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“If you look at Romain [Grosjean], who had a fine drive, he was 26 seconds down after seven laps and 35 down at end of race using a strategy that probably cost us seven seconds overall. So he only really lost two or three second to [race winner Sebastian] Vettel over the dry portion of race.”
“They know the real opponents sit outside of the team, not inside the team.”
A couple of new bits from the race including Vettel being given the now infamous “multi map two one” instruction and what caused Kimi Raikkonen’s complaint about Nico Hulkenberg.
Monisha Kaltenborn: “First of all you do look at the performance potential, then you look at the commercial potential. That can either be that he brings his partner along or how marketable he is.”
“F1 is F1, everyone knows financial situation. F1 is difficult at the moment unless you have millions. I like to do more (races) in WEC and fortunately, there’s no clash in calendar. In the future, both WEC and GT are good options.”
“If I can get through the corner better than you, then we’ll race, but blocking is an IndyCar form or F1 form or an open wheel type move it seems like. It’s not to say they don’t do it in NASCAR; obviously they do, but to me it’s just a chicken way of driving and not very respectful for the guys around you.”
Nigel Roebuck: “This is how Le Mans used to be in times gone by – but that was a matter of lasting for a day and a night, not an hour and a half, and it is a supreme irony that, in this era of sports car racing, for such as Audi and Toyota Le Mans – unlike a contemporary Grand Prix – is flat out all the way.”
“For the passionate motorsport fan, there is no better way to get involved in the sport than to volunteer as a marshal. It is hard work, but offers a level of access like no other, with the ability to watch racing from close quarters or spend an afternoon in the pit lane.”
Regarding updates for China, some small steps in the areas of aero & suspension which we hope will move us even closer to the midfield
— Marussia F1 Team (@Marussia_F1Team) April 3, 2013
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) April 3, 2013
For all of you asking, @Wolff_Toto is a fake. The real Toto is currently in his office in Brackley, not on Twitter ;)
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) April 3, 2013
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Comment of the day
@Electrolite on Red Bull’s record pit stop:
Anyone always going on about Red Bull being where it is because of Newey and Newey alone should take note of things like this. They seem to not only be on top in terms of car design but everywhere else as well.
From the forum
Happy birthday to D_omin!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Luiz Razia who is 24 today. Last year’s GP2 runner-up was supposed to make his F1 debut with Marussia this year but it didn’t quite work out.