In the round-up: Patrick Head will step down from his F1 role at Williams next year.
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“I am not going to be directly part of the Williams Formula 1 programme next year.”
“Patrick Head who believed in me as a teenager and gave me a chance in F1 with Williams has decided to call it a day. Thanks for everything mate.”
“Just wait for the official end of season F1 DVD. An incredible, never before seen, bit of footage of [Helmut] Marko tearing Jaime [Alguersuari] apart. Just amazing.”
According to Will this was after Alguersuari held Sebastian Vettel up during practice in Korea.
“Mark Webber’s first win of the season in Brazil had 4.8 million viewers between 3pm and 6.10pm, a 27.2% share of the audience, with a five-minute peak of 6.1 million.”
“Its authority will doubtless suffer as a result, as will the popularity of the sport. Those that want it can subscribe to Sky, but the apathetic middle will grow ever more disaffected.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “I think we had a shocking winter, probably one of the worst winters we have had. We were nowhere near competitive and had not done a race distance before we finished the Australian Grand Prix. That is not how you should start a season. I think we have taken some decisions based on what happened, and hopefully taken some learning from that.”
“Jim Rathmann won the 1960 Indianapolis 500 after a fierce, race-long duel with Rodger Ward and finished second in the great race three times in 1952, ?óÔé¼?£57 and ?óÔé¼?£59.”
“[Texas State Comptroller Susan] Combs may have been justified in her recent statement that no state money would go to the race in advance. Still, it?óÔé¼Ôäós a reversal of her earlier promise.”
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“I don’t think there’s any question of my commitment to the team, so there’s no real rush to have to do anything. I’ll just focus on the year.”
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Comment of the day
Damonsmedley says Red Bull should have been less concerned about the possibility of Vettel’s gearbox failing:
The only thing I wished for is that Sebastian ignored the team. It would have been fantastic to see a battle for the lead and really, Seb had nothing to lose if his car did fail like Lewis?óÔé¼Ôäó did.
I was disappointed that he did what he was told, but I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not blaming him. I just don?óÔé¼Ôäót understand why Red Bull didn?óÔé¼Ôäót let him race when it would make no difference to them if he finished or not, really.
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On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher prepared for his F1 comeback by winning Felipe Massa’s end-of-season kart tournament in Brazil.
Massa, who was getting ready to return from injury, won the second leg of the event but Schumacher claimed overall victory: