F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Force India to reveal their 2012 driver line-up amid doubt over Adrian Sutil’s future.
Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“German driver Adrian Sutil, who could be replaced by compatriot Nico Hülkenberg alongside Britain’s Paul di Resta, has asked Mallya for a quick decision.”
“I don’t want any positions from Sebastian, nothing has changed.”
“I speak for myself [when I say] my driving, for me, has been the biggest hazard. I can improve, and that’s what I’m working towards for next year, and also staying out of the stewards’ office is also a very big goal – top of my priorities for next year.”
“When three months ago it looked like we couldn’t finish the build my father pushed the emergency button and called everybody in from the family – those who look after electricity, those who look after IT, those who look after cement etc. – so they all gathered under one roof to support me and the entire organization. We all feel that what we did with this race track has made us all part of history. That has made us very proud.”
“The workers said that contractors who supplied the Jaypee Group, the circuit’s owner, with labour to build the circuit – where 120,000 spectators are to watch the event on Sunday – have only paid them enough to cover basic living expenses for six months. They claim they were promised 120 rupees (£1.53) a day when they were hired.”
David Coulthard: “With luck this race can be a source of jobs and opportunities for many of them, as well as a source of pride. I also feel very strongly that Formula One can be used as an opportunity to promote safer driving.”
“A long day. Never experienced such awful pollution. India must address the problem and stop denying it exists or the place is doomed.”
“One minute silence on the grid tomorrow at 14:45 for Marco Simoncelli and Dan Wheldon. Fitting F1 tribute.”
“The funny thing is that at my last race in a Grand Prix was Abu Dhabi in 2009 and I’m getting back in a Formula 1 car in a Grand Prix car in Abu Dhabi. If I’m honest, it’s not my favourite circuit but it’s good to make my return at a modern track where there is good run-offs!”
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Comment of the day
Not much sympathy for Felipe Massa’s criticism of the kerbs at Buddh International Circuit:
It’s an anti-cut device. Isn’t it just fulfilling the duty that kerbs used to serve in the 70s/80s/90s before they were flattened in the 2000s, i.e. as a place the driver shouldn’t put his car?
I like Felipe, but it’s his own fault for driving where he shouldn’t.
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On this day in F1
The first ever world champion, Giuseppe Farina, was born 105 years ago today.