Horner: ‘We want the strongest drivers we can get’

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Christian Horner, Red Bull, Melbourne, 2013In the round-up: Christian Horner says he wants to hire the best team mate for Sebastian Vettel that’s available, as speculation links Fernando Alonso with a move to Red Bull.


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Red Bull’s team principal gives Fernando Alonso link wings (The Guardian)

“We want to put the strongest drivers in the cars that we possibly can and Mark [Webber] leaves some big shoes to fill.”

Analysis: Miracles do happen for Hamilton (BBC)

“We need these to come immediately for Spa and Monza to be able to have the same performance as the cars we are fighting for the world championship. We need to react. We need to win three or four races in a row to close the gap.”

Lewis Hamilton Q&A (Sky)

“I feel like…the thought on my mind through the whole race was of someone who is special to me and I wanted to dedicate it to her [ex-girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger]…”

Grosjean didn’t deserve penalty – Massa (ESPN)

“I think it’s wrong if he took the penalty for what he did with me.”

2013 Hungarian Grand Prix – Post Race Press Conference (FIA)

Vettel: “First of all, Kimi [Raikkonen] is not an idiot and secondly, it?s a narrow part of the track so it was clear but I was pushing very hard, trying to create a chance, put him under pressure and as I said, it was clear I didn?t pass him there, but maybe two corners later or something. Yeah, I was not too happy but as I said, it was quite hot this afternoon, I was pushing very hard and it was quite narrow and I was a little bit on the dirt, turning in. You feel that you have to say something so that?s what I said.”

Nico Rosberg DNF Hungary GP 2013 video message (Nico Rosberg via YouTube)

Pirelli ponders wider rear tyres for 2014 (Autosport)

“This idea has been floated with the teams, but many of the leading outfits are not keen on the move as it would lead to an expensive redesign of suspension concepts.”

Lewis Hamilton drive hailed as “best I’ve ever seen” by F1 legend Niki Lauda (Daily Mirror)

“He won the race because he drove sensationally. All the passing he did. He was the best today I?ve ever seen in my life.”

Aufregung um 17-J??hrigen ohne Fahrerlaubnis (Die Welt, German)

Die Welt claim Sauber’s engine supplier Ferrari are among their creditors, and are owed ??19 million (??16.4m).


Comment of the day

I’d love to see Vettel and Alonso in the same team and so would @PMCcarthy_Is_A_Legend:

I think Red Bull would give F1 a massive boost next year by daring to have two top drivers on their cars. The sport and the fans would benefit from it and they would cement their place in the history of the sport.

Besides this is what Red Bull (the brand) stands for: Daring, competitive, cool. Please no more second-rate drivers on the second seat, we want to see great rivalries, that?s how history is made!

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On this day in F1

Roger Williamson lost his life in a dreadful accident during the Dutch Grand Prix 40 years ago today.

Willamson’s car hit a barrier, flipped and burst into flames. As Williamson was trapped in the burning car, fellow racer David Purley stopped and tried to right the machine. He managed to obtain a fire extinguisher but was unable to douse the flames, and onlookers shied away from helping at the scene of the accident.

Purley was later awarded a medal for his bravery.

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