Expect to see more headlines about Bahrain as the state of emergency is due to end there today and the FIA is set to decide on Friday whether the race will happen.
Here’s today’s round-up:
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“It?óÔé¼Ôäós hoped that without the crane, the barrier can be moved back to the trees and an extra 20 meters of space can be gained. The TV camera position, currently in front of the crane, would be moved to the trees.”
Jenson Button: “The cars have improved dramatically in terms of safety since Karl Wendlinger’s accident and the circuit has improved. The barrier’s been moved back since my accident [in 2003], so there have been improvements, but we need to find a solution because we all love racing here.”
Eric Boullier: “Let’s say good, but not good enough. Sunday is okay. Sunday’s pace is good, it is very good, but obviously the higher we qualify on the grid, the better the chance we have to score more points.”
Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed Rashid Alzayani: “We went through a rough patch and we need nice moments in our history now for the nation.”
“If you are interested to attend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ presenting a question that might be then raised during the meeting and indicating all your contact details.”
“All I can say is, you reap what you sow. Don?óÔé¼Ôäót now expect Lewis to say anything interesting over the coming days, weeks or months. Do expect him to give a lot of one-word answers about front wings and KERS devices. I for one won?óÔé¼Ôäót blame him.”
Jackie Stewart: “?óÔé¼?£He [Hamilton] did run into some very controversial manoeuvres whereas Jenson Button passed Fernando Alonso in a very clean and decisive way. It took him quite a few laps to achieve that, but patience paid off.” Er… when?
“I first had a Monaco media pass in 1983 and the intervening 28 years have done nothing to dilute the impact of F1 cars’ close passage. It might not be a venue that permits proper racing, but there is no finer showcase for driving commitment.”
“Case C is for when the red flag flies between 75% and the end of the race. The race result is called then and there. No restart is attempted even if it would be easy to do so. The race is deemed to have finished when the red flag flies, though there is a count-back rule.”
“For a while now ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ ‘for at least the past six or seven years’, according to Charlie [Whiting] ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ a red flag has been interpreted as a race suspension rather than a race stop. That being so, it is effectively the same as a Safety Car period, even to the point of ?óÔé¼?ômodifications?óÔé¼?Ø (including tyre changes) being carried out on the cars.”
“Q: If you could add one thing to your team?óÔé¼Ôäós motorhome, what would it be?
PdR: Probably more people. I come from DTM and there you have a much livelier paddock.”
“It is upsetting that [Flavio Briatore] should be feted by the sport he screwed.”
“@PastorMaldo Courage my dear fellow! Better days will come, brother! Remember that every beginning costs! A hug!”
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Comment of the day
Hyoko picks a Driver of the Weekend. If you’ve not voted for your yet you still can:
Vettel would have earned it if he had still managed to win without the red flag or the tyre change. As it was, there?óÔé¼Ôäós a big lucky factor in his win.
Alonso or Button could have rightly earned it by winning, or missing it by being unable to overtake Vettel. As it was, they lost their fair chance, again by blind luck.
So I won?óÔé¼Ôäót give it to any of the first three, though anyone of them who had got the win without the rubbish ending would have earned it for me.
So my $0.02 go to Kobayashi. He was terrific. Hope to see him in a top team as soon as possible. Maybe in a (seriously improved) Ferrari team. With a bit more polish and a decent car, this guy has what it takes to be the next champion.
From the forum
A great idea for a post from Ajokay on IndyCar-style trophies for F1.
Happy birthday to Josh and Kevin Hodge!
On this day in F1
This time last year the fall-out from the collision between the two Red Bulls in the Turkish Grand Prix was the hot topic:
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