Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:
“The February 14th Youth Coalition, an online organising body for anti-regime protests, said it would not be able to ?óÔé¼?ôensure the safety?óÔé¼?Ø of Formula 1 participants amid popular anger that would be triggered by the race going ahead.”
“The single (daft) protester who interrupted yesterday’s Boat Race makes you realise what several determined activists could achieve in Bahrain.”
Another view on the Bahrain situation.
“I don’t know about you, but I would rather spend my money on going to a circuit to see racing in the flesh – while inhaling the smell of burnt rubber and topping up my vitamin D levels – than I would on an expensive subscription to Sky.”
“Whilst events on the track have been a cause for celebration for British fans, for many of the viewers at home it has been a cause for commiseration as they saw another of the jewels of live terrestrial sport begin to slip away.”
“HRT has put the complaint in motion since it could stand to gain an estimated $26m in prize money by taking over Caterham’s championship position if the team is retrospectively removed from the standings.”
Comment of the day
There is one thing I remember very well in 82, is the radio flying across the living room because of one my uncle who had heard enough when it said “the number 27 driver Gilles Villeneuve has been ejected of his cockpit and is laying unconsciously on the other side of the track after being involved in a crash with the car number 17”.
Both of my uncles got into F1 in ’77, and lost all interest after that day. I still don’t know what they admired the most in Gilles.
We lived one hour away his home town in Quebec and they never got to meet him in person. But they watched the entire race on the Jacques-Cartier bridge in ’78 because they couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót afford admission tickets.
From the forum
What do you want to see in Codemasters’ F1 2012?
Happy birthday to Mad Eric, SLR and dirgegirl!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to 1997 world championship Jacques Villeneuve who is 40 today.
Today is also 90 years since former FISA president Jean-Marie Balestre was born. Balestre died in 2008.