In the round-up: the FIA’s decision to ban reactive ride height systems is linked to their perceived aerodynamic function.
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Dietrich Mateschitz: “Sebastian [Vettel] has improved and is stronger than ever. He has prepared during the winter break like never before and he will certainly not let us down.”
“[Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vernge] are two of the most exciting talents on the periphery of F1. To put them in the same environment gives us a much better visibility in terms of seeing how they progress.”
“The genius that distinguished his uncle has not made itself apparent, which is no surprise since most authorities would place Ayrton Senna among the half-dozen greatest drivers in the sport’s history. His much repeated remark ?ů‘ťľ‘«£ ‘If you think I’m good, you should see my nephew’ ?ů‘ťľ‘«£ has yet to be substantiated but, of course, it was made when Bruno was a small boy, before the tragedy at Imola in 1994 led him to put his racing career on hold for 10 years.”
“It’s a shame there is no scholarship system or ladder in place. The only alternative for getting drives is a big bag of gold.”
“A crowd of 20,000 watched Marc Gene do a demonstration run in an F2008 on the Doha cornice this afternoon.”
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Comment of the day
I have to give a special mention to Yddo whose suggestion I really liked.
But after much consideration and chuckling I plumped for Dan Thorn’s offering, which you can see on the caption.
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Happy birthday to Nathan and Salut Gilles!
On this day in F1
Today in 1959 Mike Hawthorn, who had been crowned world champion just three months earlier, lost his life in a road accident.