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“We’re not looking at wins at the moment. We’re hoping to get into the points and fight for top 10.”
“The car is definitely a big step forward. It feels very nice to drive with a good balance. It is a massive step.”
“We had a wonderful four days. No problems in the car.”
“In 2011 and 2012, we were not super reliable and I could have done better in certain races. But ultimately, we can do better all together, my side, the team side, all of us together. That will mean a strong performance for us in ’13.”
“[My mother] was really, really nervous and worried about the whole racing thing and the dangerous side of it but she learnt the hard way that it’s much safer than it was before.”
“It is interesting in the light of yesterday’s ruminations about F1 engines that Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan and Renault, will be announcing ‘major news’ for Nismo motorsport and its performance arm on Tuesday in Tokyo.”
“The first four spots were taken by the Alfa Romeos of Farina, Fagioli, Fangio and Parnell, giving an indication of who the top team would be for the rest of the year.”
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRossoSpy) February 22, 2013
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) February 22, 2013
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Comment of the day
The role of the current generation tyres and DRS in shaping racing remains a talking point as we head into the third year with them. Nick argues in favour of them:
People moan non-stop about the tyres and DRS and I’ve just about had it. The new tyres and DRS are two of the very best things to ever happen to F1.
I am a massive F1 fan. I live, eat and breath F1 but only because of the way it is now. The other week I happen to get my hands on the entire 2007 season and went to my mates house to have a pure F1 session. It wasn’t long before I was nodding off, my mate too!
People bitch and moan about the racing these days and how it’s artificial etc… but let me tell you, the F1 today is a far better beast than it used to be. The racing in 2007 was downright dull.
I can’t remember which race we were watching, but as I fell off to sleep with boredom, Kimi Raikkonen in a vastly superior Ferrari was coming up behind a slower car, can’t remember which one. He was way faster and cruised right up on the back of the other car. After five-plus laps of following between 0.5 and 1 second behind the other car, I drifted off.
I woke up and saw that another 15 laps had passed, and lo and behold, what do you think I saw? you guessed it, Raikkonen still following the slower car. Boring!
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On this day in F1
The 1958 Cuban Grand Prix was won on this day by Stirling Moss. But the non-championship race is more famous for two other incidents.
The first was the sensational kidnapping of five-times world champion and 1957 Cuban Grand Prix winner Juan Manuel Fangio by pro-Fidel Castro revolutionaries.
Nonetheless the race went ahead but was abandoned after a bridge over the circuit collapsed, killing seven people. The result was declared based on the first six laps.
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