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GP Week : Issue 164
w BRIEFLY » Can it be true? One of the rumours doing the rounds of the Hungaroring paddock this weekend claimed that Daniel Ricciardo was banned from doing his final run in Q1 on Saturday when it became apparent that an improved lap time from the Australian would see Red Bull star Sebastian Vettel knocked out of qualifying. And while such rumours are impossible to substantiate, Ricciardo’s eight-lap Q1 session would seem to support the claim when compared with the 10 laps completed by Toro Rosso teammate Jean-Eric Vergne. Ricciardo finished his final lap with enough time on the clock for one last attempt that never happened. Was it the hand of Helmut Marko at work? » Despite regular assertions to the contrary from F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, the 2013 Concorde Agreement is far from finalised. Ecclestone is a master of semantics, and has recently gone on the record as saying that all teams had signed. But while some teams have signed an agreement to sign, others have yet to sign a thing. Mercedes are the most high-profile of hold-outs, but the past two race weekends have seen HRT and Marussia confirm that they have yet to sign anything as well. Sauber have signed an agreement, but not the Concorde, while Toro Rosso are the only team to have gone on record as stating that they have signed “a Concorde Agreement”. Note the use of ‘a’, not ‘the’ in that direct quote from team principal Franz Tost. F1 >>> NEWS The Williams F1 plan of succession post-Adam Parr began to take shape this week, with the formal announcement that Toto Wolff had been named as an executive director of the company. Wolff has been a non-executive director of Williams Grand Prix Holdings Ltd. since November 2009. His wife, the racing driver Susie Wolff (nee Stoddart) has been working as a Williams development driver since the beginning of the season, a role she combines with her existing duties in DTM. “Toto’s new role, working closely alongside myself, is about Williams looking for ward and managing the successful running of the company,” said team founder and principal Sir Frank Williams when the announcement was made. “I am looking for ward to our new working relationship and I have every belief that this partnership will help take Williams F1 from strength to strength.” “Formally, I have a new title,” Wolff explained when questioned about his new role on Friday in Budapest. “Actually, the position is not quite new: I have been doing the same job for a couple of months already after Adam’s departure. It involves basically helping Frank in the daily job running the team.” Since taking on his new role, Wolff has had to change his attitude to proceedings at Grove, he told the assembled media. “My approach kind of changed,” he said. “I was an investor before, which is the easier part – you can criticise and stick your nose in everywhere. Now formally I’m an official employee of the company – at least I work for the company – so I have to deliver as well, I’m part of the team. “Where do I see the team? When I joined in 2009 I gave myself a five year period to progress. Now this is a random period, it just sounded OK for me. We have won a race this year, which came quite early, maybe earlier than expected, but I think the team is on-track technically and on-track setting all the other commercial departments as well.” A WOLFF IN WILLIAMS’ CLOTHING 6 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: