F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton rejects Martin Whitmarsh’s claim that Jenson Button has put him under pressure.
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“Whitmarsh said after the last race in India that the 2008 champion was ‘feeling under pressure’ from Button, but Hamilton said that was not true. ‘He made some comments which I disagree with,’ said Hamilton. ‘It’s rubbish.’”
“‘In the end yes there will be something, but most important – do I feel it? Do I want it or not?’ he said about the factors that will influence his choice. ‘That is something we will find out in the future. Not right now.’”
“Exclusive Media Group announced Wednesday, the final day of the American Film Market, that it had sold the pic to distributors for 30 markets including Alliance Films for Canada, Aurum for Spain, Universum/RTL for Germany, E1 for Australia and New Zealand, MisLabel for Scandinavia and Independent in Benelux. Variety reported Monday that StudioCanal had picked up UK rights.”
“Headline grabbers sell papers, it’s just a pity I didn’t say it!”
“Everything is all set for tomorrow. Really excited! At the hotel now and really looking forward for tomorrow.”
“In the end we do not know whether Rubens [Barrichello] really plans to retire. I have heard that Kimi [Raikkonen] wants to come back, but there’s’ also a question about whether a team wants to take the risk of bringing somebody back who was hasn’t driven for two years. We will be surprised over the next couple of weeks.”
“I’m just waiting for people to call. The only thing I have in mind is the year that I’m going to have ahead. I’m thinking like I did in 2008, just positive. I might go to the Brazilian Grand Prix without any confirmation or without anything, but I’m not saying goodbye to my fans. I want to be there next year.”
Sebastien Buemi: “I think it’s good to try some new circuits, some new countries to visit. I think it’s definitely a positive to come to these races and I think what we experience here is completely different. It’s the best infrastructure in the world and it’s definitely quite nice to be racing here, starting the race when it’s still daylight and then we finish in the dark. I definitely think it’s a positive.”
“Three cheers for Romain Grosjean speaking his mind: ‘The track I’m not a big fan of. Too much slow corners from my point of view.’”
“Styled on the IPL’s popular city-based model, franchises have to pay $20 million for a period of 15 years for owning a team. The league’s promoters, Machdar Motorsports, said most of the teams had already been paid for.”
“Bernie Ecclestone said it would have been a ‘waste of time’ to report his allegations that he was the victim of what he called a ‘shakedown’ by a German banker accused of corruption.”
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Comment of the day
This is good both for Mercedes and Nico, he is learning a lot from Michael and he is doing some great races, each season he is a better driver and I am sure he can win GPs and championships, though he hasn’t the “killer instinct” that Michael has.
If Michael is now racing better than Nico is not because Nico isn’t so good, it’s simply because Michael is recovering part of his old pace, and don’t forget it, with 25-30 years Michael would beat the rest of the drivers without any doubt. So the driver who beats Nico is Michael, not a simply good driver.
Moreover, Mercedes is building a solid project and Michael won’t be in F1 beyond 2013 so then Nico will be the absolute leader of the team, and this is not going to happen if he goes to Ferrari.
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On this day in F1
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