIngIe-venue sLuII buL IL wus reuIIy enjoyubIe.
And surprIsed myseII by beIng okuy uL IL, Loo.
BusIness und pIeusure mIxed when Ford ucquIred
Lhe rucIng depurLmenL oI CosworLh und seL up u WRC
progrumme. MorrIs wus IIrsL In IIne Lo joIn Lhe Leum
und spenL Lhree yeurs In un endIess Ioop oI WRC evenLs
und LesLs us engIne LechnIcIun Ior CoIIn McRue, mIxed
In wILh desIgn und deveIopmenL uL Lhe IucLory.
The experIence oI beIng wILh u ruce Leum wus
InvuIuubIe, he suys. A IoL oI peopIe who spend LheIr
cureers uL Lhe IucLory reuIIy don`L undersLund how
crILIcuI some LhIngs cun be II u desIgn doesn`L IIL rIghL
or IL Lukes u IILLIe bIL Ionger Lo chunge. AII Lhese LhIngs
IeurnL Irom Lhe ruIIyIng: you Ieurn Lhe LrIcks oI
puckugIng und mukIng LhIngs eusy Lo work on. L`s
heIped u huge umounL In my F1 cureer.
MorrIs moved Lo WIIIIums when Ford`s InLeresL In
WRC IIrsL uppeured Lo wune. He worked In sysLems
engIneerIng beIore IeudIng WIIIIums` geurbox desIgn
group. LIke muny WIIIIums uIumnI In Loduy`s F1
puddock, he oIIers unsLInLIng pruIse Ior hIs Iormer
Leum`s upprouch Lo engIneerIng, gIvIng purLIcuIur
credIL Lo PuLrIck Heud.
LhInk Lhe reuson senIor engIneers huve spreud Irom WIIIIums
LhroughouL Lhe sporL Is LhuL Lhey`ve been LuughL Lhe rIghL wuy. And puL
LhuL down Lo PuLrIck. He creuLed Lhe engIneerIng sIde oI WIIIIums und Lhe
phIIosophIes und procedures come sLruIghL Irom hIm. ThuL`s why IL`s u
proper engIneerIng-Ied compuny und u greuL pIuce Ior u young engIneer Lo
Ieurn hIs Lrude.
AILer eIghL yeurs uL WIIIIums In whuL MorrIs conIesses wus u very
comIorLubIe spuce, ILchy IeeL IInuIIy goL Lhe beLLer oI hIm und he moved
Lo Suuber us heud oI mechunIcuI desIgn. Deep down musL huve wunLed
u new chuIIenge, he muses. never reuIIy dIscussed IL wILh myseII
- buL LhInk IL wus Lhere.
MovIng Lo SwILzerIund In zo11 und promoLed Lo chIeI desIgner uILer u
Iew monLhs, MorrIs hus IILLed InLo Lhe mouId very neuLIy, sIIppIng InLo LhuL
sIIghLIy Incongruous Suuber mIndseL oI LukIng u reIuxed upprouch Lo beIng
IerocIousIy compeLILIve. He`s been u mujor pIuyer In Lhe creuLIon oI Lhe C1
und Cz: Lwo curs buIIL Lo score soIIdIy und, on LheIr duy, muke F1`s bIg
guns very nervous. And LhuL`s Suuber Lo Lhe core.
MATT MORRIS
1997 Mechanical
engineering degree
from Coventry
University
19971998 Cosworth graduate
training programme
19981999 Cosworth design
and development
engineer, F1 engines
1999 Cosworth design
and development
engineer, WRC
19992002 Cosworth race and
test engineer, WRC
20022003 Cosworth senior
design engineer, WRC
20032006 Williams senior
systems engineer,
race team
20062011 Williams head
of design for
transmissions &
power transfer
April 2011 Sauber head of
mechanical design
July 2011- Sauber chief designer
TIMELINE
Its tough being at the top
of Formula 1 but tougher,
arguably, to stay in the
game when youre just
outside the winners circle.
Sauber team principal
Monisha Kaltenborn talks
exclusively to F1 Racing
about what it takes to run
at the head of the mideld
WORDS STUART CODLING
PORTRAIT THOMAS BUTLER
W
e LhoughL we`d IIke Lo phoLogruph
MonIshu KuILenborn uL her desk.
OccupyIng Lhe seuL oI power In u Leum
LhuL hus onIy ever known one person`s nume
ubove Lhe door, gIve or Luke u Iew yeurs In whIch
u cerLuIn roud-cur munuIucLurer shuIIIed ILs own
budge uIongsIde. SureIy Lhere wouId be someLhIng
u IILLIe grund ubouL IL? LIke Lhe curved gIuss eyrIe
Irom whIch Ron DennIs surveys Lhe operuLIon oI
Lhe McLuren TechnoIogy CenLre? LIke Lhe oIIIce
overIookIng Lhe courLyurd In MuruneIIo, Irom
where Enzo FerrurI couId - wILh dIsduInIuI
huuLeur - personuIIy ruLIIy every comIng und
goIng Lhrough Lhe guLes, shouId Lhe urge Luke
hIm? Er, no, ucLuuIIy.
L`s jusL u IuncLIonuI spuce, reuIIy, suId our
Suuber conLucL, upoIogeLIcuIIy. NoL much
dIIIerenL Irom uny oLher oIIIce. You`d probubIy
LhInk IL Iooks u IILLIe borIng.
UnIIushy prugmuLIsm Is Lhe keyword uL Suuber. JusL over u decude ugo, PeLer Suuber negoLIuLed u subsLunLIuI IInuncIuI
wIndIuII Irom McLuren-Mercedes In exchunge Ior reIeusIng KImI RuIkknen Irom hIs conLrucL. ThuL money heIped expedILe
Lhe consLrucLIon oI u second IucIIILy on Lhe Leum`s HInwII sILe, IncIudIng u 6o per cenL wIndLunneI. L`s un eIegunL, modern
buIIdIng, buL noL one LhuL screums ILs purpose. You couId drIve rIghL pusL und noL know you`d mIssed Lhe home oI u Leum LhuL
hus, In Lhe pusL, buIIL u grund prIx-wInnIng cur. And you suspecL, somehow, LhuL Lhey quILe IIke IL LhuL wuy.
MonIshu KuILenborn, u Iuwyer by Lrude, born In ndIu und educuLed In AusLrIu, hus sIIpped seumIessIy InLo Lhe Leum
prIncIpuI roIe wIIIIngIy vucuLed by PeLer Suuber, who Iounded hIs eponymous Leum over qo yeurs ugo. ThIs In u sporL where,
wILh Lhe possIbIe excepLIon oI Jeun TodL, no Leum prIncIpuI In recenL memory hus reIInquIshed LheIr roIe wILhouL un
unedIIyIng pubIIc sLruggIe. Even Ron DennIs, who spoke oILen oI u pIunned successIon uL McLuren In whIch he wouId sLep
usIde, wus ousLed by exLernuI Iorces, huvIng IeIL MurLIn WhILmursh In Lhe wuILIng room ruLher Ionger Lhun Lhe younger mun
expecLed. There`s growIng InLo u roIe, you mIghL suy, und Lhen Lhere`s growIng oId wuILIng Ior u roIe. WILh KuILenborn, who
hud no moLorsporL buckground beIore she becume ussocIuLed wILh Suuber, IL wus deIInILeIy Lhe Iormer.
F1S
FIRST LADY
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AcLuuIIy IL wus u coIncIdence, she suys oI her
enLry InLo rucIng. goL u job oIIer Irom un usseL
munugemenL busIness In LIechLensLeIn |Lhe FrILz
KuIser Group| und IL jusL so huppened LhuL Lhe
owner oI LhuL busIness wus u co-owner oI LhIs F1
Leum wILh u IoL oI InvoIvemenL In commercIuI
uIIuIrs, so goL InvoIved In uII Lhe IeguI LhIngs -
whIch IundumenLuIIy reuched InLo every ureu Lhe
Leum works In. When LhuL purLnershIp ended,
wus usked by Lhe Leum Lo joIn Lhem In HInwII.
From heudIng up Lhe IeguI depurLmenL she
Look up u seuL on Lhe munugemenL bourd In
zoo1, und becume CEO In zo1o uILer PeLer
Suuber boughL buck Lhe Leum Irom BMW, who
hud owned IL sInce zoo. Suuber hImseII
LrunsIerred per cenL oI hIs equILy In Lhe Leum
Lo her In OcLober zo11, u yeur beIore sIIppIng
quIeLIy uwuy Irom Lhe pILwuII. L wus boLh u
sLrong IncenLIve Ior KuILenborn Lo sLuy, und
u pubIIc ucknowIedgemenL oI Lhe roIe she hud
pIuyed In rebuIIdIng Lhe Leum uILer Lhey cume so
perIIousIy cIose Lo IosIng LheIr enLry when BMW
puIIed ouL oI Lhe sporL In zooq. BuL, us you`d
expecL, she Is LhoroughIy prugmuLIc ubouL Lhe
uILermuLh oI Lhe IIre suIe, especIuIIy Lhe IurgeIy
sponsorIess, vIrgIn whILe-und-grey cur Lhey were
Iorced Lo unveII Ior Lhe zo1o seuson.
For me, IL wus noL LhuL devusLuLIng u
momenL, she suys. We knew whuL we were
geLLIng InLo und we hud u very cIeur phIIosophy,
LhuL we hud u cerLuIn sysLem oI sponsorshIp
wILh vuIues Lo IL LhuL we wouId noL gIve up. So
even II LhuL meunL we hud Lo huve u whILe cur,
we wouId go LhuL wuy und remuIn very
consIsLenL wILh LhuL prIncIpIe.
From LhuL, you cun quILe cIeurIy InIer LhuL
Suuber hud mude Lhe shrewd - II bruve uL Lhe
LIme - decIsIon noL Lo cuL LheIr ruLe curd und
oIIer sponsorshIp reuI esLuLe on Lhe cur uL u
knock-down prIce. For LhuL Is Lhe commercIuI
sIIppery sIope: once you huve reduced your
perceIved vuIue, IL`s very hurd Lo buIId IL buck up.
We hud u Iew momenLs In zo1o when Lhe cur
dIdn`L muke IL - one LIme LhInk we dIdn`L even
geL Lo Lhe grId becuuse Lhe engIne bIew up. And
Lhey were very IrusLruLIng becuuse we were
LryIng Lo muke Lhe Lwo ends meeL, und when Lhe
perIormunce Isn`L Lhere IL reuIIy geLs Lo you.
RunnIng u FormuIu 1 Leum Is un unusuuI
chuIIenge becuuse IL`s boLh u phenomenuIIy
compIex busIness In Lerms oI LechnIcuI
munugemenL, buL uIso, In Lhe grund scheme
oI LhIngs, quILe u smuII one. Even McLuren
wouId descrIbe LhemseIves us u smuII-Lo-
medIum enLerprIse. KuILenborn herseII
ucknowIedges LhuL IL`s u buIuncIng ucL.
n muny wuys, when you LuIk ubouL
munugIng u Leum IL`s noL much dIIIerenL Lo
munugIng uny oLher compuny oI u sImIIur sIze,
she suys. You huve Lo muke sure Lhere Is
sLubIIILy und conLInuILy wILhIn Lhe orgunIsuLIon
und LhuL, In generuI, Lhe purumeLers ure seL
wILhIn whIch you cun IoIIow your ucLIvILy. The
bIg dIIIerence Is LhuL our sporL Is so IusL In every
After some 21 years
in Formula 1, team
owner Peter Sauber
announced at the 2012
Korean GP that he
was handing over the
reins as team principal
to his trusted CEO
Monisha Kaltenborn
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respecL. You cun`L work Lo u IIve-yeur pIun; you
huve Lo be more reucLIve, wheLher LhuL Is Lo u
ruIe chunge or Lo someLhIng LhuL your
compeLILIon Is doIng. You need IIexIbIIILy wILhIn
Lhe Leum Lo reucL Lo LhIs kInd oI voIuLIIILy, und
LhuL requIres good communIcuLIon - very shorL
puLhs - und u IoL oI eIIIcIency.
As u Leum who were much bIgger prIor Lo u
IorcIbIe downsIzIng, Suuber ure un InLeresLIng
cuse. Over Lhe pusL Lhree seusons - very much
uguInsL expecLuLIons gIven Lhe prevuIIIng
economIc cIImuLe - Lhey huve deveIoped LheIr
sponsorshIp porLIoIIo und execuLed someLhIng oI
u compeLILIve Lurnuround Irom Lhe Iows oI
zooq-zo1o. They now IIeId u puIr oI curs LhuL ure
more exLensIveIy gurIunded In recognIsubIe und
hIgh-vuIue brunds, und LhuL reguIurIy IInIsh In
Lhe poInLs. HuvIng drIvers LhuL brIng u sLIpend
- SergIo Prez over Lhe pusL Lwo yeurs, EsLebun
GuLIrrez In zo1 - heIps keep Lhe muchIne
runnIng, buL F1 Leums need conLInuous
InvesLmenL. Suuber`s wIndLunneI Is neurIy u
decude oId und LheIr vuunLed supercompuLer,
AIberLz, whIch wus cuLLIng edge when IL enLered
servIce In zoo6, hus now been dIsmunLIed.
We hud Lhe wIndLunneI beIore we becume u
munuIucLurer-owned Leum, und Lhen wILh BMW
comIng In, u IoL oI InvesLmenL wus mude InLo Lhe
IucIIILy here, suys KuILenborn. sLIII IeeI IL`s uL
u very hIgh IeveI, und oI course we`ve uIso been
InvesLIng - und enLerIng InLo LechnIcuI
purLnershIps. You cun`L compure IL wILh u
munuIucLurer-owned Leum, buL LhInk, IookIng
uL where we were IusL yeur, whuL kInd oI resuILs
we couId show, we ure uL u good IeveI. BuL we`re
sLIII In u posILIon Lo move up; II we geL more
IundIng we cun uLIIIse IL more und LhuL sLruIghL
uwuy shows In perIormunce. ApurL Irom muybe
u sImuIuLor, whIch we don`L huve, we don`L reuIIy
need Lo InvesL In LhuL much more, so we cun
Iocus on perIormunce deveIopmenL.
n un envIronmenL where boLh McLuren und
FerrurI huve been usIng ToyoLu`s wIndLunneI
becuuse IL cun deIIver more duLu wILhIn Lhe LIghL
operuLIng hours dIcLuLed by F1 reguIuLIons, you
huve Lo wonder II IookIng Ior more use ouL oI
un exIsLIng - und ugeIng - IucIIILy Is Lhe rIghL
unswer. One oI Suuber`s growIng revenue
sLreums Is In Lhe depIoymenL oI LheIr F1 know-
how Lo oLher IndusLrIes (sImIIur Lo Lhe work
McLuren AppIIed TechnoIogIes underLuke) und
CheIseu FooLbuII CIub Is u promInenL purLner.
ThuL usIde, where Is Lhe InvesLmenL comIng
Irom? L wouId be InLeresLIng Lo know whuL
proporLIon oI Lhe numes on Lhe cur ure ucLuuI
puyIng sponsors und how muny oI Lhem ure quId
pro quo urrungemenLs buL, undersLundubIy,
Suuber`s Leum prIncIpuI won`L go Lhere.
L`s very dIIIIcuIL Lo quunLIIy LhuL becuuse IL`s
dIIIIcuIL Lo ussIgn u vuIue Lo cerLuIn servIces In
kInd, she suys. LhInk we huve quILe u good
neLwork oI compunIes, quILe u IoL Ior our sIze.
CIeurIy where we wunL Lo Improve more Is on Lhe
sponsor sIde. `m conIIdenL, gIven Lhe sLuLe oI
negoLIuLIons uL Lhe momenL, LhuL you`II see
chunges In LhuL ureu.
GIven her posILIon us F1`s IIrsL - und so Iur
onIy - IemuIe Leum prIncIpuI, no InLervIew wILh
MonIshu KuILenborn Is compIeLe wILhouL Lhe
obvIous gender reIerence. ShouId LhIs be such
u bIg Issue? WhIIe Lhe sporL`s pubIIc-IucIng
munugemenL hus LrudILIonuIIy consIsLed oI
weuILhy oId men, IL`s no secreL LhuL uImosL uII oI
BernIe EccIesLone`s mosL senIor und LrusLed
IIeuLenunLs In FormuIu One MunugemenL - Lhe
peopIe who munuge hIs empIre In deLuII on hIs
behuII - ure women. So perhups IL`s besL Lo Ieuve
LhIs one unLII IusL.
`m u little surprIsed IL`s consIdered such u
bIg Issue, suys KuILenborn wILh u nod, buL Lhen
uguIn, IL`s becuuse us u Leum prIncIpuI you`re
cIoser Lo Lhe sporLIng sIde oI F1 ruLher Lhun Lhe
busIness, cIoser Lo Lhe Leum und everyLhIng
InvoIved In IL. ThuL sLIII surprIses some peopIe.
RucIng us un ureu oI InLeresL Is sLIII muIe-
domInuLed. Women ure comIng uIong ouL Lhere,
buL you probubIy huve more men wuLchIng und
engugIng wILh IL. And, hIsLorIcuIIy, Lhere ure
more men InvoIved In Lhe sporL. BuL Lhere ure
muny ureus IIke LhIs - bunkIng und IInunce, Ior
InsLunce - Iook uL Lhe CEOs und you`II see more
men Lhun women. L`s ubouL gIvIng women Lhe
opporLunILy. Women Loduy huve Lhe educuLIon,
Lhe conIIdence und cerLuInIy Lhe compeLence. L
reuIIy boIIs down Lo IIndIng Lhe opporLunILIes Lo
show whuL Lhey cun do.
Our sport is so fast in every respect
you need exibility within the team
to react to this kind of volatility
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As F1 returns to Europe,
weve got Spains F1 number
FIGURE
Circuit
de Catalunya
Montjuc
Jarama
Pedralbes
Jerez
Valencia
The number of Spanish
circuits to have hosted
championship F1 races 6
between Williams past two
Spanish Grand Prix victories
Jacques
Villeneuve
1997
Pastor
Maldonado
2012
15 YEARS
The total
number
of GP
laps
raced on the
Valencia Street
Circuit to date, over
the ve F1 grands prix
it has hosted so far
The year the Circuit de Catalunya
acted as an Olympic venue,
serving as start and nish for the
road team time trial event, which
was won by Germany
1992
100
The percentage
of Spanish
F1 wins (30)
achieved by
the same man:
Fernando
Alonso
27
A Spanish driver
has started a
race in only 27
of the 64 F1
seasons. Fifteen
of those have
been the past 15
F1 Racing May 2013 79
x 8000
x 107,000
is the capacity of the Circuit de Catalunya,
which is just over
more than that of Barcelonas other
sporting shrine, the Camp Nou
Names for Spains only (and now
defunct) F1 team: Campos Meta 1,
Hispania Racing and HRT
Fernando Alonso
has won the
Spanish GP only
once, in 2006.
But he also won
the European
Grand Prix in
Valencia last year
13
F1 wins for
Ferrari in Spain:
11
Spanish and
2
European GPs
Attempts at the
Grand National horse
race by Spanish
F1 driver Alfonso
de Portago.
He was also a
bobsleigh runner
at the 1956
Winter Olympics
11 Spaniards have raced in F1
Jaime
Alguersuari
Fernando
Alonso
Adrian
Campos
Antonio
Creus
Marc
Gen
Francisco
Godia
Luis
Prez-Sala
Alfonso de
Portago
Pedro de
la Rosa
Alejandro
Soler-Roig
Emilio de
Villota
2
00
wet Spanish
GPs over
the past ten
seasons
ILhough huve reLurned Lo Monuco
Ior LhIs InLervIew, Lhe venue Is u
compIeLe conLrusL Lo IusL monLh`s
Iunch wILh MIku HukkInen. We
huve moved Irom one sIde oI Lhe PrIncIpuIILy Lo
Lhe oLher: Irom pub grub Lo huuLe cuIsIne; Irom
Ruscusse Lo PorLIer; Irom u quIeL und modesL
mun wILh wInnIng wuys Lo un exLroverL churucLer
wILh Iorm oI u dIIIerenL kInd. BoLh huve cIuImed
worId chumpIonshIps In Lhe besL possIbIe wuy.
