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“We will be keen to make up for some missed points scoring opportunities at the first quartet of races, while also being relieved that Daniel Ricciardo’s very slow pace in Bahrain was quickly traced to a set-up error, rather than a design fault or failure with STR8.”
“King refuses to quash rumours that he is interested in the F1 job – he only ever says that he is “not aware of a vacancy”. He is a huge racing fan and has helped his son Jordan to become one of the most promising drivers of his generation.”
“For the first time in history, Philippine Lotus F1 Junior Team driver Marlon Stockinger hit the streets of Manila to showcase Formula One in front of his home crowd.”
The Daily Star claims Mark Webber has already decided to quit F1. Since the last race he said he hasn’t made his mind up about his future yet. Exclusive insight or speculative guesswork? Share your view in the comments.
“We didn’t know it at the time, but we were witnessing the end of an era. Soon afterwards, non-championship Formula One races died away, it being felt by the powers-that-be that there was no real place for them. With the relentless expansion to all four corners of the globe of the world championship proper, it was decided that they had become an anachronism.”
Good run earlier today. Spain turned the weather on nicely. Muchos gracias pic.twitter.com/b9Ti6gyPjx
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) May 5, 2013
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Comment of the day
Should we be more prepared to take the rough with the smooth when it comes to racing?
The championships in “old F1″ and something like the Premier League are still exciting. Just look at the Premier League’s 2011/2012 finale. Just look at how thrilling the championship in 2010 was, with Vettel somehow taking the title in the end, with a two-time champion stuck behind a Russian driving for the team that gave him the two championships he’s won.
It’s also processional racing, I believe, that makes great wins so great – that makes grand chelems so great, that makes this year’s Champions League semi-final results so stunning.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Brakius and Elly Parker!
On this day in F1
Tommy Byrne, who turns 55 today, had a colourful career after failing to gain a foothold in F1 following five appearances for Theodore in 1982 and a test for McLaren. His 2008 semi-autobiography is an entertaining read: