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“It is going to be exciting, the cars are very different to what we have had for the last few years. The downforce level in particular is a lot less than we have had – in the past the FIA have tried to reduce that, but this year they seem to have successfully done that – and the cars are a lot more difficult to drive, especially with the different power unit and the amount of torque that the turbo engines produce – even the medium to high speed corners are difficult without the blown downforce we have had in the last few years.”
Vitantonio Liuzzi won Felipe Massa’s annual kart race. The race organiser finished third behind Sebastien Buemi after knocking rival Lucas di Grassi off the track at one point.
“Sure, he did a good job. but I don’t see that as pressure.”
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) January 12, 2014
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On this day in F1
Denny Hulme scored his final win 40 years ago today in the Argentinian Grand Prix as the 1974 season got underway.
The year before Hulme had disappointed a Swedish crowd by taking victory off Ronnie Peterson on the last lap of his home race. Now he did the same by depriving Carlos Reutemann of a home win, the Brabham driver suffering engine problems late in the race.
Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni completed the podium in their Ferraris.