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The Facebook page for the 2014 Russian Grand Prix at Sochi has been updated with a new image of the track. The organisers say good progress is being made with the track.
“I’ve never been a big fan of those and you never get as close to what real driving on the circuit is.”
Christian Horner: “The personal sacrifices the time that’s given up away from home away from family and friends, particularly in Milton Keynes has been just remarkable.”
Margherita Bandini: “Lorenzo, you told me once that you felt you were born unlucky. Of course you were right, with the benefit of hindsight, but in your 31 years you became a great man with your modesty, your determination and your enthusiasm for a sport you loved more than anything in the world; and you have left for us an indelible memory.”
Comment of the day
Mo on why he believes Sebastian Vettel’s efforts have been undervalued:
The only title he won easily was the 2011 one. This season hasn?óÔé¼Ôäót been easy at all, and in 2010 he didn?óÔé¼Ôäót lead the championship until the very last moment. How is that easy? Yes, the Red Bulls have been fast, but you still need to go out there and deliver as a driver.
Look at Mark Webber, even when Red Bull was at its best, he only got third place. Just because the Red Bull is a championship-winning car, doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót mean it?óÔé¼Ôäós a championship-cinning car in the hands of every driver. It still has certain characteristics that fit some drivers and don?óÔé¼Ôäót fit others. In 2011 that all came together perfectly, in 2012 it didn?óÔé¼Ôäót for the most part.
I do agree that he needs to mature some. If things aren?óÔé¼Ôäót going his way he tends to start moaning or make mistakes. He?óÔé¼Ôäód be an even better driver if he could get rid of that.
I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure people would love to see a driver win a drivers’ championship in an inferior car. Except that?óÔé¼Ôäós not going to happen, even if Alonso had become world champion, the Ferrari wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót that bad. What it lacked for qualifying pace (which might be setup related) it made up for race pace and reliability.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Scott Joslin, Super_swede_96 and Dean McKinnon!
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Happy birthday to former F1 driver Jean-Christophe Boullion who is 43 today.