BuL Ior FIuvIo BrIuLore, Lruck hIsLory hus been
LrumpeLed und LuInLed In equuI meusure.
BrIuLore hus won doubIe chumpIonshIps
wILh MIchueI Schumucher uL BeneLLon und
Fernundo AIonso uL RenuuIL, murkIng euch
vIcLory wILh Lhe umboyunce Lo be expecLed oI
u hugeIy successIuI knILweur murkeLIng mun
hndIng hImseII In Lhe very dIIIerenL worId oI
FormuIu 1 pomp und hnery.
BuL hIs repuLuLIon wus IuLer LurnIshed by
CrushguLe`, Lhe scunduI LhuL emerged uILer
RenuuIL`s NeIson PIqueL Jr crushed hIs cur uL Lhe
zoo8 SIngupore Grund PrIx Lo uIIow Leum-muLe
Fernundo AIonso Lo wIn Lhe ruce. n Lhe Iurore
LhuL IoIIowed, BrIuLore wus bunned Irom F1 Ior
IIIe by Lhe FA, u penuILy LhuL wus subsequenLIy
overLhrown on uppeuI by Lhe TrIbunuI de Grund
nsLunce In Frunce. The FA LhreuLened Lo uppeuI
buL un ouL-oI-courL ugreemenL wus reuched.
BrIuLore hus noL spoken ubouL LhIs nor,
Indeed, very much eIse moLorsporL-reIuLed over
Lhe pusL Lhree yeurs. YeL he hus ugreed Lo LuIk Lo
I1 Rccin, suggesLIng we meeL In CIprIunI, hIs
hIgh-end resLuurunL on Avenue PrIncess Gruce.
The ImmucuIuLe InLerIor oI CIprIunI hus u
nuuLIcuI Lheme. YeL Iur Irom sInkIng wILhouL
Lruce, BrIuLore Is swImmIng us sLrongIy us ever
- und Is cerLuInIy noL uverse Lo mukIng wuves.
Maurice Hamilton: heur you`re u TV sLur now,
doIng The Apprentice In LuIy. How`s IL goIng?
Flavio Briatore: Very weII. We`re doIng unoLher
serIes In SepLember. You cun Iose grIp wILh
Lhe new generuLIon very eusIIy becuuse you ure
LuIkIng uIwuys wILh Lhe oId guys. So LhIs hus been
u IunLusLIc experIence Ior me.
MH: s LhIs Lhe hrsL LIme The Apprentice hus
been run In LuIy?
FB: Yes. When we sLurLed, no one knew whuL
IL wus buL, uILer ubouL Lwo or Lhree weeks, we
suddenIy hud un uudIence oI more Lhun hve
mIIIIon. The success oI Lhe show depends very
much on Lhe quuIILy oI Lhe peopIe, und LhuL
worked very weII Ior us.
MH: When wuLched Lhe BrILIsh serIes wILh Lord
Sugur, wus oILen umuzed uL how sLupId some oI
Lhe conLesLunLs were. DId you hnd LhuL?
FB: Yes. BuL you hre Lhem us soon us possIbIe.
The peopIe In Lhe end were very sLrong, very
compeLILIve, very good peopIe. The wInner Is
workIng wILh us here In Monuco. He`s u nIce guy.
MH: How does IL work? Do you LhInk up Lhe LesLs
LhuL Lhe conLesLunLs huve Lo compIeLe?
80 F1 Racing May 2013
Flamboyant marketer of knitwear, coach-firing owner of QPR and team
principal of two title-winning F1 teams, Flavio Briatore, Italys answer
to Alan Sugar, fails to mince his words on a variety of subjects including
pay drivers, Schumis comeback, budget capping and Crashgate
PORTRAITS STEVEN TEE/LAT
If what people claimed about
Singapore was true, why did
I fire Piquet? I had Fernando
back and, for me, the second
driver was not important
A
THE MAURCE
HAMLTON
NTERVEW
Flavio Briatore
who puys Lo ruce. We`ve LuIked
ubouL LhIs muny LImes und Lhe
probIem Is sume: Lhe cosL oI
runnIng u Leum Is usLronomIcuI.
WhuLever money Lhe Leum Lukes
Irom BernIe, Lhey spend. LhInk
IL Is spIIL 6o per cenL Ior Lhe
Leum und qo per cenL Lo FOM
buL, whIchever wuy you spIIL IL, IL
mukes no dIIIerence; Lhe money
Is spenL. And II Lhe drIver Is
puyIng, `m noL sure you end up
wILh Lhe besL drIvers In F1.
MH: BuL Lhe wuy LhIngs ure now, FormuIu 1 Is
jusL so IncredIbIy compeLILIve LhuL Lhe drIver wILh
money hus Lo be quIck us weII.
FB: know - buL, huve never seen u puy drIver
who Is recll quIck. For Lhe mujorILy oI Lhe
heId, Lhe drIver Is purL oI Lhe budgeL. L never
huppened IIke LhIs beIore. We puId our drIvers uL
BeneLLon, muybe noL so much, buL we puId Lhem.
A Leum IIke Jordun puId uL IeusL one drIver. Now
IL Is very dIIIerenL.
MH: BuL do you noL LhInk LhuL Is due more Lo Lhe
gIobuI economIc cIImuLe Lhese duys?
FB: Okuy, IL Is u bIg crIsIs worIdwIde, buL don`L
LhInk F1 ever reuIIy IeIL LhuL. Or Lhey IorgoL Lhere
Is u crIsIs. From whuL undersLund, u IoL oI Leums
ure sLruggIIng: u IoL oI Leums. To huve u heuILhy
F1, you need Lo huve heuILhy Leums. DurIng my
LIme uL BeneLLon, we produced u prohL every
yeur. And we InvesLed LhuL prohL In Lhe IucLory
und Lhe Leum. There wus u wuILIng IIsL oI Leums
LryIng Lo geL InLo F1; we hud pre-quuIIIyIng uL sIx
o`cIock In Lhe mornIng; IL wus u busIness.
82 F1 Racing May 2013
THE MAURCE
HAMLTON
NTERVEW
Flavio Briatore
FB: No, we ure noL InvoIved so much In LhuL. L`s
when we geL Lo Lhe bourdroom LhuL we |BrIuLore
poInLs Lo hIs Iong-suIIerIng ussIsLunL, PuLrIzIu
SpIneIII| reuIIy geL goIng. L`s jusL IIke normuI
busIness. ThIs wus Lhe reuIIy InLeresLIng purL
becuuse Lhe rIghL peopIe were comIng Lhrough.
When we hred someone, IL wus noL becuuse
Lhe LeIevIsIon peopIe usked me Lo. The TV
peopIe wunLed more gIrIs, buL we hred Lhe gIrIs
ImmedIuLeIy becuuse Lhey were no good uL uII.
n Lhe end IL wus very cIose. Everyone wus LryIng
Lo guess who wouId wIn. L wus very popuIur
In LuIy. PeopIe were huvIng dInner purLIes und
InvILIng IrIends Lo come und wuLch Lhe show.
MH: So IL wus good Ior your prohIe?
FB: Very good, yes. We goL nomInuLed Ior Lhe
Oscurs oI LuIIun TV - und cume second. The
wInner wus u comedIun who hus been doIng LhIs
Ior zo yeurs. Sky cunceIIed mosL oI LheIr shows
und uII LhuL`s IeIL Is McsterChej, X Icctor und
The Apprentice. enjoyed IL, buL In Lhe end IL wus
LIrIng becuuse we were hImIng uII duy.
MH: So, whuL eIse ure you doIng?
FB: CIprIunI |resLuurunL|, BIIIIonuIre |nIghL
cIubs| und BIIIIonuIre cIoLhIng. We huve z
sLores Ior BIIIIonuIre cIoLhIng. n Lhe nexL sIx
monLhs LhuL wIII go up Lo . The Lurnover
Is uround C6omIIIIon. The shops ure very
successIuI. BuL onIy Lhe cIIenLs decIde II you
ure successIuI. We huve Lwo shops In London,
In SIoune SLreeL und Hurrods. We ure In Rome
AIrporL, DubuI, Abu DhubI, RussIu, SL MorILz,
SuInL-Tropez, und Lus Vegus.
MH: When you ure doIng uII LhIs, do you geL LIme
Lo keep In Louch wILh F1?
FB: Yes, um speukIng Lo BernIe u IoL. Every
duy um LuIkIng Lo somebody Irom F1. keep In
conLucL uII Lhe LIme; never mIss unyLhIng.
MH: DId you hnd IusL yeur excILIng? know we`ve
hud dIscussIons In Lhe pusL ubouL how you IeeI F1
shouId enLerLuIn ubove uII eIse.
FB: ExcILIng, yes. BuL LhInk Lhe probIem F1 hus
uL LhIs momenL Is LhuL Lhree or Iour Leums puy
Ior LheIr drIvers und, wILh Lhe resL, IL Is Lhe drIver
Monza 1997: Briatore
in Benetton get-up with
old friend and future QPR
co-owner Bernie-Ecclestone
F1 Racing May 2013 83
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To deveIop unyLhIng In your busIness, you
need Lo muke u prohL. The bIgger Lhe Leum, Lhe
bIgger Lhe prohL. The Leum need Lo run wILh
Lhe money Irom Lhe promoLer und Irom BernIe.
The sponsor Is Lhe pIus; Lhe sponsor brIngs Lhe
prohL. ThIs Is why Lhe drIver Is now purL oI Lhe
budgeL. n our budgeL, Lhe drIver wus u cosL. Now,
excIudIng Lhe Lop Iour Leums, he Is Lhe Income.
MH: know you huve uIwuys been keen on
cuLLIng cosLs. So whuL Is your vIew on Lhe chunge
oI engIne IormuIu nexL yeur whIch, InILIuIIy
unywuy, Is hugeIy expensIve?
FB: wus hghLIng Ior uges Lo huve Lhe Irozen
engIne spec. L wus my Ideu: pushed Ior IL
wILh Mux MosIey und IL wenL Lhrough. L wus
un IncredIbIe suvIng Ior everybody. do noL
undersLund whuL Is wrong wILh Lhe presenL
engIne. F1 Is IncredIbIy cIose und compeLILIve
now. Why do we need Lo chunge Lhe engIne?
MH: The urgumenL Is LhuL F1 needs Lo be seen Lo
reIuLe Lo roud curs becuuse oI Lhe need Lo show
green credenLIuIs. Do you LhInk moLor rucIng
shouId be doIng LhuL?
FB: I you wuLch DTM, you recognIse Lhe AudI
Irom Lhe Mercedes und so on. I you puInL uII Lhe
F1 curs bIuck, you cun`L LeII Lhe
McLuren Irom Lhe FerrurI or
Lhe Force ndIu. F1 Is un evenL;
u ruce. I you wunL Lo LuIk ubouL
Lhe engIne when murkeLIng
F1, muybe IL Is possIbIe Lo do
someLhIng. BuL, Lo be honesL,
don`L see why Lhe engIne In F1
shouId be IInked Lo Lhe roud cur.
SpecLuLors don`L cure ubouL
roud curs. They cure ubouL
Lhe drIvers und Lhe hghLIng
beLween Lhem. WhuLever
engIne you huve, beIIeve
LhuL oI qq.q per cenL oI Lhe
specLuLors - excIudIng some oId
journuIIsLs IIke you, MuurIzIo.
AcLuuIIy, Lhere used Lo be ubouL
sIx or seven oI Lhe oId BrILIsh
journuIIsLs und now everyone`s
gone; Lhere jusL seems Lo be you!
MH: Yeuh, Lhunks Ior LhuL FIuv.
FB: No, Is good Lo huve
you here! BuL Lhe poInL Is,
nobody cures. When we won u
chumpIonshIp, nobody usked
how muny cyIInders we hud.
AII Lhey wunLed Lo LuIk ubouL
wus Lhe ruce. I IL cosLs u Leum
$o,ooo or $1oomIIIIon, Lhe specLuLor doesn`L
cure. I FerrurI spend $zoo,ooomIIIIon, do
you LhInk Lhe peopIe cure? For me, chungIng
Lhe engIne Is compIeLeIy mud. There Is noLhIng
wrong wILh Lhe engIne we huve now.
MH: Luke IL you IeeI us sLrongIy us ever ubouL
Lhe cosLs Lhen, even Lhough Lhere Is supposed Lo
be u resLrIcLIon on spendIng?
FB: You huve FerrurI, Red BuII, McLuren und
Mercedes wILh very ImporLunL budgeLs. Then u
Iew LImes IusL yeur you suw LoLus, wILh u very
smuII budgeL, beuL Lhe bIg Leums. And someLImes
Suuber und Force ndIu were In umong Lhe Lop
Iour Leums us weII. don`L undersLund how
engIneers wILh u budgeL oI $zoomIIIIon musL
IeeI when u Leum wILh $qomIIIIon Is IusLer. They
shouId be devusLuLed. ThuL wus Lhe sLory wILh
BeneLLon; we won Lhe chumpIonshIp wILh much
Iess money Lhun oLher Lop Leums.
MH: So you wouId be In Iuvour oI u budgeL cup?
FB: OI course. Why Is IL noL possIbIe Lo huve u
cup? The Lop Leums uIreudy huve un IncredIbIe
umounL oI money. And Lhen Lhey LuIk ubouL 1;o
peopIe doIng uerodynumIcs. L`s noL Lhe drIvers`
worId chumpIonshIp; IL`s Lhe wIndLunneI worId
chumpIonshIp. Okuy, u Leum`s Income Is very
ImporLunL. BuL however much money you geL,
you spend. L mukes no dIIIerence. The worsL
word you cun puL In FormuIu 1 Is budgeL`. The
momenL you LeII peopIe your budgeL Is Len, Lhe
nexL duy IL`s uIreudy spenL.
MH: PeopIe compIuIn LhuL CVC CupILuI PurLners
Luke Loo much money ouL oI Lhe sporL. Are you
suyIng LhuL shouId noL be Lhe urgumenL becuuse
Lhe Leums geL enough In uny cuse?
FB: AbsoIuLeIy. FOTA puL some dIscIpIIne InLo
wIndLunneI use. So, II you do oo hours or o
hours In Lhe wIndLunneI, whuL`s Lhe dIIIerence
II IL`s Lhe sume Ior everybody? You ure suvIng u
IoL oI money. Nobody In FormuIu 1 LhInks ubouL
Lhe specLuLor; nobody cures ubouL Lhe peopIe
wuLchIng LeIevIsIon.
MH: remember when you hrsL cume InLo F1,
you were umuzed Lo hnd Lhe Leums were buIIdIng
curs jusL Ior quuIIIyIng.
FB: L wus compIeLeIy mud. When urrIved In
FormuIu 1, hud come Irom Lhe busIness worId;
hud noL served un upprenLIceshIp In rucIng
und Iooked uL F1 In u dIIIerenL wuy. Everyone
wus buIIdIng u quuIIIyIng cur, so Lhere wus no
perIormunce udvunLuge uny more. So, whuL
wus Lhe poInL? Then, when we broughL In purc
Ierm, peopIe were suyIng: Ah, you ruIn IL!` BuL
IL wus IunLusLIc Ior Lhe mechunIcs. EveryLhIng we
dId wus orIenLuLed Lowurds whuL Lhe specLuLor
und Lhe show dIdn`L need. Do you remember,
Leums sLurLed Lo puL screens ucross Lhe IronL oI
Lhe guruges? ThuL hus Lo be Lhe sLupIdesL LhIng
ever suw In F1. You come Lo see rucIng curs
- und we puL u screen In IronL oI Lhe cur. AII LhIs
chunged wILh FOTA.
MH: TuIkIng ubouL FOTA: do you remember In
zooq, Lhere wus u meeLIng uL EnsLone.
FB: Two o`cIock In Lhe mornIng.
MH: Yes, und FOTA suddenIy Iooked IncredIbIy
sLrong und Lhere wus LuIk oI u breukuwuy serIes.
How cIose dId LhuL come Lo huppenIng?
FB: Very cIose. BuL we dId noL wunL Lo spIIL wILh
BernIe becuuse we dIdn`L huve uny probIems
wILh hIm; no probIems wILh Lhe commercIuI sIde.
There wus u IoL oI conIusIon. AL Lhe LIme we were
compIuInIng more ubouL Mux becuuse we wunLed
more suy In Lhe runnIng oI Lhe Leums. We wunLed
Lo be purL oI Lhe ruIe-mukIng und noL Lo be LoId:
ThIs Is Lhe ruIe, Luke IL or Ieuve IL.` LhInk FOTA
dId un umuzIng job. L wus Lhe hrsL LIme we hud
conLroIIed Lhe cosLs, und IL wus ununImous.
MH: Why do you LhInk IL dIdn`L work ouL Ior
FOTA? WhuL huppened?
Michael takes his rst title for Flavios Benetton team
in 1994: I prefer to remember Schumi as a winner
84 F1 Racing May 2013
THE MAURCE
HAMLTON
NTERVEW
Flavio Briatore
FB: For me IL wus SIngupore |CrushguLe`,
whIch brIdged zoo8 und zooq| und Ior Lucu
|dI MonLezemoIo|, IL wus when he resIgned.
And Lhen Ron DennIs wus gone. AII Lhe sLrong
churucLers hud moved on und Lhe FA und BernIe
were buck In churge. There wus no probIem wILh
Lhe commercIuI sIde becuuse we hud u conLrucL.
The probIem wus more wILh Mux und Lhe FA
becuuse we wunLed Lo be purL oI our own desLIny;
we wunLed Lo be purL oI Lhe ruIe-mukIng. ThIs
wus Lhe reuson we hud Lhe bIg hghL wILh Mux.
The worsL wus when he suId we hud Lo enLer
Lhe nexL yeur`s worId chumpIonshIp - normuIIy
you huve unLII November - beIore or uILer
SIIversLone. Nobody uppIIed und LhIs wus when
Mux mude up un enLry wILh sLrunge Leum numes.
ThIs mude F1 Iook compIeLeIy cruzy. L wus u
pILy becuuse we hud been workIng cIoseIy wILh
Mux on cosL-cuLLIng und, us suId, we hud no
probIems wILh BernIe commercIuIIy. BuL becuuse
oI Lhe InLerIerence oI Lhe FA, Leums such us
BMW und ToyoLu sLopped. We couId huve done
u IoL oI good In F1, especIuIIy wILh Lhe cosLs.
MH: Do we need Lo brIng more munuIucLurers
buck InLo Lhe sporL, such us Hondu?
FB: Yes, buL onIy II Lhe cosL oI F1 Is sensIbIe. For
me, LhuL Is ubouL C1zo-1omIIIIon u yeur Ior u bIg
Leum. F1 hus been ImprovIng Lhe show, mukIng
ruces more specLucuIur und enLerLuInIng. So,
Lhere Is u good chunce consLrucLors wIII come
buck II Lhe busIness Is prohLubIe - IIke IL wus
when BeneLLon boughL ToIemun und you couId
do busIness. Why spend 6o-;om jusL Lo hnIsh
IusL uII Lhe LIme? You do sLuII IIke LhuL onIy II you
ure compIeLeIy nuLs. I Lhere Is no chunce Lo be
u Lop Leum or Lo wIn, Lhe onIy cerLuInLy you wIII
huve Is LhuL you wIII huve Lhe worsL drIvers.
MH: You menLIoned SIngupore zoo8. The
TrIbunuI de Grunde nsLunce In PurIs In eurIy
zo1o rejecLed Lhe IIIeLIme bun Irom FormuIu 1
LhuL wus Imposed upon you by Lhe FA. How do
you Iook buck on uII LhuL?
FB: IeeI Lhe sume. The courL In PurIs wus
very cIeur; wus noL InvoIved uL uII. ThuL Is
whuL Lhe IeLLer suId.
MH: DId Lhey ucLuuIIy suy LhuL? DId Lhey puL
Lhose words InLo wrILIng?
