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“He said it was a mistake to run the Bahrain race in 2012 and that the FIA and F1 ‘crossed over a line’ in their facilitation of the Bahrain authorities.”
“When you are able to manage such a lap in qualifying, it brings you to another level, which you can use to keep building even more.”
Vijay Mallya: “McLaren have a points lead over us, but they are not totally out of reach.”
“He wasn’t in my opinion in the Mika Hakkinen, Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher bracket. But he had more personality than the rest of them put together.”
Brief video highlights from the Singapore Grand Prix. Interesting to hear Guillaume Rocquelin telling Sebastian Vettel that Daniel Ricciardo had crashed in “the usual place”, a message which wasn’t broadcast during the race.
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Comment of the day
Although it may have made for a less exciting end to the championship, @Bebilou believes the mid-season tyre changes were necessary:
The loser in these tyre changes is Pirelli itself: they have a poor image since the beginning of the year, even if it would be worse if they had done nothing. The Silvertone race was catastrophic for everyone, and mostly Pirelli.
The winner is credibility of F1: tyres that could last 5-7 laps was a ridiculous situation. That gave a bad image of the sport.
Same thing for the number of pit stops: it’s sometimes hard to follow what’s happening with 2 stops per car, so with four stops it’s just impossible.
Moreover, drivers were complaining about these tyres, as they were unable to push. That also was ridiculous.
Of course, it increased the domination of Vettel. But I think it preserves the sport, which is far more important.
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On this day in F1
Newly-crowned world champion Mario Andretti started from pole position in his home race at Watkins Glen 35 years ago, but retired with a blown engine before half-distance.
Carlos Reutemann therefore scored his fourth win of the year for Ferrari ahead of Alan Jones and Jody Scheckter.
Here’s the start of the race: