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Bernie Ecclestone: “I need to go and have another look because what I’ve seen up to now of what’s been going on I’m not quite as sure as they are. If they can get it completed and confirm to us it will be done, for sure it’ll be on the calendar.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “What we have found in the past, when we have tried to discuss it, is that the drivers have tended to be worried about such a move, as they feel that it can create a safety issue. From our point of view, yes we can do it but we need time to do it – because it changes completely the compounds that you use.”
“Despite not participating in that session he can still start, having been deemed to have met the 107% rule in practice by the stewards. However he has to be passed fit by the FIA?óÔé¼Ôäós Dr Gary Hartstein.”
“We need to get the Formula One back to the costs of the 1990s we cannot ignore what is happening in Europe and the rest of the world.”
“There are so many updates on Red Bull’s RB8 this weekend that it could almost be classed as a new car, with the first part of the package the rear suspension, introduced in Montreal.”
“We’re in Valencia, and not a lot happens in a race here. It’s going to be difficult. It’s not a place famed for its fantastic overtaking manoeuvres.”
“Hey guys another tough day. Sorry for my negative comments about Valencia. Now I’ve calmed down I think there is still a lot to play for [on] Sunday!”
“Button’s comment were hardly controversial. He said not a lot happens in F1 races at Valencia, which happens to be true.”
“Formula 1 has become so very competitive, exciting and unpredictable. Not because of the genius engineers in teams but the Pirelli tyres!”
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Comment of the day
Guilherme is hoping Sauber don’t split their strategies in the race :
Please make use of Kobayashi?óÔé¼Ôäós starting position and give him a strategy to move up the field, not backwards. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm a Kamui fan but I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not blind, I have to admit that Perez is beating him this year by quite a big margin, but sometimes I don?óÔé¼Ôäót get why Sauber split their strategies so much and why Kamui gets the short end of the deal.
I really hope Kobayashi has a strong race tomorrow, maybe a fifth or fourth!
From the forum
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- Matt Neal on pole for BTCC round five at Croft
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On this day in F1
The non-championship Aintree 100 was won by Horace Gould driving a Maserati 250F today in 1956.