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Robert Kubica: “Of course I would like to come back in F1, but I know that it might not happen. There are some things that are out of my control, and that’s more difficult.”
“Asked if a spending war was on the cards, Brawn replied: ‘I don’t think so. Ever since F1 cars have been invented and aerodynamics were understood, the compromise between suspension and aerodynamics has always been that – a compromise.’”
Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson: “These raids and detentions suggest that officials are more concerned with getting activists out of circulation for the Formula One race than with addressing the legitimate grievances that have led so many Bahrainis to take to the streets.”
Bahrain information minister Sameera Rajab: “We discredit any news of such arrests in recent days or even months.”
“The FIA regrets to announce the sudden death of Luiz Pinto de Freitas, President of the Portuguese club FPAK and member of the World Motor Sport Council.”
Emerson Fittipaldi: “As we reached the 15-laps-to-go stage, I expected Colin [Chapman] to signal Ronnie [Peterson] to let me pass. But he didn’t. So I began to drive as hard as I could, right on the limit, and I caught up with Ronnie, and we began to race flat-out for the win.”
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Comment of the day
How much has the great racing seen at Shanghai in the last few years been down to the track? Thoughts from @Matt90:
It produces fantastic races, and for that I don’t want to criticise it too much. But it doesn’t mean it’s a wonderful track.
And a lot of the reasons for it producing good races has nothing to do with the track layout itself, and more to do with its location and timing, as well as for the last couple of years being early enough in the season to coincide with teams being unfamiliar with the best way to handle the tyres.
It is still too typical of other Hermann Tilke tracks. The first corners feel a little awkward, although at least its an interesting novelty feature. The back straight feels too long, and turns 9 to 12 aren’t great.
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On this day in F1
Ayrton Senna scored one of his most memorable wins in the European Grand Prix at Donington Park on this day 20 years ago. Look out for a special article on this memorable race on the site later today.
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