Sergey Sirotkin, Sauber, Sochi, 2013

Marussia sees F1 popularity boost in Russia

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sergey Sirotkin, Sauber, Sochi, 2013In the round-up: Russian-backed team Marussia believe support for F1 is growing in Russia after the recent Formula Sochi event where Sergey Sirotkin also participated.


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Formula Sochi (Marussia)

CEO Andy Webb: “Every time we return to Russia we are thrilled to see just how much the fans here are embracing Formula One ahead of next year?s inaugural Grand Prix of Russia. The level of knowledge and interest is fantastic and this makes us especially proud to be the only Russian-owned team participating in the sport.”

Not as mean on the streets as it seems! (Toro Rosso)

Jean-Eric Vergne: “For both of us the race went wrong at the start. We both had some clutch behaviour problems and that compromised us badly. We both made poor starts and I went down to 15th place. Not easy to recover from there.”

Thoughts After My First Singapore GP (Places Races Blog)

“From the edge of the infinity pool I have one of the best city views in the world and as I gaze down on the streets being transformed from circuit to public highway in the aftermath of Sunday?s race, I cannot help but be staggered by the achievements of Sebastian Vettel in this year?s Singapore Grand Prix.”


Comment of the day

The Felipe Massa Caption Competition attracted loads of great suggestions with some particularly good ones from Hotbottoms, Dinesh, Hamish, JackySteeg, Red Andy, and James.

But I chose this from @Hairs as my favourite:

Rob Smedley, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 2012

Now remember, you go down the road, turn left, and the job centre is on your right.

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On this day in F1

Happy birthday to Jochen Mass who is 67 today. Mass scored a single F1 win in the shortened 1975 Spanish Grand Prix.

During his last F1 season in 1982 he was involved in the accident at Zolder which claimed Gilles Villeneuve’s life, and another huge crash at Paul Ricard in which his car landed in a spectator enclosure, mercifully without causing loss of life. He pulled out during the next race weekend with injured ribs.

He enjoyed much greater success in sports car racing, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours for Mercedes in 1989. He was Michael Schumacher’s team mate for four races in 1990.

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