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“Despite applying to the European Union’s Executive Commission for an emergency loan of ?é?ú10m to cover interest repayments, that is not expected to be granted. That has forced the state to act, with [Rhineland-Palatinate state governor Kurt] Beck remarking there was now a ‘high probability of insolvency at the end of the month due to a lack of liquidity’.”
“The sidepods from the front to the rear are quite different so you?óÔé¼Ôäóll notice those and there are other bits and pieces that the sharper-eyed will see. And clearly there are some parts which are hidden to the naked eye. So they are the main area of modifications and they will be reasonably noticeable.”
Felipe Massa: “The only thing that is important for me is that I keep performing in the same way I did in Silverstone. In the two Grands Prix prior to that, in Montreal and Valencia, I should have been entirely capable of finishing in the top five or on the podium, but for various reasons ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ a spin in Montreal and a problem with the floor of the car in Valencia – that did not happen. Without that, since Monaco, I would have been fighting for the top five at every race.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “I’m expecting that we will. I think there has been more speculation in this situation within the media than perhaps within the team and Lewis’s minds.”
“I just said to Romain Grosjean the other day, it would be a good idea if you came up home one day for lunch so we could have a bit of chat. It is ridiculous that in Formula 1 we don’t have coaches.”
“‘F1 racing is a celebration of crazy, unsustainable use of cars in many ways and I would much rather that we would see more use of the park for cycling and all of those kind of things,’ added the environmental activist and former director of the Friends of the Earth campaigning group.”
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós always hard to measure when the car isn?óÔé¼Ôäót quite there, but if anyone is looking for evidence, it?óÔé¼Ôäós there in how hard we race each other every grand prix weekend. Daniel [Ricciardo] is a really good driver and the competition between us is intense. If he pushes hard I?óÔé¼Ôäóll push back harder and that?óÔé¼Ôäós a good way to move the team forward.”
Jaime Alguersuari: “Red Bull’s progress in recent races has not come from the tyres; it has come from aerodynamic developments. Their cars look amazing at the moment, especially on traction, braking and in slow corners.”
“It’s funny how perceptions change along with so-called progress and revised values. The advent of FIA-standard Tilke tracks in the past two decades gradually began to make Hockenheim seem special. Certainly, different.”
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Comment of the day
An unusual prognostication from Hallard:
It?óÔé¼Ôäós interesting to note that this year, Jenson Button won Mark Webber’s home race, and then Webber returned the favor by winning Button’s home race; just as it happened in 2010. Also, Hamilton won in Canada and Webber won in Monaco; just like 2010.
On that (rather flimsy) basis, and given the current performance of the F2012 that Alonso is driving, I am predicting another win for Fernando this weekend. I?óÔé¼Ôäód like to be proven wrong though!
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On this day in F1
Alberto Ascari won the 1952 British Grand Prix by a lap from Ferrari team mate Piero Taruffi.
Mike Hawthorn, driving a Cooper, finished on the podium for the first time.
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