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In the round-up: Felipe Massa
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“The pace is there so I’m not worried because I showed in most of the races to be honest [on] the pace. Things have happened not to finish the race and we just need to concentrate and try to keep the pace and just finish the race. I know if nothing strange happens I will finish in a good position.”
“I think it is positive news for the team and it was needed. I didn’t have all the details about what was happening, and it was the management’s situation, but I knew that we didn’t have the budget like the top teams.”
“There’s not a huge difference to be honest. They’re still black and still round! It’s difficult to filter everything out, but the car feels pretty much the same.”
“I’d seen what he [Daniel Juncadella] had done (on Thursday) and the team were quite impressed by that and I was 0.4s off that so it wasn’t so bad.”
“He spends his days on his mobile phone, bargaining with TV companies, sponsors, team owners and governments keen to host races. Mr Ecclestone can best almost anyone in negotiations. He pleads, bullies, charms – and has even searched bins for notes discarded by rivals. He prefers sealing deals with a handshake. Usually amiable, he has punished those who have crossed him. Those who need seducing, such as Gribkowsky, are invited to F1’s model-rich parties. He says he is ‘not a party guy’ himself.”
“‘There was a tradition where they would weigh the winning driver and give the equivalent amount in chocolate to an orphanage,’ recalls Neil Davis, Tyrrell’s chief mechanic at the time. ‘We knew this was going to happen so we filled Jackie [Stewart's] overalls with tools and weights. The organisers were a bit shocked when this wee Scotsman tipped the scales at something like 18 stone!’”
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Comment of the day
Yesterday’s Comment of the Day winner didn’t enjoy their experience at Silverstone during the test – today’s did:
The pit lane walk was very good. Most of the teams had 2011 or 2012-spec cars out on display, although the Red Bull certainly looked like the 2013 model, which is probably why they covered up the rear. Lotus were allowing pictures with the car, and Max Chilton came out to sign autographs and take pictures with the fans, which I thought was great.
The garage doors were left open, although there were screens up covering the actual cars…or at least some of the teams used screens. Sauber didn’t feel it was necessary.
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On this day in F1
Rubens Barrichello won a bizarre British Grand Prix at Silverstone ten years ago today. The Safety Car came out early on after a piece of David Coulthard’s head rest came off and landed on the straight.
The second deployment was even more bizarre: Neil Horan ran onto the circuit carrying a sign urging people to read the bible. He and the drivers were incredibly fortunate to escape harm, thanks to the efforts of marshal Stephen Green who felled the invader and dragged him off the track.
A dramatic race unfolded once the track had been cleared of debris and priests. Barrichello and Juan Pablo Montoya passed Kimi Raikkonen to take first and second, the Mclaren driver holding on to third.
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