FB: Yes, IL`s oIhcIuI. There wus no prooI LhuL
wus InvoIved In SIngupore. WhIch Is Lhe reuson
won In courL. `ve noLhIng more Lo suy; suy IL
uIreudy uL Lhe LIme. I whuL peopIe cIuImed ubouL
SIngupore wus Lrue, Lhen why dId hre PIqueL
In Lhe mIddIe oI Lhe nexL seuson? Why Luke LhuL
rIsk? Why noL renew Lhe conLrucL becuuse IL
Briatore in his own
rather swanky Monaco
restaurant, Cipriani (main);
and celebrating Renaults
rather dodgy win in
Singapore 2008 (below)
F1 Racing May 2013 85
wouId be o or qo per cenL Iess money und Lhere
wouId be no LroubIe II uII LhIs wus Lrue. hud
Fernundo buck und, Ior me, Lhe second drIver
wus noL ImporLunL.
respecL whuL wus suId In Lhe courL. AILer LhuL,
huve un ugreemenL wILh Jeun TodL LhuL Lhe FA
wIII noL uppeuI. sLuy uwuy wILh no probIem uL
uII. hud Lhe moruI responsIbIIILy becuuse wus
In churge oI Lhe Leum. BuL now IL Is gone.
MH: Wus LhuL u very dIIhcuIL LIme Ior you?
FB: Yes, buL LhIs wus Lhe LIme when wunLed Lo
sLop unywuy. The yeur beIore hud wunLed Lo
sLop buL Fernundo cume buck Irom McLuren,
so IL wouId noL huve been rIghL Ior me Lo hnIsh
Lhen. BuL wus huppy Lo sLop. F1 wus hnIshed
Ior me uL Lhe LIme. For sure, IL wus hurd becuuse
peopIe LreuL you IIke u crImInuI. L wus unIuIr.
n Lhe FA InvesLIguLIon, Lhey hud LhIs WILness
X, buL nobody knows who he wus. Mr X wus
Lhe prooI, busIcuIIy, buL he never sIgned Lhe
sLuLemenL. The FA sIgned Lhe sLuLemenL - buL
he dIdn`L.
For me IL wus eusIer Lo suy respecL exucLIy
whuL Lhe uppeuI courL suys und Ieuve IL uL LhuL.
These LhIngs muke you sLronger. hud u
IunLusLIc LIme In F1. Now huve u IunLusLIc LIme
wILh my IumIIy. `m very Iucky becuuse huve
very good heuILh. `m noL jeuIous. don`L huve u
vendeLLu wILh unyone; Lhere Is no drumu. enjoy
myseII und LhIs Is Lhe mosL ImporLunL LhIng.
MH: You cerLuInIy seem huppy. know you hud
cuncer u Iew yeurs ugo. How Is your heuILh now?
FB: L`s good becuuse Lhe cuncer Is gone.
MH: DId LhuL chunge your vIew on IIIe und whuL
Is ImporLunL?
FB: For one week! L`s humun LhuL you move on
und IorgeL. When you ure In Lhe hospILuI und
beIore you go Lo surgery, you don`L cure ubouL
unyLhIng eIse; you jusL LhInk you`re goIng Lo dIe.
Then uILer Lhe recovery, one week everyLhIng
chunges und you go buck Lo Lhe wuy you were.
MH: So, wouId you IIke Lo come buck Lo F1?
FB: No, don`L LhInk so. Now huve u son,
Lhree yeurs oId; `m workIng zo hours u duy
Ior dIIIerenL busInesses, dIIIerenL InvesLmenLs,
dIIIerenL sILuuLIons, boLh here und over In
AmerIcu; `m very huppy. ThIs resLuurunL, Ior
exumpIe, Is Lhe mosL popuIur In MonLe CurIo.
wus In FormuIu 1 Ior zo yeurs, won seven
chumpIonshIps wILh Lwo dIIIerenL Leums;
dIscovered Lhe Lwo bIg sLurs uILer AyrLon Sennu;
SchumI und Fernundo. know everyLhIng LhuL`s
goIng on und know Lo huve u Leum uL LhIs
momenL mukes no sense hnuncIuIIy. So, Lhere Is
no reuson Ior me Lo come buck Lo F1.
MH: Luke IL you wuLch Lhe ruces In LeIevIsIon?
FB: sLIII enjoy wuLchIng F1 und LhInk Sky huve
done un umuzIng job. BuL my beIIeI Is LhuL we`re
IosIng u IoL oI vIewers.
MH: Why do you LhInk LhuL Is?
FB: Becuuse when you hud Iree-Lo-uIr RA or
BBC, Lhen LhInk Lhe BBC hud ubouL sIx mIIIIon
vIewers und Sky hus u IoL Iess. LhInk BernIe Is
doIng Lhe besL he cun under Lhe cIrcumsLunces
becuuse puy-TV hus Lhe money und Lhe oLhers
don`L. BernIe Is doIng u IunLusLIc job becuuse Lhe
Income Is good when Lhe hnuncIuI cIrcumsLunces
worIdwIde ure noL so good. Look uL AmerIcu: he
dId un IncredIbIe job Lhere. And now we huve
ndIu, Abu DhubI - u new worId.
MH: BuL uL Lhe expense oI LrudILIonuI ruces.
FB: Yes, Iewer ruces In Europe; LhuL Is noL good.
MH: Agreed, buL Lhese ruce promoLers cun`L
uIIord Lhe hIgh F1 cosLs.
FB: Yes, buL II Lhe Leums spenL Iess, Lhen Lhey
wouId need Iess und Lhe promoLer wouId noL
huve Lo puy so much. Then Lhe promoLer wouId
huve more money Lo ucLuuIIy promoLe Lhe ruce;
remember, Lhese ure dIIhcuIL LImes Ior Lhe
promoLers us weII. L`s sImpIe; II Lhe Leums ure
spendIng qo per cenL Iess, everyLhIng eIse goes
down by qo per cenL. PIus, Lhe more sImIIur
Lhe curs, Lhe beLLer Lhe rucIng.
Look, we cuII IL Lhe drIvers` worId
chumpIonshIp. I you Look Len curs Irom GPz,
puInLed Lhem uII yeIIow und puL In Lhe Lop Len
drIvers, you wouId huve un umuzIng ruce und you
wouId see who Is Lhe besL drIver.
MH: BuL peopIe wIII urgue LhuL F1 shouIdn`L be
ubouL everyone huvIng Lhe sume cur.
FB: BuL Lhe chussIs Is noL perIormunce, so why
noL IeL everyone huve Lhe sume chussIs? Why ure
Lhey spendIng u IorLune chunneIIIng Lhe uIr up
und down, und LhIs und LhuL? Okuy, II you wunL
Lo pIuy uround, you pIuy uround wILh Lhe wIngs
- IIke In our LIme. Now you huve LeIemeLry Irom
Lhe IucLory. ThIs Is rIdIcuIous. You need Lo huve
o peopIe In Lhe IucLory supporLIng Lhe ruce.
CompIeLeIy mud!
MH: huve Lo suy ugree wILh LhuL. PurLIcuIurIy
us F1 Is supposed Lo be conLuInIng cosLs.
FB: BuL IL`s noL. Some Leums ure spendIng IoLs oI
money und, us suId, you huve KImI RuIkknen
In u LoLus wInnIng u ruce. AcLuuIIy,
beIIeve IusL yeur LoLus hud Lhe besL cur In F1.
MH: You muy be rIghL. SpeukIng oI RuIkknen,
do you LhInk LhuL MIchueI shouId huve come
buck In zo1o?
FB: No. Everyone wus very excILed In Lhe
begInnIng buL never IeIL LhuL IL wus rIghL. The
worId hus chunged Irom when, suy AIuIn ProsL
cume buck In 1qq. He hud u very sLrong cur
|WIIIIums| buL when MIchueI cume buck IL wus
very dIIhcuIL becuuse you hud Fernundo, you hud
HumIILon, you hud Jenson. And Lhe Mercedes
wus noL Lhe besL. preIer Lo remember SchumI us
u wInner - noL sLruggIIng Lo quuIIIy und hnIshIng
nInLh. L wus noL Lhe Imuge oI somebody
excepLIonuI IIke MIchueI.
MH: When Fernundo IeIL RenuuIL Lo go Lo
McLuren In zoo;, dId LhuL upseL you? Wus
IL u surprIse?
FB: Yes, becuuse he dIdn`L LeII me ImmedIuLeIy.
wus dIsuppoInLed becuuse Fernundo sLurLed
wILh me Irom Lhe begInnIng. supporLed hIm
uIwuys, Lhrough Lhe dIIhcuIL LImes, IIke when
puL hIm In Lhe cur In pIuce oI Jenson. You guys
LhoughL wus mud. Jenson wus un excepLIonuI
drIver buL, uL Lhe LIme, beIIeved Fernundo wus
more specIuI. hud noLhIng uguInsL Lhe BrILIsh or
unyone eIse. ThIs wus Lhe IucL uL Lhe LIme. PeopIe
suId dId IL becuuse wus munugIng Fernundo,
buL my job wus Lo hnd Lhe besL uvuIIubIe Ior
RenuuIL. L wus Lhe sume wILh uII Lhe Leums hud.
MH: MenLIon oI LhuL remInds me oI Lhe IuLe Tom
WuIkInshuw, who run Lhe LIgIer Leum Ior you.
You were uIso LogeLher uL BeneLLon, oI course.
WhuL`s your memory oI Tom?
FB: We were purLners Ior u Iong LIme In vurIous
wuys over muny yeurs. He wus u very Lough guy
buL uL no LIme dId huve u probIem wILh Tom.
Never. He wus uIwuys correcL; u super guy.
Why spend 60-70million to
finish last all the time? You do
stuff like that only if you are nuts
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And he wunLed Lo wIn; u guy Irom Lhe sume eru
us Ron DennIs, Frunk WIIIIums und Ken TyrreII.
I you ure IIke Lhem, you wunL Lo wIn.
MH: The hrsL memory huve oI you und Tom
workIng LogeLher Is when you Look MIchueI
Schumucher uwuy Irom EddIe Jordun uILer
SchumI mude hIs F1 debuL uL Spu In 1qq1. WhuL
exucLIy huppened Lhere?
FB: We knew ubouL MIchueI uIreudy becuuse u
IrIend oI mIne hud been LeIIIng me ubouL Lhree
drIvers who were very quIck: KurI WendIInger,
HeInz-HuruId FrenLzen und Schumucher. AL Lhe
LIme, IL Iooked IIke FrenLzen wus Lhe quIckesL.
So, why dId pIck SchumI? Becuuse, you wIII
remember, BerLrund GuchoL wus puL In juII und
EddIe wus IookIng Ior u drIver Ior BeIgIum und
he chose Schumucher. wus very InLeresLed Lo
see II LhIs guy wus us good us my IrIend beIIeved.
AILer quuIIIyIng uL Spu |Schumucher wus P; on
Lhe grId| spoke Lo hIs munuger, WIIII Weber;
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ure BeneLLon, u T-shIrL muker. So, LhIs wus Lhe
besL wuy becuuse we couId huve LhIs guy, muybe
growIng wILh Lhe Leum, und IL cosL me noLhIng.
MH: BrIngIng us up Lo duLe, LeII me ubouL your
ussocIuLIon wILh EngIIsh IooLbuII und ownIng
Queens Purk Rungers. DId you enjoy LhuL?
FB: NoL uL uII! L wus u dIsusLer. There wus u
IoL oI LuIk und peopIe wrILIng LhIngs LhuL were
wrong. We Look QPR Irom Lhe boLLom oI Lhe
chumpIonshIp. There wus Lhe Iour-yeur pIun und
we Look Lhem InLo Lhe PremIer Leugue. don`L
undersLund Lhe Iuss. We dId IL wILh noL much
money. AILer BernIe und wenL uwuy, IeuvIng
Mr LukshmI MILLuI und Mr Tony Fernundes Lo
run Lhe show und spend u IoL oI money, IL`s Iunny
Lo see Lhey sLIII huve sIx or seven pIuyers who
were wILh us In Lhe chumpIonshIp.
beIIeve we dId IL quILe weII buL, LeII you, IL
wus no Iun uL uII. You need Lo LreuL IooLbuII IIke u
IuII-LIme job und noL IIke un InvesLor. There were
Loo muny peopIe; Lhe munuger, Lhe ussIsLunL
munuger und, uIwuys, you ure deuIIng wILh Lhe
ugenLs. n Lhe end, we soId IL. cstc! |Enough|.
MH: You hud quILe u repuLuLIon Ior geLLIng
Lhrough munugers.
FB: I you don`L hre Lhese couches, you never
go up. When you undersLund someone Is noL
good enough Lo do Lhe job, IL`s beLLer you hre
Lhem ImmedIuLeIy ruLher Lhun wusLe unoLher sIx
monLhs. IeIL we were goIng nowhere wILh Lhese
guys. n Lhe end, we mude IL. The mosL ImporLunL
LhIng In sporL Is Lhe resuIL.
MH: WhIch brIngs us IuII cIrcIe. The hrsL LIme
spoke Lo you wus uILer you`d hred Johnny
HerberL Irom BeneLLon In mId-1q8q becuuse you
IeIL he couIdn`L do Lhe job. rung you Lo usk why.
You suId: Becuuse he`s sIck! The BrILIsh medIu
were IndIgnunL, buL you were rIghL. And Johnny
ugrees becuuse he hud noL recovered properIy
Irom LerrIbIe unkIe und IeeL InjurIes |IoIIowIng
un Fooo uccIdenL In AugusL 1q88|.
FB: As suId beIore, hud no experIence oI
moLor rucIng. see LhuL every drIver In F1 hus
Lwo Iegs. Johnny hus onIy one. II you know
whuL meun. So whuL do do? Do keep hIm?
No, becuuse IL wus u dunger Ior hIm. L wus noL u
quesLIon oI beIng nIce or noL nIce. muybe suved
hIm Irom unoLher uccIdenL. ThuL`s Lhe wuy IL Is.
MH: ndeed. You were never one Lo mInce your
words, FIuvIo. Good Lo see LhuL husn`L chunged.
Thunks very much Ior your LIme. And Ior u
superb dInner.
FB: You`re weIcome, MuurIzIo. IIke Lo Iook uILer
Lhe oId guys.
THE MAURCE
HAMLTON
NTERVEW
Flavio Briatore
he wus very huppy Lo LuIk wILh BeneLLon becuuse
MIchueI wus on Lhe wuy up. He LoId me EddIe
wunLed - don`L remember how much money -
Ior Lhe nexL ruce (LuIIun GP). HIs sponsor wus
TIc-Tuc. suId: Don`L worry. I TIc-Tuc don`L
puy, you cun ruce wILh me - Ior no money.` The
duy Lhe money dId noL urrIve Irom TIc-Tuc, we
sIgned Lhe deuI. We dId noL sLeuI` unybody. We
jusL sIgned u conLrucL wILh u drIver who wus
Iree Lo sIgn. There wus u IoL oI buIIshIL In Lhe
newspupers. sIgned Lhe conLrucL und hud IL
been wrong wouId huve been Luken Lo courL.
ThIs wus ImporLunL Ior BeneLLon, becuuse
we dId noL huve Lhe budgeL Lo puy Lop drIvers.
We LhoughL our cur wus very good, buL II you
don`L huve Lhe rIghL drIver you never know. So
hud Lo hnd somebody young wILh enormous
poLenLIuI or puy someone IIke Gerhurd Berger or
RIccurdo PuLrese. BuL II LuIk Lo peopIe IIke LhuL,
Lhey ure IuughIng becuuse Lhey ure suyIng: You
At QPR there were too many
people if you dont fire these
coaches, you never go up
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Flavio with his Benetton
line-up, Johnny Herbert
and Schumi in 1995
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20 F1 Racing March 2010
YOU ASK THE QUESTIONS
Pirelli`s motorsport boss PuuI Hembery Is
u mun In demund. We`re due Lo hook up wILh
hIm eurIy on Lhe mornIng oI quuIIIyIng In
Lhe Sepung puddock, buL he Is deIuyed by un
overrunnIng meeLIng wILh FerrurI`s SLeIuno
DomenIcuII. mmedIuLeIy uILer our sIoL he
swILches LubIes Lo huve Iunch wILh NIkI Luudu
und HeImuL Murko.
The prevIous evenIng Hembery hud u IuLe-
nIghL rendezvous wILh Red BuII, und every LIme
you see hIm In Lhe hoL und sweuLy MuIuysIun
puddock he`s engugIng In IengLhy conversuLIons
wILh vurIous Leum prIncIpuIs und LechnIcuI
dIrecLors. The pressure Is buIIdIng Irom uII
sIdes, und LhuL`s becuuse Lhe zo1 PIreIII Lyres
ure cIeurIy huvIng such u proIound eIIecL on
Lhe rucIng und Lhe reIuLIve perIormunce oI
every Leum In Lhe pILIune. TIme Is precIous Ior
Hembery buL he reIuses Lo rush Lhrough Lhe
quesLIons you`ve senL hIm. Every sIngIe one
wIII be LhoughLIuIIy unswered, sLurLIng wILh
Lhe mosL LopIcuI.
Tyres und tyre munugement ure the key
Iuctors in Iormulu 1 now. o you think
they huve become too inuentiul on the
outcome oI grunds pri, to the detriment
oI other Iuctors?
Mcrl Hession, Itcl
WeII, IL`s cerLuInIy Lrue LhuL uL Lhe sLurL oI
Lhe seuson Lhey do creuLe u chuIIenge und uII Lhe
Leums ure LryIng Lo combIne Lhe chussIs wILh
Lhe Lyre. HuvIng suId LhuL, In Lhe pusL Lwo
seusons we`ve seen LhuL LhIs IusLs Ior beLween
sIx und eIghL ruces und Lhen you sLurL Lo see
u common puLLern emergIng. AIso, Lhe Lrucks
become u IILLIe eusIer us we go Lhrough Lhe
seuson - some oI Lhe Lougher cIrcuILs ure
MuIuysIu und BuhruIn - und us we go Lo Lhe
newer Lrucks wILh some oI Lhe smooLher surIuces,
LhuL coIncIdes wILh Lhe Leums knowIng whuL Lhey
need Lo do Lo muxImIse LheIr perIormunce. So
IL wIII sLIII be u chumpIonshIp where Lhe besL
drIver und Lhe besL cur wIII wIn. EveryLhIng
wIII be uIrIghL on Lhe nIghL.
Would you welcome u tyre wur - und
competition - buck to Iormulu 1?
Stephen Hiins, UK
WeII, Ior myseII, yes, IL wouId be good Iun.
IIke compeLILIon buL, In reuIILy, Lhose Lypes oI
compeLILIon don`L exIsL Loduy und Lhere ure good
reusons Ior LhuL. One Is LhuL IL`s un eIemenL LhuL
comes ouL oI Lhe conLroI oI Lhe Leums. AIreudy
we huve u sILuuLIon where whuL we`re doIng Is u
chuIIenge, buL II Lhey Lhen huve Lo compeLe wILh
Lyre mukers you rIsk huvIng u chumpIonshIp LhuL
Is domInuLed by Lyres und noL by drIvers und
curs. DespILe Lhe chuIIenges we gIve Lhe Leums,
Lhey uII huve Lhe sume producLs und Lhey uII huve
Lhe sume LechnIcuI chuIIenge. WILhIn cerLuIn
purumeLers, Lhey ure In conLroI.
The bIgger probIem Is LhuL when you huve
compeLILIon us u Lyre muker, you sLurL pushIng
Lhe LechnIcuI boundurIes und Lhen you cun geL u
sILuuLIon where you push LhuL Loo Iur. You cun
end up huvIng u ruce cunceIIed - or prucLIcuIIy
cunceIIed, us In Lhe cuse oI ndIunupoIIs In
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WORDS JAMES ROBERTS PORTRAITS ANDREW FERRARO/LAT
Pirellis main man on Indygate, tyre wars and
why softer compounds are a safer way of spicing
up the racing than throwing nails on the track
Paul
Hembery
zoo - und LhuL wus us u dIrecL resuIL oI Lyre
compeLILIon. And LhuL`s noL me wunLIng Lo huve u
go uL Lhe compuny InvoIved uL Lhe LIme - IL`s jusL
someLhIng you don`L wunL Lo see us u Lyre muker.
Are you committed to Iormulu 1?
