F1 Fanatic round-up
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Lewis Hamilton: “Vettel was pulling away from me at a second per lap in Montreal. We’re not going to gain a second before the next race. But we can definitely beat the rest. As for the championship there are still 12 races left. It’s not impossible. But we need to make another big step with the car.”
Williams takes positives from Canadian GP despite no points (Autosport)
Claire Williams: “It has been a really good boost for morale. Really it has. I think that is really important when you work so hard and your team works so hard. You need those reminders of why you are doing it, so that was really good.”
Gary Anderson’s review of the Formula 1 season so far (BBC)
“McLaren’s statistics do not make good reading and the biggest problem is they don’t seem to have a clue where they are going. If they cannot improve, it will mean a major reduction in prize money – as much as ?é?ú40m. Finding a sponsor to make up that shortfall will be no easy task.”
Space preventing F1 comeback Kubica (ESPN)
Robert Kubica: “Driving F1 would not be such a big problem, the problem would be to drive a complete race in all circuits but unfortunately that is not possible for now. The problem in F1 is the space. Maybe one day if the FIA say the car has to be 10-15 cm wider, I can drive – but it is not that rally is second choice.”
“Silverstone has confirmed that it will host a Young Driver Test at the circuit from July 17-19.”
“You may have seen pictures of construction captioned as F1-related sites. They?óÔé¼Ôäóre not. New condominiums, shops, offices and a multi-level car park are actually what?óÔé¼Ôäós been photographed.”
“Forza Motorsport 5 will feature Formula 1 cars, including the 1976 McLaren M23 and the 1976 Ferrari 312-2. These cars were driven by Niki Lauda and James Hunt during the extraordinary 1976 F1 season, where the World Championship was decided by a single point. They both feature in Ron Howard’s upcoming film Rush and will be available as a free download to all Forza Motorsport 5 players at launch.”
— Sauber F1 Team (@OfficialSF1Team) June 12, 2013
#f1 McLaren saying that stories about James Allison working on test car for Honda engine are untrue.
— James Allen (@Jamesallenonf1) June 12, 2013
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Comment of the day
After yesterday’s news that 2015’s Thai Grand Prix may have to be moved from its original setting in Bangkok, @scratt is less than impressed…
This is the kind of story that could only come out of Thailand. It?é??s hilarious, and so typical of the corruption and stupidity in government there.
A law past last month, against Motor Racing. How convenient! Money, or political capital, will have changed hands to ensure a change of venue ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and a change of law. And that will all be about someone somewhere paying someone else to ensure their region gets this race that will never happen.
The only interest the people involved in this farce, at the government level have, is how much money, and how much influence, they can make both inside the country and from foreign sources. And these people don?é??t have one jot of interest in the race ever even happening.
I doubt it has even occurred to them yet that they have to pay to have Formula One come to Thailand.
This is a terrible shame, as Thailand is a fantastic country with a great passion for racing (I have both raced and lived there myself), with a wonderful people who would adore this spectacle ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and welcome both fans and the F1 Circus itself with open arms.
In a previous article when concerns about safety and noise were raised about a city center race around historical locations in Bangkok, an assertion was made by one of the ministers for sport (motor racing no less) that they could simply ?óÔé¼?ôhave Mr. Ecclestone turn the noise of the engines down?óÔé¼?Ø?óÔé¼?ª
From the forum
Porsche’s 2014 LMP1 Le Mans challenger has been rolled out for the first time.
Happy birthday to Scunnyman, Artanonim and Jackson!
On this day in F1
Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna swapped the lead of the 1993 drivers’ championship several times in the opening races. But Prost’s victory in the seventh round of the season in Canada, 20 years ago today, put him back ahead and this time it was for good.
Senna was running in second when his alternator failed, handing his place to Michael Schumacher while Damon Hill took third.
Senna lost four places at the start but regained lost ground quickly in the opening laps while Prost made good his escape: