David Coulthard, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2011

Ecclestone doubts Austin race will go ahead

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says he “wouldn’t put money” on next year’s American Grand Prix going ahead.

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Austin GP looks doubtful, says Ecclestone (Reuters)

“Austin? I wouldn’t want to put my money down that that will happen. I hope it will and we are doing our best to make it happen, but I wouldn’t want to say yes.”

Ferrari technical reshuffle not finished yet, says Fry (Daily Telegraph)

“The rules still allow you to do a few things differently but there are 12 teams out there looking at the same set of rules so I would be surprised if our car ended up looking a whole lot different to anyone else’s.”

Sebastian Vettel Q&A: Yas Marina is very dear to me

“This track definitely holds fantastic memories for me. To be the first to win at a new track is always very special and then to win the race and the championship here last year will always stay in my memory.”

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Comment of the day

STSCM anticipates today’s race:

Fascinating start tomorrow, the first three minutes will be telling.

Hamilton knows if Vettel gets ahead, he?ll disappear into the distance. Vettel knows if he doesn?t get around Hamilton quickly he?ll be stuck on his diffuser for a while, something he doesn?t like. Both drivers will see turn one filling up their visors rapidly. Either outstanding wheel to wheel racing or clouds of carbon fibre. Then the question is what happens to Button and Alonso, 5cm behind the front two?

After the start, all bets are off.
STSCM

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