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“Having races in the right place is what matters. The teams could probably deal with 22 races.”
“Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus or Williams, we’re all teams, our core business is Formula 1. So we should be here for a long, long time.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “There’s a lot of speculation and I’ve heard Porsche, Hyundai, Honda, all those sorts of names. I hope for Formula One that these manufacturers come back – we need them in the sport. At the moment we’ve got Renault, Mercedes, Ferrari; we need more engine suppliers.”
“The engine supply deal is likely to lead to a full works LMP1 effort in the future possibly using the Renault RS34 Formula 1 power unit. Which complies with the 2014 LMP technical regulations.”
“Mallya is missing from the list for 2013, which was released last night by the business magazine Forbes that is known for its rankings of rich and powerful from across the world.”
“[Monisha] Kaltenborn has fought for recognition in a sport where another team boss – whom she is too polite to name – once mistook her for Peter Sauber’s interpreter. ‘It was an elderly gentleman who has a different kind of thinking,’ she said. ‘He soon realised and was highly embarrassed.’”
An article on F1′s five new rookies for 2013 I wrote for NBC’s MotorSportsTalk blog yesterday. Read more on each of them here:
- Esteban Gutierrez biography
- Valtteri Bottas biography
- Giedo van der Garde biography
- Max Chilton biography
- Jules Bianchi biography
Got drug tested early hours this morning. All of a sudden pissing in your own home becomes difficult with someone staring over your shoulder
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) March 5, 2013
Pff early morning , they just came to do Doping Test .. Me despertaron muy temprano para el Doping Test!! Buen día
— Sergio Perez (@SChecoPerez) March 5, 2013
06:42h. Control antidoping.
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) March 5, 2013
Epic day today for interviews and scanning/photography of overalls, helmets, trophies, press cuttings, photos etc for a new book I’m doing
— Martin Brundle(@MBrundleF1) March 5, 2013
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Comment of the day
No one stands out as being much better than the rest, but I would say Red Bull have the best proven line-up. Vettel will be relentlessly quick, and if Webber has a good season they could be untouchable, so that’s my vote. Ferrari probably have the single best driver, and also have a second driver who could go either way.
McLaren, Lotus, Mercedes and Sauber will almost certainly be unbalanced, with one driver picking up more points than the other. All could be in the hunt if their cars are good enough. Bottas looks good, better than Maldonado, but he’s a rookie. The rest don’t stand out.
From the forum
The lists of every driver who has raced for each of the current teams have been brought up to date. Find them all below. Some are rather longer than others…
Red Bull F1 drivers
Ferrari F1 drivers
McLaren F1 drivers
Lotus F1 drivers
Mercedes F1 drivers
Sauber F1 drivers
Force India F1 drivers
Williams F1 drivers
Toro Rosso F1 drivers
Caterham F1 drivers
Marussia F1 drivers
Happy birthday to bac!
On this day in F1
Jackie Stewart won the last Tasman series race of 1966 having already scooped that year’s championship in his first attempt.
Stewart’s BRM was followed home by team mate Graham Hill and Jack Brabham, in his own car, in the final race at Longford.
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