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“Conor Daly will perform a straight-line aerodynamic test for Force India on Wednesday.”
“From all I’m told there’s no doubt that Ecclestone, Zak Brown and Chris Pook are going to make a bid to buy the race in 2015 with plans to install F1 back in Southern California in 2016.”
Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon: “We can confirm we’ve not had any offer from CVC at all. At no time have we had any proposal.”
“We couldn’t [keep Timo Glock] – it was a commercial decision – and I’ll say to anyone that listens that not only is Timo a great guy for the team but also such a nice guy, just the way he took the whole thing was really, really superb. So I was really concerned: we’d had a lot of changes and two rookies. But it’s not just that: a lot of our guys at the team are quite young, so it’s all quite difficult.”
Nico Rosberg: “I now have a stronger voice. And to me that’s a beautiful process in which I can help Mercedes become the best team.”
Stefano Domenicali: “Because there is no alternative we will find very soon a solution and I am sure that Pirelli has already given the sign that it wants to be here in the future.”
“The Group, however, made a loss before taxation in the year of £5.0m (2011: profit £7.4m) as a result of the impact of a technical accounting treatment of one of the Group’s key receipts during the year.”
Video highlights from the Bahrain Grand Prix.
“The more dynamic ‘Speedy Kiwi’ was introduced in 1967, once again designed by Michael Turner to emphasise the higher speeds at which Bruce’s cars were racing. It also took on a striking papaya orange colour which familiarly became known as ‘McLaren Orange’.”
“Sebastian Vettel was another case though, a ‘special kind’. Tommi reveals a lot about Seb’s attitude in training and the way he approached it.”
Lada and I showing the cone who's boss at a Vodafone safe driving event today in Hungary… pic.twitter.com/CegpAsYrTM
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) April 29, 2013
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Comment of the day
As Ecclestone prepares to take more money away from the smallest teams, @GeeMac points out their value to the sport:
F1 never learns. Ten years ago at the start of the season all of the teams were banging on about cost saving and trying to do more to assist the smaller independent teams, saying that if something wasn’t done it could lead to them folding.
What happened? Nothing, and within three years the two smallest teams (Minardi and Jordan) were gone. We are still having debates about how to save costs and we’ve already lost one of the teams that joined the sport in 2010, taking away prize money from the last placed team will only make things worse with the result that we lose another small independent team. It’s pathetic.
I’ve said it so many times before, the battle at the back is as important as the one at the front. I don’t buy the argument that the smaller teams add nothing to the sport. They give up and coming talent a chance to shine, both drivers and designers.
Marussia have the promising Jules Bianchi who is doing a great job so far, Caterham have Charles Pic who is highly rated. Where would they be without Marussia and Caterham? Standing at the back of another team’s garage with headphones on feeling sorry for themselves, that’s where.
Of the teams that have died recently, Minardi gave us Alonso and race winners Webber, Fisichella and Trulli. Where would Ross Brawn and Adrian Newey be without the likes of Arrows and Leyton House? You need the teams at the back of the grid to grow and develop the sport, because that is where future champions cut their teeth.
From the forum
- Video: Dougie Lampkin’s tour of the Red Bull factory
- Pictures: Updated Le Mans-spec Toyota TS030 for Spa Six Hours
Happy birthday to Ccolanto, Mike Weilding, Oliver and Jake Kilshaw!
On this day in F1
Roland Ratzenberger lost his life in a crash during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix on this day in 1994.
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