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“I wish the transition had been smoother between Kimi and the next driver, who we believe will be Nico Hulkenberg, but sometimes in life things don’t happen so clearly and as nicely as you would like them to.”
Alonso was released from hospital on Sunday but had a further check-up on Monday after suffering discomfort.
“I think at that stage that was the thinking [to put Felipe Massa on medium tyres]. Of course retrospectively you could say that it was not the right decision, but there are a lot of good Monday morning quarter-backs in life.”
“In the second they told me to close the gap to Felipe, maybe we go for one or we go for two stops. I closed the gap, and then told not to attack, Felipe will pit soon. Then Felipe pitted and I had the opportunity to do some laps and overtake Felipe and the Toro Rosso in those laps.”
Daniel Ricciardo: “Our starts have been a bit hit and miss this year. The last few have been good but today was a miss. We got swamped on the way to turn one and in the end I went wide to avoid a collision ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ though [Jean-Eric Vergne] and myself may have had some light contact.”
“Take rear wings. We have probably a different rear wing for most circuits. That’s stupid. For me you go to Melbourne for the first race of the season, that rear wing ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ like the gearbox ?σΤιΌΤΗ£ would have to last five races. You will save bucket loads of money.”
“We’re all on a standard tyre now, there’s no testing, we’re limited on the amount of engines we can have, the amount of wind tunnel time and so on. So it’s a much more even playing field [than the Schumacher era].”
“In theory this track is probably the least suited to the F138, especially in the third sector where traction makes the difference. In fact, qualifying showed that between turns 11 and 21, Alonso and Massa made up much of the gap, not just to Red Bull but also to Mercedes.”
An extremely detailed look at an F1 crash structure from 1997.
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Back home today after a Great GP yesterday, was a fight all the way. Been some good results for our team in the last two races #hardteamwork
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Just been biffed off my Etihad upgrade for a plane load of party weary Red Bull Racing boys! Note to self, get faster!!!!!
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Comment of the day
Time for celebration legislation?
Will we soon see an official FIA sanctioned DRS (Doughnut Rotational Spinning) zone in which drivers can celebrate without fear of financial penalty?
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On this day in F1
Eddie Cheever made his final F1 start on this day in the 1989 Australian Grand Prix.
Although Cheever never won a race he has the unusual distinction of having finished on the podium not just in his home country but in his home city, which he did at Phoenix earlier that year.
Cheever also appeared on the podium at two of his three home races in 1982, at Detroit and Las Vegas, for Ligier.
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