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“Either way, we have a strong set of people in the team. Everyone will do the utmost to make sure whatever decision he makes we go into next year with a fighting chance to win the championship.”
“It would be a loss to the team that he was working for I think, it’s not a loss to the rest of us – it’s actually a good thing.”
“With Sirotkin, I am not sure he has ever fought for the lead of a race in [Formula] Renault [3.5] series. He knows how to drive a racing car, but it is not a question of driving around on your own. A lot of people could do that relatively well. It is when you put them in a race with 21 experienced drivers. [And] next year is possibly the most difficult year to come in and learn.”
“F1?óÔé¼Ôäós global television audience fell last year, down 34 per cent in China alone. The sport is at a crossroads regarding media rights distribution, with traditional mass-market broadcasters such as the UK?óÔé¼Ôäós BBC, RAI in Italy and TF1 in France no longer able to afford the rights fees.”
“Kimi Raikkonen’s strained relationship with his Lotus Formula One team was back in the spotlight on Thursday after the Finn failed to turn up for media interviews at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.”
“Asked if Lotus was his preferred option, he said: ‘I cannot mention that at the moment. I have some offers and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm analysing that very well. I have to have the best decision for myself.'”
Christian Horner: “I think the stewards need to be empowered to give a little more leniency in extraordinary circumstances.”
Alonso: “Personally, I cannot say anything because I do not know [Kimi Raikkonen] enough to speak about him personally. As a driver, he?óÔé¼Ôäós a great champion, great talent, very very fast. He likes what he?óÔé¼Ôäós doing. That?óÔé¼Ôäós the best thing.”
“Ward?óÔé¼Ôäós comparative analysis shows that the FIA?óÔé¼Ôäós election processes, its ethics committee, and its financial reporting fail to match good governance principles and practices of the IOC.”
“Bahrain – that was the absolute low point. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve tried to forget about it since. I was on pole position and then I was simply eaten up! I was nowhere in the race! That was a horror because the hope is always there when you?óÔé¼Ôäóre on pole. ?óÔé¼?£Maybe I manage this or that, maybe I manage to win, maybe it?óÔé¼Ôäós going to be a good race?óÔé¼Ôäó – and then to be eaten up by the others – one by one!”
“Through those two corners, particularly turn 11, the car hops from right to left, it?óÔé¼Ôäós a really cool chicane. You cut on the edge, use the curb on the exit of turn 11, try not to carry too much speed in to 12 as you want to get on the power nice and early and get a good exit down to 13.”
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Comment of the day
Matthias wants less confusing rules regarding track limits
This is starting to get really confusing. One racing weekend the drivers can use whatever part of the tarmac at their discretion as long as they don?óÔé¼Ôäót overtake, the next racing weekend they are forbidden to do so if they gain something ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ not even a place or retaining a place but also being a bit closer to the car in front.
Some of the notable moments: we saw Hamilton getting pole at Spa by going fully outside the white lines at Eau Rouge. We have seen Alonso in Korea (was it?) going all fours outside the white lines on practically every lap. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm sure Vettel also tends to use the run-offs at various places.
There should be a line drawn (pun not intended…) regarding this matter that spans the whole season, not just rules imposed by individual stewards at particular races. It should be clear what?óÔé¼Ôäós allowed and what not.
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On this day in F1
Mika Hakkinen won his first drivers’ championship title for McLaren 15 years ago today.
Hakkinen led from start to finish at Suzuka while title rival Michael Schumacher suffered a disastrous race. His car stalled on the grid following an aborted start, leaving him at the back of the grid. When he then picked up a punctureand retired, Hakkinen automatically became champion.
Eddie Irvine came in second for Ferrari and David Coulthard took third on the day when McLarne scored thier most recent constructors’ championship victory.
Here’s the Finnish commentary team on Hakkinen’s victory:
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