Grosjean targets fewer mistakes in 2013

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Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013In the round-up: Romain Grosjean says getting through a year with a single error in a race would be “a good season”.


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Time to prove a point, again (ESPN)

Grosjean: “I’ll be happy if I score as many points as I could have in the ideal, minus 5% or something like that. If you look back on the season and can say ‘I only made one mistake in a race’ or something like that then it’s a good season.”

Hamilton: count me out of title race (The Telegraph)

“People are talking us up ?ǣ Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are saying we?re going to be competing for a championship. I really don?t see that happening at the moment.”

Government blocks move for grand prix headcount (The Age)

“[Greens MP Sue] Pennicuik said it would not be hard for an accurate attendance count at the grand prix. ‘I mean, really, why can’t they have some turnstile there? What argument do they have for not doing it?'”

Formula One, and why we?re selfish (Michael Lamonato)

“We?re not paying for Formula One just watch some cars race around a track, we?re paying to promote our city?s image ?ǣ and every time word of our bitterness about the cost makes its way to the international press, that image we?re working hard to promote becomes stained and tarnished.”

Whitmarsh’s verdict on the state of F1 (Autosport, subscription required)

“Formula 1 remains a fantastic environment for brand exposure for [original equipment manufacturers]… I predict that we’d be back up to four or five OEMs in five years’ time in the sport, then you’ll have a constant churn. At the end of the day, Formula 1 is our core business.”

The stars come out in Russia this weekend (Charles Pic)

“This weekend Caterham F1 Team?s Charles Pic and Lotus F1 Team?s Kimi Raikkonen will go racing again, although not behind the wheel of their usual F1 machines. The two will be participating in the ‘Race of Stars’ event, a unique activity staged in Moscow, Russia, by Za Rulem, one of Russia?s most popular automotive magazines, and Renault Russia.”


Comment of the day

Among the best suggestions for the Sebastian Vettel Caption Competition were those from RagingInferno, JameFranklinF1, Cyberaxiom, TommyB and PlutoniumHunter.

And my favourite was this from Daniel Thomas (@iamdanthomas):

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

While Vettel gives it the thumbs up, Webber tries to show his dissatisfaction with Red Bull?s new two-man cockpit.

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On this day in F1

Four-times world champion Alain Prost turns 58 today. With 51 Grand Prix victories, Prost has more race wins than any driver barring Michael Schumacher.

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