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In the round-up: Michael Schumacher says the margins between the drivers were closer on his return to Formula One.
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“In my early days, there was always the chance to be quicker than another driver not just by a couple of tenths, but a full second. Why? Because the cars aerodynamically were not so balanced and were therefore very sharp to drive.”
“[Tony] Fernandes retorts that 80 per cent of his time is spent on AirAsia – but admits football is a source of greater worry. ‘QPR keeps me awake at night, not the aviation business,’ he says.”
“Montezemolo is still a friend and I’m convinced that he didn’t really intend to say the things he said about me, about my age and my ability to continue to work. I’m happy – it’s just ‘role playing’!”
“I will not run for a seat. I will leave it to the many qualified people who have supported and worked for the association in the past few years. It is only fair that they are the key players.”
Christian Horner: “It took a while to understand [the exhaust-blown diffusers restrictions], and that combined with a different tyre took Adrian [Newey] and his team time to get his head around. But they relentlessly stuck at it and the performance came.”
Alex Lloyd: “Today’s superstars are bound and gagged by society, and stifled by a wealth of corporate expectation. It makes exciting extroverts off-camera appear like comatose robots on-camera. Money talks, and the fear of losing it is enough to squash any hint of noteworthy presence.”
“As a life long follower of F1, it was something like a dream come true to stand in the paddock of an F1 test in Barcelona, Spain, with a credential hanging around my neck.”
Good start to the year for @WilliamsF1Team today shares back to 25 Euro, original float price back in March 2011, onwards & upwards for 2013
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Comment of the day
@Andrewt on Force India’s choice of drivers for 2013:
If the team’s short-list has really been narrowed down to these two drivers, than it will be a very hard decision.
If it’s a political decision, then Bianchi will earn the seat, but it tells a lot about the uncertainty that he has not been confirmed yet, in the previous seasons the team announced their line-up much earlier.
If it’s a financial decision, Sutil must be the choice, as he will bring the Medion sponsorship money, plus experience, plus he knows the environment. If it’s a financial decision for a longer term, cheaper Ferrari engines, maybe further technological support, and the fact that they don’t have to pay for a ‘loaned’ driver could however also mean that Bianchi would be chosen.
But, with Jaime Alguersuari with all his Pirelli testing experience and a strong 2011 second half performance, Heikki Kovalainen and Kamui Kobayashi still looking for a seat, I’m not sure I would be happy to chose from those two above.
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