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In the round-up: Red Bull sponsors Infiniti admit there is a downside to Sebastian Vettel’s sustained success.
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Infiniti executive vice president Andy Palmer “We are in F1 to gain awareness of our brand, and that?ů‘ťľ‘šůs all about getting eyeballs on screens. From that point of view you could say Sebastian has been too successful.”
“[Marie-France] Vermette [of the workers' health and safety group Commission de la Sante et de la Securite du Travail] noted that the event?ů‘ťľ‘šůs promoters say that the crew was rushing because fans had started to flood onto the track, and they didn?ů‘ťľ‘šůt want spectators to touch the car.”
“It emerged in court on Thursday that Gribkowksy, who has been jailed for eight and a half years in Germany for his role in one of the country’s largest corruption scandals, at one stage felt so threatened by Formula One’s chief executive that he went to the police to register his concerns.”
Ecclestone’s response to being asked whether he thought it was acceptable to pay a bribe to a public official: “I’ll have to think about that. I wish I’d thought about it before actually.”
Nico Hulkenberg: “It’s very rarely that someone – only Lewis [Hamilton] comes into my mind – comes into Formula One and is right away in a top team and in a competitive car. Most of the drivers have to earn their way through and really fight for a top drive and maybe it’s not the time yet but I think my performances show that I would be ready to deliver good things.”
McLaren operations director Sam Michael: “Teams now have operational procedures to make sure they don’t make mistakes, and almost all of those will go in the bin [for 2014] and we will have to start again. That is why you will see variations next year.”
“In the FIA Moment of the Year category, followers of the FIA Facebook page will be able to vote on 12 videos selected by the FIA Jury, each featuring action from numerous FIA Championships over the past year.”
“I tried most sports when I was younger ?ů‘ťľ‘«£ and hated sharing. I didn?ů‘ťľ‘šůt really enjoy football, for instance, partly because I wasn?ů‘ťľ‘šůt very good ?ů‘ťľ‘«£ perhaps that?ů‘ťľ‘šůs why the others never gave me the ball. Mainly, though, I think I?ů‘ťľ‘šům selfish, as you have to be in F1: I want to do things on my own terms.”
“Lewis [Hamilton] seems to have turned into the paddock?ů‘ťľ‘šůs answer to Zsa Zsa Gabor with his pet dog in tow and lots of other superstar nonsense but no sign of another title.”
'Dear Berni' Gribkowsky's letter explaining why he got $44m which was discussed in court yesterday pic.twitter.com/yvSxvTbLOz
— Caroline Reid (@FormulaMoney) November 7, 2013
#F1 Force India suspicious: Why is RBR running most of their 8 filming days at Rockingham? There are nicer places to shoot fancy PR clips.
— Tobias Gr√ľner F1 (@tgruener) November 7, 2013
Caught a little bee on the visor in the last GP pic.twitter.com/JWHbXP5PaM
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) November 7, 2013
— Renault Sport F1 (@RenaultSportF1) November 7, 2013
Unexpected question in Macau; Jordan F1 & Vodafone saga. Goes to show how bad decisions are seldom forgotten. Very good audience, great q's!
— Mark Gallagher (@_markgallagher) November 7, 2013
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Comment of the day
An observation on Bernie Ecclestone’s legal disputed from @Graham228221:
As a British tax payer, I?ů‘ťľ‘šům increasingly annoyed that HM Revenue and Customs have not been taking up a case against Ecclestone and his Bambino Trust.
He has admitted now several times that he paid a huge bribe to this banker because he felt ?ů‘ťľ?£threatened?ů‘ťľ‘šů that his tax arrangements would be revealed and that he could be liable to pay out a huge amount in unpaid tax (I?ů‘ťľ‘šůve seen ?ť?ķ2 billion being mentioned).
If this isn?ů‘ťľ‘šůt an admission of tax evasion I don?ů‘ťľ‘šůt know what is ?ů‘ťľ‘«£ he owes the UK a huge amount of money, and our government has done nothing.
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On this day in F1
Honda ended their most successful stint in F1 as engine suppliers on this day in 1992 with another race victory. Gerhard Berger, driving his last race for McLaren, won the Australian Grand Prix at Adelaide after team mate Ayrton Senna collided with Nigel Mansell.
That brought Honda’s ten-year involvement in F1 since 1983 to an end. They will return as McLaren’s engine suppliers in 2015.
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