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“I should know within a couple of weeks about Mexico. I’m going to try to make it happen.”
“Investigations by the team after the race discovered no other explanation for the brake issues, which led it to believe that the visor strip was the cause.”
“There were areas where we expected to be a bit better – efficiency was one of them and that hurt us quite a bit.”
“Perhaps the balance could have been better and the car didn’t look too bad at the end, but I am not sure why we struggled so much in the opening laps when we were sitting ducks.”
“Two protestors tried to interrupt the ceremony, with one of them abseiling down on the left while security tried to pull her back up. She was removed by security after the ceremony concluded. The pair had purchased VIP Paddock Club passes at a cost of several thousand Euros.”
“The debt provided to Circuit of the Americas isn’t the only loan between F1 and a US race track. In April F1 also opened up a credit facility with the group which is planning to host the New Jersey Grand Prix. The loan is personally guaranteed by the boss of the project Leo Hindery junior, the managing partner of private equity fund InterMedia Partners.”
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Comment of the day
Thoughts on Greenpeace’s protest during yesterday’s race from @MaroonJack:
Formula One really isn’t “releasing a massive amount of CO2″ and is not the cause of global air pollution. Many human activities are, but F1 is not even a blip on the radar, although I’m glad that the sport starts to promote lower carbon emissions. It’s mostly a PR move, but it’s a good move.
Oil companies on the other hand don’t take “reasonable precautions”. They take absolutely minimal precautions, necessary for running the business. That’s why every few years we have oil spills, or we hear about people dying on oil platforms. It’s cheaper to “lobby” (we should really say “bribe”) politicians and make them pass laws allowing for self-regulation and no external oversight.
Also, the Arctic is far from a “barren wasteland”. It’s a rich and quite important ecosystem inhabited by many species of fish, marine mammals, birds, land animals and plants. Reckless destruction of the Arctic reminds me of reckless destruction of our oceans. In 50 years we’ve lost more than 90 percent of the big fish, but hey, who cares. It’s just a big underwater wasteland and it doesn’t really concern us. Right?
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On this day in F1
Felipe Massa won the Turkish Grand Prix six years ago today. It was a Ferrari one-two, Kimi Raikkonen finishing second, with Fernando Alonso third for McLaren.
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