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“It’s not down to one lap. What we have to have is a car that is fastest over 50-odd laps, and that’s the challenge.”
“We are not in deep discussions with Long Beach but we have spoken to them.”
“Helmut has responsibilities elsewhere with the young-driver programme but he has no operational responsibility or input into how we operate as a racing team. He’s an advisor to Dietrich [Mateschitz], and he’s obviously an experienced hand.”
Fernando Alonso: “The wins at Barcelona in 2006, Monza in 2010 and Valencia last year are unquestionably the races that have given me the best emotions of my career.”
“Rising star James Calado?óÔé¼Ôäós chances of making the move up to Formula 1 have been boosted by a deal to be managed by Nicolas Todt, whose All Road Management group manages Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado and Jules Bianchi.”
“If we are discussing why there haven?óÔé¼Ôäót been more women racers in F1, I started to wonder why we haven?óÔé¼Ôäót yet, at least to my knowledge, encountered many, if any openly gay racing drivers in our field?”
— Alexander Rossi (@AlexanderRossi) April 30, 2013
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) April 30, 2013
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Comment of the day
If F1 does end up back at Long Beach, @Atticus-2 hopes they don’t spoil the track:
I think the organisers did a tremendous job in 1999 and 2000, when they last altered the layout. I identify four “points of interest” on the original, much loved layout, plus one on the current one. I think the original course was loved principally because of the following:
?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ The iconic hairpins at either ends of Shoreline Drive;
?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ Original turn two (now turn six), a wide, surprisingly quick, increasing radius and slightly uphill left-hander;
?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ The wild elevation change of about 8-11m when they climbed the hill going straight instead of turning right to East Seaside Way and their subsequent intense drop at Cook?óÔé¼Ôäós corner;
?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ The quick, douple-apex penultimate corner.
On the current layout, my guess is that the fountain in the roundabout already gained legendary status as scenery despite its relatively young age as part of the track.
What I really liked about the 1999-2000 changes was how the organisers brought back two of the four aforementioned points plus how they introduced the new one.
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Patrick Tambay won the San Marino Grand Prix after Riccardo Patrese crashed out of the lead moments after overtaking him: