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“The Bahrain Grand Prix is to switch to a night race next year, with the circuit set to confirm the news in the next few days.”
“When I got out of the car I was angry, and definitely thought that would be it. But I’ve been back with my engineers and I’m not going to give up.”
Fernando Alonso: “Concerning yesterday, it’s the third or fourth consecutive race that some people have tried to create some tension between the team and the drivers.”
“We know that it’s not the best thing for a driver to do. But it’s important for the team because looking at the championship it is pretty difficult with Sebastian [Vettel] winning all the time and it could be the last possibility for Fernando [to fight for the title], I think.”
“Todt said that he had not actively sought to gain members’ approval. ‘How can I avoid it?’ he asked. ‘If you have a group of people who say ‘You are doing a good job. We want you’.'”
Luca di Montezemolo: “We will think very, very carefully, because we don’t have a gun here [pointing at is head] to decide tomorrow or after tomorrow, but after Monza this will be something I want to decide.”
“Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali confirmed today that an announcement on the team’s 2014 driver plans is due soon – and insisted that no decision has yet been taken.”
“And here’s a statistical quirk for you: since then, during which time only McLaren and Ferrari have been ever-present in Formula One, and during which time 100-odd other Formula One teams have come and gone, our two teams, McLaren and Ferrari, have won precisely 182 grands prix each.”
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— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) September 8, 2013
As long as people keep booing Vettel I hope he keeps giving them exactly the result they want least. They aren't fans, they're haters. #F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) September 8, 2013
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Comment of the day
Robert doesn’t appreciate the disrespect being shown to Vettel by those who boo him:
I, for one, hate the dominance he is showing and I can’t really say I like him as a person, but people who aren’t his fans still need to open their eyes and see he’s not doing anything wrong. He’s just driving the fastest car in the fastest way possible, and that has to be appreciated.
In my country there’s a saying regarding people who aren’t respectful, roughly translated to not having the seven-year home schooling.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Mark Hitchcock and Prashanth Bhat!
On this day in F1
Jackie Stewart produced a superb recovery drive at Monza to climb from 16 places to fourth and secure his third world championship title 40 years ago today.
At the head of the field Ronnie Peterson led a Lotus one-two, followed by Emerson Fittipaldi. Peter Revson took third for McLaren.
Here’s footage from the start of the race:
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