In the round-up: Haas team principal Guenther Steiner sees no need to change the budget cap rules to help teams pay for crash damage.
Steiner rejects call for crash compensation
After Ferrari suffered £2.1 million of crash damage over the first 11 races of the season, team principal Mattia Binotto suggested teams should be given exemptions from the budget cap to pay for crash damage not caused by their own drivers. But Haas team principal Guenther Steiner, whose team have also suffered several costly crashes this year, does not agree.
“We need to live with that, we need to budget for this,” said Steiner. “We need to be flexible enough, that’s good management.
“Because then all of a sudden, if we have less crashes, do we bring it down again, the budget cap? So we adjust it for how many crashes you’ve got?
“I think it’s part of racing and will be part of how much risk you take in a race and whatever you do. It’s part of racing, the crashes. You cannot adjust the budget regulation [based] on how many crashes you’ve got. For me it doesn’t make any change is needed on this one.”
Motor racing links of interest:
F1’s off-track drama heats up as Covid threatens to scupper busy schedule (The Guardian)
“As if to illustrate just how tempestuous the situation remains, the Circuit of the Americas in Texas had been proposed as a double‑header venue to make up the numbers. Yet on Monday Austin, where the race is held, warned of a ‘catastrophe’ as hospitals were inundated and the city elevated its risk threat to the highest tier, with infections in Texas as a whole rising 134% over the past 14 days.”
Rick Ware Racing targeting longer-term IndyCar program (Racer)
“Our sponsors are happy, Romain is a fantastic driver, and it goes without saying we’re hoping to keep him. He says he’s not going, but you know, we’ve built all of our sponsorships around not having it tied to a single driver, because if you do that in this world, you risk losing things.”
Alonso reflects on iconic F1 career and explains ‘intense’ Hamilton rivalry at McLaren (Sky)
“I don’t want to blame Ron (Dennis), I don’t want to blame any particular name, but as a team and management we were too young, we were too ambitious and nobody guided us in a way.”
Q&A: Formula 1 driver Bottas on why he’s racing gravel (Velo News)
“You’re only allowed to do the official preseason testing on the track. Otherwise it’s just the races. Simulators have evolved quite a bit in recent years, too. But, once you’ve been in the sport for quite some time, I feel that you don’t need extra practice because we’re racing so much.”
Stewart on his biggest win, his first Rolex and the return of Monterey Car Week (Robb Report)
“Of course, we’ve got to move for not only the current generation but future generations with regard to energy. There’s only going to be maybe two or three forms of energy, not electric by the way, other forms of energy, which could include even nuclear energy.”
AI ridiculously fast in high speed corners (Codemasters)
Codemasters are asking F1 2021 players to submit data to help solve problems with the performance of the computer-controlled cars in fast corners.
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