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“Ecclestone is especially keen for changes to the pit area and paddock, where floating platforms are used to extend the area. The enlarged paddock area, together with other repairs, would cost around £10 million.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “Ideally we’d like to change the harder compound to give us more guarantees of being under three stops. But that sort of change needs the agreement of all 11 teams.”
“Overall, Canada has been a pretty good circuit for McLaren. We’ve won there the last three races, but this time around we’re not going to set the world alight simply because we are going to Canada.”
“We’re developing the car – the car is getting better, though not as fast as we would hope. We’re not returning to form as quickly as we’d like, but we are moving in the right direction. We’ve got some tests to do which we have to fit in around the new tyre test on Friday – the only thing that could throw a curveball for all the teams this weekend is the weather.”
“Since our participation in F1, Bridgestone has achieved a significant improvement in brand awareness in Europe and in other areas all over the world.”
“What do we expect from the FIA after our complaint? That the matter be analysed quickly and fairly.”
“An ex-F1 driver I know believes he can see the beginnings of decline in Alonso. ‘Of course he is still phenomenal,’ this driver says. ‘But there are just the odd signs, little things here and there, perhaps a slight dimming of commitment, stuff like that
“International appeal of the audience. In Monaco during race weekend I heard French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Arabic, English, Japanese and any number of Eastern European dialects. The ability to spend time in such close proximity with others from abroad is valuable to anybody who wants to better understand the world.”
Work in progress in the pit-lane. pic.twitter.com/vHXhdlZvOA
— Scuderia Ferrari (@InsideFerrari) June 5, 2013
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Comment of the day
@GeeMac asks if it’s been too long since we saw a new lap record:
While I have no desire to go back to the kind of racing that we had in 2004 and while I do completely understand and agree with the various changes which have been (and which will be) made to the technical regulations since 2004, it really does leave a bad taste in my mouth when I read pre-race build up articles like this and see that the lap record was set in 2004.
I know that lap records mean absolutely diddly squat in the grand scheme of things, but knowing that this years cars have no chance of beating that lap record makes me sad.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Paradoxos and Jenny O’G!
On this day in F1
The first Detroit Grand Prix was held on this day in 1982 and saw John Watson score a remarkable win from 17th on the grid. Read about the race here: