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Sebastian Vettel: “I hope we have enough tyres to survive the race and it is not a lot of fun and that is how it is.”
“Lewis Hamilton claimed on Friday that he had never intended to take a sabbatical from Formula One, despite Bernie Ecclestone’s assertion this week that Mercedes’ £60 million signing was prepared to leave the sport for a year rather than remain any longer at McLaren.”
“I wasn’t really able to exploit it over a single lap, but nonetheless I’m happy with where we’re standing. I think we’re stronger race-pace wise. If I’m honest when we did the long run it felt pretty strong and we went for quite a few laps.”
“We are committed to drastically cutting fuel consumption and lowering emissions. But to us it was never something we made a lot of noise about. It is like washing your face, something you quietly get on and do every day.”
“Sebastian Vettel remains in his role as the other director alongside Button, while Pedro de la Rosa keeps the chairman’s seat despite swapping his HRT race drive for a Ferrari development role.”
“Martin’s stock had been rising throughout that debut season in 1990. Split times during the fateful lap showed that, had he completed it, the Ulsterman would have qualified on the third row; his best grid position that year.”
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) March 22, 2013
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Comment of the day
Traverse on whether IndyCar star Will Power can finally claim the title this year after three near-misses:
If Will Power has the willpower to win, he will win. But if Will isn’t filled with the will to win, there will be no willpower to help Will Power win.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Cacarella, James Newnham, TommyC and George!
On this day in F1
Kimi Raikkonen scored his first F1 victory in the Malaysian Grand Prix ten years ago today.
The podium was completed by Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso.
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