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More signs that Williams are expecting a good year in 2010.
“Next year’s car is definitely in aggressive mode. But it’s about whoever makes the tyres work better.”
“Riad [Asmat] was the raw diamond that I love polishing into a sparking gem. In the last year, he has proved himself many times over. He has shown that he can go from being just a glorified secretary to sitting in the same room as the bosses of Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Williams. Not just holding his own in such company, but contributing to the discussions and resolution of issues. This coming year, I expect him to really come into his own and dazzle all as he moves from Malaysia to Lotus headquarters in Norfolk, England.”
Comment of the day
The first round of voting in the Champion of Champions has been somewhat one-sided, but RBAlonso supplied some excellent perspective on Giuseppe Farina:
It must be remembered that Farina (like Fangio) lost his best years to the war and had been extremely successful beforehand, with extreme competition (Varzi, Caracciola, Chiron, Rosemeyer, Kling and of course Nuvolari). Although I must concede that that also adds a further dimension to this debate, as Farina did not have the intense global spotlight as a rookie, as much as in controversial and highly intense championship battles, that Schumacher faced.
From the forum
If Lotus aren’t going to be Lotus because Lotus are going to be called Lotus instead, what should Lotus be called?
On this day in F1
Five years ago today Alexander Wurz switched from McLaren to Williams – although he remained a test driver. But that paved the way for his return to the race team in 2007.
Read more: Alexander Wurz biography
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