In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel says he appreciates he’s “very fortunate” to be racing for a living.
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“If you go to work every morning just because you need a cheque at the end of the month it’s not great. Money can be a motivation but it will never make you happy. Obviously, racing in F1, all of us are very fortunate because we’re doing something we loved as a child and now it’s our job ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and we earn good money. So for us, as drivers, it’s great. And when you’re successful it becomes even better.”
Pat Symonds: “The component in question has actually passed an ‘unobserved’ crash test but has been performing inconsistently in the observed tests.”
“Last year we had problems with the exhaust. We also had the problem that we just weren’t very fast, even when the exhaust did work. Maybe that was kept secret. But we just weren’t very fast.”
“David Campbell, the CVC-appointed head of Allsport Management, [has] left his role at Allsport management after just over a year. He had taken over to replace Patrick McNally.”
“The agreement we had at the end of last season was that if Rubens [Barrichello] would not be in Formula 1, then I would take over.”
Stefano Domenicali: “It?óÔé¼Ôäós obvious that we can?óÔé¼Ôäót be happy with how the test went considering or goals, but let?óÔé¼Ôäós not forget that the championship still has to start.”
“From riding with one of four selected drivers, to an overview of the pit-lane (a first, we’re being told), a driver tracker, social media interaction via Twitter, and timing screen, Sky are set to dramatically change our Formula One viewing experience.”
“As for meeting Barrichello, you?óÔé¼Ôäóre certainly far more likely to have an encounter with him in [IndyCar]. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been to a fair share of F1 races and still didn?óÔé¼Ôäót see some of the drivers in the paddock despite having the right credentials.”
Comment of the day
Mike reckons HRT have made little progress over the winter:
People are getting rather excited about this car, and I do support HRT strongly, but it is very, very similar to last years, in that most of the chassis is the same.
You can see that there are only minor changes made, the nose is new, however the front win is the same, along with most of the car. The rear wing has be redesigned. That?óÔé¼Ôäós good. And the billboard is gone.
Having said that, for HRT to have development on the bodywork at all is a very good sign for the health of the team.
From the forum
- In what order will the drivers line up on the grid in Australia?
- Felipe Massa’s latest TV ad in Brazil
- Details of a new ad format being trialled on the website
Apologies for any confusion arising from the move to the new server yesterday.
During the move some users were briefly unable to see the new site. This caused some confusion as people mistakenly believed forum posts had been deleted.
There was a further problem which led to a number of comments that were posted yesterday being lost in the transfer. My apologies again for this oversight which should have been avoided.
The site is now up and running on its new server which will hopefully provide better stability and faster access.
Happy birthday to Bac!
On this day in F1
The rule requiring drivers to use both types of tyre compound during a race was introduced five years ago today.
Has it been a worthwhile addition to the sport? F1 Fanatic readers don’t seem to think so – 83% opposed the rule when we had a poll on it last year: