In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says he’s “really happy” after covering more laps than any other driver in Wednesday’s test.
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“It’s going in the right direction. I’m really happy with it; 121 laps is really good.”
Alan Permane: “Our target was more laps today and we’ve missed that. We were able to diagnose a problem with the gearbox, but rectifying this took quite a lot of time.”
“I still want to do rallying. I had a good time and I knew from the very beginning that it was going to be tough. People say ?óÔé¼?£oh, it?óÔé¼Ôäós been a failure?óÔé¼Ôäó. Not at all – I started with zero experience and for that I did pretty well. Sure I went off, but anybody believing he could do better, go and prove it!”
“Possibly I did close other opportunities in other series but now I’m concentrating on this [the Pirelli role].”
“Formula One female test driver Susie Wolff has announced that she will appear in a BBC documentary this spring about her life as the only woman in F1.
“The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) announced that it has asked banks in India to freeze bank accounts belonging to the Sahara group and some of its directors.”
“London-based investment firm Weingrow Partners said Tuesday that it will build the ‘world?óÔé¼Ôäós first exclusive lifestyle and racing club’ on Yeongjong Island off Incheon, close to Incheon International Airport, in collaboration with Italy?óÔé¼Ôäós supercar maker Automobili Lamborghini and England?óÔé¼Ôäós Formula One team and engineering firm Williams. It aims at completing the facilities by 2016.”
Talked to someone yesterday who knew details of Ferrari's break in to Williams pit in the dead of night on Thurs before German GP in 1980!!!
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Comment of the day
Did Hamilton have any trouble with last year?óÔé¼Ôäós tyres?
If memory serves, on this very track in 2012, he raced from 24th to 8th ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ overtaking his team mate ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ all whilst consuming one fewer set of tyres than anyone else in the rest of the field.
Perhaps we should pay more attention to what happens on track rather than outmoded assumptions.
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