Stete cther, UK
We ure commILLed unLII Lhe end oI LhIs yeur und
negoLIuLIons ure In progress Lo Lry Lo hnd u new
suppIIer. We`ve decIured un InLeresL In goIng
Iorwurd, noL uL every und uny cosL, buL II Lhe
puckuge Is IeusIbIe, we`ve suId we`II sLuy In F1.
Whut huppens to the old tyres? I would
love to muke one into u coIIee tuble
provided my wiIe would let me.
Peter Sim, UK
WeII PeLer, we recycIe Lhem, buL some peopIe
do huve coIIee LubIes mude Irom show Lyres und
demo Lyres - huven`L goL one. There ure oLher
LhIngs LhuL `d ruLher huve In my house und uILer
seeIng Lyres every mInuLe oI my workIng duy, Lhe
IusL LhIng wunL Lo see when geL home Is u Lyre
In my Iounge - LhuL wouId hnIsh me oII, ucLuuIIy.
`m noL so sure ubouL Lhe rubber smeII, eILher.
Although the tyres ure the sume Ior ull the
teums, do they ever compluin thut the tyre
choice Ior the weekend Iuvours one teum
over unother?
1ohn Gottrell, UK
There Is cerLuInIy un eIemenL oI LhuL, us one Leum
geLs un udvunLuge und hus undersLood u cerLuIn
churucLerIsLIc und unoLher Leum mIghL sLurL
compIuInIng. WhuL wouId suy Is LhuL II you see
peopIe compIuInIng, Lhey Lend Lo be suIIerIng;
IL`s Lhe pressure und Lhey`re noL geLLIng LhIngs
90 F1 Racing May 2013
YOU ASK THE QUESTIONS
A committee
decides what
tyres we take
to a race, so
we dont get
inuenced by
someone whos
maybe had
pressure from
one of the teams
goIng uround IL und we Iook uL Lhe IuLeruI und
IongILudInuI und brukIng Iouds. We see whuL
energy Is goIng InLo Lhe Lyre und Lhen we do u
degruduLIon und weur modeI Ior euch cIrcuIL
- so u number oI peopIe ure InvoIved.
How muny tyres will Pirelli produce Ior
the 2u1@ Iormulu 1 seuson?
Geore Dcncec, Romcnic
We produce - beLween LesLIng, our own LesLIng
und rucIng - uround o,ooo Lyres, oI whIch ruce
Lyres uccounLed Ior ubouL z,ooo IusL yeur.
Could I get u dissection on the
Iormulution {ie how much nuturul rubber,
whut kind oI synthetic rubber etc) oI one
compound, such us the supersoIts? OI
course, you could leuve the proprietury
udditives iI you ure not permitted to
disclose such things.
Arij RochmcJi, InJonesic
Gosh, ndonesIu - Lhere ure Iuns Irom uII over
Lhe worId here, IunLusLIc! You dIdn`L suy whIch
Lyre compuny you work Ior, ArII - unIorLunuLeIy,
no we cun`L. NIce Lry!
Huve you ever been mistuken Ior
Ricky Gervuis?
1ennijer Lester, UK
|Luughs| ThuL`s u greuL quesLIon! ThIs Is ruLher
emburrussIng buL huve u Iew LImes. The IusL
LIme wus u Iew yeurs ugo In WH SmILh. wus
buyIng u muguzIne und Lhe gIrI on Lhe counLer
suId, CouId huve your uuLogruph? repIIed,
Why on eurLh wouId you wunL my uuLogruph?
And she suId, You`re RIcky GervuIs, uren`L you?
suId wusn`L, buL she wusn`L convInced. By LhIs
Lhey wunL. Some uIso use Lhe medIu Lo Lry Lo puL
pressure on us Lo Lry Lo geL us Lo muke chunges,
whIch, oI course, we huve Lo uvoId - unIess uII oI
Lhe Leums compIuIn uL Lhe sume LIme. n reuIILy,
you huve Lo Luke LhIngs wILh u Iurge pInch oI suIL
und uccepL LhuL everybody hus Lhe sume producL,
somebody`s goIng Lo wIn Lhe ruce, Lhere`s goIng
Lo be one huppy drIver on Lop oI Lhe podIum und
Lwo oLhers who ure Iess huppy.
Puul, you`ve chunged the chemicul
compound und structure oI the 2u1@
Pirellis. but uctuully, I wunt to know
which is your Iuvourite McLuren Vule
winery, und would you join me there Ior
u tusting net time you`re in Adeluide
visiting Iumily?
Mcrtin Ccstillc, Austrclic
WhuL u IoveIy quesLIon! don`L need uny excuse
Lo go wIne LusLIng In AdeIuIde. `m u bIL more oI
u Burossu Iun, buL PenIoIds Grunge, whIch Is one
oI Lhe hnesL wInes In Lhe worId, wIII uIwuys hnd
u pIuce on my LubIe when huve Lhe budgeL. So
yes, MurLIn - gume on nexL yeur! FunLusLIc.
Who decides whut compounds to bring
to u venue; you or u committee?
Tim Gilmcrtin, USA
L`s u commILLee becuuse IL`s ImporLunL Lo huve
dIIIerenL perspecLIves on whuL we Luke, so we
don`L geL Inuenced by someone who`s muybe
hud pressure Irom u Leum. SIx Lo eIghL peopIe
geL InvoIved, IncIudIng Lhe LechnoIogy oIhcer oI
Lhe enLIre compuny. We Luke IL very serIousIy:
we Luke u mup oI Lhe cIrcuIL, we Iook uL Lhe
surIuce, we mouId IL und Iuser-meusure IL, Lhen
we huve our own modeIs LhuL sImuIuLe un F1 cur
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Can you imagine another Indygate ever happening again?
Don Luers, CcncJc
You hope noL, you wouIdn`L wIsh LhuL on uny Lyre muker - we uII Luke
moLorsporL serIousIy, we Lry und muke producLs LhuL ure suIe. BuL
someLImes you huve cIrcuILs LhuL ure resurIuced und someLImes Leums
don`L IoIIow Lhe udvIce you gIve Lhem: Lhey sLreLch Lhe boundurIes oI
Lhe operuLIng condILIons, und LhuL cun creuLe probIems.
Our busIness Is un exLremeIy Lough one und every yeur we
suppIy some ;zo,ooo moLorsporL Lyres uII uround Lhe worId Lo z6
chumpIonshIps. TryIng Lo ensure LhuL Lhey uII work every weekend
wILhouL uny IuuILs reuIIy Is u mujor chuIIenge Ior us. You cerLuInIy
don`L wunL Lo see uny ruces beIng cunceIIed.
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poInL u queue hud Iormed behInd me - so guve
her u Iuke RIcky GervuIs uuLogruph jusL so LhuL
couId geL my newspupers puId Ior und geL ouL
oI Lhe queue. `ve never been so emburrussed.
Muybe `II InvILe GervuIs Lo un F1 evenL und we
couId swup jobs - wouIdn`L mInd hIs suIury.
o you huve u Pirelli culendur in
your oIce?
Pcul AnJreus, UK
AcLuuIIy, don`L uIwuys, buL do LhIs yeur - IL`s
very nIce, Loo, und peopIe Lry Lo sLeuI IL when
Lhey come Lo vIsIL me.
Why not muke u reliuble tyre thut mukes
rucing more Iuir? Throwing wild curds
ut the drivers is eciting, but no more so
thun throwing nuils on the truck.
The tyres should just work.
Gre Reierson, USA
WeII, Lhey ure reIIubIe. sInce we`ve been In Lhe
sporL we`ve hud zero IuIIures. AIso Lhey`re noL
wIId curds us everyone hus exucLIy Lhe sume
equIpmenL. L`s whuL you do wILh IL LhuL mukes
Lhem dIIIerenL. And nuIIs on Lhe Lruck wouId
creuLe puncLures, so we wouIdn`L udvocuLe LhuL.
I Lhe Lyres wouId jusL work` Lhen whuL you
wouId huve wouId be processIonuI rucIng. We ure
jusL IoIIowIng InsLrucLIons und whuL we hud uL
Lhe end oI Lhe seuson IusL yeur were u IoL oI ruces
where we hud no degruduLIon - Lhen Lyres were
IusLIng Lhe whoIe ruce und we hud IoLs oI peopIe
compIuInIng LhuL we hud mude rucIng borIng
uguIn. WILh processIonuI ruces, vIewIng hgures
go down, so you need unpredIcLubIIILy In sporL. I
Lhe resuIL Is known beIore Lhe evenL, LhuL`s u sure
hre wuy oI LurnIng everyone uwuy Irom IL.
Cun you pleuse epluin the diIIerence
between degrudution und weur?
RichcrJ Icrmer, UK
Weur Is Lhe physIcuI consumpLIon oI Lhe Lyre.
DegruduLIon Is Lhe LhermuI chungIng oI Lhe
properLIes oI Lhe Lyre so IL Ioses perIormunce.
The Lwo ure reIuLed, buL noL In u IIneur wuy. WILh
hIgh weur you geL degruduLIon, buL you cun huve
hIgh LhermuI degruduLIon wILh Iow weur. L`s u
subLIe dIIIerence.
Whut would you do to ensure thut
everyone goes Ior u time in Q@, ruther
thun opting to suve tyres? It needs to
chunge Ior the Iuns` suke - how ubout
introducing u quuliIying tyre?
Simon Coole, UK
We ugree. We huve oIIered Lo muke bespoke
quuIIIyIng Lyres Ior Lhe Q Leums II Lhey wunL
Lhem, so you couId see Lhe ubsoIuLe perIormunce.
AILer LuIkIng Lo Iormer drIvers, Lhey suId Lhey
used Lo enjoy Lhe chuIIenge oI u quuIIIyIng
Lyre where Lhey hud Lo do one LImed Iup wILh
perIecLIon. L brIngs ouL errors: u IuLe bruke Ior
one corner und you rIsk IosIng u posILIon. BuL
Lhe sporL hus Lo decIde - IL`s noL our decIsIon.
escribe the 2u1@ tyres in three words.
Philipp ScheiJer, Germcn
ThIs Is noL un eusy one. ChuIIengIng.
InLeresLIng. sLImuIuLIng.
How muny litres oI wuter per second do
your intermediute und wet tyres displuce?
Ashle Mcson, UK
The InLermedIuLe dIsperses z IILres per second
und Lhe IuII weL dIsperses 6o IILres per second
- II someone Lhrew 6o IILres In your Iuce every
second, you`d know ubouL IL. PeopIe usk why
Leums don`L run when IL`s very weL, buL vIsIbIIILy
Is uImosL zero - so much wuLer Is Lhrown InLo Lhe
uIr und Lhe drIver Is uImosL drIvIng InLo u wuII.
BoughL u cur. BuIIL un engIne. Ruced Lhem. Won. Won some more. WenL Lo Europe. SoId u
cur. BoughL unoLher. Ruced IL. Won. Won some more. A chumpIonshIp. AnoLher. A puuse.
Luunched u Leum. Mude u cur. BoughL un engIne. A chumpIonshIp. AnoLher. SLIII some wIns.
And Lhen. Lhen he quIL.
L wus 1q;o und BIuck Juck`s IncredIbIe udvenLure wus over. The nuL-brown AussIe` wus
Lhree drIvers` LILIes Lo Lhe good und hIs own Brubhum Leum hud Lwo consLrucLors` LILIes Lo
LheIr nume. So he decIded, reIucLunLIy, LhuL enough wus enough. Too muny hud dIed LhuL
yeur: Jochen RIndL, PIers Couruge und Bruce McLuren uII gone In vIoIenL uccIdenLs. Juck, qq,
wus sLIII u hurdy compeLILor und u drIver IusL enough Lo wIn grunds prIx. BuL In Lhe buck oI
Lhe Brubhum Leum bus uILer Lhe deuLh oI Couruge uL Lhe DuLch GP, Juck`s IuLher, Tom, urged
hIm Lo sLop now, noL wuIL unLII he hud noLhIng IeIL Lo oIIer. Heuvy-heurLed, Juck uIIowed hIs
IuLher`s wIII Lo prevuII und he drove hIs IusL grund prIx LhuL yeur In MexIco.
92 F1 Racing May 2013
WORDS ANTHONY ROWLINSON
PICTURES STEVEN TEE/LAT & LAT ARCHIVE
Before anybody
did anything,
Jack Brabham
did everything.
At 87, Sir Jack Brabham is
the oldest living F1 world
champion. Not only that,
but he won the title three
times and remains the only
man do so in his own car.
We relish a rare chance to
interview a grand prix great
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94 F1 Racing May 2013
1959
Monaco GP, Monte Carlo, 10 May.
Constructor: Cooper-Climax
1960
British GP, Aintree, 18 July.
Pole position.
Constructor: Cooper-Climax
Dutch GP, Zandvoort, 6 June.
Constructor: Cooper-Climax
Round 4
Black Jacks wins
Round 5 Round 1
Brabham takes on and conquers the world
for the second year in a row, this time
piloting the tiny Cooper T53 of 1960
F1 Racing May 2013 95
L wus u decIsIon LhuL John ArLhur Brubhum
cume Lo regreL, Ior he knew Lhere wus sLIII gus In
Lhe Lunk, LhuL hIs compeLILIve hres ruged on. n
hIs hnuI yeur oI F1 he Look u wIn, u poIe, Lhree
podIums und Iour IusLesL Iups und, wILh beLLer
Iuck, mIghL huve won u IourLh LILIe.
L wus u decIsIon, Lhough, LhuL ensured he
wouIdn`L dIe In un F1 cur, us so muny oI hIs peers
hud In LhuL mosL perIIous eru. L ensured he
wouId sLIII be wILh us uL 8;, sLIII ubIe Lo receIve
vIsILors uL hIs home on Lhe AusLruIIun GoId CousL
und reecL on u mosL exLruordInury IIIe.
He`s u IruII mun now, on dIuIysIs, hIs heurIng
dumuged by hIs InsIsLence Ior mosL oI hIs rucIng
cureer on noL weurIng eur proLecLIon Lo enubIe
hIm Lo pIck up eurIy uny engIne nIggIes. L`s
hurd, Indeed, Lo equuLe Lhe eIderIy genLIemun
who sILs on u soIu In hIs Iounge und usks us Lo
come cIoser Lo uIIow hIm Lo heur our quesLIons
beLLer, wILh Lhe hurd busLurd oI Lhe `os und `6os
who`d huppIIy drop u reur oII Lhe Lruck Lo bIusL
rIvuIs behInd wILh roud grIL. Or deIIberuLeIy scuII
u sLruw buIe Lo Lhrow up debrIs InLo Lhe Iuce oI
unyone wILh Lhe LemerILy Lo Lry u puss.
BuL Lhe memorubIIIu doLLed uround hIs house,
such us Lhe gIuss-cused repIIcu oI Lhe Brubhum-
Repco BT1q In whIch SIr Juck won drIvers` und
mude uImosL enLIreIy uIone. He downpIuys LhIs
move, IeuvIng hrsL wIIe BeLLy, son GeoII (IuLer u
noLubIe sporLscur chumpIon) und hIs esLubIIshed
rucIng conLucLs, reusonIng now, us he dId Lhen,
LhuL IL hud Lo be done Lo udvunce |hIs| cureer.
ThIng wus, he suys, LhoughL ubouL goIng
Ior u yeur or Lwo, Lo geL experIence oI Europeun
rucIng und ended up sLuyIng Ior o!
BeIng un AussIe, noL u whIngIng Pom,
he`s noL ubouL Lo open up ubouL muybe IeeIIng
homesIck, or mIssIng hIs wIIe und kId, buL he wIII
concede LhuL noL beIng ubIe Lo shIp hIs workshop
1o,ooo mIIes norLh humpered hIm eurIy on. The
LhIng mIssed mosL, he suys, wus my IuLhe.
dId reuIIy sLruggIe Lo geL whuLever couId,
us dIdn`L know Lhe rIghL peopIe und mude u
coupIe oI mIsLukes In Lhe hrsL yeur, IIke buyIng
Lhe wrong cur. hud u beuuLIIuI Cooper-BrIsLoI
LhuL `d done u IoL oI work on und IL wus goIng
reuIIy weII. UnIorLunuLeIy goL LuIked InLo seIIIng
IL und buyIng u new cur In EngIund - u Cooper-
AILu whIch wus un ubsoIuLe dIsusLer, un ubsoIuLe
heup oI rubbIsh. L dehnILeIy Look me u whIIe Lo
Ieurn Lhe ropes. ThuL wus huII Lhe buLLIe.
HIs LrIbuIuLIons wILh Lhe cur dId, however,
necessILuLe IrequenL cuIIs Lo Lhe Cooper Cur
Compuny In SurbILon us he soughL udvIce und
speed. And IL wus here LhuL he buIIL u IrIendshIp
wILh Leum owner John Cooper, whIch wouId
Ieud Lo boLh men`s numes beIng wrILLen IndeIIbIy
InLo Lhe F1 hIsLory books. HuvIng revoIuLIonIsed
uccepLed F1 cur desIgn oI Lhe eru wILh Lhe
mId-engIned Tq oI 1q8, Cooper enLered 1qq
wILh Lhe IurLher-honed T1, skeLched by Owen
Muddock. Juck Brubhum wouId be Ieud drIver
consLrucLors` LILIes In 1q66, Is remInder enough
oI pusL expIoILs, so you do whuL IocuI newspuper
reporLers do when senL Lo InLervIew wur veLeruns
ubouL yIng Typhoons us uIr cover Ior Lhe D-Duy
IundIngs: you geL LuIkIng ubouL Lhe oId duys,
heroIc LImes cuL so hurd InLo memory LhuL Lhey
sIL IIke dIumonds In Lhe grey muLLer.
The mosL ImporLunL sLep Look In my cureer
wus seven yeurs on Lhe speedwuy, he suys,
recuIIIng hurdscrubbIe encounLers on scorched
AusLruIIun dIrL ovuIs In mIdgeL rucers. Ieurned
u heII oI u IoL - noL jusL rucIng, buL Irom Lhe
engIne poInL oI vIew. We
sLurLed wILh u 1,ooocc engIne,
whIch wusn`L bIg enough,
und we sLreLched IL us Iur
us IL goes und LhuL wusn`L
Iur enough. So we ended up
mukIng our own engIne.
We mude Lhe cyIInder
burreIs und heuds und pIsLons. vIrLuuIIy every
purL oI Lhe engIne, In IucL. SLreLched IL Lo 1,6qocc
Irom 1,ooocc, we dId. L wus u bIg jump.
So Irom Lhe hrsL, Juck wus usIng mechunIcuI
skIIIs - deveIoped us u mechunIc servIcIng
BeuuhghLer wurpIunes Ior Lhe RoyuI AusLruIIun
AIr Force - Lo eke ouL u compeLILIve udvunLuge.
ThIs wouId become u recurrenL moLII oI hIs
cureer: u hurd-us-heII rucer on Lruck; u cunny
engIneer oII IL, whose mechunIcuI InLeIIIgence
wus vILuI In deveIopIng Lhe 1qq-1q6o reur-
engIned Coopers Lo chumpIonshIp success, Lhen
IuLer Lhe 1q66-1q6; Brubhum-Repcos.
FIrsL, Lhough, Lhere wus Lhe jump Lo Europe
- u huge underLukIng In Lhe 1qos und one he
French GP, Reims, 3 July. Pole position. Fastest lap.
Constructor: Cooper-Climax
British GP, Silverstone, 16 July.
Pole position.
Constructor: Cooper-Climax
Belgian GP, Spa-Francorchamps, 19 June.
