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“Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed a 20th grand prix will not be added to the Formula One calendar this year, but said he is certain the schedule will return to its full capacity in 2014 after being left “very impressed” by progress in Sochi ahead of next year’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix.”
“It’s got all the hallmarks of a really competitive year. I think that 2012 was a great year for F1, and I think 2013 has got all those same ingredients, so it could be extremely tight.”
“It’s difficult to compare; we’ll say it’s a step forward so in a way it’s a better start.”
“We had something fail at the rear, just before I hit the brakes on the back straight. It’s not ideal for my first day but up until that point everything was going well.”
“Front and rear suspension is a direct carry over from the MR-01 as the team feel they needed to concentrate on bringing additional performance via KERS and concentrating on aerodynamics.”
Button said it wasn't his best first test day ever "2009 was pretty good, it was funny. We were half a second quicker on the first lap!" #F1
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Comment of the day
@Stormbreak on Webber’s status at Red Bull:
Every year it’s the same old same old. People keep denying Webber gets equal treatment. If that’s the case, why doesn’t he go to another team, when he’s clearly had the chance to do so? Is he that much of an idiot that he stays at a team where he gets sub0par treatment? Or is he that desperate to stay in F1 that he would stay with a team who won’t treat him well?
Somehow I don’t think Mark is a fool.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Chris Gordon-Smith, Charlieshan and Motor_mad!
On this day in F1
Two years ago today Robert Kubica was seriously injured in a crash during a rally in Italy. There were fears for his life, and his right arm was almost severed in the crash.
Kubica has since made a recovery. He tested a Mercedes DTM car last month and hopes to make an F1 return if his arm heals sufficiently: