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“Lewis [Hamilton of Mercedes] is handy but probably not quite as much of a machine as [Vettel and Alonso] are. They are literally ‘plug them in and off they go’. They are very, very handy.”
“I want to clear my mind, take a rest and then decide if I want to return to F1, subject of course to any opportunities existing.”
“After seven weeks of hearing evidence, Mr Justice Newey said he was reserving judgement. He is expected to take several weeks to consider the evidence. His judgement will hinge on whether he is persuaded that the shares were indeed undervalued as a result of Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós actions.”
A segment on the Bernie Ecclestone trial in which a lawyer representing Gerhard Gribkowsky, the German businessman who was jailed for accepting an alleged bribe from Ecclestone, asserts it is an “open secret” that Ecclestone is in charge of the Bambino Trust which Gribkowsky was paid from, something Ecclestone has previously denied.
McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale: “I hope we can protect him from the ravages of F1. For anybody coming up from another series to F1, the white heat of expectation is very difficult.”
“The Spaniard arrived at the Scuderia?óÔé¼Ôäós headquarters this morning and immediately got down to work with a busy simulator programme. The purpose of the day was to get a first taste of all the new procedures in which the driver will be involved, in managing the 2014 car.”
“The Volkswagen Group boasts the likes of Audi, Lamborghini and Porsche among its brands, but when contacted by ESPN about whether the company was aware of the FIA’s search a spokesman dismissed any interest.”
Richard Williams: “To feel the need for a mechanism intended to ensure that every season reaches a cliff-hanging climax is to severely underrate the audience’s intelligence.”
Maurice Hamilton: “If it is a knee-jerk reaction to Red Bull’s dominance then it should be accepted that this sort of supremacy occurs in F1 from time to time. What, may I ask, was wrong with the last races in 2008 and 2010 – and plenty more before that?”
“It has led to howls of derision from many in the sport, who see this as the next step, after KERS and DRS wing ?óÔé¼?£push-to-pass?óÔé¼Ôäó buttons, in devaluing the sport still further. It is not even guaranteed to add an entertainment factor.”
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) December 13, 2013
What if we try that idea on a 2014 nose, with the snow plough forming the tip to meet the new rules? pic.twitter.com/nTJhQGtMzr
— Craig Scarborough (@ScarbsF1) December 13, 2013
Some real history: Alfred Neubauer's notebook from the 1954 French GP weekend! Victory party at La Paix :) pic.twitter.com/q9khIXBrEW
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) December 13, 2013
Scuderia Toro Rosso's drivers, Jev and Daniil, will be at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain from 17 to 19 December, for a three day test
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRossoSpy) December 13, 2013
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Comment of the day
The news of Adrian Sutil joining Sauber for 2014 had a rather muted reception:
Sutil isn?óÔé¼Ôäót a bad choice. It?óÔé¼Ôäós fairly uninspiring but in terms of a decent driver with plenty of experience, he?óÔé¼Ôäóll do good enough job.
Who would be a better choice? They got him because the other options have gone! If they?óÔé¼Ôäód acted quicker, they could have potentially brought Perez back or Massa but now they?óÔé¼Ôäóre left with Sutil or someone with next to no experience.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Dermot Farrelly and Carlo Grlj!
On this day in F1
John Surtees won the Rand Grand Prix 50 years ago today, which was a non-championship race held at the Kyalami circuit two weeks before the season finale at the East London track.
Surtees’ Ferrari team mate Lorenzo Bandini finished second ahead of local driver Piet de Klerk in an Alfa Romeo.
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