In the round-up: Bahrain urges Ecclestone to return the race to the calendar.
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“The support for Gulf Weekly’s F1 initiative has been overwhelming with VIPS, dignitaries, business executives and celebrities joining ordinary race fans of all ages to make their feelings known.”
“While Red Bull and Renault are to be applauded for their innovation, it?óÔé¼Ôäós a road that Jean Todt?óÔé¼Ôäós FIA doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót want the sport to go down. Whiting said in his original letter that they feared an escalation and where that might lead. Better to outlaw the practice now and then make sure its written into the 2012 rules.”
“Got some cool features on ‘Senna’ coming up ahead of its UK launch on June 3rd.”
“The number of overtaking moves has not only increased significantly compared to 2010, but it has also risen steadily with each race so far in 2011, from 30 total moves in Melbourne (including all types of pass) to 112 in Turkey.”
“All this drama about what happened between Adrian Sutil and Eric Lux and I understand a British journalist was at M1NT nightclub that night.”
“I have spoken to him since then. We had a lot of technical discussions and he was hassling about what we were doing about the car, what is coming along, what improvements we have got – so nothing has changed. We are optimistic.”
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Two dashing chaps in the background there!
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On this day in F1
Olivier Panis scored his only F1 win – and the last for Ligier – in the Monaco Grand Prix 15 years ago today.
An eventful race saw Michael Schumacher crash out on the first lap and Damon Hill and Jean Alesi both retire from the lead.
A late collision between Mika Hakkinen, Eddie Irvine and Mika Salo meant just three cars were still circulating as the race finished: Panis, David Coulthard and Johnny Herbert,
Here’s the opening lap which set the tone for a dramatic Grand Prix:
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