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Alan Permane: “It’s unusual to take the same tyres to Hungary as to Bahrain and Silverstone. We didn’t have those tyres last year. We had medium and soft last year and people did two stops. So it absolutely doesn’t make sense – they’re too hard for that track.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “It is a balance and a compromise that has been struck, which I hope a majority of the teams support. We have to, nonetheless, continue to find ways we can save costs for the small teams, and be mindful of the challenges that they have as a business.”
Cyril Abiteboul: “I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not going to make any predictions about where we?óÔé¼Ôäóll be after either the next six races or at the end of the year, but we have new parts coming for nearly every race this year so we?óÔé¼Ôäóre doing what we can to keep fighting and keep learning about ourselves.”
Nico Hulkenberg: “If you see other people it’s very few guys who come in and right away are in a winning car. Sometimes that is what happens but of course as a driver you always wish and love to have a car which allows you to show what you can do and perform really well but you have to be patient.”
Sir Frank Williams: “Electric vehicles are becoming an increasingly important part of the automotive industry and Formula E is the perfect opportunity for Williams to validate the latest developments in battery technology.”
Could the internet transform F1? (Autocar)
“If one employs some fairly rudimentary mathematics, the potential is obvious ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and rather enticing. If a third of the current 300 million live viewers of F1 were to switch to direct internet TV viewing, it would generate ?é?ú10 billion in the course of a 20-race Formula 1 season. In other words, about 10 times the current revenues from TV companies?óÔé¼?ª”
VIDEO: James Hunt: Remembering F1’s ‘swashbuckling playboy’ (BBC)
“The golden mopped Hunt shone like a lighthouse amid the grey, wearing waves of austerity, an intoxicating throwback to apparently more care-free and less complicated times.”
F1 hydraulics: stripped of Moog valves, dry break connections & sensors etc, its complexity is even more obvious pic.twitter.com/UiYnTMnB6x
— Craig Scarborough (@ScarbsF1) June 14, 2013
Just finished Super Ego, @juliawurz's enjoyable novel – a pretty realistic romp through some of the sides of F1 the public doesn't see
— Andrew Benson (@andrewbensonf1) June 14, 2013
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Comment of the day
F1Fanatic reader @John-H noticed something suspicious about the single-seater Usain Bolt drove at yesterday’s Diamond League event…
Hmmm, I?óÔé¼Ôäóm not sure about that?óÔé¼?ª it looks like a Mercedes to me?óÔé¼?ª. now hang on a minute this is getting ridiculous!
From the forum
Is Sebastian Vettel already destined to win his fourth world title in 2013?
Happy birthday to Mateuss, Vikas and David A!
On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher won the Canadian Grand Prix ten years ago today under pressure from Williams pair Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, plus Fernando Alonso’s Renault.
Here’s the start of the race plus the lap two spin by Montoya which significantly handed second place to the elder Schumacher, allowing him to attack the other Williams belonging to his brother and take the victory:
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