In the round-up: Sergio Perez admits he was startled by the degree of criticism he received after finishing 11th in China.
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“I have definitely felt the pressure. At McLaren everyone is watching your performance – in every single practice session, every single race. I find it quite amazing that… after one bad weekend I received so many criticisms.”
Bahrain International Circuit chairman, Zayed Alzayani: “Our job is to make sure the event passes smoothly. We do our part and whatever happens outside the track somebody else is responsible for. I personally think it’s safe to do the race, there is no problem.”
“When I arrived in the Shia village of Banbar on Tuesday night, the 82-year-old [Bernie Ecclestone] was not exactly being portrayed as a broker of international peace. Instead, he was drawn on a placard shaking hands with a sheikh, blood dripping from their hands on to a gigantic dollar symbol. As a student in the community of Al-Ahli said earlier this week: ‘The race brings money to the regime, which they then use to buy weapons to attack us.'”
“With revolutionary zeal, the organisers routinely ring journalists arriving in the country to inform them where and when their next orchestrated rally will be staged. They will then drive them there and return them to their hotels a couple of hours later, the protest over… until the next one.”
“Police briefly detained an ITV TV crew as it filmed near the capital on Thursday, and according to the opposition scores of people have been arrested in Shia villages close to the Bahrain International Circuit in the southern part of the main island.”
“Grosjean said on Thursday in Bahrain that his confidence was still high despite his issues, but conceded finding the right operating window for the tyres is proving harder than in 2012.”
“It is a bit disappointing [Pirelli have changed the tyre allocation] – the soft would have been nice. Where we are at the minute, we try to do different things with the strategy and that is what is getting us points at the minute – perhaps more points than the car deserves. We will make the best of it, it is still so hot here, so it is still not going to be easy on the tyres and that is good for us.”
“My role is different to what it was before. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm working 100% now for the team, and I?óÔé¼Ôäóll give all I can to help the race drivers and help the team.”
Former FIA medical delegate Dr Gary Hartstein: “I’ll say it right now, out loud and at the outset, there is no physiologic reason that a woman can’t successfully drive a Formula 1 car in competition.”
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“At the moment, Lotus and Ferrari have been strong, Red Bull have been good in particular tracks. It has been moving around and it will continue to do so at the tracks that are coming up. It won’t just be one winner all the time. Change the tyres and that might not be the case.”
Happy to be to be in the car tomorrow for my F1 debut in free practice1 with @Marussia_F1Team thanks for the opportunity guys!
— Rodolfo Gonzalez (@RSpeedyGonzalez) April 18, 2013
The team with the most boxes being delivered in the Bahrain paddock? Red Bull… no doubt some more updates are in them.
— Ed Foster (@AnotherEdFoster) April 18, 2013
In races, thursdays are boring sometimes, but today was so funny!! And now I'm looking forward to get on the car tomorrow!!
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) April 18, 2013
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Comment of the day
What stands out for me is that he praises Raikkonen and Hamilton for their driving, but with Vettel he talks about the strong car and how championship position is not important right now.
So I read as a bit of a taunt. Not surprising, seeing as he?óÔé¼Ôäós finished closerthanthis to Vettel in two of the last three years.
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On this day in F1
Red Bull scored their first win four years ago today in the Chinese Grand Prix.
They have won almost half of all F1 races since – 35 out of 76.
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