Thailand now considering Phuket as Grand Prix venue

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Mark Webber, Red Bull, Bangkok, 2010In the round-up: The Thai government may try to hold an F1 race in the popular tourist destination of Phuket after a new law prevented racing in Bangkok.


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Phuket tipped to be venue for Thai GP (Bangkok Post)

“Phuket is likely to be the venue for Thailand’s first Formula One race in 2015, Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Pureesrisak said yesterday.”

Pirelli hits out at Red Bull criticism (Autosport)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “They have been strong, but some of the comments are very difficult to understand when you look at the performance. Maybe some other teams might have a reason, but you are leading the championship, and still complaining?”

Domenicali Q&A (Sky)

“We are waiting to see because I believe that the test that we did with the prototype tyres in Canada was not enough as the conditions were very extreme. I believe there is the need to do some more testing, but we will discuss it over the coming days.”

Jenson Button concedes world title is beyond him, but vows to get McLaren back to the top (The Independent)

“In terms of the championship – 2014. But in terms of every race I go into, I want to do the best I can, and every race I go into I hope to get the maximum out of the car, and I aim to win grands prix this year.”

Rookie diary – Sauber?s Esteban Gutierrez (F1)

“What I can say is that I have to improve in qualifying. Getting a perfect lap – that is something I still have to work on. In the race it hasn?t been that bad – the speed has actually been pretty good. When I spoke of balance before, getting the right balance between qualifying and race is high on my agenda.”

Friends describe F1 marshal killed at Grand Prix as a major racing fan (CTV)

“Mark Robinson, who volunteered as a marshal for Sunday?s race, slipped under the wheel of a crane as it was escorting Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber car from the track, which had not finished the Montreal race.”

Message of condolences (FIA)

Jean Todt: “I would like to share my profound sadness, and that of the whole FIA community, following the tragic death of the circuit worker, who was working as a volunteer marshal at the Canadian Grand Prix.”

David Coulthard: Montreal streets ahead of Monaco (BBC)

“I felt genuinely stirred by the fact it looked racy. You could see people physically on the limit. We know the difference between seeing people cruising out of a corner and working it out of a corner. We saw drivers pushing, exploiting their performance; we saw aggressive wheel-to-wheel racing. Just like Formula 1 should be.”


Comment of the day

@Omarr-Pepper sees no reason for Sebastian Vettel to leave Red Bull as he extends his contract for a year:

I?m predicting him to be a five (or even six) times champion when this contract ends. Probably renewed again.

Why would he leave if the team is so good? Hamilton left McLaren because he was just fed up of the “usual” poor reliability at the beginning of the seasons, so he has the possibility to make a team being built around him (if he can finally beat Rosberg on a regular basis), and Alonso left Renault going to McLaren because it was a big team (and probably he knew Renault was not going to be the same the following year). Alonso couldn?t have imagined how good a rookie could be to match him being the reigning champion.

When Schumacher found the magic formula, he didn?t go to another team to prove himself (the Mercedes deal was when he had already lost momentum after two sabbatical years).

Vettel has found (or much better, been found by) this “magic formula” and will leave just if the good times fade. It would be good to see him jumping into another team, for sure it would be, but there?s no reason to do it now.

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89 comments on Thailand now considering Phuket as Grand Prix venue

  1. coefficient (@coefficient) said on 12th June 2013, 11:15

    Lotus Tech Boss Allison to head up the design of Honda F1 test pony in readiness for 2015.

    How interesting! As he will then innevitably end up at Mclaren as TD this is a good way for Mclaren Honda to do a year of testing without fear of retribution from the FIA. I think Mclaren are preparing for a couple of years of pain in order to go for glory with Honda in the first year.

    • coefficient (@coefficient) said on 12th June 2013, 11:18

      Further to this, I wonder where his desk will be. Woking? If my suspicions are correct I think Martin Whitmarsh is a little smarter than many of you guys give him credit for.

      • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 12th June 2013, 13:22

        I’m not sure Martin’s intelligence was ever in doubt, just his judgment. But yes, it does begin to look as though this is a well planned piece of development strategy.
        So, would this scenario be legal? McLaren produce a 2014 car intended to race with Merc engines. But they also produce and identical car designed to run with Honda (plus tyres). They give the car to Honda and Honda test it with their drivers and on non-Grand Prix tracks. Would Honda be allowed to give McLaren the data from those tests?

  2. BigVettelFan (@formula1gp) said on 12th June 2013, 14:57

    Hell why do that.

    Some FIA employees are very absent minded!!

  3. The amount of win in this thread surpasses reddit or imgur. Well I was really going to visit those pages after this but Phuket.

  4. I want that Moby’s Beach OST for the GP’s theme.

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