Pole position. Fastest lap (shared with Phil Hill
and Innes Ireland). Constructor: Cooper-Climax
Round 5 Round 6 Round 7
F1 Racing meets Sir Jack
Brabham at his home on
Australias Gold Coast
I thought about going to
Europe for a year or two and
ended up staying for 30!
wus u moLor-rucIng enLhusIusL. LuIked hIm InLo
IeLLIng me modIIy geurbox cusIngs so LhuL we hud
our own cusLIngs wILh our own modIhcuLIons
on Lhem. modIhed ubouL o geurboxes LhuL
evenIng und Lhey were cusL Lhe nexL duy. Those
cusLIngs hnIshed up on our oor wILhIn Lwo
weeks. And wILhouL Lhose we wouId never huve
won Lhe worId chumpIonshIp In 1qq.
mugIne, Loduy, LhuL on Lhe eve oI Lhe zo1
worId chumpIonshIp Red BuII dIscovered Lhey
dIdn`L huve u suILubIe geurbox Ior Lhe seuson
uheud, so reIIed on u journuIIsL conLucL oI
SebusLIun VeLLeI`s Lo LIp hIm oII
ubouL u munuIucLurIng compuny
In Frunce LhuL mIghL - II Lhey were
recll Iucky - be ubIe Lo muke
LhIs IundumenLuIIy ImporLunL
componenL. Oh, und Red BuII
wouId be reIyIng on VeLLeI`s
engIneerIng knowIedge Lo ussess
whuL Lhe hrm wus mukIng, modIIy LheIr purLs on
Lhe spoL und oversee Lhe munuIucLurIng process
Lo ensure Lhe correcL componenLs emerged Irom
Lhe Ioundry. ThuL`s whuL Juck Brubhum dId.
The memory prompLs u smIIe: L`s jusL u
muLLer someLImes oI how Iuck IuIIs your wuy.
jusL huppened Lo be In Frunce uL Lhe rIghL LIme
und wILh Lhe rIghL peopIe und Lhe nexL LhIng
we`ve goL geurboxes, whIch Is IncredIbIe reuIIy.
So much Ior Lhe oII-Lruck suvvy. On Lruck
LhIngs were goIng preLLy weII, Loo. Brubhum
wus LukIng on - und beuLIng - Lhe esLubIIshed
Europeun uces oI Lhe duy, such us SLIrIIng Moss,
JIm CIurk und Gruhum HIII. Moss he remembers
In purLIcuIur us beIng hIs LoughesL opponenL:
oI LhIs LIny muchIne (und ILs T successor In
1q6o) LhuL Look on Lhe worId und won. He bugged
consecuLIve drIvers` LILIes wILh seven wIns, Iour
poIes und Iour IusLesL Iups over Lwo yeurs. Cooper
were Lhe domInunL consLrucLors, wILh Lwo oLher
wIns Ior Leum-muLe Bruce McLuren, pIus Lwo Ior
SLIrIIng Moss In u Rob-WuIker-enLered cur.
L wus un IncredIbIe uchIevemenL LhuL chunged
Lhe Iuce oI F1. OLher mukes Look LIme Lo reucL,
uILhough by 1q61 FerrurI hud copIed Lhe concepL
und ouLmuscIed Lhe SurbILon crcistes. The
Lurn oI Lhe decude, Lhough, wus uII Cooper.
hnIshed up drIvIng Ior John Ior hve yeurs
und wus Iucky LhuL goL In Louch wILh hIm when
hrsL goL Lhere, suys SIr Juck. He reuIIy Ied Lhe
wuy Ior Lwo Lo Lhree yeurs und we won Lhe worId
chumpIonshIp, whIch wus IunLusLIc. And LhuL wus
In spILe oI beIng In EngIund on our own.
LookIng buck, o yeurs on, IL sounds uImosL
sLruIghLIorwurd: emIgruLe, muke u Iew conLucLs,
bug u bruce oI LILIes. job done. L wusn`L, oI
course, unyLhIng IIke LhuL sImpIe und Brubhum
reckons Lhe Cooper success sLory wus bused uL
IeusL In purL on sheer good IorLune.
n 1qq we hud u probIem wILh our geurboxes,
becuuse we dIdn`L huve one Lo suIL u reur-engIned
cur. Jubby Crombuc, Lhe rucIng journuIIsL,
ucLuuIIy goL me Lo go Lo ERSA In Frunce Lo see II
Lhey wouId seII me u geurbox. When goL Lhere,
Lhey suId yes, buL IL wouId probubIy Luke Lhem 18
monLhs Lo buIId whuL wunLed. LuckIIy knew
someLhIng ubouL Lhe Ioundry und usked Lhem
II couId go Ior u Iook beIore IeIL. They hud
ubouL 1o CILron geurboxes IIned up Lo cusL Lhe
nexL duy und goL LuIkIng Lo Lhe Ioremun who
probubIy Ieurned us much Irom SLIrIIng us
unybody. He wus u very hurd drIver und he wus
on Lop when sLurLed In Europe. He wus u drIver
Lo Ieurn Irom. muInIy ubouL ruce LucLIcs. und
deLermInuLIon. He wus u very deLermIned drIver
und LhuL sorL oI rubbed oII. ThuL deLermInuLIon
wus purL oI Lhe ego IeurnIng curve In Lhe eurIy
duys oI my Europeun rucIng.
TuIk oI rIvuIry Ieuds us In u dIrecLIon I1 Rccin
hud been udvIsed Lo pursue by none oLher Lhun
Murk Webber. Ask Juck ubouL FerrurI, Murk
suggesLed. ThuL`II geL hIm goIng. We do. L does.
Oh loteJ beuLIng FerrurI, jusL Ioved IL. L wus
Lhe greuLesL suLIsIucLIon. n 1q6o, Lhey InvILed
me Lo come Lo LuIy und meeL Enzo Lo LuIk ubouL
drIvIng Ior hIm, und never even wenL. wusn`L
InLeresLed. wus onIy InLeresLed In beuLIng Lhem,
noL joInIng Lhem. L`s one oI Lhose LhIngs. FerrurI
were Lhe opposILIon und you hud Lo LreuL Lhem
us Lhe opposILIon. There wus greuL suLIsIucLIon In
beuLIng Lhem - whIch we dId muny LImes.
Brubhum`s unImuLed now us he geLs cIose Lo
Lhe source oI hIs compeLILIve InsLIncLs. JubbIng
hIs chesL wILh hIs Iorehnger he emphusIses: The
opposILIon wus reuIIy Lhe poInL LhuL wus drIvIng
me uIong und FerrurI uere Lhe opposILIon, so we
hud Lo beuL Lhem. When you IeeI IIke LhuL, you
96 F1 Racing May 2013
1960
1966
Round 3
Round 8
Portuguese GP, Oporto, 14 August.
Constructor: Cooper-Climax
French GP, Reims, 3 July.
Constructor: Brabham-Repco
Round 4
British GP, Brands Hatch, 16 July.
Pole position. Fastest lap.
Constructor: Brabham-Repco
I was only ever
interested in beating
Ferrari, not joining them
German GP, Nrburgring, 7 August.
Constructor: Brabham-Repco
Round 6 Round 5
Dutch GP, Zandvoort, 24 July. Pole position. Constructor: Brabham-Repco
don`L go und drIve Ior Lhem. SImpIe und dIrecL,
jusL IIke hIs drIvIng sLyIe. JusL IIke hIs rucIng curs.
L`s no surprIse LhuL SIr Juck sIngIes ouL u
Cooper vIcLory over FerrurI us Lhe sIngIe mosL
suLIsIyIng ruce oI u Iong und sLorIed cureer:
wInIng Lhe 1q6o French GP uL ReIms. ThuL
wus u IunLusLIc ruce, IL reuIIy wus. ReIms shouId
huve been FerrurI`s cIrcuIL becuuse oI Lhe Iong
sLruIghLs, so Lo chuse down Lhe FerrurI Leum on
LhuL Lruck wus reuIIy someLhIng. L wus Lhe mosL
LhrIIIIng ruce huve ever hud. L wus so cIose und
Lhen Lo nuII Lhem wus greuL suLIsIucLIon.
He poInLs Lo u MIchueI Turner puInLIng oI
Lhe ruce LhuL hungs on u Iur wuII. Brubhum,
crouched heud down In Lhe LIghL T cockpIL Is
edgIng ouL PhII HIII Lo hIs IeIL, wILh WoIIgung
Von TrIps In hIs sIIpsLreum, meLres behInd. The
more powerIuI FerrurIs puL Brubhum under huge
pressure In Lhe eurIy sLuges oI Lhe ruce, beIore
reLIrIng wILh LrunsmIssIon LroubIe soon uILer
huII-dIsLunce. ThuL`s Lhe one und IL IeIL even
cIoser Irom Lhe drIvIng seuL. We swupped Lhe
Ieud so muny LImes - un IncredIbIe ruce. JusL
Lhe mosL excILIng LhIng `ve ever done.
L wus LhIs vIcLory, In IucL, LhuL prompLed Lhe
cuII Irom MuruneIIo. So doubIe suLIsIucLIon In
beuLIng, Lhen snubbIng, FerrurI? AbsoIuLeIy.
Enzo`s red curs wouId geL LheIr own buck u
yeur IuLer us Lhe TIpo 16 wILh u bespoke 1.-IILre
V6 ouLgrunLed unyLhIng Cooper, Brubhum,
or unyone eIse, couId musLer. A IuIIow perIod
IoIIowed, Irom 1q61-1q6 und ImpuLIenL Ior
success, Juck decIded In mId-`6 Lo do whuL he`d
uIwuys done besL: Luke muLLers InLo hIs own
hunds. A cuII wenL Lo MeIbourne muchIne
Jack leads Ferraris Phil Hill at the
1962 Monaco GP Beating Ferrari
was my greatest satisfaction
98 F1 Racing May 2013
1967
1970
Round 5 Round 8
French GP, Le Mans, 2 July.
Constructor: Brabham-Repco
South African GP, Kyalami, 7 March. Fastest lap (shared
with John Surtees). Constructor: Brabham-Ford
Round 1
Canadian GP, Mosport Park, 27 August.
Constructor: Brabham-Repco
mukers Repco, wILh whom Brubhum wus sLIII In
conLucL Irom hIs uIrIorce duys, when Lhey`d been
hIs hrsL-choIce suppIIer Ior vuIves, sprIngs und
pIsLons. Repco`s meLIcuIous meLhods hud uIwuys
Impressed Brubhum - Lhey`d need Lo uguIn Ior
hIs IuLesL requesL: BuIId me un F1 engIne.
A .o-IILre uIumInIum V8, deveIoped Irom u
sLock US OIdsmobIIe bIock, wus reudy In LIme Ior
Lhe sLurL oI `66 und IL proved robusL und powerIuI
enough Lo shove hrsL SIr Juck, Lhen Leum-muLe
Denny HuIme, Lo consecuLIve LILIes, euch LIme
wILh u consLrucLors` LILIe Lo booL Ior Lhe Ron
Tuurunuc-desIgned BT1q und zo. NoL LhuL rucIng
curs wILh engInes buIIL In und shIpped Irom
MeIbourne wus sLruIghLIorwurd. More Lhun once,
Repcos wouId jusL dIsuppeur en rouLe Lo Lhe UK.
Oh yeuh. LhuL mude rucIng dIIhcuIL. TwIce
we IosL engInes on pIunes. The hrsL LIme we hud
un engIne on un ueropIune LhuL we desperuLeIy
needed, buL Lhe pIune deveIoped mechunIcuI
LroubIe und onIy goL us Iur us CuIro beIore
LurnIng buck. We evenLuuIIy goL IL Lhree weeks
IuLer. AnoLher LIme, we goL our own peopIe In
AusLruIIu Lo muke sure LhuL Lhe engIne physIcuIIy
goL on Lhe pIune und goL conhrmuLIon oI LhuL.
BuL when IL goL Lo EngIund Lhey couIdn`L hnd IL.
UnbeIIevubIe! How couId you Iose un engIne jusL
IIke LhuL? Turns ouL LhuL when Lhe pIune urrIved
wILh Lhe engIne on IL, LhuL wus Lhe hrsL LhIng oII
und Lhe IorkIIIL drIver Look IL round Lhe sIde oI
Lhe hungur ouL oI Lhe wuy. L wus sLIII Lhere Lhree
weeks IuLer, geLLIng nIce und weL In Lhe ruIn.
MIshups IIke LhIs seem scurceIy ImugInubIe
Irom Lhe perspecLIve oI precIsIon-Iocused
conLemporury FormuIu 1, yeL Lhey weren`L
Brabham on crutches following
a serious testing accident at
Silverstone in 1969, chats with
his rescuer a young mechanic
by the name of Ron Dennis
enough Lo sLop Juck Brubhum becomIng Lhe onIy
mun Lo wIn ruces, und u LILIe, In hIs own cur.
GIddy Lhough Lhe success oI 1qq-`6o hud been,
LhuL gIorIous `66 remuIns SIr Juck`s hnesL hour
und hIs mosL cherIshed memory. WInnIng LILIes
Ior Cooper buck-Lo-buck wus u greuL eru Ior me,
he conhrms, buL wInnIng our own LILIe wus Lhe
pInnucIe. L wus u greuL uchIevemenL.
The MoLor RucIng DeveIopmenLs compuny
Brubhum hud Iounded wILh Ron Tuurunuc
Lo buIId ruce curs were brIey on Lop oI Lhe
worId, seIIIng chussIs Lo cusLomers us weII us
cumpuIgnIng Lhem Lo LILIe-wInnIng success. NoL
bud Ior u young mun who`d urrIved In BrILuIn u
decude or so eurIIer wILh no umbILIons beyond
guInIng some rucIng nous Lo Luke buck home.
Perhups Brubhum`s greuLesL uchIevemenL,
however, wus LhuL oI sImpIy sLuyIng uIIve uL u
LIme when grund prIx rucIng wus uL ILs mosL
IeLhuI. SIr Juck suIIered onIy one serIous uccIdenL
In hIs rucIng cureer, LesLIng uL SIIversLone In
1q6q, und hIs uccounL oI IL In hIs uuLobIogruphy
The 1ccl rcbhcm Stor Ieuves no doubL us Lo
Lhe dungers Brubhum und hIs peers Iuced:
I'J ot cs jcr cs Club Corner uhere ue useJ
to blcst throuh ct 115mph cnJ three-qucrters
oj the uc throuh, cs I lecneJ on the lejt-jront
tre, it poppeJ ojj the rim cnJ JejcteJ. The
ccr unJersteereJ into c bcnl [cnJ] the impcct
smcsheJ the lejt-jront uheel into the siJe oj the
coclpit uhere it crusheJ the jrcme inucrJs,
into m les. The throttle ucs jcmmeJ uiJe
open cnJ behinJ me the enine ucs cbsolutel
shrielin. The pcin in m tuisteJ les cnJ jeet
ucs unbelietcble. There ucs c terrible stench
oj juel. Loolin oter the coclpit siJe I coulJ
see c sprecJin lcle oj petrol cnJ I lneu ij
it initeJ I'J stcnJ no chcnce.
Brubhum munuged Lo sIIence Lhe engIne by
hILLIng Lhe kIII swILch, whIch hud been LwIsLed
beyond eusy reuch on ImpucL, und LrIggerIng Lhe
hre exLInguIsher. BuL he remuIned Lrupped In
Lhe cur unLII reIeused by one Ron DennIs, senIor
mechunIc, who oversuw Lhe rescue.
FIve yeurs beIore, Brubhum emerged sInged
buL unscuLhed uILer drIvIng Lhrough u hrebuII uL
Lhe ndy oo - u crush LhuL cIuImed Lhe IIves oI
EddIe Suchs und Duve MucDonuId. The cIosesL
`ve come Lo beIng wrILLen oII, he reckons.
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TIM SCHENKEN
Clerk of the Course for the
Australian GP. Finished third for
Brabham at the 1971 Austrian GP
Jack has been so important for
Australian motorsport. His success
alerted us all to grand prix racing.
The media coverage he got was
minimal compared to what we have
today, but it was there and I recall
going to the movies and seeing
Path News and it wasnt unusual
to see Jack winning a race. For all of
us aspiring racing drivers, he was an
icon. He was very much a pioneer
and very important to us all.
Aussies on
Brabham
ALAN JONES
1980 world champion
Sir Jack was the rst to go to Europe
and as a youngster I used to watch
him race and he was inspirational.
You looked at him and you could see
that it was the way ahead: he was a
true pioneer and to this day hes still
the only man to have won a race and
a title in a car carrying his own name.
MARK WEBBER
Red Bull racer
The Brabham family has always
been fantastic towards me, and
particularly Jack. I remember him
telling me 15 years ago that he had
always found it great to come to the
other side of the world and beat the
Europeans, and Ive tried to continue
that trend as best I can.
He wus Iucky und he`II udmIL us much, buL
survIvuI wusn`L just Iuck. He cILes beIng In Lhe
rIghL cur uL Lhe rIghL LIme us Lhe cornersLone
oI hIs success (noL Lo menLIon buIIdIng hIs own,
when Lhe rIghL muchInery wusn`L commercIuIIy
uvuIIubIe) und echoIng conLemporury JuckIe
SLewurL`s mInd munugemenL` munLru, he LuIks oI
Lhe ImporLunce oI seII-conLroI.
HuvIng seII-conLroI wus Lhe ImporLunL purL,
he suys. LhInk LhuL wus my success reuIIy, LhuL
purL oI IL und IL wus u greuL suLIsIucLIon, becuuse
IosL so muny IrIends over Lhe yeurs und In spILe
oI LhuL hud Lo keep goIng myseII.
Even LhIs noLorIousIy LhIck-skInned
compeLILor wusn`L Immune Lo Lhe humun cosL oI
FormuIu 1 In Lhe IuLe 1q6os und eurIy `;os. The
deuLh oI RIndL, In purLIcuIur, hIL hIm hurd us Lhe
grIzzIed veLerun und duzzIIngIy churIsmuLIc
young churger hud become cIose us Leum-muLes
In 1q68. RIndL becume u cIose IrIend, Brubhum
recuIIs. He drove Ior me Ior u yeur buL CoIIn
Chupmun oIIered hIm more money Lo drIve Ior
LoLus Lhun couId come up wILh Ior 1q6q und
LhuL kIIIed hIm u yeur IuLer uL Monzu when Lhe
cur broke. L wus u very LrugIc deuLh. LosIng u
cIose IrIend IIke LhuL wusn`L eusy. IL wus jusL one
oI Lhose LhIngs In moLor rucIng you hud Lo IIve
wILh becuuse IL used Lo huppen on u preLLy
reguIur busIs.
Brubhum wus sLIII rucIng hurd, In Lhe Tuurunuc
BT. He won In SouLh AIrIcu buL IosL Lhe 1q;o
Monuco GP on Lhe IusL corner oI Lhe IusL Iup, Lo
RIndL. n hIs own esLImuLIon he wus sLIII drIvIng
exLremeIy weII und suIeIy, buL Lhe deuLhs oI so
muny oI hIs peers coupIed wILh IumIIy pressure
Iorced hIs wILhdruwuI und, soon
uILerwurds, u reLurn home. wus
uL Lhe Lop oI my Iorm, he suys,
und `m sure couId huve gone
on u Iew more yeurs. BuL.
Juck Brubhum`s rucIng duys
ure now Iong over, uILhough he
conLInued Lo compeLe InLo hIs ;os, when InvILed,
wILh u noLubIe spIkIness. AL Lhe zooo Goodwood
RevIvuI, goIng hurd, he shunLed und puL hImseII
In hospILuI overnIghL Ior Lhe hrsL LIme In hIs
rucIng cureer, wILh concussIon, crucked rIbs und
bruIsed Iungs.
And IL`s reussurIng Lo Ieurn LhuL Lhe spIrIL oI
LhIs grund oId mun oI moLor rucIng, IIvIng coIour
Irom u bIuck-und-whILe uge, Is sLIII grILLIIy InLucL.
I he couId Lurn buck Lhe cIock, wouId he Iuncy
hIs chunces, wonder, uguInsL Lhe currenL
generuLIon? There`s u momenL`s reecLIon, Lhen
he hxes me eye Lo eye und repIIes wILh ubsoIuLe
convIcLIon: Yeuh. Yeuh bIoody wouId.
In 1970 I was at the top of
my form. I could have gone
on a few more years. But
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Think Aluin Prost, LhInk sIIky smooLhness.
FIILy-one grund prIx wIns und Iour worId chumpIonshIps
wrupped up wILh ImpeccubIe IInesse. A drIver who, ubove uII,
mude Lhe cur work Ior him und noL Lhe oLher wuy uround. To
ProsL, u rucIng cur wus someLhIng Irom whIch you couxed Lhe
besL perIormunce, ruLher Lhun wresLIIng IL Lo Lhe IIoor und
puLLIng IL In u heudIock.
