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“Asked if he really wanted the race to happen, he said: ‘Yes, of course. We’ve been mucking around and waiting long enough. We’ve compromised enough. We sent them 10 million to pay some of their debts, and keep the doors open, so we’re a little bit serious.’”
West New York Mayor Felix Roque: “As far as we are concerned, the race is still on. (Construction crews) are working diligently on Boulevard East, getting curbs and sidewalks done… They are out there today.”
Race organiser Leo Hindery Jnr: “I think if we’d have had this conversation a couple of months ago I would have suggested that we hadn’t yet made permanent the paddock and pits. But that’s now substantially along and about two thirds of that construction is behind us.”
“That was very unfair of me [to point out his contract for 2014 hadn't been signed yet], but I was just stating a fact. I’ll be here for my future in Formula 1.”
“I think Fernando’s the one to look at to challenge Sebastian. He seems happy with the car and they’re making progress.”
Christian Horner: “We could see on the formation lap that the clutch did not appear to be performing as it should. Adjustments were made on the formation lap but the clutch has not delivered as it should have done at the start.”
“LDC, which owns shareholdings in some of the UK’s best-known companies, is in advanced negotiations about a deal, which is expected to be announced within weeks.”
The author of this story had a terse exchange of views about the origins of this article with another journalist on Twitter.
Mark Webber said his difficulty overtaking during the Belgian Grand Prix was because the car was set up to hit maximum rpm in top gear in clean air.
“The pace today was positive and I think I showed that I have the pace. If we do everything right in the race, I’m sure we can be competitive at every race.”
Daniel Ricciardo: “The team put together a good plan for the race. The intention was always to stop twice but going long on the first stint with the hard tyre gave us the flexibility to switch to a one-stop race if that looked like the right call. But once we put on the new Medium tyre we knew it gave us quite a lot, so we pushed hard, stopped for another new set, and were able to pass enough people to break into the top ten by the chequered flag.”
Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn: “In only two years, India had established itself as a great event with a lot of interest by the Indian people. I truly hope that a solution can be found for the future”
“At Spa the speed trap showed Red Bull was fastest onto the Kemmel straight and seventh fastest by the end of it. That combination may well have got the Red Bull down the straight in less time than any other car. Essentially, it was retaining more downforce – enabling it to be very quick through the twists of sector two – at not too costly a price in drag.”
Screenwriter Peter Morgan: “If you were to tell the darker story of James Hunt – and there is a darker story to be told about James – it wouldn’t be the ’76 season. It would be what happened in the aftermath of that. I hope we indicate such a thing exists without labouring it.”
“Adrian Sutil is a total petrolhead. “You know the best sound in the world?” he asked me. “V12”, he replied before I could speak. He owns an eight cylinder Ferrari F40 and would very much like to race at Goodwood.”
“At the end of 2012, when I won the Formula Renault 2.0 championship, [sporting director] Sam [Michael] called me and asked me if I wanted to join the McLaren Young Driver Programme. I said yes, of course, and I’ve now met Martin Whitmarsh quite a few times too.”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) August 27, 2013
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Comment of the day
I see this more as a thinly veiled message for Jenson Button, who tried to cause mischief with his comments about not having a McLaren contract for 2014 yet.
That said, Jenson has already stated a firmer verbal commitment to staying with McLaren, so this message may well have already achieved its purpose.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Malibu_Gp!
On this day in F1
Victory in the Belgian Grand Prix 25 years ago today was Ayrton Senna’s seventh in eleven starts and allowed him to wrest the championship lead off team mate Alain Prost.
The pair finished one-two for McLaren for the eighth time that year, albeit separated by half a minute. Ivan Capelli gave March their first podium finish since Ronnie Peterson won the 1976 Italian Grand Prix, but he was 75 seconds behind Senna.
From second on the grid Prost beat pole sitter Senna to turn one but as this video shows it didn’t stay that way for long:
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