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Here’s today’s round-up:
“As darkness falls around Suzuka this evening, so does the rain. And if you listen to the weather forecasts, the wet conditions looks set to continue for the next 24 hours. So it’s a case of rain coats and umbrellas at the ready as we brace ourselves for what is likely to be a very wet qualifying session tomorrow afternoon.”
Franz Tost on the Korean Grand Prix: “As far as I know, Charlie Whiting will go there next week, will have a look, will have an inspection and then they will make a decision and so far as I know we will go there and we will race there. Maybe there’s a little bit of an advantage (to that for us), we will see. Just let’s go and see what’s going on, because I haven’t yet seen the track, therefore it’s difficult to estimate the conditions but I’m convinced that the FIA and FOM will find the correct decision.”
“The newspaper put in Rubinho’s name. It wasn’t something I said. I spoke to the journalist today and they apologised.”
“‘I see Hamilton and McLaren are throwing it away again under pressure,’ said a rival technical director.”
“In exchange for building a £200 million venue, the group wants the local authorities to help support the plans by paying the £36 million per year race fee plus leasing it the land.”
Comment of the day
David A is not impressed with the limited scope of the new GP2 Asia calendar:
That is not a schedule.
If this series is to be taken seriously, this is what they should have:
Round 1-2: Singapore
Round 3-4: Japan
Round 5-6: Korea
Round 7-8: Abu Dhabi
Round 9-10: Bahrain
Round 11-12: Australia
Round 13-14: Malaysia
Round 15-16: China
You know, so it can actually be the Asian/Oceanic equivalent of GP2 Europe.
From the forum
DamionShadows poses a controversial question: Le Mans or F1?
Happy birthday to Toby!
On this day in F1
Hear in Britain watching the Japanese Grand Prix live means setting the alarm clock very early. Those who did five years ago today were rewarded with an exceptional race – even though the drivers’ championship was no longer at stake!
Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso scorched through the field from lowly starting positions after a rain-hit qualifying session.
Räikkönen snatched victory from a flustered Giancarlo Fisichella on the very last lap. Alonso, though delayed by a race control error, put a memorable pass on Michael Schumacher around the outside of 130R on his way to third place.
The 2005 Japanese Grand Prix was runner-up in our ‘best race of the 2000s” poll last year.