F1 links: Alonso defends Singapore win

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Alonso defends his 2008 Singapore GP victory (Reuters)

"I regard it as a win, yes. My interpretation of events is how could I win the race. It (Piquet's crash) was in the very early stages of the race which still had a long way to go." Not the right thing to say. And that's putting it mildly.

Virgin rules out signing Piquet (Autosport)

Alex Tai from Virgin: "As a director of the main board of Virgin, I can assure you that we would never have anybody in a team sponsored by us who cheats."

“We’re walking through fire”; Renault reaction to latest setback (James Allen)

New Renault managing director Jean-Francois Caubet: “This team has to rediscover the Renault culture. It’s lost it a bit and it will be important to rediscover it. We have to rebuild links with the Renault base and on the ethical plan renew a respectful culture towards the rules and the sporting spirit. Beyond that we need to know what will be the tools which will permit us to manage the team in an efficient manner. We don’t want to fall back into ways of the 1980s when the corporate side ran the race team, but we also do not want to reproduce the errors which have been made in leaving the team too much autonomy. We give ourselves four months to find a good compromise, the right level of autonomy.”

BBC F1 presenter to make race debut (Crash.net)

"Jake Humphrey, the presenter of the BBC's coverage of the 2009 F1 season, is to make his own racing debut next month in the Lotus on Track Elise Trophy at Silverstone"`

Q & A with Mario Theissen (Autosport)

"It will run a Ferrari power-train [in 2010]."

Unwell Grosjean hoping to race (Autosport)

"Test driver Lucas di Grassi has carried out the FIA cockpit extraction test in case he is needed." (Grosjean has since done both practice sessions)

Singapore GP Press Conference (FIA)

Mark Webber on losing Flavio Briatore as a manager: "My life has changed massively. It has turned it upside down. You wouldn’t believe. Honestly I have had Flavio looking after me for 11 years. I have never looked at the contract after I signed it on that first day and there are not many people in this paddock you can do that with. He has been sensational for me. I won’t work with anyone else in the future if I can’t work with him."

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