F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Michael Schumacher continues to criticise Pirelli’s tyres, saying: “we drive like on raw eggs”.
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“We drive like on raw eggs and I don’t want to stress the tyres at all. Otherwise you just overdo it and you go nowhere.”
“Mercedes, which is estimated to have spent more than £1 billion on Grand Prix racing in the past two decades, is on the verge of quitting Formula One as the company is denied a seat in the new boardroom that will control the sport when a Stock Exchange float is completed.”
“A spokesman told Sky Sports: ‘We are in discussions with the commercial rights holder and we would like to ask for your understanding that we are not currently commenting on these discussions.’”
“There are a bunch of stories knocking around this morning which are designed to be noticed. One is the suggestion that there could be a Bahraini on the board of the Formula One group, another that Mercedes-Benz could pull out of F1. Neither are to be taken too seriously.”
“We had a strong discussion, let’s say, and definitely I was against this, especially for the reasons raised. For me it is absolutely a nonsense to have a young driver test in July when all the young kids are in the middle of the season and focused on racing and the championship. We cannot disturb this. It is completely the wrong timing.”
“Jean Alesi now has an Indianapolis 500 deal. Surprising as it is, the former Ferrari driver will make his Izod IndyCar Series debut this week in a Lotus fielded by a small Firestone Indy Lights team.”
“It was bloody fast and very, very much different than anything I have ever tried. I’ve had places that in Formula One that they say, ‘Oh, it’s almost flat and it’s a big corner and it’s a big challenge.’ But the walls were never so close.”
“When he died, everyone had already been resigned to it for a while. There was something in the air that meant it could have happened at any moment. Few people went to say their final farewell at the hospital in Lovanio and you could count the drivers on the fingers of one hand.”
“F1 photographer Mark Sutton picks his six favourite shots from last week’s test in Mugello.”
Comment of the day
The crowd looked healthier at the Chinese Grand Prix this year. PRCandME was there:
More like 75,000 to 100,000. The main grandstands were completely full and the two opposing stands at the hairpin were 95% there. It’s a huge place. I’ve been there the past 5 out of 6 years and this is the largest crowd I’ve seen yet.
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On this day in F1
Gilles Villeneuve died in a crash during qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix 30 years ago today. An article on that terrible weekend will appear here later today.
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