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“Mr Ecclestone denies that it was a bribe and says that Mr Gribkowsky threatened to tell HM Revenue & Customs that he controlled the [Bambino] trust if the $44m was not paid.”
“There should be the step forward from GP2 to F1, but with these kinds of budget issues it is difficult to get promoted. So, for sure I am looking for opportunities – even IndyCar would be good if I got the chance. But it is all about getting the chance and if there is a good opportunity coming up I will take it for sure.”
“The news value may have been zero (the proposed signing had long-since been announced) but it was an extraordinary occasion simply to witness. Here was a perfect demonstration of the Old Man’s implicit power. Even the normally voluble Balestre was subdued. Bernie, of course, scarcely uttered a word.”
“Perhaps I am just easily pleased – I don’t think I am – but I can’t understate how essential this service is for anyone who is partial for a bit of national motor racing and is keen to know what is actually going on when they are trundling around the circuit.”
Summer break nearly over! Lots of training, relaxing and time with family and friends. Return to business this week :-) cannot wait…. Spa
— Paul Di Resta (@pauldirestaf1) August 18, 2013
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Comment of the day
Thomas says Daniel Ricciardo deserves the Red Bull seat:
Ricciardo really deserves that seat, he has been blisteringly quick in a Toro Rosso and it will be interesting to see him in something that doesn’t eat its tyres.
He has achieved the highest ever dry qualifying result in Toro Rosso history and that includes when they used to be Adrian Newey cars.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Harry Palmer!
On this day in F1
Ronnie Peterson won the Austrian Grand Prix for Lotus 40 years ago today. Peterson had let team mate Emerson Fittipaldi pass him, as he was chasing Jackie Stewart in the championship, but the Brazilian driver’s Lotus failed with five laps to go.
Stewart took second and Carlos Pace gave Surtees their second and final podium finish with third place.