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“We must obtain the written consent of Ferrari prior to the appointment of any person as our chief executive officer if, within the past five years, he or she has held a senior executive office or an ownership interest of 5% or more in any Team or automobile manufacturer which either owns more than a 5% interest in a team or is a supplier of engines to a team.”
“Ron Dennis, the McLaren supremo, is in talks about financing a buyout of a fellow shareholder in the automotive group as a possible prelude to a return to the helm of its Formula One (F1) team.”
“I was sitting in front of the television [during the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix] and said, ‘Please crash. Please retire’ and bingo! Gearbox gone. I went to see him right after.”
“Our two NASCAR Sprint Cup races draw the two largest crowds in Texas sports. It isn’t the smartest move to try to compete with that.”
South Jeolla province governor Park Joon-Yung: “We will make steady efforts to achieve our goal, even though the race will not be held there next year.”
“Mr Chilton [father of Max] said his departure from Aon was unconnected to the broker?óÔé¼Ôäós decision to focus its sports sponsorship on a major deal to put its name on Manchester United?óÔé¼Ôäós Carrington training ground rather than motor sport.”
“In Formula One there is a huge grapevine. A lot of truths and untruths are spoken. A good manager is one who will fight for his client. If he has to tell a white lie that seems sensible if he is trying to get the best deal for his driver.”
Cyril Abiteboul: “Heikki is one of the options and you see that there is a lot of movement in the paddock.”
“In some ways it’s the same situation I was facing in 2009, but the team has had a lot of success since then so expectations might be a little bit higher.”
F1 race director Charlie Whiting: “As a group, the F1 race stewards are clearly determined to continue improving the system of stewarding, which is extremely important to Formula One.”
“It is a very good reference. He’s got a lot of experience and if I manage to be competitive against him it’s a good thing for me as well.”
“Whoever is responsible for securing such funding [for Lotus] has a lot to answer for, because it is their failure that has led to the team hanging on to the promises of an outfit which, with each passing day, looks less and less likely to deliver.”
One day I will show you all the trophies but they are all in boxes right now. I have over 500 but that's over 20 years of racing. #workhard
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) December 5, 2013
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Comment of the day
Keith Campbell hopes Paul di Resta doesn’t lose his F1 seat:
I can?óÔé¼Ôäót defend his attitude towards his team, and often find myself cringing at his comments to the press. But his on track behaviour, where it actually counts, was very good and barring a few uncharacteristic incidents in the latter half of this season he was one of the cleanest racers out there.
I rate him around tenth best out of the current drivers, although maybe some of the rookies have more potential in the long run, so it doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót seem right that he loses his spot while others who have shown little talent remain, or worse, are moving to stronger teams. His problem is that most of the drivers he is competing with for seats bring financial backing, the notable exception being Hulkenberg who has admittedly shown more potential.
Nonetheless, if he is on his way out I hope he gets a seat in IndyCar or wherever he chooses to go and can still have a strong career.
Keith Campbell (@Keithedin)
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But happy birthday to 1982 world champion (and Nico’s dad) Keke Rosberg who is 65 today!
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