"We were the first to hold a world championship grand prix in 1950 and we've never missed it since. To lose that now would be irresponsible for the sport itself, maybe for the commercial rights holder and for the British government." A rare example of Jackie Stewart and Bernie Ecclestone agreeing about something…
"Around the Bahrain International Circuit, stunning new decorations have been incorporated into the run-off areas, underlining the Arabic influences of the fourth round of the 2009 season with nearly 15,000 square metres of previously featureless tarmac now adorned with colourful Arabic calligraphy and artwork."
Lewis Hamilton on the lying scandal: "It's just one of those tough times. I wouldn't describe it as anything I've not really thought about it that much."
"It is the super-soft and the medium again, but the super-soft seems to holding on longer than it has at other venues. Ferrari had a bit of a problem with getting them to last over a long run today, but Brawn and Red Bull had no problems and that means there won’t be too many people who have to run odd races where they only do six laps on the soft tyre or something like that."
"Renault have been very quick introducing new bits on its R29 contender, and part of their rear end update at China was a heavily revised sidepod ending. In sharp contrast with version seen at the launch, the new sidepods have more openings to provide extra cooling."
Flavio Britaore on Nelson Piquet Jnr: “You see the performance as well. Everyone is watching TV, including me and it’s what you see. It’s a difficult moment for him. In a moment like this you don’t need to kill anybody you need to support and to hope, hope he’ll do better. This is his first race with a normal situation [he has a double diffuser, like Alonso] and let’s see. Sunday or Monday hopefully we will have a different idea.“
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