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Bernie Ecclestone: “It may well be that the rule is cancelled altogether at the next [Strategy Group] meeting in January. I think it should be the final three races or nothing.”
“Autosport has learned that teams were pressured into supporting the move because they were told by Bernie Ecclestone that television companies and race promoters had asked for a way to ensure the world title battle was kept alive for longer.”
“Kamui Kobayashi is set to return to F1 with Caterham after emerging as the most qualified candidate for the seat.”
“I’m in favour, and I’m sure a lot of people, the public, the large public, want Formula One more extreme in which you have you push you have to do your best engine, gearbox, car, maybe one pit stop, not too many because if not it becomes like a circus. But we will see and we have to accept these new ideas and we will judge everything after a while.”
“Lewis [Hamilton] is the fastest team-mate I?óÔé¼Ôäóve been up against. Rubens Barrichello could sometimes pull it out of the bag in qualifying and be quick over one lap, but Lewis does that pretty much every qualifying session and he?óÔé¼Ôäós also very competitive during the race. A lot of drivers would say that Lewis is the worst possible team-mate to have because he is so fast, but I find that exciting, it pushes me forwards.”
“The name of the Scuderia?óÔé¼Ôäós car for 2014? It will be chosen this coming January by millions of Ferrari fans from around the globe through the Internet.”
“What a performance, though, what a lot of time and effort ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ to say nothing of legal fees ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ had gone into somehow keeping the world championship alive to the end.”
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) December 20, 2013
All done, busiest December I've had.. Had a bloody great time though, 9 hotels, 6 countries. O and 3 kilos of fat gone on too… #living
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Comment of the day
@JerseyF1 on Luca di Montezemolo’s plan to bring F1 teams together for a summit on the future of F1:
Great idea, get all the teams together to talk. You could give this group a name, maybe “Formula One Teams?óÔé¼Ôäó Association” or “FOTA” for short. Oh, wait a minute…
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On this day in F1
Lorenzo Bandini was born on this day in 1935. Having arrived in F1 with Scuderia Centro Sud in 1961, and returned on the team when he was dropped by Ferrari at the end of 1962, Bandini became a fixture at Ferrari from 1964. He picked up the single win of his career that year while team mate John Surtees clinched the title.
Two years later Surtees left Ferrari and Bandini became the senior driver at the team. But at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1967, while pursuing leader Denny Hulme, Bandini crashed and was trapped in his burning Ferrari. An age seemed to pass before he was extracted, and after three days he succumbed to the terrible burns he had suffered.
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