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“The French company has had discussions with governing body the FIA about taking over from Pirelli, high-level sources say.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “Quite frankly a tender [for the F1 tyre supply contract] in September when you are running in January would be farcical. You should have done that in September last year. Everybody would look ridiculous in that scenario.”
“Red Bull was looking particularly quick and also Ferrari was looking quite quick in the dry conditions, so [I'm] not necessarily sure we had the pace to be as fast today.”
“We weren’t lucky in qualifying, we didn’t make any outstanding judgement calls. We did a good job in terms of the car was working well, and we didn’t make any mistakes under pressure.”
“I have been asked about it non-stop today! All about a certain team – non-stop by every single journalist. But I am surprised that they asked because I supposedly have a contract for next year, so I shouldn’t be asked really.”
“Some circuits suit our car better – and Spa has always suited us because we don’t have the extraordinary downforce, and therefore low-downforce circuits suit us a bit better.”
“‘I was very impressed,’ Lauda says of [Daniel] Bruhl’s performance [in Rush]. ‘I couldn’t believe how well he [impersonated me]. He was even worse than I was. ‘—- you!’ ‘—- this!’ He did a very good job.’”
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Comment of the day
If anyone was impressive it would be Rosberg, the two laps he put in towards the end were incredible and much faster than anyone else in the same conditions.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Hugh and Michael Williamson!
On this day in F1
David Hampshire, who was on the grid for the first ever world championship race at Silverstone in 1950, died on this day in 1990. He finished ninth in a Maserati 4clt in that race and only made one further grand prix start, at Reims later that year.
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