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Williams chief engineer Xevi Pujolar: “Because he has been with us for a long time and because he has done a few Friday sessions, we know him well. We don’t feel like he is a rookie.”
“The race broadcasts will be shown on pay-TV, but the agreement includes the airing of a free-to-air magazine programme. Canal+ will also show free-practice and qualifying sessions.”
HRT’s chassis, machinery and tools have been sold to a parts recycling company called Teo Martin.
“The BBC said: ‘This time the track is dry and Lewis is taking no prisoners in his attempts to smash the lap record.'”
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Comment of the day
Adrian Sutil’s chances of getting the second Force India seat seem to be improving but a lot of readers seem to prefer Jules Bianchi for the drive:
I’m surprised that Sutil is still in the running for the seat. He must have done well in his year away from the sport to secure enough backing to keep him in contention this long. I assume that Bianchi hasn?óŌé¼Ōäót gotten the drive yet because Force India is seeking Ferrari engines cheaper than Ferrari are willing to supply, merely for the sake of Bianchi.
I?óŌé¼Ōäóm still hoping Bianchi will get the second seat, because I find it more interesting to see what he can do compared to round two of Sutil ?óŌé¼ŌĒ£ DiResta. However, with the trouble Mallya and Sahara find themselves in currently, I will settle for any Force India presence on the grid this and coming seasons.
From the forum
A new biography has been added for Marussia’s new hiring Luiz Razia. Find biographies of all the new F1 drivers here:
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On this day in F1
Two-times world champion Graham Hill was born on this day in 1929. And 50 years to the day later, future Benetton, McLaren and Williams driver Alexander Wurz was born.
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