In the round-up: Former HRT driver Vitantonio Liuzzi says he would like to return to the “pinnacle” of motor racing.
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“Of course I miss Formula One. Because it is the pinnacle of the sport and the ultimate goal in a racing driver’s career. For sure I would like to try to get back there in the future.”
Damon Hill: “It is something that comes to you after a number of years in F1. All the things you have learned finally come together and that is what we are seeing with Jenson.”
Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly: “The authorities are desperate for Formula 1.”
“The president of Bahrain’s automobile federation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Isa Al Khalifa, said he expected protests at the event and is ‘happy’ for people to do so as long as they remain peaceful and orderly.”
“Protesters in Bahrain dressed like race-car drivers and held toy guns to convey the message: ‘Formula One Kills.'”
A long read on Jim Clark that is definitely worth a few minutes of your time.
“After five years of off-the-shelf electronic systems, over the next 12 months F1’s engine companies face two completely different races against time: one to interface their V8s with the new ECUs; the other to fully integrate the black box’s myriad systems into their ‘green’ machines.”
“Another factor is where exactly are the lapped drivers supposed to go? If they stray off the racing line, their tyres will collect marbles, which will therefore affect their own personal race. If they remain on the racing line, forcing the lapping cars to stray off the line, then they also will collect marbles and have their race affected. It’s a vicious circle that the blue flags can’t always solve.”
Comment of the day
But here’s the winner from Tom L:
“Tenner on Alonso leading after Malaysia?”
“Oh come on, don?óÔé¼Ôäót be ridiculous!”
From the forum
Happy birthday to Craig Woollard!
On this day in F1
Fernando Alonso scored his first F1 victory with McLaren five years ago today.
Team mate Lewis Hamilton, in his second Grand Prix start, made it a one-two for the silver teams after a race-long battle with the Ferrari drivers.