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“The company that runs Formula One has used a complex technique to legally avoid paying tens of millions of pounds in corporation tax despite racking up annual profits of £305m last year, The Independent has learned.”
“The new venue of next year’s Russian Grand Prix in the resort city of Sochi has received a favorable report after an FIA inspection by the governing body’s Formula One technical delegate, Charlie Whiting.”
AMuS claims Bernie Ecclestone is trying to take control of accrediting journalists and photographers for F1 races from the FIA.
Chief engineer Xevi Pujolar: “New-tyre grip is a bit different on the warm-up phase but then in long-run consistency we think they are a bit better. In terms of graining and resistance it’s better as well. For the race it will change a bit because you can push, so for us it’s a positive change.”
Wolff: “We have two great drivers so there is no possibility of Friday driving happening before the end of the season.”
Felipe Massa: “People say the characteristics of our car are not best suited to this circuit and that it will be tough for us to fight for the win here, but I am not sure this is an accurate assessment, because there have been other circuits where we expected our car to be very strong and it was not and vice versa.”
“The coffers of the small racing stables are empty, which is why in the past they’ve accepted — without complaint – to race in authoritarian countries like Bahrain and China. A recent rule of thumb at F1 has been: If you show us the money, we’ll race.”
Watching the 2003 Hungary GP. The V10 engines sound amazing.
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Comment of the day
Lots of you were pleased to see Austria’s grand prix track return to the F1 calendar, including @JackySteeg:
Excellent news! I just hope they don’t make any modifications to add a kilometer-long straight and a dozen 90 degree corners, to make it more “modern”. F1 needs an old-fashioned short track.
Plus, it’s always good to see F1 go to a country with an established fan base.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Karan and Younger Hamii!
On this day in F1
It rained for the second race in a row on this day in 1988 at the Hockeheimring. Ayrton Senna won again while Alain Prost was second in the other McLaren after a spin.
Gerhard Berger took third for Ferrari, well ahead of team mate Michele Alboreto.
Here’s the conclusion to the race:
Image © Red Bull/Getty