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In the round-up: Christian Horner says he sees no reason for Mark Webber to leave Red Bull.
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“Why would he want to leave? He’s comfortable in the team. The team know Mark very well, Mark knows the team very well. We’re only at race six.”
“We always said Michael himself will know when it’s time to retire and after a performance like that why should he?”
“The team definitely have some work to do. I’ve fallen behind. Race by race we are getting further and further behind the others.”
Norbert Haug: “It is not a secret that with the new [commercial] arrangements that the top teams are better off, and what we want to have in F1 are competitive midfield teams that can spring surprises.”
“So anyone can win a Grand Prix, everyone can lose a Grand Prix like that?” I think they’re finding it a little bit strange now.”
“Mercedes were running a heavily revised, almost B-spec car in Monaco.”
“Another item on the job list is undoubtedly the behaviour of the tyres. Going into the race in the Principality, not many believed that doing a one stop race would be possible and the fact that it had not been possible to test the tyres over a long run in free practice, especially the super-soft which was making its first appearance of 2012, made the situation even more uncertain.”
“I’m sure that this will be a turning of his season, because he needs that. It was a great boost for him. It’s something that we need for the constructors’ championship and for the team. So I’m expecting a good Felipe up to the end.”
“Within seconds his car was sporting four new supersoft tyres and a brand new nosecone. As Heikki pulled away to rejoin the race ahead of Timo, Jody roared his appreciation of the job the pitcrew had done, telling the lads it was ‘Pure mint!’ — and a couple of other more choice words!”
“Barring accident or an unseasonal shower, this is how Monaco always has been – or at least it has felt that way for the past twenty years – and how it will always be. It’s both the best setting in F1 and the worst venue on the calendar (we can forgive Valencia on account of its youth).”
“A lusty proportion of Formula One fans were never comfortable with the marriage of freakish speed and shifting morals. It did not do much either for Formula One writers of a certain vintage, or Schumacher-wins-again correspondents as they became known, compelled to sell to the boss on a fortnightly basis news of another Teutonic sweep to the chequered flag.”
“‘Do you envisage just one championship in every tier?’ ‘Yes. Ideally – and again on paper – it’s very easy: karting, Formula 4, Formula 3, Formula 2, Formula 1. The problem is to assess the situation and to see how you can achieve that – and with whom you can achieve it.’”
“With a performance rating of 72 teraflops – or 72 trillion calculations per second – Marussia’s supercomputer is one of the most powerful in the UK. F1 rules only allow an average performance of 40 teraflops but having this high peak capability leaves room for intense use when needed and space to run experiments on last year’s design without breaking the rules.”
“A Sky spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We are very sorry for the offence caused by SimonLazenby’s remark. His reference to Grace Kelly was inappropriate and, quite rightly, he apologised for the comment live on air.”
Comment of the day
Andae23 on the best drivers in Monaco:
Very difficult choice: I think the entire top six drove a superb race without a single mistake, this may have been the best ‘race’ I have seen in a long time. Schumacher did superb on Saturday and did well on Sunday before resigning.
Vergne actually drove his best race so far this year before the team made a mistake which cost him points. Solid race from the Force India guys, and congratulations to Karthikeyan for finishing.
I think I’m going to go with Webber: he hasn’t put a foot wrong this weekend and thoroughly deserved this win. Is Webber a title candidate? Well, he has shown some remarkable consistency in the first six races, so I would say so!
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On this day in F1
Denny Hulme won Oulton Park’s last non-championship F1 race today in 1972, driving a McLaren M19A.
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