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Abu Dhabi Young Drivers’ Test day two
Here’s the line-up for today’s test at Abu Dhabi:
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“On the racing side we have come to the conclusion that it is better if someone else takes over the team principal role to move forward.”
“The decision will be based on majority and not any more 70 per cent. It will be a democratic and balanced organisation, which doesn’t exist now. So for the FIA it is a plus.”
“When we left the circuit. [Sebastian [Vettel] was the only one who seemed sure we could still achieve a decent finish. Most of us were about to slit our wrists.”
“When I won the championship in 2009 that was the worst year to win a championship because that’s when the super licence went crazy and I think I spent over a quarter of a million Euros on my licence to race that year!”
“We have now shown the world we are serious, that we can deliver and so it should help with any commercial discussions.”
AMuS claims A French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours will replaced the postponed New Jersey Grand Prix and take place on June 23rd, though that would mean having the French Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours on the same day.
“It is going to be McLaren Mercedes for quite a few years to come. It is a good partnership and it works well. We’ve been together for 18 years and it is going to continue for quite a few years to come.”
“We can’t take anything for granted, we’ve got to go to Austin and attack the weekend. It’s a new track for everybody, and we’ve got to go there and get a good result.”
“India’s ace drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok will come together for the first time since 2004 to represent India at the season-ending Motorsport festival – Race of Champions – in Bangkok next month.”
Video highlights from the Indian Grand Prix.
“Gerald Tremblay, the mayor of Montreal and a big supporter of F1 in the city, has resigned amid a deepening corruption scandal. He has been in office for 11 years.”
“There are several reasons why Formula One hasn’t taken off in the United States. Some are due to logistics: most of the races are shown on motorsport channel, Speed, a cable channel that sits firmly in the 600-something nosebleeds on the guide. They are shown live, which means the races in Europe are painfully early for fans on the West Coast and the races in Asia are painfully late for fans on the East Coast. Sports that require pre-twilight caffeine bingeing are not destined for mainstream American success.”
Comment of the day
The Abu Dhabi Driver of the Weekend vote is one of the closer contests we’ve had so far. @TommyB89 thinks four drivers deserve special praise:
Hamilton, Raikkonen, Alonso and Vettel all drove absolutely superb races, it was an amazing spectacle to watch those guys race.
While the other drivers seemed to be acting like GP2 drivers, those four showed why they are absolute world class. They all deserve massive respect for their drives.
From the forum
- More on Red Bull’s curious wing flexing in Abu Dhabi
- 2012 United States presidential election discussion thread
- And on a lighter note, who is your favourite James Bond?
Happy birthday to AlonsoWDC and Paul!
On this day in F1
Williams announced Kazuki Nakajima would drive for them in 2008.
The Toyota-backed driver remained with them until the end of 2009, when Toyota pulled out of the sport and Williams switched to Cosworth power.
This year Nakajima has been racing for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship and Formula Nippon. His brother Daisuke also competes in the latter series.
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