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“Spain’s two Formula One venues in Barcelona and Valencia will alternate from next year, and a return to France is looking less likely.”
“Although financial terms have been agreed, the change of French president with Socialist Francois Hollande beating conservative Nicolas Sarkozy in this month’s election, has cast doubt on any deal going ahead.”
“Whiting told the drivers that Rosberg’s move was on the limit, but that it was acceptable as long as the defending driver moved first, made a clear move, and the attacking driver did not have any of his car alongside the leading car.”
“Narain Karthikeyan will be allowed to take part in the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday despite having failed to set a time within the 107 per cent in qualifying.”
“Renewed turbulence in global markets could put the brake on plans to float the Formula One motor racing business in Singapore next month, a source close to the deal told Reuters on Saturday.”
“Fact is that I feel so perfectly in place at Lotus right now – and I hope that it stays that way. We have a good momentum right now and I am sure that we will keep it – fingers crossed.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “As the viewing figures showed last year, interest kept going up even when the championship was a foregone conclusion. What happens if we get a close championship with all that racing?”
“I think that brings a different set of skills to the fore. It’s almost like [Alain] Prost in the eighties when he got the reputation for being ‘The Professor’ for how he did the race – and I think that’s coming back. “It gives some variety, it gives some change in the field – both race to race, during the race and from qualifying to race. And that’s all good for the sport, good for spectating.”
Comment of the day
The most galling thing is that far worse offences have received much more minor sanctions. Think back to Spa last year where Maldanado was given just a 5 grid place penalty for intentionally crashing into Hamilton . How can failing to complete the slow-down lap be deemed more serious than intentionally making contact with a competitor’s car?
It’s this disproportionate application of punishments which really damages the sport – this isn’t the only example either, think about McLaren getting a $100m fine for copying elements of Ferrari’s design compared to Renault receiving a suspended disqualification for instructing one of their drivers to crash.
All fans and competitors in any sport ask is that decisions are transparent, fair and proportionate. F1 continually fails on nearly all of these counts.
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On this day in F1
Felipe Massa won the Spanish Grand Prix five years ago today.
The McLaren pair of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso finished second and third – Alonso being squeezed off at the first corner by his future Ferrari team mate.
The result put the rookie Hamilton – who at that stage was yet to win an F1 race – into the lead of the world championship.
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