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“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’.”
Graeme Lowdon: “Discussions on engines are taking place in our team like every team, but with every supplier.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“‘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.’”
“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.”
“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!”
“Apparently Red Bull and a few other teams are complaining that photographers are taking photos of the rears of the cars at pit exit.”
Riddle: what do my firing and Razia's situation have in common? Both are reptilian and rude. Answer has 4 letters. First is "T"
— Gary Hartstein (@former_f1doc) March 2, 2013
The Proto tyres are same spec, Hard and Soft compounds, just different production location. Apart from the Qualy set we gave Lewis. JOKE
— Paul Hembery (@PaulHembery) March 2, 2013
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) March 2, 2013
So, the news is that Bernie E. has sent a paddock pass to Lewis Hamilton's dog. He will be not the most stupid people with a pass…
— Roberto Chinchero (@RobChinchero) March 2, 2013
F Renault Championship 1992. Look who finished 4th! pic.twitter.com/lzDPAlT6q1
— Pedro de la Rosa (@PedrodelaRosa1) March 2, 2013
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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.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Seaney_T!
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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