In the round-up: Ferrari say their car needs more than just an improved exhaust to become competitive.
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Ferrari technical director Pat Fry: “The exhaust is one of the more obvious changes that we’ve made, but that’s quite a small part of the problem we’ve got. There’s work on all fronts, not just work going into what we’re taking to Barcelona, there’s also a huge amount of work in just trying to change the fundamentals of what we do, so we can actually take a step forward and be competing with everyone else.”
“‘No F1, no F1. … They killed my son in cold blood,’ sobbed Ismail’s mother, Makyia Ahmed, who said her son had been a volunteer at previous F1 races.”
“Activist Ala’a Shehehabi of Bahrain Watch said she, too, attended the funeral. ‘It was seething with anger and full of anti-government chants,” she said. “As we were leaving the burial we were attacked by the riot police. We saw the police coming in and got in our car.'”
“The decision to run next Sunday’s race has everything to do with business and nothing to do with the celebration of sport, which should not take place in the uneasy environment that still exists in the Gulf kingdom.”
“When team principals trooped into a dreary backroom at the Shanghai circuit yesterday to meet Bernie Ecclestone, the chief executive of F1, to give their warnings over Bahrain, there was no sign of Todt, just the e-mailed statement of intent: that F1 will race in Bahrain no matter what.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “We attended a meeting yesterday and not one team voiced a concern. There was not much point in doing so.”
“The list of media organisations choosing not to attend the race is small, but growing. Sky Germany joined Finnish and Japanese TV in planning to call the race from their home base and several journalists plan to do likewise.”
“As much as I love F1 racing, to watch any of the sessions would be supporting something that I do not and cannot support.”
“Whilst the government continues to pretend that it is not shooting protesters and seeks to brush under the carpet any dissent, a major international sport that seeks to represent fairness and equality should not be lending its support to this regime.”
“Whilst Mark Webber chose to run the current version of the Red Bull’s exhaust in China, team mate Sebastian Vettel elected to use this older version, which featured on the RB8 at launch.”
“F1 Fanatic’s Keith Collantine picks out his selections for the Chinese Grand Prix.”
Comment of the day
There’s nothing like a mixed-up grid to raise the anticipation for a race. Here’s Lin1876:
So delightfully hard to call ?óÔé¼ÔÇØ there are at least four drivers with a very real shot at victory and that can only be a good thing. Can the McLarens win from fifth and seventh? Absolutely. Can Kobayashi and Raikkonen take advantage of their grid positions? For sure. Can the Mercedes buck form and run a competitive race distance? Perhaps.
I am so ready for tomorrow.
From the forum
- For those in the UK: Will you be watching the race on BBC or Sky?
- More video from practice for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach. We’ll be following the race on F1 Fanatic Live later today. UK start time is 9pm, coverage on Sky Sports 4.
- F1 Fanatics are never afraid to debate the hard-hitting topics of the day. Just what is the best type of cheese?
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On this day in F1
Felipe Massa won the Bahrain Grand Prix five years ago today. He was the third different winner in as many races as the 2007 season began.
Lewis Hamilton finished second, his subdued team mate Fernando Alonso only fifth behind Nick Heidfeld. Kimi Raikkonen put the second Ferrari on the podium in third.
Alonso, Hamilton and Raikkonen left the track tied for the lead of the championship on 22 points each.
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