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In the round-up: Lotus team principal Eric says he recommended to the Lotus board that they sign Nico Hulkenberg for 2014.
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“‘I would love to,’ Boullier conceded when asked if he wanted to sign Hulkenberg. ‘This is the recommendation that I gave to my board.’”
Romain Grosjean: “Qualifying was free to use whatever we wanted to – it has been like that for the last three years here.”
Nico Rosberg: “Well, we’ve been a little bit quicker [than Ferrari], I feel, until now, the whole weekend, but of course that strategy is a threat, because there’s not that much difference between the two strategies so for sure we need to keep an eye on, them.”
Jaypee Group chief executive Sameer Gaur: “There is no reason why the race should not be held here in 2015.”
“The government should not interfere or become an obstacle. The government should be a facilitator. If private enterprise is taking the responsibility of hosting Formula One event, the government should encourage it.”
“I want to arrive in January and be ready. Of course I know that weight will be crucial – the lighter the better – so I have managed to experiment a bit with taking off a bit of weight – and so far I am succeeding.”
“I think we’ve got probably our best chance of the whole season to score good points. I’m confident with the strategy.”
“Bernie Ecclestone, who is keen to see a race in the New York metropolitan area, is helping as much as he can and has arranged for New Jersey to save time and money by using the circuit infrastructure that was being employed on the streets of Valencia, in Spain – on the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean.”
“Nearly everyone does a team photo at some point over the last few races of the year, so there is a record for posterity of that season’s group of people. Scuderia Toro Rosso set the photographic ball rolling this year, having our photo taken this morning.”
“By asking the press not to write about the innocuous existence of man’s best friend, Red Bull only guaranteed coverage of the dog. Perhaps that was their master plan…”
Richard Williams: “Attempts to devalue his achievement by pointing out that he has the best car are beside the point. All the great champions made it a priority to have the best equipment at their disposal. It is what Vettel does with it that makes the difference.”
Also heard that Charlie Whiting told the drivers that it was okay to run wide, just as long as all four wheels didn't cut the apex of turns
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Comment of the day
On the rare occasions we see several drivers opting for the harder tyre in Q3 it usually draws the same criticism:
The different tyre strategies will add spice to the Grand Prix. But still… One of the (main) advantages of the in-race refuelling ban was the return of “real” qualifying: the starting grid would be a true reflection of the potential of every car-driver combination.
Sadly, due to the different tyres used in Q3, we still don’t know exactly the real balance of forces. For example, it’s hard to rate Webber’s fastest lap in Q3. Anyway, I hope his race strategy pays off, even if it’s too little to late to save (t)his season.
Mr Win Or Lose
From the forum
- Hamilton allegedly tells AS Alonso would be ”far beyond” Vettel in same car
- Junior drivers complain about F1 drivers cutting the circuit
Happy birthday to Crm, Gwen and Jeff Bird!
On this day in F1
The first world championship Mexican Grand Prix was held 50 years ago today. The Mexico City track is set to return on the 2014 F1 calendar, albeit in somewhat revised form.
Like most races in 1963 it was won by Jim Clark, who finished over 100 seconds ahead of his closest rival. That was Jack Brabham, with Richie Ginther third for BRM.
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