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In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says Red Bull are complaining about the tyres this year because it’s been “too easy” for them to win in previous seasons.
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“Sometimes, when you win too easy for some years, it is difficult to lose some races afterwards.”
Mark Webber: “The decisive factor to win on Sunday? Definitely a good qualifying position. It’s not going to be like Shanghai or Barcelona where you can be a long way out of position in the early parts of a grand prix.”
“I think generally, I hear the drivers’ voices in the meetings we have together. Even if you pinpoint Lotus and say they have the best car for these tyres and these conditions, still their drivers complain. They have the same problem as us, just to a lesser extent. That doesn’t mean no-one else is complaining.”
“I’m sure there are some options, it’s no secret. There are also options that I don’t drive anything.”
“The bigger worry was about the car. The thing is that in winter testing you know very quickly if the car is going to be s***. And if it’s s*** you know you’ll be wasting your time for the season.”
“I don’t want to think about the future too much at the moment. I think that yeah, you’ve got to live for the moment and I don’t think that trying to agree a lengthy deal for the future is something that is interesting at the moment for me. I’m 13 years in the sport, I want to have freedom and that feeling that if it doesn’t feel right any more: stop. But I definitely don’t feel that yet. It feels that it is going to be a long way down the road. For me, that freedom is important in the future.”
“I am ready. But I also don’t want to jump into things. Right now I am with Toro Rosso and will do my best here. Should there be any knocking, I am ready.”
“We know that at the moment there’s no chance, no way we can think of that but we have to give our best… no-one in the team is giving up.”
“Top F1 team: $470 million [£312.58m]; Top IndyCar team: $15 million [£9.98m].”
“What Hunt wanted to talk about, in some considerable passing, was a surefire commercial initiative. He had a plan to market a salad that would be enhanced by immersion in a microwave.”
“The source said: ‘At the moment there is no anticipated impact on the road car division as a result of the Honda deal.’”
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Comment of the day
No live Formula Renault 3.5 on Eurosport UK this weekend – we get delayed coverage of a bike race instead:
Looks like it’s highlights only at 11.15pm on Eurosport in the UK. Fingerlickin’ useless. Eurosport in other countries has the race live – why do they think Britain wants to watch bikes from the weekend before instead of a live race?
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On this day in F1
Ayrton Senna scored his record-breaking sixth Monaco Grand Prix win 20 years ago today.
The race was led by Alain Prost to begin with before he was penalised for a jump start, which he compounded by stalling his engine.
Michael Schumacher was also running in front of Senna when he suffered hydraulic failure before half-distance. Senna won ahead of Damon Hill and Jean Alesi as Prost recovered to fourth after his jump start.
Here’s Senna on his way to a win which put him back in the lead of the championship:
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