2011 Korean Grand Prix

Korea secures deal to reduce race hosting costs

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

2011 Korean Grand PrixIn the round-up: Organisers of the beleaguered Korean Grand Prix claim they have reached a new deal with FOM to reduce the costs of holding the race.

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Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

South Jeolla cuts costs for F1 Grand Prix (The Korea Herald)

“‘With the successful negotiation, we?ll be able to save a significant amount of money this year,’ said Kang Hyo-seok, director of the Korean F1 organizing committee. He, however, admitted that the F1 race is still too expensive for Korea.”

Australian GP Conference 4 (FIA)

Lewis Hamilton: “I didn?t generally have great pace, so [Sebastian Vettel] may or may not have got passed me, who knows? It doesn?t really matter. He did in the end.”

Button ‘more than marginal’ on fuel (Autosport)

Martin Whitmarsh: “Had we raced unfettered we would not have got to the finish line with either car, so from lap eight we were in severe fuel saving mode.”

Ecclestone?s plan for float divides paddock (The Times)

“The proposals immediately sparked anger, with one senior team executive describing them as ‘outrageous’ and ‘against every facet of European competition law’.”

F1 flotation plans stir up anger (The Telegraph)

“It is believed the story was removed either at the request of Sky Sports, Sky News? sister company who did not wish to spark resentment on the opening weekend of its live coverage of the sport.”

Heikki Kovalainen via Twitter

“The penalty I got for the next race was cos I passed Vettel before the 1st safety car line when coming in to the pits, marginal, my mistake.”

Comment of the day

JamieFranklinF1 enjoyed the first race of the season but spotted potential for a new controversy:

Jenson was fantastic today. I had a feeling that he?d be able to get in front of Hamilton at the first corner, and when he did, I was ecstatic. The whole race for me was very exciting, and the pace of some of the cars was fantastic to see!

The Saubers looked great, and the Williams as well, although I?m really not a fan of Maldonado and was quite happy when he crashed out on the last lap. It seemed only fair considering he ended Grosjean?s race, who was probably going to have a decent points haul.

At one stage, I had four of the top five drivers in their correct positions for my predictions, but unfortunately, the safety car kind of messed that up for me. Vettel was able to get into second, and Alonso and Rosberg didn?t have the pace to stop Webber getting fourth.

I thought it was quite bad that Red Bull was intentionally positioning their mechanics in the pit lane in order to restrict the McLaren drivers from getting away well, when their drivers weren’t actually coming in to pit. Not only is it unsafe, but it?s very unsportsmanlike.
JamieFranklinF1

From the forum

Plus lots of discussion over the battle between the UK’s F1 broadcasters this year:

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On this day in F1

Emerson Fittipaldi won the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch 40 years ago today.

Fittipaldi led home Mike Hailwood and Denny Hulme in the 40-lap non-championship race.

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