Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013

Grosjean: Dash back to Spain “was worth it”

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Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Circuit de Catalunya, 2013In the round-up: Romain Grosjean thanks a sponsor for helping him fly from France to Spain to participate in yesterday’s test.

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Grosjean: It was worth it (Sky)

“I was supposed to be in bed until 9:30 or 10 to do personal stuff in Paris but I woke up a bit earlier, about 8:30, switched on the mobile phone and had a message from (Lotus Track Operations Director) Alan (Permane) saying, ‘Can you call me back? Kimi [Raikkonen] isn’t well’.”

Engine motive not behind Bianchi deal (Autosport)

Graeme Lowdon: “Discussions on engines are taking place in our team like every team, but with every supplier.”

‘Small things’ hamper Red Bull – Webber (ESPN)

“There’s too much media and not enough racing at the moment so we need to just get down to Melbourne and stop talking about it and just get on with it.”

Last day of testing for Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

“With less than half an hour remaining, a problem with the left front upright meant that Felipe had to stop the car on track, thus bringing a positive day to a slightly early end.”

F1 in 3D: full speed ahead? (The Telegraph)

“Key to the likelihood of fans seeing more F1 in 3D will be rights negotiations. Sky would not comment on anything to do with that notoriously difficult F1 issue.”

Vettel wants another go on Top Gear after rival Hamilton beats his time (Daily Mail)

“‘He was cheating!’ quipped Vettel when asked about being knocked off top spot by Hamilton. ‘Of course I would like another go. I now have another reason to go on the show.'”

Grand-Am teams embrace Circuit of the Americas ?ǣ will the fans? (Autoweek)

“There?s little doubt that Formula 1, Kenny Chesney and Jimmy Buffett will draw crowds. Will the rest of the season?s races? We?ll have a good idea when we see the audience for Grand-Am.”

Volker Weidler: Shattered career (24 Heures du Mans)

“German F3 champion in 1985 and DTM vice-champion in 1986, Volker Weidler entered F1 in 1980 with the Rial team but the season was a disappointment. His victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1991 was going to revive his career… but had the opposite effect!”

Jamey’s photos (Facebook)

“Apparently Red Bull and a few other teams are complaining that photographers are taking photos of the rears of the cars at pit exit.”

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Comment of the day

@RyanWilliams on the 11th hour driver change at Marussia:

Absolutely gutted for Razia. Thought he drove superbly in GP2 last year and deserved the seat at Marussia.

Pleased it’s Bianchi replacing him after being horrendously overlooked by Force India earlier this week. I really hope that Razia can recover from this and hopefully we?ll see him on the grid in 2014, once Bianchi has joined Force India.
@RyanWilliams

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On this day in F1

Jackie Stewart responded to Emerson Fittipaldi’s wins in the first two races of the 1973 season with a victory of his own in the South African Grand Prix 40 years ago today.

Fittipaldi came third behind Peter Revson’s McLaren.

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