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In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen says Lotus could have won the Spanish Grand Prix.
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“The fact is the reason why I’m disappointed is because in the end if we have done everything right, we could have put ourselves into first place. The car has been fast enough but we’ve been doing small things not correctly and I’ve done some mistakes on my side but if everything was 100 percent OK we could have won.”
“News is that the teams are all pulling together to loan Williams all the kit that they lost in the fire.”
Pictures of yesterday’s horrifying fire in the Williams pit after the race.
“I am normally good at looking after tyres and having a good consistency, it is something I always work on but I can’t do that at the moment and I don’t know why. I am really struggling with the car at the moment. It is not an overnight fix.”
“To his credit, Maldonado does not seek to hide the financial support he is given, nor the fact that he is basically a state-sponsored driver who has the personal backing of his President, Hugo Chavez. In fact, he embraces it.”
“Carroll Shelby, the colourful American racing driver and engineer who shared the winning Aston Martin with Britain’s Roy Salvadori in the 1959 Le Mans 24-hour sports car classic, and who later gave his name to the iconic Shelby American Cobra high-performance sports car, has died at the age of 89.”
Comment of the day
Many positive reactions to yesterday’s race. Here’s TommyB:
Always great to see an underdog victory! The start showed that Barcelona is a rubbish track for overtaking but thank goodness for Pirelli, once the tyres went we got passing all over the place.
The race though showed you don’t need overtaking to be exciting, the Maldonado/Alonso battle made for tense viewing. A really enjoyable race!
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On this day in F1
Jean-Pierre Beltoise scored his only F1 win in the Monaco Grand Prix 40 years ago today.
Held in appalling wet conditions, Beltoise led home Jacky Ickx and Emerson Fittipaldi.
Image © Lotus F1 Team/LAT