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“Asked what Vettel meant when he said he hadn’t done it deliberately, Horner said: ‘He felt he hadn’t heard the call. That it was unclear to him what the instruction was. But then again we had the same thing in Brazil the other way around.’”
“When asked why the team did not ask Vettel to relinquish the position to Webber in the closing stages to make up for his defiance, Horner said: ‘Do you honestly think that if we had told him ‘slow down and give the place back’, he would have given it back?’”
“Had Mark gone, Dietrich [Mateschitz] would have signed Lewis.”
“The guy on the right is devastated. It is such a small mistake but it can cost you dearly.”
“They need to finish what they started. It is obviously not the same as Singapore. Maybe because they don’t spend the money.”
“[Mercedes'] much-talked-about ‘FRIC’ (Front and Rear Inter-Connected) system… is understood to link the front and rear suspension hydraulically and can be adjusted in a similar way to the brake fluid.”
“I helped the people that own the circuit in Ricard, it belongs to the trust. I helped them and told them the sort of hospital they should build and even the sort of car run-off areas they should build. Gribkowsky said, I ran the trust and this is one example.”
Alonso said it would be easy to score more points at the start of 2013 than he did in 2012. Well he's two races in and 17 points down… #F1
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Comment of the day
To say F1 Fanatic was inundated with comments yesterday would be quite an understatement. The vast majority of them were on one subject:
Ultimately this is a sad day for the spectators, to see what was shaping up to be a great race ruined by an intended processional first-to-fourth positions.
Not at all happy with what Vettel did, and do not for one second believe he didn’t know what was expected of him, but ultimately it is the teams that are ruining the race for those watching.
Lets assume team orders are not allowed and no suggestion of them playing out was in place; we would have seen a great fight between Vettel and Webber in which they scrap for position with Vettel likely getting the upper hand, but as a result, scrubbing the tyres and significantly dropping pace, which leads to Hamilton and Rosberg catching them up, maybe having a tussle, only for them too to suffer from fuel issues. You would have ended up with four unpredictable cars fighting for 1st, with possibly cars behind (if able to catch up due to strategy) coming back into the race and maybe upsetting the order further.
It should be up to the drivers to decide how far they can push the pace and think of the long view, rather than the lap they are on; at least that way a good race could have turned into a great race.
Having said that, best post-race I’ve seen :)
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Happy birthday to Guilherme Teixeira and Marc!
On this day
John Hugenholz, the circuit designer behind F1 tracks including Suzuka, Jarama and Nivelles, died on this day in 1995.
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