In the round-up: Romain Grosjean says he will try to avoid a repeat of the collisions that dogged his 2012 campaign.
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“I was very sorry for the drivers that were involved. But I am not stupid – I know the risks and I will try not to make the same mistakes again and learn from that.”
“Romain Grosjean has issued a personal message of thanks to his Lotus team for having faith in him, as he predicts a regular challenge at the front of the grid for 2013.”
“He has previously stated that the estimated ?é?ú9.5m funding he has secured to realise his Formula One dream does not come from the family coffers.”
“Circuit of the Americas officials, aided by a Austin City Council vote Thursday, will seek what could be as much as $5 million from the Texas Event Trust Fund for four motor sports events next year. Separately, circuit organisers will likely seek a payment from the state for the November 2013 Formula One race.”
“Sky have amended the Sky Media document, removing the ‘exclusive’ element, confirming it was human error. So the answer to the title is ‘No, BBC have not lost the rights to screen practice live’.”
“He?óÔé¼Ôäós the fastest man in the world, capable of orbiting the earth in a single day. What?óÔé¼Ôäós his secret? Triple DRS, a flexible front wing, double COANDA? We wanted to get to the bottom of it and put him through some rigorous testing, not least in the wind tunnel.”
Force India will launch their 2013 #F1 car on February 1st.
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It's hard to put into words how I am feeling but I know I am full of energy and ready give it my all next year in my first F1 season! #f1
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Comment of the day
Max Chilton’s deal to drive for Marussia has reopened the “pay driver” debate:
Far too many people still throw the term “pay driver” around like it is a dirty word, stigmatising drivers in the process by assuming that the driver in question is more of a Jean-Denis Delatraz or a Paul Belmondo than a Sebastian Vettel or a Lewis Hamilton.
The simple fact of the matter is that F1 has changed, the world has changed and most importantly the economic climate has changed. Today being able to bring a budget to a F1 team is just as important as being able to lap quickly, so drivers who do shouldn?óÔé¼Ôäót ridiculed for it.
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- Rio Haryanto will drive for Addax in GP2 next year and another driver will be confirmed today
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On this day in F1
Onofre Marimon was born on this day in 1923. He joined fellow Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio in racing in F1.
He finished on the podium at Spa for Maserati in 1953 and repeated the feat at Silverstone the following year. But he was killed during practice for the next race at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.
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