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In the round-up: Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says he is satisfied with both his drivers so far.
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“What I am expecting is that a highly-skilled driver shows at least one sparkle. Daniel did that for me in Bahrain as it was a really fantastic performance and Jean-Eric did it in Monaco. To be in [seventh] as a first timer in a Formula One car at Monaco is quite remarkable.”
“Maria [de Villota] has been making small but significant steps. She was moved out of the Neurological Critical Care Unit on Monday and is no longer receiving sedation. Her family remain by her side and she is communicating freely with them and the medical team. Medical assessments are ongoing to monitor Maria’s improving condition.”
“I’m sure everyone understands the lure of racing for Ferrari, but in the end there were just too many pros to staying at Red Bull Racing – it was as simple as that.”
“Organisers Singapore GP said in a statement that negotiations on the terms of a second five-year contract were continuing. ‘What is presently on offer from Formula One Administration is insufficient for us to commit to a full five-year extension.’”
Paul di Resta:”[In] Valencia we were very strong and in up and coming events we should be relatively optimistic that we can do something. I think we have made step forward.”
“It would be a dream come true to one day also see a Formula 1 world championship race take place at Mugello.”
Mark Hughes: “The Silverstone weather seems to have underlined just how narrow that window is in a car conceived around ultimate aerodynamic performance. The combination of this year’s Pirellis with the loss of full-blown diffusers has made the penalty for dropping out of the perfect set of conditions much more severe and seems to have exposed the McLaren – a car that is super-fast when all is right – as particularly sensitive.”
“What accounts for F1’s difficulties? One problem for mainstream American car-racing fans may be its complexity. To cater for what Europeans deride as rather basic instincts, even NASCAR, where cars overtake as many as five times in a single lap, has had to rev up the excitement lately by encouraging drivers to be more aggressive towards each other. ‘It is perplexing that America has such an appetite for racing on ovals rather than on a more distinctive track,’ sniffs Sir Martin Sorrell, a non-executive director of F1.”
Comment of the day
Verstappen on Ferrari’s plans for the seat next to Fernando Alonso:
The fact that they had talks with Webber says enough. The absolute certainty is that they were looking for a replacement for Massa.
I think Kovalainen might be the best choice, because they must be looking for a driver that can make a bad car look good, like Alonso. I mean, when the car improves and becomes more driveable, Massa gets ‘his form’ back. I think Massa’s been in the same shape all year, but just now the car works better.
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