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In the round-up: Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn says he will remain in charge despite speculation over his future.
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“You have to have one reference. Everybody knows the only way a racing team will work is to have one reference, and I’m that reference. I am the team principal and I am in charge of sporting, technical and racing matters.”
“There is a great spirit here. The guys seem hungrier than any group of people I’ve seen before. They seem seriously hungry to win and excited they have another shot at it this year.”
The Valencia Street Circuit, which is supposed to be part of a race-share deal with the Circuit de Cataluna, is falling into disrepair.
“Yes, it’s terrible. Real torture … There’s definitely nothing worse for a driver than not being on the track.”
“Premier Ted Baillieu says the Grand Prix license fee covers the cost of staging the event in Melbourne.”
“All the aerodynamic surfaces, from the front wing through the sidepods to the diffuser and rear wing, create some sort of force, either negative or positive. What a team are trying to do is increase the positives and reduce the negatives.”
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Comment of the day
@Robbie on the dispute over the cost of hosting the Australian Grand Prix:
There is the cost that Bernie Ecclesetone demands, but then there is the economic benefit to the community and the country to consider, on the other side of the coin.
That said, looking here in Canada as an example, we almost lost the Montreal GP (and did briefly) because Ecclesetone wanted a guarantee (from our Federal Government, in conjunction with the Provincial and Municipal Governments of Quebec and Montreal) of 50 million per year for five years and the Government(s) were having none of it. Just too much money, in spite of the economic benefits.
In our case there was enough pressure from the teams, who insisted they needed the Canadian GP, and perhaps more specifically a North American race when there was no United States Grand Prix, such that Ecclesetone lowered his demands, Canada accepted the new fees (I think somewhere in the neighbourhood of 25 to 30 per year rather than 50) and here we are today with a race (for now).
Perhaps the status of the race and/or Ecclestone’s demands will change when it comes up again, due to the fact that there is now another race in North America. But we do know Montreal is hugely popular for folks globally, within and without F1. And we do know there is pressure for Montreal to update it’s venue too.
Personally, it seems to me the benefits to the community far outweigh the moneys that BE demands be guaranteed him. Nobody puts a gun to anyone’s head to sign a contract and guarantee the fees, and as we saw in Montreal, just because BE demands it, doesn’t mean he always gets his way entirely.
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On this day in F1
The first race of the short-lived GP2 Asia championship was held in on this day five years ago and won by Romain Grosjean.
Grosjean won both the feature and sprint races, taking victory in the former ahead of fellow future F1 driver Bruno Senna.
Grosjean went on to win the inaugural championship.
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