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Meanwhile the teams are set to meet Bernie Ecclestone to discuss whether next week’s Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead.
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“One of the principal arguments of the FIA was that ‘There are many different parts of bodywork fitted to cars from a variety of teams, which have been designed specifically to take advantage of the change in airflow caused by the activation of the DRS.’”
“F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will meet the sport’s 12 teams in Shanghai on Friday to discuss whether the controversial Bahrain Grand Prix should go ahead.”
“I have tried to watch the news to get the most balanced view that I can possibly get without getting too corrupted by false information. I want to race. That is what I would like to go there and do. But saying that you cannot ignore the fact that all of us, in the backs of our minds, want it to go down smoothly and don’t want it to be involved in the unrest.”
“The latest comment was that we are going to Bahrain to race. If that’s still the call then I think it’s safe enough to go and we should go there and race and not worry about something that is not our business.”
“If anyone should be held accountable, it is the seemingly rudderless FIA. Their president, Todt, is set to hold talks with the teams in Shanghai this weekend. But this matter really should have been solved long before round three of the championship.”
“Ecclestone is the perfect picture of denial and callousness, as he blithely asserts that Bahrain is a perfectly nice place where protest is tolerated.”
I was on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive on Wednesday evening, discussing the Bahrain Grand Prix with Jackie Stewart. You can listen to the interview here. The link expires within a week of broadcast. It should take you directly to the relevant part – if it doesn’t, skip to 2:22.18.
“We are definitely starting a better season compared to the first two races. It’s not the first time that this [a bad start] has happened to me. We just need to work and have the best weekend to get out of the car happy.”
“I expect more or less the positions to maintain, or to keep the same as the first two races, which means a difficult to weekend for us. Struggling to be in Q3, I guess, in qualifying and then in the race to score as many points as possible as we did in the first races – trying to do a good strategy, a good management of the tyres and a little bit of luck.”
“For the moment we have a car that is only able to fight at the top rather than for wins, but that is only a question of time.”
“Crews have installed of the highest support beams in the highest part of the pit building, which will house team garages, hospitality and seating for up to 5,000 people, circuit officials have said.”
“CVC Capital Partners has set a Friday deadline for banks hoping to play a role in Formula 1′s flotation in Singapore, in a sign that the process for the expected $1.5bn (£940m) initial public offering is formally under way, with plans for a July listing.”
Comment of the day
Tango has a way for Bruno Senna to get the track time he deserves at Williams:
Bruno should marry a Williams shareholder
From the forum
- For those in the UK – are you watching BBC or Sky’s live coverage this weekend?
- Lewis Hamilton isn’t the only driver to pick up a grid penalty before getting in his car this weekend – 11 IndyCar drivers have too
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On this day in F1
An unwell Jacques Villeneuve withstood fierce pressure from Eddie Irvine to win the Argentinean Grand Prix 15 years ago today.
Ralf Schumacher completed the podium for Jordan – after colliding with team mate Giancarlo Fisichella.
Damon Hill and Jean Alesi also tangled suring the race:
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