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“Clearly the Red Bull is massively quick. It always is. They have obviously been sand-bagging the whole time in winter as expected, and all of a sudden they’ve pulled out a load of time. But I don’t feel we’re miles away.”
“We know a little bit more than yesterday, that’s for sure, but I think we have to be aware of the fact that conditions can change. A couple of degrees make a massive difference with these tyres so for today I think we are very happy but tomorrow could be another day so I think there’s room for improvement and we need to keep our eyes open and see what happens.”
“The ride is so important with an F1 car, if the car is moving around a lot, the downforce is not necessarily working in the correct manner. We’ve got to get the ride sorted.”
“I think the car should be better (than last year). “We had some issues in the wet last year, but hopefully those are behind us.”
“I think we are far away from the top guys today. We need to work very hard to understand our problems. They are very clear, we just need to work hard to sort it.”
“People think I hang around with celebrities all the time, but that’s not true at all. I have a girlfriend, Nicole Scherzinger, who is a celebrity, but you don’t choose who you fall in love with. I just happened to meet her at an event I was at and sparks went flying.”
“Q: So we won’t be seeing a Telmex McLaren Honda team in 2015?
MW: I doubt it. You want to draw me into something! (laughs) As I said, I doubt it as it is not in our plan at the moment.”
Danica Patrick: “I’ve always said that unless that it would be something I would want to do for real, as in race a Formula One car, I don’t see any point in testing it. It is a lot or work to get fitted in the car comfortable enough to go drive it. Then as a driver, for me at least, I run the risk of what if it doesn’t go well, and then people judge me for that. So, unless it was something that I was really serious, I wouldn’t do it.”
“I would pay all the money I have to be back in the cockpit of a Formula 1 car. At the moment [racing at] Barcelona would be possible, Monaco would not be possible.”
“‘He was careful to stay out of the controversy over the cost to the government of another multi-year contract requiring public funding of tens of millions of dollars annually. ‘It’s part of the natural business negotiation,’ Todt said. ‘At the moment, there is an ongoing contract between the commercial rights-holder of F1 and the Albert Park organisers, so it’s up to them to discus about the future.’”
“‘The sport is going from strength to strength,’ says Zak Brown, chief executive of JMI, a motorsport sponsorship agency. ‘The quality and size of the announcements in recent months have been awesome.’”
“We wanted to plan when Jenson is going to do some competition, so there are two half Iron Man events he is doing this year. One is off the back of Malaysia next week in the gap between China and then one in Berlin in June.”
“As the 61-lap race started in sunny conditions, Mansell made the most decisive move, surging past Piquet and into second place behind Senna. Sadly, Mansell’s positive opening to the new season was soon to end, as his attempt to overtake Senna before the end of the first lap was thwarted when the Brazilian slammed the door in his face.”
Leaving garage now
— Dickie Stanford (@dickiestanford) March 15, 2013
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Comment of the day
Antonio Nartea is encouraged by Jules Bianchi’s start at Marussia:
Well, Bianchi turned out to be a much better choice than Razia would have been, that’s for sure.
Marussia made the absolute best of that situation, for what it’s worth. Hats off. At this rate I wouldn’t be surprised if Bianchi manages to take the battle to Toro Rosso on occasions, this season.
They are right. The performance in Melbourne is nothing but good news for them. For Caterham on the other hand…
Antonio Nartea (@Tony031r)
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On this day in F1
Lewis Hamilton won the opening Grand Prix of the 2008 season in Australia, putting him on course to win the world championship.