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In the round-up: Sergio Perez responds to Kimi Raikkonen’s repeated criticism of his driving, saying his moves were “hard and fair”.
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“There may not be much to show from Monaco, but it was another positive race for me – we had stronger pace throughout the weekend, and I felt that I raced hard and fairly, earning my positions the hard way – by competing for, and winning, them on the track.”
“We should never have been in that position in the first place [at the end of the race], but it was good to at least get a point at the end. In a way, it almost makes it more frustrating as when we had the clean air after the pit stop it was probably the first time you saw how quick our car really was.”
“Most healthy businesses are trying to control costs and maximise revenue, and in my view we’re not doing a good enough job with both of those things.”
“Ecclestone said he was introduced to [Justin King] the boss of the UK’s third-largest supermarket company and another executive from outside the sport ‘about a year ago’ with a view to one of them working with him and eventually replacing him. Ecclestone didn’t identify the other person.”
“The other teams were not told it was happening, they were not invited to attend as observers, and they have yet to receive any reports about either the Ferrari or Mercedes tests, in apparent contradiction of Pirelli’s usual policy, as outlined above.”
“Once we understand these tyres more, which we will eventually get to, then I think another win is definitely on the books.”
“They may pilot the same Formula One car, the race-winning F1 W04, but Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton use subtly different steering wheels.”
“As Ferrari boss, Todt played a pivotal role in ‘Spygate’ – to which ‘Testgate’ has been equated – back in 2007, when McLaren was pronounced not (seriously) guilty before a subsequent hearing found the team guilty as charged of spying, being fined a headline-catching $100m during a trial in which then-president Max Mosley arguably overstepped the bounds of justice by acting as complainant, prosecutor, judge and juror, so he fully understands show trials.”
@NicoHulkenberg haha competitive bastard 😝
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) May 31, 2013
8 hours today doing captions for 600 images in my new book. I hope you like the 'Martin Brundle Scrapbook', it's published in July.
— Martin Brundle (@MBrundleF1) May 31, 2013
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Comment of the day
Olav Kersen spies a potential route back into F1 for Kamui Kobayashi:
If Grosjean was dropped from Lotus this season, who would replace him? Who would be as experienced as Kobayashi, with the same level or recent results as Kobayashi had his last year in F1 and as ready and willing to race as Kobayashi is.
Olav Kersen (@Okersen)
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On this day in F1
Juan Pablo Montoya won the Monaco Grand Prix from third on the grid, passing Kimi Raikkonen at the start then jumping ahead of team mate Ralf Schumacher at the first round of pit stops.
Raikkonen finished second ahead of Michael Schumacher. But Jenson Button failed to start the race after this nasty crash during practice:
Image © Lotus/LAT