And yeL, us our own PeLer WIndsor wroLe IusL monLh:
My moLher Is u smooLh drIver. She Isn`L purLIcuIurIy quIck,
however. There Is more Lo ProsL`s cunon Lhun smooLhness
uIone. n Lhe zo yeurs LhuL huve eIupsed sInce he IusL cIuImed
Lhe drIvers` LILIe, we`ve perhups IorgoLLen LhuL he wus uIso
cupubIe oI devusLuLIng speed - enough Lo chuIk up poIe
posILIons und q1 IusLesL Iups, und Lo prompL no Iess u rIvuI
Lhun NIkI Luudu Lo excIuIm, ShIL! How does he Jo LhuL?
ForLunuLeIy, ProsL Is huppy Lo expIuIn - und, IuLer, Lo
demonsLruLe - how. n hIs roIe us u RenuuIL umbussudor,
he`s joIned us uL Lhe GuudIx cIrcuIL In souLhern SpuIn, In
Lhe IooLhIIIs oI Lhe SIerru Nevudu, Ior Lhe Iuunch oI Lhe
RenuuILsporL CIIo zoo Turbo und ILs more Lruck-Iocused Cup
sLubIemuLe. BeIore we snuLch Lhe key (weII, In LhIs uge oI
keyIess enLry, IL`s more IIke u credIL curd) ProsL sILs down wILh
I1 Rccin und ouLIInes Lhe essence oI hIs sLyIe. L`s more
oI u phIIosophy, ucLuuIIy, und IL Lruces ILs rooLs buck Lo Lhe
begInnIng oI hIs cureer:
I you LuIk ubouL Lhe upprouch - Lhe sLyIe - IL`s u nuLuruI
LhIng Irom Lhe sLurL. Some drIvers ure quILe. brusque und
some ure IIghLer. The wuy you drIve Is reIuLIve Lo your
upprouch. Lo your churucLer. When you puL on Lhe heImeL
und drop Lhe vIsor you muy IeeI you`re u dIIIerenL person,
buL mosL oI IL comes Irom your IundumenLuI churucLer.
wus uIwuys IuscInuLed by Lhe LechnIcuI uspecLs, very
curIous ubouL everyLhIng. wunLed Lo Ieurn. When wus
rucIng In kurLs, rIghL uL Lhe begInnIng, uILer u yeur LoId
Lhe peopIe who were buIIdIng Lhe chussIs und engInes LhuL
wunLed Lo buy some componenLs und prepure everyLhIng
myseII, becuuse wunLed Lo know exucLIy whuL wus doIng.
dId Lhe sume LhIng In FormuIu RenuuIL: hud u budgeL Irom
Lhe WInIIeId schooI when won Lhe VoIunL EII compeLILIon
und munuged my own Leum. ThIs wus 1q;6.
SomeLImes you reuIIse you need Lo chunge your upprouch.
n FormuIu RenuuIL, everybody hud Lhe sume cur. When
everyone hus Lhe sume chussIs, Lhe sume engIne, Lhe sume
Lyres, you muy LhInk, `m Lhe besL, `m goIng Lo kIII Lhem uII`
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- LhuL`s one upprouch, you know? - buL Lhe beLLer LucLIc Is Lo
muke Lhe besL oI Lhe cur, becuuse II you do LhuL you wIII be
beLLer. You wIII noL uIwuys be obIIged Lo push uL 1oo per cenL.
RucIng curs Lhen were much Iess reIIubIe. Look u IoL oI LIme
Lo undersLund everyLhIng on Lhe cur, even vIsILIng Lhe IucLory.
KnowIng Lhe cur, beIng curIous - uII oI Lhese LhIngs heIped
me Lo undersLund Lhe cur`s behuvIour whIIe wus ouL on Lhe
Lruck drIvIng IL. ThuL meunL pushIng when necessury uL 1oo
per cenL someLImes, buL noL very oILen, und uIwuys huvIng u
murgIn, becuuse when you huve u murgIn you ure ubIe Lo
LhInk, Lo undersLund whuL you need Lo do when you sLop In
Lhe pILs Lo muke udjusLmenLs.
Do LhIs yeur uILer yeur und you buIId your conIIdence, your
own upprouch. Your sLyIe on Lruck comes ubouL becuuse oI IL.
L`s dIIIIcuIL Lo expIuIn precIseIy how Lo do IL. Every LIme
you go ouL on Lhe Lruck you huve Lo undersLund every corner,
everyLhIng you need Lo do uL euch poInL. We ure LuIkIng ubouL
very smuII LhIngs here, one or Lwo LenLhs uL u LIme: knowIng
how much Iorce you ure goIng Lo puL on Lhe Lyres, Lhe precIse
IIow you ure goIng Lo Luke Irom one corner Lo Lhe nexL.
MusIng on LhIs downIoud, `m shown Lo one oI Lhe
peurIescenL yeIIow CIIo RSzoo Cups LIckIng over quIeLIy In Lhe
pILIune. `m uL Lhe IronL oI Lhe queue wILh u rucy-IookIng
LuIIun journo behInd me - so rucy, In IucL, LhuL he spends Lhe
enLIre IumIIIurIsuLIon Iup` behInd Lhe SuIeLy Cur eILher huII u
cenLImeLre oII my reur bumper or ucLuuIIy LryIng Lo overLuke.
WeII, when Lhe goIng geLs Lough, Lhe Lough. Ieuve rucy LuIIun
scrIbbIers sLundIng. L`s Lhe onIy wuy Lo be sure. As we`re
reIeused one by one, sLund on Lhe LhroLLIe, ucLIvuLe Lhe CIIo`s
Iuunch conLroI, und seL oII In u rour oI ImpressIve-IookIng buL
ucLuuIIy compuLer-conLroIIed LhrusL. The RenuuIL`s sysLems
buIunce Lhe IronL wheeIs on Lhe very edge oI sIIppuge, wILh
jusL u Louch oI Lyre screech us Lhe Lurbo comes on song.
The red mIsL hus come down. AL every corner jusL sLump
on Lhe brukes - Lhe brukIng poInLs ure hundIIy murked wILh
cones Ior Lhe hurd-oI-LhInkIng - Lhen reIeuse, sLeer, und Ieed
us much power buck on us Lhe sLeerIng ungIe wIII uIIow. L`s
u moLorcycIIng hubIL, breukIng Lhe phuses oI u corner InLo
sepuruLe pIeces, und IL`s cIeurIy become IngruIned. The CIIo,
LhunkIuIIy, Is LoIerunL oI LhIs und euger Lo pIeuse. Ls doubIe-
cIuLch geurbox swups ruLIos uImosL seumIessIy und when
Lhe Iour-poL 1.6 Lurbo`s power usks Ior more LrucLIon Lhun Lhe
IronL wheeIs cun deIIver mId-bend, Lhe cur serves noLIce wILh
u genLIe sIIde wIde. The hoL-huLch cognoscenLI ure by uII
uccounLs up In urms LhuL LhIs IuLesL RenuuIL pockeL-rockeL hus
IIve doors und u semI-uuLomuLIc geurbox; IL`s cerLuInIy more
grown-up Lhun ILs predecessors, more IInessed.
L`s mIssIon uccompIIshed In Lerms oI keepIng rucy IeIIow
scrIbbIers ouL oI Lhe reur-vIew mIrror, buL every Iup wus
scruppy. The LImer on Lhe dush suys Lhe IusLesL wus 1mIn
qsecs. LeL`s see whuL ProsL hus Lo suy ubouL my, er. sLyIe`.
ThuL Is dIIIIcuIL Lo educuLe, he suys dIpIomuLIcuIIy,
becuuse II you sLurL
wILh LhuL upprouch
In kurLIng, Lhe Ionger
you go on, Lhe hurder
IL Is Lo chunge. BuL
someLImes IL doesn`L
muke so much
dIIIerence. I you`re
on Lhe Lruck wILh
someone In u dIIIerenL cur und Lhey`re pushIng IIke `eII, you
cun be beuLen und you jusL huve Lo uccepL LhuL. n Lhe Iong
Lerm Lhe sympuLheLIc upprouch Is beLLer, und you onIy huve Lo
Iook uL how rucIng Is goIng - Lhere Is sLIII room Ior Lhe show,
buL everyLhIng Is now comIng Lowurds eIIIcIency. For sure you
cun huve Lwo dIIIerenL sLyIes und be very cIose In Iup LIme, buL
especIuIIy In FormuIu 1 you huve Lo munuge Lhe cur - munuge
Lhe Lyres, geurbox, brukes und IueI consumpLIon. You huve Lo
LhInk uII Lhe LIme becuuse Lhe resources ure IImILed.
WheLher you ure In u FormuIu 1 cur or one oI Lhese, your
IIne Is goIng Lo be sImIIur, buL Lhe upprouch, Lhe brukIng, Lhe
geur chunge, Lhe sLeerIng, Lhe wuy you ucceIeruLe - uII oI
Lhose wIII be dIIIerenL. You huve Lo Luke Lhe IeeI oI Lhe cur.
You muy Luke u dIIIerenL upprouch dependIng on Lhe corner
- Lhere Isn`L onIy one IIne. You couId bruke quILe IuLe und go
InLo Lhe corner under brukIng, or you couId sepuruLe Lhem -
bruke, sLeer, ucceIeruLe. L depends on Lhe grIp, how your cur
Is buIunced, und how IL mukes ILs power.
I you huve u Iurge huIrpIn, Ior InsLunce, you couId guIn Iup
LIme by brukIng deepIy und goIng IIke LhIs, - he mImIcs u
kInd oI soIL-vee upprouch Lo Lhe upex - ruLher Lhun mukIng u
sLruIghL IIne und Lhen sLeerIng. You cun guIn some dIsLunce
Make the best
of the car and
you will be better
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LhuL wuy. L depends on Lhe LrucLIon; LurnIng und ucceIeruLIng
uL Lhe sume LIme cun be dIIIIcuIL. WILh Lhe eurIy Lurbo F1 curs
you knew you wouId huve Lhe Lurbo Iug, so you couId uIIord Lo
Iose u IILLIe bIL uL Lhe upex II you knew IL wouId heIp you geL
Lhe power IusLer. ThIs cur Is dIIIerenL becuuse Lhere Is no Iug.
BeIore we cIImb ubourd wILh Le Projesseur, usk hIm Lo
move Irom generuIILIes Lo Lhe specIIIcs oI GuudIx.
The chIcune Is okuy - you cun go over Lhe kerb, he suys.
ThuL`s Lhe onIy pIuce you cun use Lhe kerbs becuuse IL`s so
sIIppery, especIuIIy on Lhe ouLsIde. ThIs corner, - he poInLs
Lowurds Lhe Iong spoon` curve LhuL IoIIows Lhe chIcune - you
go u IILLIe Lo Lhe InsIde Lhen Lo Lhe ouLsIde. Muybe noL Lhe
mosL dIIIIcuIL buL you musL be cureIuI, especIuIIy uL Lhe enLry.
He puuses, Iooks skywurds und wrInkIes hIs nose. L`s very
humId. L`s noL ruInIng yeL, buL IL wIII. L`s very ImporLunL here
on Lhe sLruIghL, und over Lhere InLo Lhe huIrpIn, you bruke
muInIy In Lhe sLruIghL IIne und you don`L usk Ior Lhe geurs Loo
soon. I you usk Loo soon Lhen IL won`L shIIL down becuuse IL
uuLomuLIcuIIy prevenLs Lhe engIne Irom over-revvIng. BuL IL`s
besL Lo show you.
From Lhe buck seuL, Lhe IIrsL LhIng noLIce Is ProsL`s grIp on
Lhe sLeerIng wheeI: soIL hunds, noL u LIghL cIench. The second
corner on Lhe Lruck Is u consLunL-rudIus rIghL-hunder. Where
`d bruked hurd - LhoughL - und Lhen Lurned In uL Lhe IIrsL
cone, mukIng u sorL oI hurd-U, ProsL brukes IuLer und hurder,
und Is uIreudy LurnIng us we reuch Lhe cone, perhups u cur-
wIdLh ucross uIreudy. HIs moLIon on Lhe wheeI Is us IIghL us
hIs grIp, dIrecLIng ruLher Lhun LhrowIng Lhe cur, bIendIng ouL
Lhe brukes und brIngIng In Lhe power. Once we puss Lhe upex,
Lhere`s no more sLeerIng IeIL Lo do; Lhe cur Is uIreudy poInLIng
uL Lhe upex oI Lhe IoIIowIng IeIL-hunder und ucceIeruLIng hurd.
nLo Lhe chIcune, ProsL uses Lhe wIdLh oI Lhe Lruck: sLurLIng
on Lhe IeIL, brukIng und LurnIng IuLe uguIn, usIng Lhe kerb Lo
muke u sLruIghL IIne beLween rIghL und IeIL IIIcks, buIuncIng
Lhe power wILh ImperIous euse us Lhe Lruck vunIshes up und
Lo Lhe IeIL Lowurds Lhe hIdden IIrsL upex oI Lhe nexL corner.
BeLween my Iups und LhIs, IL`s uImosL us II we`re In u
dIIIerenL cur. On Lhe sLruIghLs we`re uL buIIpurk speeds; IL`s In
Lhe corners, In hIs deIIcucy uL munugIng Lhe cur`s LrujecLory
und momenLum, where Lhe Iup LImes come. He`s brukIng
IuLer, buL somehow conLrIvIng Lo Iose Iess speed, eIIorLIessIy
conservIng IL Lhrough Lhe cornerIng phuse und Lhen IeLLIng IL
buIId uguIn. L`s IIke wuLchIng u concerL pIunIsL uL work.
The dIIIerence beLween our Iups - und beurIng In mInd
ProsL hus pussengers ubourd, bIunLIng ucceIeruLIon - Is
uround seven seconds. Wus he pushIng Lo Lhe muxImum?
Ah no, he suys. dIdn`L wunL your phoLogrupher Lo huve
jusL bIurry pIcLures.
`II sLudy Lhe vIdeo. muy even Ieurn someLhIng. WIII ever
be us quIck us AIuIn ProsL? DeIInILeIy noL.
1a Turn 2
At Turn 2, Prost brakes
from 80mph while moving
the car ever so gently
towards the apex before
the cone marking the turn-
in point, in effect looking
to make a vee-shaped
trajectory around this
long corner
1b Turn 2
Were at the sharpest part
of the turn, but Prost has
only half a turn of lock on,
and drops just one gear
while bleeding off the
brake effort. Slowest point
of the corner is 44mph.
From here, he picks up
speed and has to unwind
the steering only slightly
1c Turn 2
With one owing
movement on the wheel,
weve gone around the
corner and the car is
perfectly positioned at
the apex of the next one,
as Prost accelerates hard
all the way to the chicane.
We gain 13mph before the
steering is fully unwound.
Prosts perfect lap
Chicane 1
Weve gone up only one
gear, topping out at
87mph before reaching the
chicane. Here Prost stays
to the left all the way to
the turn-in point
Chicane 2
Brake, turn, go. A short,
sharp braking effort
combined with the turning
force brings us down to
65mph as we take the
straightest line through the
chicane. Just before the
rst cone, Prost downshifts
to third and hooks the car
around the cone
Spoon 1
The most technical corner
on the circuit runs at
a constant radius and
then tightens at the exit.
Prost has time to talk
to his passengers while
turning in to the rst apex
at precisely the right
point, carrying 67mph
throughout, hands still
delicate on the wheel
Spoon 2
Most drivers would get on the
throttle too early and understeer well
before the exit, but Prost keeps a
constant pace, straightening before
turning again shedding speed but
lengthening the straight that follows
Spoon 1 Spoon 1
Chicane 1
Chicane 2
Spoonn 2
1a Turn 2 1b Turn 2 1c Turn 2
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TC nds himself in a
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Reports Previews Analysis Opinion Stats
FINISHING STRAIGHT
Stirred not shaken
REPORTS
PREVIEWS
118 SPANISH
GP PREVIEW
All the drivers know
Barcelona from winter
testing, but the track can
still dish out a few surprises
122
MURRAY WALKER
Sebs let Webber down,
hes let Red Bull down
but most of all hes let
Murray down
F1 Racing May 2013 109
No points in Malaysia then a storming victory in China but Alonsos recovery
still wasnt quite enough to overshadow the ramications of Multi-21-gate
114 CHINESE
GP REPORT
Fast-degrading tyres
dominate the weekend,
while Fernando Alonso
dominates the race
110 MALAYSIAN
GP REPORT
The team orders debate
rages on, as Red Bull take
a one-two of the most
controversial variety
110 F1 Racing May 2013
FINISHING STRAIGHT
own in the puddock FerrurI`s Leum prIncIpuI
SLeIuno DomenIcuII wus IuughIng: For once, you
uren`L uskIng me ubouL Leum orders! You cun usk
Lhem nexL door, `m sure IL wIII be u IoL oI Iun.
Them next Joor. ThuL wouId be Red BuII,
whose puddock encIosure remuIned hrmIy
burred whIIe u growIng scrum oI medIu
personneI, TV und press, josLIed Ior posILIon
Lo heur Lhe resuILs oI Lhe InquIsILIon LhuL wus
beIng heId wILhIn. NoL sInce Hungury zoo; hus
u non-conLucL Irucus beLween Lwo Leum-muLes
communded such uLLenLIon - und unLIcIpuLIon.
The Iun urrIved uILer u Iong wuIL. AL uround
8.opm IocuI LIme, some Lwo-und-u-huII hours
uILer Lhe ruce hud hnIshed, ChrIsLIun Horner
hnuIIy emerged Lo Iuce Lhe press Lo dIscuss Lhe
uILernoon`s proceedIngs. n u soIemn Lone he
suId: SebusLIun mude IL quILe cIeur whuL hIs
InLenLIon wus when he mude Lhe move. He knew
RACE DEBRIEF
A bruising victory
There were no celebrations on the podium as the latest intra-team bust-up between winner
Sebastian Vettel and second-placed team-mate Webber overshadowed all other talk at Sepang
whuL Lhe communIcuLIon wus. He chose Lo Ignore
IL. He puL hIs InLeresL ubove whuL Lhe Leum`s
posILIon wus - he wunLed Lhe exLru poInLs und IL
wus wrong und he uccepLs IL wus wrong.
When SebusLIun VeLLeI weuved hIs RBq Irom
sIde Lo sIde In ceIebruLIon us he crossed Lhe hnIsh
IIne uILer 6 IrunLIc Iups oI Lhe MuIuysIun GP,
uII LhIs wus yeL Lo be broughL home Lo hIm. He
wus euphorIc und punched Lhe uIr In deIIghL, hIs
Index hnger uIoIL Ior Lhe z;Lh LIme In hIs cureer.
The vIcLory puL hIm equuI wILh JuckIe SLewurL
In Lhe uII-LIme wInners` IIsL. The ScoL`s IusL
LrIumph cume uL Lhe 1q; Germun GP uL Lhe
NrburgrIng, u ruce In whIch he Ied hIs young
TyrreII Leum-muLe FrunoIs CeverL LhroughouL.
AILerwurds JYS noLed LhuL CeverL hud muny
chunces Lo overLuke, buL hud heId sLuLIon behInd
Lhe eIder sLuLesmun. The rouLe Lo VeLLeI`s z;Lh
GP wIn Look u very dIIIerenL dIrecLIon.
VeLLeI, poIesILLer und ersLwhIIe Ieuder, hud
ended up behInd Webber uILer swILchIng Irom
InLermedIuLes Lo sIIcks on Iup hve, Lwo Iups
beIore Webber. ThIs wus u bud cuII sInce Lhe
Lruck hud noL IuIIy drIed IoIIowIng u pre-ruce
ruIn shower. So, wILh Lyre preservuLIon In mInd
Lhe Leum LrunsmILLed LheIr code MuILI z1` Lo Lhe
drIvers uILer Lhe IusL pILsLop on Iup q. L wus
un InsLrucLIon Ior second-pIuced VeLLeI Lo hoId
sLuLIon behInd Webber unLII Lhe end oI Lhe ruce.
