In the round-up: Damon Hill, who criticised F1’s attempts to hold a race in Bahrian last year, supports the return to the country this year.
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“I listened to a lot of people there, including eye-witnesses. I believe they are making change for the better. There is no question they have issues ?óÔéĽÔÇŘ but every country has issues; we had riots here in the UK not so long ago.”
Alan Permane: “Look at Jenson Button – when he drove for us, Giancarlo Fisichella destroyed him, and Fisi would be the first guy to admit he’s not a mega. He was a very good number two. But now Jenson’s fantastic. Can Senna do that? Only time will tell.”
“Operators of Germany’s Nurburgring are in talks with Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone over a deal to host the 2013 Grand Prix despite cutting around 100 jobs at the circuit, a spokesman for the operators said on Wednesday.”
“[President of the Conseil General de la Nievre Patrice] Joly is hoping that the circuit can win back the French Grand Prix, rather than seeing the race go off to Paul Ricard, near Toulon, where the facilities for the public ?óÔéĽÔÇŁ and the crowd capacity ?óÔéĽÔÇŁ are much inferior to those at Magny-Cours. In addition, Ricard is a long way from the major population centres of Paris (11 million) and Lyon (1.6 million), although it is close to Marseille, which boasts 1.5 million people.”
“There are a limited number of characters in F1 and Rubens has been thoroughly a positive character. People like and respect Rubens and his abilities.”
“By the way, if you want a great read on Rubens Barrichello, dig out Maurice Hamilton’s “Race Without End” on Jordan in 1993.”
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Comment of the day
It’s always interesting to read a new comment on an old article. Here’s Anthony Lewis:
As an avid F1 fan, I am amazed and frustrated that nowhere on the African continent is F1 racing staged. F1 racing is a world sport, staged in Asia, the Americas, the Middle East, throughout Europe and soon to be in India and next year the USA. My argument is that F1 cannot be judged as a “world sport” unless it is also staged somewhere on the African continent, the second largest continent in the world yet totally forgotten by the rest of the world.
I believe that South African, is the only country on the African continent, at the moment, which has the finances, infrastructure, technology and supporters to successfully stage F1. South Africa has successfully staged the Rugby World Cup and the Football World Cup. Staging a F1 race in South Africa would bring huge revenues and permanent jobs to South Africans. In addition, it would also help in increasing the profile of South Africa as a leading nation on the worldwide political and sporting stage and bring new fans to the sport.
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On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Jenson Button, who is 32 today, and Karun Chandhok, who turns 28.