F1 Fanatic round-up
In the F1 Fanatic round-up: Jenson Button wants to be allowed to entertain the fans after winning races.
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“If I had my way, I’d make sure that after a race we could celebrate a victory better than we do now. The way it is with having to look after the engine because it’s got to do a certain number of races, and the gearbox, you can’t go and do doughnuts for the crowd. You can’t pick up a national flag. You can’t have the moments that Nigel Mansell had at Silverstone. And in your very moment of euphoria you are dragged away from the team, your family and friends.”
“Ecclestone, meanwhile, reportedly ‘swore and stormed off’ after a brief interview with AFP in the paddock on Sunday. ‘Do you think that if we cancel the Formula One that all the problems will just disappear?’ he said.”
“Jenny Wagstaff, one of the catering staff at Williams, has paid the price with her job. She has left the team after declaring that she did not want to go to Bahrain on ethical grounds. She departed ‘by mutual agreement’, according to the team. There are many more than Wagstaff who will have moral objections, never mind fears for their own safety.”
“[Ross Brawn] tried to close off the discussion about Bahrain by saying that there were ‘many positives’ from going to Bahrain for the race. I was genuinely surprised and interested to hear what these ‘positives’ were, so I asked very quickly before the subject changed. ‘I don’t want to get into a debate,’ said the director, Ross Brawn. He refused to tell me what the positives were.”
“Sunday’s protest was the first in a week of daily demonstrations and sit-ins called by Al-Wefaq, Bahrain’s largest Shiite bloc, planned to last through the end of the controversial Grand Prix race scheduled for April 22.”
“The drivers, sponsors and team owners who participate should consider that they will be giving cover to a violently human rights-abusing regime by their participation and will be seen by many Bahrainis and others as accomplices in those continuing abuses.” Read my comment on this article.
Sebastian Vettel [on team radio]: “We had absolutely no straight line speed the whole race. Ridiculous.”
Jenson Button: “It was a big gap to chase down but before the stop, we had very good pace on new and old tyres so I don’t know. That was our aim but it didn’t go to plan, but we had a problem at the pit stop which cost us a lot of time – it didn’t just cost us time, it cost us places as well, so it made it very difficult to have the possibility to chase down Nico [Rosberg]. But that’s the way it is.”
“I am sure we’d have given Nico a run for his money but the traffic we had and the amount of pit stops was incredible.”
Comment of the day
Some interesting views on the race plus a random fact on Switzerland from Shimks:
Brilliant pole and win from Rosberg. I wonder if Mercedes are very happy that things didn’t go to plan in their first two races? If the FIA had seen how much potential that car has for leaving the others in the dust, maybe their wing would have been banned – especially if Bernie had interfered. I can see Mercedes running away with the championship a la Brawn ’09 if they keep adding significant updates to the car. Or am I getting too excited and carried away?
Button showed class again today. He really is consistently looking better that Hamilton at the moment. I love Button – literately: I’ve got his picture above my bed – but I am very surprised at what has happened to Hamilton. He used to be so awesomely quick.
Finally, a great shame for Sauber. It looked like Kobayashi couldn’t get any temperature into his tyres. He looked average out their today which we all know is not true. So has Peter Sauber already handed over the mantle to Monisha Kaltenborn? He stayed in Switzerland this weekend for this Monday’s Sechseläuten holiday in Zürich, where we burn a snowman to death to bring in the Spring!
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