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Ben Ainslie: “We had a great catch-up but Adrian is committed to F1 for the foreseeable future.”
“This is a very important test and we don’t have much so I think it’s clear that it will be a disadvantage for Lotus.”
“Mr Ecclestone told The Independent that he thinks the new claim will get thrown out if he wins the ongoing case. But he vowed to fight the new suit if it goes ahead.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “The reliability is so good now, that I don’t spend the race worrying about finishing in the way that we used to. Teams have got better.”
Rush has been nominated in the categories for Outstanding British Film, Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Bruhl, who played Niki Lauda.
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) January 8, 2014
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) January 8, 2014
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Comment of the day
That year I was 20 and I wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót yet into F1. My country (Albania) had only a couple of years that came out of one of the most extreme communist regime. We were struggling for every day bread (literally), and the most common discussions among youth that time was how to get to European countries. Anyway, as mentioned in the article, the death of Senna made it to the news and that wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót the best way to get to F1. The first thought was why would people put themselves in such death to next corner situations. I had seen before, in Italian news TV, glimpses of cars going around but never got interested in that.
It took some years and a close relationship with one patient Italian friend, who never grew tired of explaining it to me until I started watching races in 1997 and from 1998 I started following full seasons as local TV stations started to broadcast them as well. It is not easy to become a F1 fan here were there is no information at all, mostly myths going around, big lack of history knowledge and technical information which is vital to understand it.
So yes, there is not much for me to remember from that year from F1, except the sad memory of that room of a neighbour where we were all gathered and listening to the tragic death of Senna.
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On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Pascal Fabre who is 54 today. Fabre spent a single season in Formula One in 1987, driving for AGS, who he previously raced for in Formula Two.
His best result was ninth in the French and British Grand Prix, the latter also saw him claim place in the Jim Clark Cup for non-turbo drivers. He failed to qualify for three of his last four appearances and was replaced by Roberto Moreno for the final rounds.
Fabre went on to race sports cars and was a regular at the Le Mans 24 Hours, making his last start at the endurance classic in 2001 when he also scored his best ever finish with fifth alongside fellow ex-F1 driver Jean-Denis Deletraz and Jordi Gene, brother of Marc.
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