In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says: “I was quick in qualifying, I wasn’t quick in the race.”
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“I just wasn’t quick enough. I was quick in qualifying, I wasn’t quick in the race.”
“I almost want to grab him and slap him and ask where the hell Lewis Hamilton is? Where?óÔé¼Ôäós the friendly, open, passionate racer, who used to laugh off adversity and show the kind of racecraft on track that left you with your jaw on the floor?”
“There is something in Hamilton’s life, some distraction that is adversely affecting his performance. Only he can know what that is.”
Paul Hembery: “There is nothing too wrong with the qualifying. This three session system is very good: it is just that conserving tyres is nonsense. And it is nonsense because if [Sebastian] Vettel and the top six can win races having gone through the three sessions, then it means everyone can do it.”
“I’m still in Japan and will fly to Korea on Wednesday. I will not drive there on Friday, because it’s quite a new Track for Adrian [Sutil] and [Paul di Resta].”
“Turner also wants Simon Lazenby to front [Sky’s F1] coverage. While Sky Sports News presenter Georgie Thompson has been mooted as a possible option, Turner, who worked with Lazenby during his time in rugby, wants to bring him across to F1.”
“It’s been no classic but there has been much to enjoy away from the [Vettel’s] domination up front. It is just that the big picture of the title race has marginalised a lot of the action into unconnected, one-off events on track.”
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Chief operations engineer Mark Gillan: “Pastor [Maldonado’s] race balance on option tyres and low fuel during the last stint was reasonable but it is clearly evident that the overall pace of the car needs to dramatically improve.”
“As well as visiting the six tracks on the 2011 schedule, WSR will also be pitching up in Russia at the new Moscow Raceway.”
“On Saturday in Suzuka the team hosted a family that had lost everything because of the quake and tomorrow, Ferrari Japan, at the Japanese launch of the 458 Spider, will put up for auction the nose of a 150?é?? Italia used in the Australian Grand Prix, which bore the Japanese flag and the message ‘Forza Giappone.'”
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John H imagines how the 1979 French Grand Prix might have been affected by modern-day stewards:
News just in… Gilles Villeneuve handed 25-second post race penalty by the FIA after taking 32 years to review the footage. He has been demoted to fourth place a spokesman today confirmed.
Renault driver Rene Arnoux was handed second place and is said to be “ecstatic” that justice has finally been served describing Villeneuve?óÔé¼Ôäós driving as “mindless” and going on to comment that the former Ferrari ace “just doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót learn”.
Alan Jones is now classified third and is said to be “decidedly nonplussed” with the podium result.
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