In the round-up: Fernando Alonso backs Ferrari’s less conservative approach to 2012.
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“Last spring, we made important changes to the structure of the technical part of the team and now we have adopted a new approach, a less conservative one, in the design of the new car. The philosophy behind the 2012 car is very different from that of 2011, especially in some key areas like suspension and aerodynamics.”
Luca di Montezemolo: “[Sebastian] Vettel is a brilliant driver. He?óÔé¼Ôäós young, but seems very intelligent in the way he carries himself. He has a great future, let?óÔé¼Ôäós see. I like drivers who use their head more than their right foot.”
“The Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in Greater Noida came in for free-flowing praise from the leading drivers, including the double world champion Sebastian Vettel. The grand spectacle could have been more appealing to the countrymen had Karun Chandhok also raced along with Narain Karthikeyan.”
Lewis Hamilton: “I’m so strict ?óÔé¼ÔÇØ even on Christmas Day I stick to my diet. It’s a protein shake for breakfast, with a few dates and some raisins ?óÔé¼ÔÇØ it’s horrible, it really is horrible but I just blend it up into a smoothie.”
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Thanks to everyone for your festive wishes in yesterday’s round-up! I enjoyed a very relaxing Christmas with my family.
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