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“Under a newly introduced by-law, the permission (including provision for up to 225,000 spectators over the three days) cannot be appealed by any local residents opposing the race.”
Toto Wolff: “He is authentic. And sometimes authenticity bites you. But he also learns.”
“In a recent interview with the BBC?óÔé¼Ôäós Newsnight programme, Mr Gribkowsky?óÔé¼Ôäós lawyer, Daniel Amelung, lent weight to Mr Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós defence by repeating the allegation that he is ‘the deciding man behind Bambino’.”
“It is a rare occasion when such an important piece of racing history, a truly pivotal chapter in Ferrari’s dominance in the F1 sport, is offered for sale at auction.”
— Esteban Gutierrez (@EstebanGtz) January 5, 2014
2013 in numbers: 282 days out from home, 158 flights. Anyone that beats me, please raise your hand!
— Pedro de la Rosa (@PedrodelaRosa1) January 5, 2014
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Comment of the day
Does Moto GP provide an example for how customers cars could work in Formula One? @Journeyer has doubts:
There are currently only two competitive manufacturers in Moto GP (Honda and Yamaha) ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ three at a stretch (if you include Ducati). And realistically, the bikes they sell to privateers are rarely as competitive as the actual works bikes.
It?óÔé¼Ôäós also resulted in some threadbare grids ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ so much so that they?óÔé¼Ôäóve had to introduce this whole CRT/non-MSMA rules set as a workaround.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Sparckus, Martin Rasmussen, Dion and Sparckus!
On this day in F1
Pablo Birger was born on this day in 1924. The Argentinian driver made two grand prix starts, both in his home event in the fifties.
The first of these was the tragic 1953 race in Buenos Aires at which several spectators were killed. At the wheel of a two-year-old Gordini, Birger became the second driver to retire from the race when his differential failed.
He raced again in the 1955 grand prix but was eliminated in a multi-car crash on the second lap. Birger died in 1966 in a road car crash, aged 42.
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