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Romain Grosjean: “It depends on the money that we have. That is the key in F1.”
“People were trying to get me to name names of who might be responsible and people who might not even be here to defend themselves, but that’s not my style.”
“Infiniti has announced that Sebastian Vettel is its new Director of Performance.”
“Despite scoring a point in that years British Grand Prix, eventually the Money Money Money ran out and the era of Swedish pop group sponsorship was over.”
James Lawton: “It is still comforting to see men like Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen resist the idea that the legality of team orders strips them of the first and the last of a natural-born racer’s instinct.”
“Formula 1′s only Asian failure (so far) is the Turkish Grand Prix, by the way, which was run seven times, in front of embarrassingly empty grandstands, from 2005 to 2011. It was won twice by McLaren, in 2005 (Kimi Raikkonen) and in 2010 (Lewis Hamilton), since you didn’t ask.”
Spent the day at Legoland. Seriously tempted by this model with pushrod suspension and DRS! pic.twitter.com/CgizG5BmMi
— Tom Stallard (@Tom_Stallard) March 29, 2013
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Comment of the day
If anything I’ve got more respect for Vettel after Malaysia, not less.
The team put the drivers in the position to win races by working incredibly hard to deliver the hardware needed to do that. They then give all of that responsibility to a group of people in their 20s-30s that have spent years honing their skills to try and get into the position of winning races in the highest echelon of motorsport.
Then you expect someone to hold position, just because they were behind at the last pit stop? That’s not what I watch F1 for.
I’m not naive enough to think that this hasn’t happened for years, obviously it has, but for me last weekend was a positive for honest, hard racing. I sincerely hope that Hamilton and Alonso would have done the same.
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On this day in F1
Graham Hill won the Lombank Trophy at Snetterton 50 years ago today.
He passed Jim Clark to win – the Lotus driver finished second ahead of Innes Ireland.
Image © Lotus/LAT