F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali says Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso could work as team mates at Ferrari.
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Stefano Domenicali: “I think [Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel] are both intelligent guys and they could easily coexist together.”
“A German banker has for the first time told a court he accepted ‘bribes’ from Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One chief executive, when the motor sport was sold to a private equity group.”
“Ecclestone remained defiant, telling The Daily Telegraph that Gerhard Gribkowsky, formerly the chief risk officer at state-owned bank BayernLB, was merely trying ‘to save himself’ and insisting once again that he has ‘nothing to hide’.”
“I think going into Valencia we are quite optimistic we have identified them. I think we can have a slightly different way of getting Jenson [Button's] car under him for both qualifying and the race.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “Our current contract runs until the end of 2013, but we always intended to be in F1 for the medium-to-long term. The deadline for the 2014 decision is next June.”
“The differences between the performances of the cars are still very small, both over one lap in qualifying and in various situations over a race distance. Some are cars are better in qualifying than races – and vice versa.”
“We’ve seen some spectacular and terrifying shunts since then but the consequences have not been tragic. No one, however, would be daft enough to assume that the cars are perfectly safe. The quest to protect spectators, officials and drivers is relentless. And always will be because the nature of our business demands it.”
“Over €1.4m of the overall total came from an [American] bidder alone who for that money will get his hands on the stunning Ferrari 599XX that was made available as one of the lots, the new owner to have the sportscar delivered to him by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa at the Italian GP in September.”
“IndyCar used to race with a rule that didn’t allow ANY defending. You could not deviate from the racing line at all. This rule is asinine and in my mind ruined the racing in IndyCar for years. This year we have moved to a version of the rule that allows defending, creates racing, but is still safe.”
Comment of the day
But my favourite was this from Bullfrog:
“If I ever break my leg falling down a lift shaft, I want crutches like these!”
From the forum
- Thread for those going to this weekend’s race at the Valencia Street Circuit
Happy birthday to JCost!
On this day in F1
Fellow Brazilian Nelson Piquet was second ahead of Alain Prost.
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