In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone calls Lewis Hamilton’s choice of management “a disaster”.
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“I think it’s a disaster. He gets to meet people that probably he wouldn’t have met, and [who] have probably the wrong sort of influence on him. He’s at the age, perhaps, and he has the amount of money, where when he’s influenced, he can carry things through, which he wouldn’t normally have done.”
“HRT F1 Team is obliged to deny that Caterham Technology and Innovation, a subsidiary company of Caterham F1, will be in charge of the design and fabrication of the F112?óÔé¼Ôäós monocoque.”
“Unfortunately someone published nonsense about Kamui [Kobayashi] leaving our team. Stupid. We are very fond of him, he stays with us!”
“Silverstone-based Force India is expected to formally announce its 2012 driver line-up next week.”
Dany Bahar: “It’s not something we are focused on from a group perspective, saying: ‘This is Kimi now you have to do everything to protect him from going out of his own house’. It doesn’t work.”
“Q: Did the fact that Romain is French make the difference?
A: Absolutely not! It was just another point in his favour. For our French partners like Total it?óÔé¼Ôäós a godsend to be able to take advantage of his presence as one of our drivers.”
“The team, part-owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, was driven to a ?é?ú35.3m pre-tax loss in the 14 months to 31 December 2010 following a disastrous ?é?ú17.6m investment in a computer-aided car design system.”
“Amidst debate over the ‘elitist’ nature of Formula 1 and whether it qualifies to be a sport at all, Indian racing star Narain Karthikeyan on Saturday said that F1 is a sport as good as any other and the drivers involved in it work really hard.”
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Comment of the day
I want to see them both in the car next year. They?óÔé¼Ôäóve both impressed me, and for those two young lads to nearly claim sixth (Buemi?óÔé¼Ôäós reliability didn?óÔé¼Ôäót help) was fantastic to watch. 8th somehow doesn’t seem representative.
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On this day in F1
Happy birthday to HRT team principal Colin Kolles who is 44 today.