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“A spokesman for [race organiser Leo] Hindery’s group confirmed this week that its chief marketing officer, Trip Wheeler, and its chief financial officer, Michael Cummings, have left the organisation. The two departures follow news last August that Tom Cotter, president of Grand Prix of America, had also left.”
“In recalling the [2005 San Marino Grand Prix] Alonso revealed a remarkable fact – he completed the entire grand prix with a crippled engine, as a change would have meant a 10-place grid penalty.”
“During his career the total earnings of Michael Schumacher amounted to (US) $810 million [£521.4m], second only to golfer Tiger Woods ($889m [£572.26m]). In this category of high earning sportsmen Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are ranked 18th and 20th, with respective earnings of $179m [£115.22m] and $164m [£105.57].”
A Ferrari 333SP sports prototype is pursued by one of the team’s F1 cars at Imola during an F1 Clienti track day.
— Jules_Bianchi (@Jules_Bianchi) May 8, 2013
Off to Spain for the 6th time this year! Seems like only yesterday I was in Barcelona. Oh no wait, that's because it was only yesterday!
— Will Joseph (@Blondie_wdj) May 8, 2013
Doesn't it make you feel like having a run? ;) pic.twitter.com/dZwdc98vPz
— FerrariDriverAcademy (@insideFDA) May 8, 2013
Vettel, Perez and eight other #F1 drivers weren't alive when Alex Ferguson began his stint as Manchester United manager which is now ending.
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) May 8, 2013
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Comment of the day
@Melkurion tips where James Allison will end up:
I say he’s going to Williams.
Allison has brought Lotus back to the front, so maybe he’s looking for a new challenge.
McLaren have denied it and Lowe’s successor is already in place. Mercedes have too many cooks in the kitchen already. Ferrari have Pat Fry. Red Bull have Adrian Newey.
So I don’t see him going to either of these, that leaves the midfield teams, most likely Williams or Sauber. Sauber has no position of technical director right now, and Williams have given Mike-scandal-Coughlan long enough to know improvements aren’t coming.
From the forum
- Impressive onboard videos of GP2 and F3000 cars being used for hillclimbs
- What would you ask the press conference line-up for the Spanish Grand Prix?
Happy birthday to Kbc and Taurus!
On this day in F1
Alain Prost moved back into the lead of the world championship with victory in the Spanish Grand Prix 20 years ago today.
He was joined on the podium by Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, the latter failing in his pursuit of Senna after making this mistake:
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