Bottas: Step nose has been straightened

Jan 10, 2013 Full story: Planet-F1.com 6

Valtteri Bottas has confirmed that this year's Williams will be visibly different to last year's as the step nose has been scrapped.

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RHUAIRI MACLEOD

Edinburgh, UK

#1 Jan 11, 2013
Long live the true spirit of Formula One in 2013!
‘Broken Seal 2012’ & ‘Crashgate 2008′ or is it simply a problem of having …two roosters in the henhouse….?

Of course all Formula 1 lovers want a superb 2013 World Championship, however certain concerns linger about achieving this when the substance of Luca di Montezemolo’s comments that ….’we cannot have two roosters in the henhouse…..’ pale into insignificance in the light of he 2012 US F1 GP Ferrari tactic of breaking the gearbox seal of Felipe Massa’s car, so that Fernando Alonso started one place up further up the grid in 7th position with Massa as a consequence penalised five places to drop to 11th on the grid. Very regrettably this does have unfortunate similarities with the ‘fixing’ of the Hong Kong F1 2008 race by Renault in order that Fernando Alonso, who started 15th, won the race after the safety car came out following Nelson Piquet Jn’s extremely dangerous yet orchestrated crash.
To put this into context, the McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said he did not agree with Ferrari’s decision to break the seal on Massa’s gearbox, insisting he would never run his team in a similar fashion. But his comment….’when Fernando [Alonso] was with us (McLaren) it was not doing those things that meant that Fernando left us’… reveals a whole sordid reality and fundamental problem with winning fairly, not infringing the rules and regulations, and perhaps more importantly, not bringing the sport into disrepute.
I for one wonder, how long it is going to be before Ferrari come to their senses and honour their responsibilities to Formula One and the racing public – rather than continue to embarrass the racing public and dishonour the spirit and mores of F1, no doubt aided in this complete folly by the Spanish Bank Santander’s sponsorship?
It has to be mentioned that as a consequence of this flagrant and extremely dangerous breaking of the F1 rules and regulations by Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa was denied the 2008 World Championship by one point. But it has also to be clearly said that this chicanery very nearly brought about the death or serious injury of Nelson Piquet Jn.
As Massa said…‘the robbery changed the outcome of a championship and I lost (the title)’…
Vive Formula One! Rhuairi Macleod
F1 Funatic

Reynoldsburg, OH

#2 Jan 12, 2013
Yes, you said all that before in another thread. How many more times are you going to copy and paste the same drivel? It's 2013, a new season. Let the old ones go!
Weightman MacFarlane

UK

#3 Jan 13, 2013
'BROKEN SEAL 2012 & CRASHGATE 2008'

I am completely in accord with Rhuairi Macleod on these matters - and am obliged for his most relevant article. I really do feel that uninformed and naive responses as that from the previous author does absolutely no favours to Formula 1.
F1 Funatic

Reynoldsburg, OH

#4 Jan 13, 2013
Weightman MacFarlane wrote:
'BROKEN SEAL 2012 & CRASHGATE 2008'
I am completely in accord with Rhuairi Macleod on these matters - and am obliged for his most relevant article. I really do feel that uninformed and naive responses as that from the previous author does absolutely no favours to Formula 1.
Who asked you, pants? Live in the past with all your bile and hate. Hope you choke on them.
Weightman MacFarlane

UK

#5 Feb 1, 2013
F1 Funatic wrote:
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Who asked you, pants? Live in the past with all your bile and hate. Hope you choke on them.
It's a pity that ill-informed parties such as yourself have a forum for your views here
F1 Funatic

Reynoldsburg, OH

#6 Feb 1, 2013
Weightman MacFarlane wrote:
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It's a pity that ill-informed parties such as yourself have a forum for your views here
You better get used to it, it's a new season. If you're going to continue whining about 2008 I'm going to continue telling you to shut up. "Crash-Gate"? How unimaginative! How English! Affix "-gate" to the latest "outrage" and think you're clever. Sit down, pants, and shut up.

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