F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Mark Webber expects the Sepang International Circuit to suit Lotus.
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“Malaysia is quite an aerodynamically demanding track and the Lotus looks good in that area, so I’d also expect a challenge from Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in Sepang.”
“We chose not to protest [against Mercedes] and there are teams that were more animated than us. The thing we have asked Charlie Whiting for is clarity because one could argue that it is a switch that is activated by the driver, which wouldn’t be in compliance. There will be a load of debate before Malaysia.”
“If you wanted to come today and do a car from a clean sheet of paper, certainly in F1, you’d have a hell of a job to make anything that looked different. Apart from the details, it would be very similar.”
“The chief executive [Jeremy Darroch], discussing the F1 story controversy for the first time, said that the “issue was about process” and that Sky’s sports team on the ground at Melbourne – the site of last weekend’s 2012 season opening Grand Prix – “weren’t properly briefed” ahead of publication.”
“Q: If you could banish one thing from your life – for the rest of your life – what would it be?
SV: If I could, it would be the internet. Unfortunately I can’t because the decision is not mine to make, but I think we all use the internet more than we think. I am aware that the internet can do a lot of positive things, but there are also negative aspects and that’s why I believe in a healthy dose of ‘self-limitation’, as of course banishing it is not an option.”
Aerolab managing director Jean-Claude Migeot: “We are pleased that the truth is out, which was the main difficulty before Force India was trying to demonstrate a huge conspiracy between Team Lotus, Mike and myself, which actually never existed and was never found in any evidence.”
“[Vijay] Mallya, who with his cricket and Formula One racing teams and flashy lifestyle bills himself as the ‘King of Good Times’, has failed in numerous bids to bring in fresh equity. His options are hobbled by a 49 percent cap on foreign investment.”
Comment of the day
Colossal Squid sees through Ferrari’s PR:
I have to laugh at the Ferrari press statement they made about giving Felipe [Massa] a new chassis for Malaysia. It was something along the lines of “to determine the unusual performance of the car” during the weekend.
The article then goes on to emphasise how Ferrari are doing everything to support Felipe. It’s hard to see that when they question Felipe’s (admittedly very poor) performance itself in the same article.
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On this day in F1
The last Mexican Grand Prix was held 20 years ago today, and won by Nigel Mansell.
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