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“There is the fact that a green flag was shown, which nobody seems to dispute. It?óÔéźÔäós a complete joke. What they are saying in that letter is wrong. I don?óÔéźÔäót think there needs to be any action taken. It?óÔéźÔäós completely and utterly wrong.”
Charlie Whiting: “In Vettel’s case, between the last yellow light and the green light there was a green flag being waved. The distance is 350 metres here. Vettel responded to the flag and did everything right.”
New Istanbul Park rightsholder Vural Ak: “We are hoping to have a positive decision by Ecclestone next week. I have guaranteed minimum 50,000 viewers to Formula One?óÔéźÔäós race day of Sunday. But I expect about 80,000 audience on the Sunday of the main race.”
Heikki Kovalainen: “There?óÔéźÔäós not much outside of Formula One that interests me but rallying is one of those things. Sometimes I think it?óÔéźÔäós a bit surprising that I didn?óÔéźÔäót become a rally driver earlier in life; I had lots of opportunities when I was growing up to drive on forest tracks, like most kids in Finland, but then I discovered racing circuits! Next year we?óÔéźÔäóll see what happens: there?óÔéźÔäós life outside Formula One as well.”
“There were at least two cars, the McLaren and the Red Bull, that were better than ours. Therefore having managed to get ahead of at least one of them in the Constructors?óÔéźÔäó and keeping Fernando in the fight right to the end, was very significant and I wish to thank you for that.”
“I don’t go there thinking I’ve got to be playing a team role as such. I’m there for myself, to get the best results possible and to do that I need to be part of the team. So, no, I’m not going there thinking in a supporting role at all.”
“Q: What event can?óÔéźÔäót you forget but would wish you could?
PM: In 2007 when I was training with a bike I fell and broke my collarbone. That was stupid and completely unnecessary. I am racing at 300kph and then I fall off a bike…”
“The fastest way of becoming unpopular is to have repeated success. The success we have had does not sit easily with some of our more established colleagues.”
Hopefully those reports about #F1 cars getting high definition onboard cameras soon were accurate. It would have spared us all this!
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) November 29, 2012
Comment of the day
James (@Goodyear92) is glad nothing came of speculation surrounding Vettel:
I am a little disappointed in one sense, because I didn?óÔéźÔäót want Vettel to win the championship, but also satisfied due to the fact that having a championship settled days after the final race, through the winning driver and team being penalised, leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth.
If he had made the pass in the yellow zone, therefore it was illegal, I would rather it was spotted straight away and penalised during the race.
So, he didn?óÔéźÔäót break the rules and that is that. We have our champion, whether we like it or not (and I don’t).
From the forum
- Sky confirm their qualifying and race coverage in the UK will remain ad-free next year
- New readers’ pictures and video from the British, European and Canadian Grands Prix
- Who are you voting for in the Silverstone Media Awards 2012?
Happy birthday to Anirudh, Daniel and Mark Stevenson!
On this day in F1
The list of drivers heading to the Young Drivers’ Test three years ago makes for interesting reading.
Some have already made their way to F1, such as Paul di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo. Others moved to IndyCar such as that year’s Formula Renault 3.5 champion Bertrand Baguette and Mike Conway.
Esteban Gutierrez has finally got his big break – will Jules Bianchi join him?
Images ?é?Ž Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo, Red Bull/Getty images