In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen admits he is disappointed not to have won a race yet this year.
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“Plans for a London Formula One Grand Prix on a track running in and around the Olympic Stadium is among the bids being considered for London 2012?óÔéĽÔäós showpiece arena.”
“A source close to Ferrari says Alonso has vetoed the idea of Hamilton joining him at the team but given his approval to Vettel.”
Lewis Hamilton: “The guys are working as hard as they can and pushing as hard as we can to improve. We?óÔéĽÔäóve not had the same size of upgrades as others potentially have. We?óÔéĽÔäóve not really had an upgrade since Barcelona but we hopefully will have something very soon. […] Probably for the British Grand Prix, I would have thought.”
“[Gribkowsky] was doing the best he could. I was a little bit stupid – normally I would have told him to get lost.”
“The poor guy has been banged up for 18 months. He would have said anything to save himself. He was going to be locked up whatever happens.”
“We’ve been so close to certain results, so certain races have been a bit disappointing, and you are disappointed when you don’t win.”
“You have probably seen Montreal. We indicated that to be a good circuit for us and it turned out not to be accurate. So it is a question mark what this track [Valencia] will be like.”
“Not overly happy. In regards of results and the standings I had hoped that the outcome would be better.”
“The word on the street is that the FIA Formula 1 world championship in 2013 could have 23 races.”
“If you look at how many things have changed in this year?óÔéĽÔäós races, with strategy and other situations, then many drivers have the chance to win and sure, I put myself in this category.”
“I respect Ferrari a lot and I respect Fernando a lot. I see it as a compliment and I’m flattered, obviously.”
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Comment of the day
Jake is pleased to see some better questions in the FIA press conference:
I must say I was impressed with the questions from one Jonathan Legard! Much better than the other football and economy-related questions to which the answers were always going to be standard dullness.
From the forum
- Very sad to see Clive James is losing his fight with cancer
- The brilliant Road America circuit could be added to the IndyCar calendar this year in place of the cancelled race in China
- Jacques Villeneuve to race in Australian V8 Supercars
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On this day in F1
Mike Hawthorn made his first start in a world championship race 60 years ago today in the 1952 Belgian Grand Prix.
Alberto Ascari won the race for Ferrari, Hawthorn fourth.
This was the first of nine consecutive world championship races entered by Ascari which he won – a record (he did not enter the 1953 Indianapolis 500).
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