In the round-up: Jaime Alguersuari responds to Helmut Marko’s claim he wasn’t good enough to stay with Red Bull.
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“I respect the situation that they don’t want my work anymore, but what they’ve said is absolutely not acceptable. They said ‘we are good drivers, but we are not winners’. It doesn’t make sense if you give me a car that is not capable to be in the top ten.”
“I hope that it is not true that we are going to suffer at the beginning, even though Alonso is always very objective. I would like to understand why and above all understand quickly, very quickly, what needs to be done.”
“Marussia say the MR01 has passed the last of the FIA crash tests and is ready to race.”
“It’s difficult to know exactly about the politics in their country or any of that part of the world now, as we can see. But the teams are all committed to be there, and will be there, and want to be there and like to be in Bahrain.”
“What is very encouraging is that even if we believe strongly that they are ahead of us, then the gap last year to this year has been reduced so it shows we can catch up.”
“If Frank Williams ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ now Sir Frank ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ had never done anything else, he might be credited with the initiative that unplugged the geyser of Middle Eastern oil money which has transformed the world of international sport.”
“Here, for the first time, the 19-year-old talks about the pain of missing out on his father’s attention while living in the shadow of Lewis’s brilliant rise up the racing ladder.”
“Don’t believe what you read in The Sun about my dad today, everything has been twisted.”
“Colani proclaimed that his organic approach would render all other F1 cars antiquated overnight. Er… his overheated and lacked downforce, and would have to be gradually de-Colanised.”
Comment of the day
The new season is drawing ever closer but not everyone will be watching:
I would just like to express my sadness that I won?óÔé¼Ôäót be watching qualifying at Melbourne this year due to not being able to justify getting Sky with my family costs and also trees (!) preventing me getting RTL using a dish. I guess we had it good for quite a long time here in the UK and now the reality of the free market has hit fanatics such as myself.
You may say I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not a fanatic because I don?óÔé¼Ôäót pay, but when you have children and a mortgage and hanging on financially, those things come first. So be it.
I?óÔé¼Ôäóm still looking forward to James Allen on Radio 5 so hopefully I can use my imagination to picture the action. I still have F1 Fanatic Live too of course.
From the forum
- Plans for an F1 Fanatic meet-up at the Australian Grand Prix
- Jaime Alguersuari joins BBC Radio 5 Live
- How will Rubens Barrichello get on in IndyCar?
- 23 of the 26 places in GP2 have now been taken for 2012
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On this day in F1
Attempt to salvage something of the Prost team ran into difficulty ten years ago today. The FIA revealed that the business which had bought the Prost cars would not be able to enter the forthcoming season as entries were already closed.
In the end nothing came of the efforts to keep the outfit going and the team dropped out of Formula 1 entirely. It had previously existed as Ligier, who originally entered F1 in 1976.