Three Iups IuLer VeLLeI chose Lo Ignore Lhe
messuge und uL Lhe sLurL oI Iup q6 dIved InLo Lhe
ever nurrowIng gup beLween Webber`s cur und
Lhe pILwuII und squeezed uheud InLo Turn 1.
The move wusn`L quILe compIeLe, buL by Turn q,
VeLLeI wus uheud oI hIs duped Leum-muLe und
LhuL`s where he sLuyed Ior Lhe hnuI Len Iups.
n LhuL momenL VeLLeI showed whuL u ruLhIess
compeLILor he Is, dIspIuyIng Lhe sLeeI LhuL IIes
by James Roberts
Malaysian Grand Prix
24.03.2013 / Sepang, Kuala Lumpur
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beneuLh hIs LypIcuIIy joIIy demeunour. He ucLed
dIrecLIy uguInsL Lhe orders oI hIs Leum Lo secure
Lhe exLru eIghL poInLs Ior Lhe wIn.
Webber`s unger wus munIIesL us he InILIuIIy
reIused Lo Luke purL In Lhe podIum ceremony.
AILer u deIuy he wus ushered InLo Lhe hoIdIng
ureu uL Lhe buck oI Lhe podIum. An uwkwurd
scene pIuyed ouL us Webber Ignored Newey und
VeLLeI, wenL over Lo shuke LhIrd-pIuced LewIs
HumIILon`s hund, Lhen sLuIked Lo Lhe Iur corner
und suL down. Newey squIrmed, knowIng IuII
weII LhuL VeLLeI hud wrongIuIIy snuLched vIcLory
Irom Lhe AussIe.
VeLLeI quIckIy Lurned down Lhe wIck on hIs
ceIebruLIons once he reuIIsed Lhe puIn he hud
cuused - you`II hnd no Red BuII ceIebruLory Leum
phoLogruph Ior LhIs one-Lwo.
mude u mIsLuke. `m noL proud oI IL und II
hud Lhe chunce Lo do IL uguIn, wouIdn`L do Lhe
sume, suId Lhe Lhree-LIme worId chumpIon, u
LrIe dIsIngenuousIy, ImmedIuLeIy uILerwurds.
LhInk we shouId huve sLuyed In Lhe posILIons
we were In, dIdn`L Ignore IL on purpose buL
messed up und Look Lhe Ieud, und cun see
now he`s upseL. ApoIogIes Lo Murk.
NoL Ior Lhe hrsL LIme In LheIr hve yeurs
LogeLher, Webber hus come second Lo hIs Leum-
muLe und he hus cIeurIy hud enough. Asked II
he wouId uccepL Seb`s upoIogy und wheLher he
wouId consIder hIs IuLure, hIs unswer spoke
voIumes: My mInd, In Lhe IusL 1 Iups wus
LhInkIng muny LhIngs, yes. Muny, muny LhIngs.
ApoIogy noL uccepLed Lhen.
L`s noL Lhe hrsL LIme Lhe Red BuII Leum-muLes
huve bunged wheeIs. L wusn`L us bud us sLunbuI
In zo1o when Lhe puIr crushed whIIe hghLIng Ior
Lhe Ieud oI Lhe ruce - LhIs LIme Lhey kepL IL on
Lhe roud - buL Lhe IncIdenL ruIsed quesLIons us
Lo who, II unyone, hus uuLhorILy over VeLLeI. As
Webber suId on Lhe podIum, SebusLIun. wIII
be proLecLed us usuuI.
The uLLenLIon Iocused on Red BuII musL huve
come us u reIIeI Lo Mercedes, Ior Lhey Loo hud Lo
munuge u Leum-orders kerIuIe In Lhe cIosIng
mInuLes. NIco Rosberg pussed HumIILon on Lwo
consecuLIve Iups, buL euch LIme LewIs re-Look
LhIrd posILIon und Ross Bruwn hud Lo reILeruLe Lo
NIco Lo hoId sLuLIon u number oI LImes becuuse
LewIs wus runnIng Iow on IueI.
Rosberg heId sLuLIon, buL shouId he huve
Ignored Lhe order us VeLLeI dId? ShouId he huve
usserLed hIs posILIon In Lhe Leum, sLood on Lhe
podIum Lhen deuIL wILh Lhe buckIush uILerwurds?
ThuL wus Lhe course VeLLeI chose. WhIIe IL wus
seIhsh, IL proved he hus Lhe ruLhIess wIn-uL-uII-
cosLs sLreuk LhuL hus been u murk oI so muny
chumpIons. L wus perhups moruIIy wrong, und
Lhe runcour IL generuLed wIII IesLer, buL IL guve hIm
z poInLs und Lhe Ieud oI Lhe chumpIonshIp.
Vettel makes a tidy
start but Alonso is
on his tail. They get
too close and touch
at Turn 1
Alonso loses his front
wing on the main
straight on the second
lap and slides off
into the gravel
Rosberg is told to
hold position behind
Hamilton as they
battle for third due to
concerns about fuel
Vettel emerges behind
team-mate Webber
on the final stop but
defies team orders to
pass and win the race
The
story
of the
race
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SEPANG
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FINISHING STRAIGHT
F1 Racing May 2013 113
Sergio Prez, lap 56, 1min 39.199secs
THE RESULTS (56 LAPS)
CLIMATE TRACK TEMP
THE RACE THE GRID
FASTEST PITSTOP
THROUGH SPEED TRAP
Fastest: Esteban
Gutirrez, 191.42mph
1st Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1h38m56.681s
2nd Mark Webber Red Bull +4.298s
3rd Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +12.181s
4th Nico Rosberg Mercedes +12.640s
5th Felipe Massa Ferrari +25.648s
6th Romain Grosjean Lotus +35.564s
7th Kimi Rikknen Lotus +48.479s
8th Nico Hlkenberg Sauber +53.044s
9th Sergio Prez McLaren +72.357s
10th Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso +87.124s
11th Valtteri Bottas Williams +88.610s
12th Esteban Gutirrez Sauber +1 lap
13th Jules Bianchi Marussia +1 lap
14th Charles Pic Caterham +1 lap
15th Giedo van der Garde Caterham +1 lap
16th Max Chilton Marussia +2 laps
17th Jenson Button McLaren 53 laps vibration
18th Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 51 laps exhaust
Retirements
Pastor Maldonado Williams 45 laps KERS
Adrian Sutil Force India 27 laps wheelnuts
Paul Di Resta Force India 22 laps wheelnuts
Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1 lap accident damage
Mark Webber, 20.736secs (entry to exit)
FASTEST LAP
Slowest: Fernando
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Medium
TYRE COMPOUNDS USED
Intermediate Hard Wet
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F1 statistics visit
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1 Red Bull 66pts
2 Lotus 40pts
3 Ferrari 40pts
4 Mercedes 37pts
5 Force India 10pts
6 Sauber 4pts
7 McLaren 4pts
8 Toro Rosso 1pt
9 Williams 0pts
10 Marussia 0pts
11 Caterham 0pts
CONSTRUCTORS STANDINGS
1st Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 40pts
2nd Kimi Rikknen Lotus 31pts
3rd Mark Webber Red Bull 26pts
4th Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 25pts
5th Felipe Massa Ferrari 22pts
6th Fernando Alonso Ferrari 18pts
7th Nico Rosberg Mercedes 12pts
8th Romain Grosjean Lotus 9pts
9th Adrian Sutil Force India 6pts
10th Nico Hlkenberg Sauber 4pts
11th Paul Di Resta Force India 4pts
12th Sergio Prez McLaren 2pts
13th Jenson Button McLaren 2pts
14th Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1pt
15th Valtteri Bottas Williams 0pts
16th Esteban Gutirrez Sauber 0pts
17th Jules Bianchi Marussia 0pts
18th Charles Pic Caterham 0pts
19th Giedo van der Garde Caterham 0pts
20th Max Chilton Marussia 0pts
21st Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 0pts
22nd Pastor Maldonado Williams 0pts
DRIVERS STANDINGS
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*Three-place grid penalty for impeding another driver
10. RIKKNEN*
LOTUS
1min 52.970secs Q3
6. ROSBERG
MERCEDES
1min 52.519secs Q3
12. HLKENBERG
SAUBER
1min 38.125secs Q2
8. SUTIL
FORCE INDIA
1min 53.439secs Q3
The lowdown on everything you need to know from the weekend at Sepang
1. VETTEL
RED BULL
1min 49.674secs Q3
16. MALDONADO
WILLIAMS
NO TIME IN Q2
RIKKNE
9. PREZ
MCLAREN
1min 54.136secs Q3
4. HAMILTON
MERCEDES
1min 51.699secs Q3
15. DI RESTA
FORCE INDIA
1min 44.509secs Q2
19. BIANCHI
MARUSSIA
1min 38.434secs Q1
17. VERGNE
TORO ROSSO
1min 38.157secs Q1
2. MASSA
FERRARI
1min 50.587secs Q3
3. ALONSO
FERRARI
1min 50.727secs Q3
5. WEBBER
RED BULL
1min 52.244secs Q3
7. BUTTON
MCLAREN
1min 53.175secs Q3
11. GROSJEAN
LOTUS
1min 37.636secs Q2
13. RICCIARDO
TORO ROSSO
1min 38.822secs Q2
14. GUTIRREZ
SAUBER
1min 39.221secs Q2
18. BOTTAS
WILLIAMS
1min 38.207secs Q1
18 BOTTAS
22. VAN DER GARDE
CATERHAM
1min 39.932secs Q1
21. CHILTON
MARUSSIA
1min 39.672secs Q1
20. PIC
CATERHAM
1min 39.314secs Q1
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FINISHING STRAIGHT
Lewis Humilton wus reuIIy huppy wILh LhIrd
pIuce uccordIng Lhe quoLe In Lhe posL-ruce
press reIeuse. OII-cumeru, LewIs`s sImmerIng
IrusLruLIon wus IuIIy evIdenL. The euphorIu oI
cIuImIng poIe posILIon on SuLurduy hud been
beuLen usIde by Lhe smuck oI hrm reuIILy: he hud
been mugged Ior Lhe Ieud, Ior second pIuce und
neurIy Ior LhIrd. OuLsIde, Lhe IIghL wus IudIng
us Lhe sun receded InLo Lhe ShunghuI smog, und
u sLIII wInd whIpped up dusL In Lhe puddock us
IuIIy Iuden IorkIIILs churged LhIs wuy und LhuL,
hurrIedIy decunLIng F1`s chuLLeIs InLo Lhe wuILIng
conLuIners. As one ruce hud hnIshed, so unoLher
hud begun - Lhe ruce Lo geL uwuy, Lo move on.
FrusLruLIon und runcour were Lhe Lhemes oI
LhIs weekend. The LensIon beLween VeLLeI und
Webber Look up where IL hud IeIL oII In MuIuysIu,
Lhe sILuuLIon noL heIped by Lhe Red BuII`s Iuck
oI sLruIghLIIne speed here - mph sIower Lhun
RACE DEBRIEF
Man vs rubber
Tyres were the talk of the town at the weekend in Shanghai as the increasingly fragile compounds
dictated the race strategy. But Fernando Alonso got it just right to take Ferraris rst win of 2013
Mercedes`. Ten mInuLes beIore Lhe end oI hrsL
FrIduy prucLIce, VeLLeI wus sLuLIonury In Lhe pILs
uwuILIng u new nosecone. Perhups Lhe o.secs
dehcIL Lo hIs Leum-muLe wus pIuyIng on hIs
mInd, Ior he begun Lo gesLIcuIuLe ungrIIy uL Lhe
mechunIcs Lo hurry up. Then, wILh Lhe nose In
pIuce, he seL oII wILh un IrrILubIe jub oI LhroLLIe,
sIIghLIy sIdewuys, IeuvIng Iour cur IengLhs` worLh
oI bIuck IInes on Lhe concreLe upron. AII LhIs
durIng u Lruck sessIon oI IILLIe ImporLunce, suve
LhuL, uL Lhe LIme, VeLLeI wus sIower Lhun Webber.
AL Lhe heud oI Lhe LImesheeLs, Lhe Lwo
Mercedes were LrudIng IusLesL Iups us HumIILon,
egged on by hIs engIneer, soughL Lo ousL Leum-
muLe Rosberg Irom Lhe Lop spoL. AnoLher poInL
Lo prove, unoLher hungover Irom MuIuysIu.
The new sLoryIIne LhuL wus so desperuLeIy
requIred urrIved In Lhe Iorm oI Lyre purunoIu.
PIreIII`s soIL opLIon` rubber oIIered u cIeur
perIormunce udvunLuge, buL onIy Ior u Iew Iups.
OuL oI necessILy, boLh Red BuII und McLuren
- oI Lhe IronLrunners - opLed Lo begIn Lhe ruce
on Lhe hurder, more consIsLenL prImes`, hopIng
Lo pIck up Lruck posILIon when LheIr soIL-shod
rIvuIs mude eurIy sLops. BuLLon und VeLLeI duIy
quuIIhed eIghLh und nInLh, BuLLon LourIng sIowIy
und VeLLeI noL even boLherIng Lo seL u LIme. BuL
wus sLurLIng on opLIons reuIIy, us FerrurI`s PuL
Fry puL IL, Lhe mosL sensIbIe course oI ucLIon?
Or wus IL mereIy u cuse oI groupLhInk?
ThuL quesLIon resoIved ILseII In Lhe openIng
Iups us Fernundo AIonso seIzed Lhe ruce by Lhe
scruII. HumIILon converLed poIe InLo Lhe Ieud, buL
behInd hIm und Lo Lhe rIghL KImI RuIkknen wus
sIIghLIy sIower oII Lhe murk. AIonso und FeIIpe
Mussu bIusLed uround Lhe ouLsIde InLo Turn 1
und, Iour Iups IuLer, perIormed Lhe doubIe-
whummy on HumIILon Lo run one-Lwo.
by Stuart Codling
Chinese Grand Prix
14.04.2013 / Shanghai
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We now hud Lwo ruces In one, uILhough
Lhe sLruLegIes wouId InLerweuve. On Iup q,
HIkenberg soughL Lo puss VeLLeI und BuLLon,
und us Lhe curs uheud pILLed - AIonso, Mussu,
HumIILon, RuIkknen, Grosjeun und Rosberg
- IL wus Lhe Suuber LhuL Look Lhe Ieud. For uII Lhe
RBq`s superIor downIorce, VeLLeI couIdn`L geL
cIose enough Lo puss und spenL Iups seven Lo 1q
behInd Lhe Suuber unLII Lhey pILLed. The weII-
drIIIed Red BuII pILcrew goL LheIr mun ouL hrsL,
buL by Lhen Lhe dumuge hud been done.
VeLLeI enjoyed speIIs In Lhe Ieud buL onIy
becuuse hIs pIL sLruLegy wus ouL oI sync wILh
Lhe buLLIe Ior Lhe Lop spoL. AIonso`s hrsL sLop,
on Iup sIx, dropped hIm Lo LenLh, buL he mude
Lhe pIuces buck up wILh DRS-ussIsLed pussIng
moves. WhIIe AIonso`s sLop wus perIecLIy LImed,
Mussu suIIered on uccounL oI pILLIng u Iup IuLer.
HIs Lyres hud gone oII und hIs sIower In-Iup puL
hIm InLo 1zLh uILer Lhe sLop. From Lhere he mude
heuvIer weuLher oI LruIhc Lhun hIs Leum-muLe.
Do noL Iose LIme deIendIng uguInsL AIonso,
VeLLeI wus LoId us Lhe FerrurI urrIved In hIs
mIrrors, und LhIs LIme uround he hud no
dIIhcuILy comprehendIng un order. ThIs musL
huve come us u dIsuppoInLmenL Lo Lhose on Lhe
Mercedes pILwuII, Ior whom un AIonsoJVeLLeI
dusL-up wouId huve proved u boon.
AIonso eked ouL hIs second seL oI Lyres Ior
Lwo more Iups Lhun HumIILon und RuIkknen,
conLInuIng Lo edge uwuy LhroughouL Lhe sLInL,
Lhen compIeLed 18 Iups Lo HumIILon`s 16 on Lhe
nexL seL beIore hIs hnuI sLop on Iup qz. ThuL
uIIowed VeLLeI buck InLo Lhe Ieud, buL onIy Ior
one Iup beIore AIonso brushed hIm usIde uguIn.
RuIkknen hud dumuge Irom un eurIy
conLreLemps wILh SergIo Prez buL IL dIdn`L
hInder hIs speed. He mude hIs hnuI sLop eurIIer
Lhun HumIILon, drove Lwo quIck Iups, und Lhe
Mercedes duIy emerged behInd hIm.
VeLLeI sLuyed In second unLII he Look hIs
opLIon-Lyre medIcIne wILh hve Iups Lo go, IeuvIng
Lhe pILs In IourLh, neurIy 1z seconds behInd
HumIILon. He sIushed LhuL gup wILh upIomb Lo
deIIver u nuII-bILIng hnIsh - AIonso Look Lhe
chequered ug uImosL unnoLIced us Lhe Mercedes
und Lhe Red BuII dIved InLo Lhe hnuI huIrpIn us
one - buL HumIILon munuged Lo cIIng on.
Joy, Lhen, Ior AIonso. SomeLhIng Iess Ior
RuIkknen und HumIILon. WhuL oI VeLLeI? As
Lhe dusL swIrIed In Lhe posL-ruce puddock, Lwo
drIvers were IeIL heIdIng quesLIons In Lhe FA
pen`: VeLLeI und Webber. VeLLeI wus uII smIIes,
huvIng muxImIsed hIs poInLs huuI when u wIn
wus ImpossIbIe. Webber hud noLhIng posILIve
Lo suy ubouL runnIng ouL oI IueI In quuIIIyIng,
sLurLIng uL Lhe buck Lhen IosIng u wheeI In Lhe
ruce. News oI Lhe BuhruIn grId penuILy wus yeL
Lo come. He, Loo, wIII be unxIous Lo move on.
Alonso and Massa
sweep into second
and third while
Rosberg drops
back from fourth
The Ferraris overtake
Hamiltons Mercedes
to run one-two
Alonso takes
a comfortable
victory from Kimi
Rikknen by more
than ten seconds
Vettel pits from
second place to take
on soft tyres, setting
up a tense final sprint
to the flag
The
story
of the
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From tenth place
after his first stop,
Alonso fights
through to lead the
race once again
Webber started
from the back after
running out of fuel,
then loses a rear
wheel and retires
FINISHING STRAIGHT
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Sebastian Vettel, lap 53, 1min 36.808secs
THE RESULTS (56 LAPS)
CLIMATE TRACK TEMP
THE RACE THE GRID
FASTEST PITSTOP
THROUGH SPEED TRAP
Fastest: Daniel
Ricciardo, 199.38mph
1st Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1h36m26.945s
2nd Kimi Rikknen Lotus +10.168s
3rd Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +12.322s
4th Sebastian Vettel Red Bull +12.525s
5th Jenson Button McLaren +35.285s
6th Felipe Massa Ferrari +40.827s
7th Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso +42.691s
8th Paul Di Resta Force India +51.084s
9th Romain Grosjean Lotus +53.423s
10th Nico Hlkenberg Sauber +56.598s
11th Sergio Prez McLaren +63.860s
12th Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso +72.604s
13th Valtteri Bottas Williams +93.861s
14th Pastor Maldonado Williams +95.453s
15th Jules Bianchi Marussia +1 lap
16th Charles Pic Caterham +1 lap
17th Max Chilton Marussia +1 lap
18th Giedo van der Garde Caterham +1 lap
Retirements
Nico Rosberg Mercedes 21 laps anti-roll bar
Mark Webber Red Bull 15 laps loose wheel
Adrian Sutil Force India 5 laps accident
Esteban Gutirrez Sauber 4 laps accident
Sebastian Vettel, 19.323secs (entry to exit)
FASTEST LAP
Slowest: Pastor
Maldonado, 189.68mph
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Chinese Grand Prix stats
Soft
TYRE COMPOUNDS USED
Intermediate Medium Wet
For comprehensive
F1 statistics visit
www.forix.com
1 Red Bull 78pts
2 Ferrari 73pts
3 Lotus 60pts
4 Mercedes 52pts
5 McLaren 14pts
6 Force India 14pts
7 Toro Rosso 7pts
8 Sauber 5pts
9 Williams 0pts
10 Marussia 0pts
11 Caterham 0pts
CONSTRUCTORS STANDINGS
1st Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 52pts
2nd Kimi Rikknen Lotus 49pts
3rd Fernando Alonso Ferrari 43pts
4th Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 40pts
5th Felipe Massa Ferrari 30pts
6th Mark Webber Red Bull 26pts
7th Nico Rosberg Mercedes 12pts
8th Jenson Button McLaren 12pts
9th Romain Grosjean Lotus 11pts
10th Paul Di Resta Force India 8pts
11th Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 6pts
12th Adrian Sutil Force India 6pts
13th Nico Hlkenberg Sauber 5pts
14th Sergio Prez McLaren 2pts
15th Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1pt
16th Valtteri Bottas Williams 0pts
17th Esteban Gutirrez Sauber 0pts
18th Jules Bianchi Marussia 0pts
19th Charles Pic Caterham 0pts
20th Pastor Maldonado Williams 0pts
21st Giedo van der Garde Caterham 0pts
22nd Max Chilton Marussia 0pts
DRIVERS STANDINGS
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Started from pitlane
The lowdown on everything you need to know from the weekend at Shanghai
15. VERGNE
TORO ROSSO
1min 37.199secs Q2
3. ALONSO
FERRARI
1min 34.788secs Q3
7. RICCIARDO
TORO ROSSO
1min 35.998secs Q3
19. CHILTON
MARUSSIA
1min 39.537secs Q1
13. SUTIL
FORCE INDIA
1min 36.405secs Q2
1. HAMILTON
MERCEDES
1min 34.484secs Q3
10. HLKENBERG
SAUBER
NO TIME IN Q3
HLKENBE
5. MASSA
FERRARI
1min 34.933secs Q3
17. GUTIRREZ
SAUBER
1min 37.990secs Q1
18. BIANCHI
MARUSSIA
1min 38.780secs Q1
16. BOTTAS
WILLIAMS
1min 37.796secs Q1
16 BOTTAS
21. VAN DER GARDE
CATERHAM
1min 39.660secs Q1
20. PIC
CATERHAM
1min 39.614secs Q1
4. ROSBERG
MERCEDES
1min 34.861secs Q3
6. GROSJEAN
LOTUS
1min 35.364secs Q3
11. DI RESTA
FORCE INDIA
1min 36.287secs Q2
14. MALDONADO
WILLIAMS
1min 37.139secs Q2
22. WEBBER*
RED BULL
1min 36.679secs Q2
2. RIKKNEN
LOTUS
1min 34.761secs Q3

12. PREZ
MCLAREN
1min 36.314secs Q2
9. VETTEL
RED BULL
NO TIME IN Q3
8. BUTTON
MCLAREN
2min 05.673secs Q3
Drivers might be very familiar with a track so well used in winter testing, but the
Circuit de Catalunya can still throw up surprises particularly in the final sector
The Spanish GP preview
FINISHING STRAIGHT
118 F1 Racing May 2013
The Circuit de Cutulunyu Is u pIuce LhuL
everybody In FormuIu 1 knows weII und uILer
engIneered PusLor MuIdonudo Lo vIcLory
Lhere IusL yeur, IL`s one LhuL purLIcuIurIy IIke.
Even Lhough IL wus WIIIIums` hrsL vIcLory
sInce zooq, Lhere wus no greuL secreL Lo
securIng Lhe wIn. L wus uII ubouL one drIver
und Leum munugIng Lhe Lyres beLLer Lhun Lhe
THE
ENGINEERS
VIEW
Xevi Pujolar,
Williams chief race engineer
730
oLhers. Becuuse BurceIonu Is u dIIhcuIL cIrcuIL
Lo overLuke on, Lhe key Is Lo preserve your Lyres
und Lry Lo keep everyone behInd you - und LhuL`s
exucLIy whuL PusLor dId so brIIIIunLIy IusL yeur.
BurceIonu Is u cIrcuIL we use u IoL In LesLIng
becuuse IL hus every Lype oI corner: Iow speed,
medIum speed und hIgh speed. There ure pIuces
on Lhe Iup LhuL requIre u IoL oI LrucLIon us weII us
spoLs IIke Turns , q und 16 LhuL ure demundIng
on Lhe Lyres on Lhe IeIL-hund sIde.
Come ruce duy, you cun run Iong sLInLs on Lhe
Lyres und perhups do u Lhree-sLop sLruLegy, buL
you huve Lo do your homework Lo undersLund
exucLIy where on Lhe Iup you ure sLressIng your
Lyres Lhe mosL, sInce overuII degruduLIon Is so
hIgh und downIorce hus such u bIg eIIecL on how
10-12.05.2013 / Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
BARCELONA STATS AND FACTS
The run from the start/nish line to
the rst apex is one of the longest
straights of the season
metres
Spanish GP wins
is followed by
Jackie Stewart, Nigel
Mansell, Alain Prost
and Mika Hkkinen
on three each
Lhe Lyres work. DurIng Lhe ruce we need Lo keep
our drIvers InIormed oI Lhe condILIon oI LheIr
rubber und remInd Lhem Lo Iook uILer LheIr Lyres.
The key Lo BurceIonu Is downIorce und drIver
LechnIque; purLIcuIurIy Lhe IusL secLor, Irom
Turn 1o onwurds, whIch Is very demundIng Ior Lhe
drIver. n LhIs secLor uIone, Lhe dIIIerence beLween
Lwo drIvers cun be us much us o.zsecs. You need
u IoL oI LuIenL Lo drIve LhIs secLor weII, noL jusL
once buL Lo repeuL IL uguIn und uguIn. DurIng
wInLer LesLIng we ucLuuIIy Luke our drIvers Lo Lhe
ouLsIde oI Turn 1 so Lhey cun wuLch everyone
eIse und Ieurn. SomeLImes drIvers suy Lhey`ve IeIL
very IusL Lhrough LhIs secLor und you Iook uL Lhe
LImes und Lhey uren`L - so we do u IoL oI work In
Lhe sImuIuLor In Grove Lo perIecL LhIs secLIon.
8
different drivers
have won the
Spanish GP in the
past ten races
held at Barcelona
Five
different
venues
have hosted the
Spanish GP
SIX
Michael Schumachers record
Turn 13
You can take a
number of lines here.
Some drivers opt for
a wide exit; others
stay in the middle
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Turn 9
This is a high-speed corner,
although drivers do need to
brake a little before turn-in.
You can see how the speed
reduces on the telemetry
Turn 3
This is fast, but because its a very long
corner, drivers are building up speed and
they need to lift as it tightens mid-corner.
The more fuel they have on board, the
more speed they lose
TV TIMETABLE
(UK TIME)
Friday 10 May
Practice 1 09:00-10:30
Practice 2 13:00-14:30
Saturday 11 May
Practice 3 10:00-11:00
Qualifying 13:00
Sunday 12 May
Race 13:00
Live coverage
Sky Sports F1 (available in HD)
BBC One (available in HD)
DO YOU REMEMBER
when Eddie Irvine and Giancarlo Fisichella came to blows after colliding
at the 1998 Spanish GP? Irvine tried to pass the Italians Benetton and
the pair touched then spun simultaneously into the Turn 1 gravel trap.
SPANISH GP RACE DATA
Circuit Circuit de Catalunya
F1 debut 1991
Length 2.892 miles
Distance 190.826 miles
Laps 66
Direction Clockwise
Lap record 1min 21.670secs,
K Rikknen, 2008
Full throttle 58%
Gear changes per lap 44
Winners from pole 17
Tyre compounds TBA
LAST YEAR
Winner Pastor Maldonado
Retirements 5
Overtaking moves 30
DRS overtakes 15
Weather Sunny, 22C
GEARS
STEERING
RACE
10
12
13
14
15
16
5
9
BARCELONA TELEMETRY
SPEED
QUALIFYING RACE
250 500 750 1000 1250 1500 1750 2000 2250 2500 2750 3000 3250 3500 3750 4000 4250 4500
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FINISHING STRAIGHT
Then comes the tap on the shoulder.
An aggressive-looking khaki-clad
ofcial wants to examine the luggage
The curious case of the case
TOM CLARKSON
Inside the paddock from our man on the road
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Jenson urrIved uL u run und bounced
Lowurds Ruce ConLroI IIke u boxer, remIndIng
everyone oI hIs supreme hLness. SebusLIun
meundered In, und you couId heur monosyIIubIc KImI Iong beIore you suw
hIm becuuse he wus surrounded by hysLerIcuI Iuns. HIs popuIurILy In ChInu
Is someLhIng eIse: specLuLors snuck InLo Lhe puddock IoIIowIng Lhe removuI
oI Lhe swIpe guLes und Lhey were screumIng uL LheIr hero us he wuIked by.
The drIvers were wILh Lhe sLewurds Ior ubouL 1 mInuLes und Lhere wus
no muss exodus uL Lhe end. Webber wus hrsL uwuy (uL u jog) und KImI
wus nexL up. VeLLeI sLuyed hve mInuLes Ionger Lhun unyone eIse und you
couIdn`L heIp buL udmIre hIs Lhoroughness. HIs desIre Lo undersLund every
uspecL oI F1 und Lo IngruLIuLe hImseII wILh Lhe sLewurds hud Lhe huIImurks
oI MIchueI Schumucher, who senL ChrIsLmus curds Lo Lhem every yeur.
AnoLher LhIng SchumI used Lo do wus vIsIL Lhe ShunghuI murkeLs uheud
oI Lhe ChInese Grund PrIx und, IoIIowIng hIs reLIremenL, unoLher drIver hus
Luken on LhuL munLIe.
HuIve IL und huIve IL uguIn! shouLed PusLor MuIdonudo. He proIIered
Lhe udvIce whIIe negoLIuLIng wILh u sLuIIhoIder uL Lhe NunjIng MurkeL
on Lhe Wednesduy beIore Lhe ChInese GP. HIs wIIe, Guby, Iooked on
sheepIshIy, buL PusLor hud u huge grIn on hIs Iuce und wus cIeurIy reIIshIng
Lhe negoLIuLIons over u Iuke wuLch. LeL`s jusL suy IL wus surreuI Lo wuLch u
hIghIy puId F1 drIver huggIIng over u hver.
n un udjucenL shop, some guys Irom Red BuII were busy negoLIuLIng
Ior someLhIng eIse, und mosL oI Lhe medIu cenLre were buyIng LuL cosLIng
u coupIe oI quId, knowIng IL wouId eILher breuk
or be bInned by our beLLer huIves when we goL
home. BuL we were InvesLIng In Lhe nume oI
reseurch becuuse, jusL Ior u momenL, we uII IeIL
IIke BernIe. We uII goL The Decl. Sounds IIke Lhe
LILIe oI movIe ubouL u guy who goL nIcked Ior
LukIng someone eIse`s bug Lhrough cusLoms.
Bugguge recluim uL BuhruIn nLernuLIonuI AIrporL.
There`s one suILcuse IeIL on Lhe curouseI und IL`s noL ours.
L`s sImIIur, buL noL the ucLuuI cuse conLuInIng vILuI BBC
kIL Ior Lhe IorLhcomIng BuhruIn GP. On InspecLIng Lhe
bugguge Lug, IL becomes cIeur IL`s done Lhe sume journey
Irom ShunghuI vIu Abu DhubI und hus u Germun-soundIng
owner. RTL, Germuny`s Iree-Lo-uIr broudcusLer, hus
probubIy pIcked up our cuse In error so we huLch u IogIcuI
pIun: we wIII Luke Lhe bug wILh us und swup wILh RTL
when we nexL see Lhem. Everyone Iooks uL Lhe oor us we
wuIk Lhrough cusLoms und, you never know, our Germun
coIIeugues mIghL be wuILIng In urrIvuIs.
Then comes Lhe Lup on Lhe shouIder. An uggressIve-
IookIng, khukI-cIud oIhcIuI wILh u bereL wunLs Lo exumIne
Lhe Iugguge. SuddenIy Lhe heurL begIns Lo beuL IusLer.
WhuL`s In LhIs bug, on my bugguge LroIIey?
wuIL whIIe Lhe bug Is puL Lhrough un exLru-sLrong scunner. Then ArnIe`
usks me Lo open Lhe bug. ThuL pumphIeL In ImmIgruLIon ubouL BuhruIn`s
poIIcy on drug LruIhckIng Iooms In Lhe mInd: OIIenders cun expecL Iong
juII senLences und sLeep hnes.
WhuL`s In LhIs bug?
Er.
The oIhcIuI Lukes un InordInuLe umounL oI LIme Lo open Lhe cuse. FIrsL he
wunders oII Lo hnd u knIIe, Lhen he hus u Iong chuL In ArubIc wILh hIs muLe
und poInLs In our dIrecLIon. He cuLs Lhe sLrups und Lhe IId opens Lo reveuI
some sound equIpmenL beIongIng Lo RTL. Phew. Nervous gIggIes uII round.
L`s Lhe second LIme In 1z hours LhuL `ve been up beIore Lhe beuk,
uILhough wus onIy reporLIng on evenLs In ShunghuI Lhe prevIous evenIng.
EIghL drIvers were up beIore Lhe ruce sLewurds Ior DRS InIrIngemenLs und
Lhey were uII summoned Lo Ruce ConLroI LogeLher.
The nuughLy schooIboys showed up on LIme. New boys VuILLerI BoLLus
und Mux ChIILon urrIved hrsL, und Lhen Lhe resL: Jenson BuLLon, SebusLIun
VeLLeI, KImI RuIkknen, Murk Webber, RomuIn Grosjeun und DunIeI
RIccIurdo. L wus IuscInuLIng Lo observe Lhe drIvers In Lhe unLeroom becuuse
IL provIded u snupshoL oI Lhese megusLurs` uLLILudes Lowurds uuLhorILy.
They behuved us you`d expecL: Lhey were u Lud nervous und Lhere wus un
overwheImIng sense oI peopIe wunLIng Lo geL LheIr sLorIes sLruIghL. Webber,
Ior hIs purL, Iooked uLLerIy pIssed oII. ThIs wus hIs second vIsIL oI Lhe
evenIng Lo Lhe sLewurds und Lhey`d uIreudy Issued hIm wILh u Lhree-pIuce
grId penuILy In BuhruIn Ior hIs purL In Lhe coIIIsIon wILh Jeun-ErIc Vergne.
In China, Kimis popularity
knows no bounds
Irom u kuleidoscope oI drumuLIc memorIes
so Iur LhIs yeur, my ouLsLundIng one muy
surprIse you - IL Is oI Red BuII`s Jritermeister,
HeImuL Murko, who Is u Iong wuy Irom beIng
Murk Webber`s number one Iun, udmILLIng wILh
emburrussmenL In MuIuysIu LhuL SebusLIun VeLLeI
hud deIIberuLeIy Ignored Leum orders.
VeLLeI`s seIIIsh ucLIon hus exucerbuLed LensIon
beLween hImseII und Webber, us weII us
InLensIIyIng Murk`s convIcLIon LhuL LhIngs ure
noL equuI In Lhe Leum. TheIr sILuuLIon hus muny
unLecedenLs, noLubIy Lhe 1q81 BruzIIIun GP when
ArgenLInu`s CurIos ReuLemunn sImIIurIy Ignored
WIIIIums Leum orders Lo IeL AIun Jones pusL.
WILh Lhe sume InLenLIons us VeLLeI`s upoIogy
In MuIuysIu, ReuLemunn LrIed Lo pour oII on
churm und Is ImmenseIy IIkeubIe, buL who uIso
hus un Inner core oI sLeeI und u ruLhIess Sennu-
IIke deLermInuLIon Lo wIn. He showed LhuL In
MuIuysIu by puLLIng hIs rucer`s InsLIncLs uheud
oI Leum IoyuILy. So In yeurs Lo come, hIsLory wIII
record IL wus he who won Lhe zo1 MuIuysIun
GP und noL Lhe orders-ubIdIng Murk Webber.
um umused by Lhe IucL LhuL Lhree yeurs ugo
Lhere wus uprour ubouL FerrurI ImposIng Leum
orders on FeIIpe Mussu In Germuny (Fernundo
Is IusLer Lhen you); und LhuL now Lhere Is uprour
ubouL VeLLeI IgnorIng Lhem. Red BuII und
Mercedes boLh hud conLenLIous ruces In
MuIuysIu, wILh unhuppy drIvers, In Webber und
Rosberg, who IeIL Lhey shouId huve IInIshed
uheud oI LheIr Leum-muLes. ThIs hus revIved Lhe
houry oId subjecL oI Leum orders, buL Lhe IucL Is
Lhey huve exIsLed ever sInce F1 begun - und
you`II never sLop Lhem. For Lhe Leums, where
presLIge und vusL sums oI money ure concerned,
Lhe consLrucLors` LILIe muLLers more Lhun Lhe
drIvers` LILIe, und he who puys Lhe pIper cuIIs
Lhe Lune. L wus ever Lhus und ever wIII be.
My second greuL hIghIIghL oI Lhe yeur so Iur
Is oI KImI RuIkknen`s super drIve In AusLruIIu.
PeopIe huve LoId me how Impressed Lhey ure
wILh hIs reLurn Lo Lhe Lop uILer Lwo yeurs uwuy
Irom F1, buL Lhere`s noLhIng new ubouL Lop
drIvers uLLempLIng comebucks - uILhough Lhey
huven`L uII been us successIuI us KImI.
There huve oI course been oLher F1 worId
chumpIons who huve reLIred` und Lhen reLurned.
The greuL Emerson FILLIpuIdI wus ouL oI rucIng
Ior Lhree yeurs beLween hIs brIIIIunLIy successIuI
F1 und AmerIcun CART cureers. NIkI Luudu
reLurned Lo wIn Lhe 1q8q worId LILIe uILer un
ubsence. AIun Jones LrIed LwIce buL IuIIed. AIuIn
ProsL won hIs IourLh worId chumpIonshIp uILer
u yeur`s subbuLIcuI. buL MIchueI Schumucher`s
unsuccessIuI second comIng uILer Lhree seusons
uwuy onIy remInded us oI hIs gIorIous pusL.
I you`ve goL whuL IL Lukes Lo wIn, you don`L
Iose Lhe ubIIILy unLII your reIIexes wILher; und
even Lhen, experIence cun compensuLe. KImI Is
neILher oId nor InexperIenced und hIs Lwo yeurs
uwuy Irom F1 were spenL In worId-cIuss ruIIyIng,
whIch kepL hIs reIIexes shurp. I LoLus conLInue
Lo gIve hIm u wInnIng cur und SebusLIun does us
he`s LoId, KImI couId joIn Luudu und ProsL us u
reLurnee worId chumpIon.
LroubIed Leum wuLers by suggesLIng LhuL Lhey
bury Lhe huLcheL. Yeuh, muLe, repIIed Lhe IeIsLy
AusLruIIun. n your buck! OLher sLurs Lo suIIer
Irom dIsobedIenL Leum-muLes were AIuIn ProsL
wILh Ren Arnoux (Frunce `8z) und GIIIes
VIIIeneuve wILh DIdIer PIronI (Sun MurIno `8z).
TrugIcuIIy, PIronI und VIIIeneuve never goL Lo
puLch up LheIr dIIIerences, us GIIIes dIed shorLIy
uILerwurds In un uccIdenL uL Lhe BeIgIun GP.
PoIILIcuIIy usLuLe VeLLeI muy huve upoIogIsed,
buL he reLuIns Lhe wInner`s z poInLs und seems
Lo huve goL uwuy wILh hIs mIsbehuvIour. For Is u
Leum IIkeIy Lo penuIIse ILseII by suspendIng ILs
mosL successIuI drIver? No, IL Isn`L.
SudIy huve Lo suy LhuL `ve IosL much oI Lhe
respecL hud Ior SebusLIun, who possesses greuL
Vettels selsh action in Malaysia has exacerbated
tension between himself and team-mate Webber
Wow! What an
absolutely great run
of opening races for the
2013 season and for
very different reasons
UNLESS IM VERY MUCH MISTAKEN
MURRAY WALKER
122 F1 Racing May 2013
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