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“Mercedes and tyre supplier Pirelli face disciplinary charges on Thursday on what promises to be a dramatic day that could have major repercussions.”
“Formula 1′s attention moves to the FIA’s headquarters in Paris on Thursday for an International Tribunal (IT) hearing into the Mercedes secret test controversy.”
Lewis Hamilton: “I got to F1 and nearly won in my first year, then won I won in my second year. I’ve never had a car to really compete since then. The car makes such a big difference so you’re just wasting away your best years.”
Mansoor Ijaz: “We’ll be number one in 12 months. I say it simply, flatly, completely – we’ll be number one in 12 months.”
Jenson Button: “We would love to be able to give the fans a win. We will still give the best we have. The important thing is that we do everything we can to put on a good show for the British fans – whether that is finishing fifth or seventh, I don’t know where we are going to be – but we have to feel we got everything out of it and we are happy with our achievement.”
“Indian Grand Prix organisers have dismissed ‘baseless and malicious’ rumours that the event could be in doubt after its 2014 edition.”
Hello!!! I had Fantastic days. I was able to relax, laugh, think, and train more and better than ever. Ready for the next 3 races 100%!
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) June 19, 2013
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) June 19, 2013
Next year, Formula 1 will enter a new era. Renault Sport F1 lifts the lid on its preparations on Friday 21 June. pic.twitter.com/ftOEq22SlT
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) June 19, 2013
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Comment of the day
Team Enstone really are intent on confusing us as much as possible. First the ‘Lotus’ debacle, and now a new major stakeholder has a near identical name to Red Bull’s main sponsor.
From the forum
Anticipating this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours.
Happy birthday to Julie and M744All!
On this day in F1
Luigi Fagioli lost his life on this day in 1952 when he succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash during the Monaco Grand Prix. The race had been held as a non-championship event for sports cars three-and-a-half weeks earlier.
Fagioli finished third in the first ever world championship for Alfa Romeo in 1950, taking five podium finishes but no wins. He quit F1 two races into the 1951 season.