In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are the biggest earners in their home countries.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“The 2008 world champion earned $18,473,684 [?é?ú11.1m] last year, as drivers made numerous appearances on the list for their respective countries.”
“In a conference call Parr told reporters: ‘Patrick has made it clear that he will be retiring this year. That’s nothing to do with the restructuring, it’s just the fact that he’s turning 65 and had already signalled that it’s time for him to move on to his next set of interests in life.’ But Head has since denied Parr’s claims, saying: ‘What you are telling me is news to me. I wasn’t aware that Adam had said that.'”
“Nada Ahmed Yaseen, acting assistant undersecretary for tourism of Bahrain, said: ‘It’s not cancelled, it’s only postponed. We will hear good news soon.'”
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The sharp-eyed will spot yours truly skulking around in the background, three-and-a-half minutes in…
“We wanted a very international flavour to the brand and wanted it to feel like it?óÔé¼Ôäós an open invitation to Mexico, to Central and South America, and even Canada. The idea is to make it feel like it?óÔé¼Ôäós really everyone?óÔé¼Ôäós.”
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Comment of the day
I think Williams’ days are numbered. For me, putting the team on the stock market was a desperate move to generate funding. They?óÔé¼Ôäóre using a pay driver who isn’t particularly rated by many and a driver who is certainly close to the end of his career.
The age of the privateer is over. Tyrrell, Lotus (under Colin Chapman), Arrows and Jordan are prime examples. Peter Sauber has made it quite clear he would like to leave F1 soon and is trying to secure the future of the team. It?óÔé¼Ôäós a shame, but it?óÔé¼Ôäós how the sport is evolving.
Today, even with the Resource Restriction Agreement, it?óÔé¼Ôäós all about the money ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ or lack of in some cases.
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On this day in F1
Tiff Needell made his only F1 start on this day in 1980.
You can read more about his brief F1 career in his new book, reviewed here last week:
The footage below is from Needell’s failed attempt to qualify for the next round of the championship at Monaco: