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“They want to buy all the bits from HRT, then form a company and ask for an entry, but I personally don’t think it will happen. It’s all a bit too late. Maybe they could do it for next year.”
“It’s up to him, but my understanding is that definitely in 2013 he will be with us.”
“Red Bull Racing had gone out of their way to meet all his demands, which were not inconsiderable, and had everything laid on, but he failed to show without a word of an apology. I thought it was very poor form and I was disappointed.”
— Sueanne McCumstie (@sueannemcc) January 30, 2013
Really bad news British F3 in such a sad state. Used to be "THE" place to get noticed. Motorsport must never forget the pyramid
— Paul Hembery (@PaulHembery) January 29, 2013
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) January 29, 2013
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Comment of the day
Not everyone finds Kimi Raikkonen hysterical:
Everybody seems to love Kimi’s attitude but I’m just going to put this out there, and I might be the only one that thinks this, but I think the guy is just plain rude.
His comments on the team radio during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix? I tell you something if I was his race engineer I wouldn’t have been very happy with him at all. To me those comments sound very ungrateful, at the end of the day that team employs him, and no matter how fast he is surely he’s got to show some respect.
I think he’s lucky that everybody finds his rudeness and supposed ‘personality’ funny and I’m the odd one out. I mean the team even made his comments from that race into T-shirts? I’m sorry guys I just can’t see the funny side of it.
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On this day in F1
Controlling costs in Formula One has been a focus of discussion for several years. One proposal which has come up several ideas is the idea of introducing a budget cap.
Five years ago Nick Fry, then CEO of Honda’s F1 team, said a budget cap was a “logical” solution to the problem. Despite the passage of five years and the withdrawal of Honda at the end of 2008, followed by two more teams the year after, there remains no long-term solution to the problem of controlling costs.
While a budget cap may seem like a simple solution, it seems unlikely a plan for adequately policing the teams’ spending could be found.
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