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“Brawn, 59, has been heavily linked with a move to McLaren following the return of Ron Dennis to the team, but in a shock announcement to a fishing event in Aberdeenshire, he said he would not be returning to the sport.”
“Chief among the hurdles is the government’s insistence that the annual sanction fee for the race, which will reportedly reach almost $36 million (?é?ú19.2m) this year, be significantly reduced.”
Dietrich Mateschitz: “The current problems arose from the engine side and not from our team, which still has the high-level know-how it needs.”
“Typically Red Bull found their own solution to the new Nose regulations, albeit what Newey described as a ?óÔé¼?£Keel?óÔé¼Ôäó nose is not far from the more common ?óÔé¼?£Finger?óÔé¼Ôäó nose in concept.”
“Most Formula One fans ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ who, let?óÔé¼Ôäós face it, are devotees who understand the nuances of their sport ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ are also largely opposed to it. They don?óÔé¼Ôäót want to see the rest of the season devalued in favour of a finale that amounts to a powerplay on wheels. It?óÔé¼Ôäós up there with drivers rotating cars from race to race.”
“Yes, form follows function in the binary chase of the last nth, but a line ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ preferably a pleasing one ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ must be drawn when a new batch of F1 cars, rather than provide a frisson and surge of pride, makes the sport a laughing stock. That?óÔé¼Ôäós now.”
Tweets and pictures
Felipe Massa posted this picture illustrating his choice of number for 2014 and beyond.
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Comment of the day
But my favourite was this from Meridabob:
I?óÔé¼Ôäóm finding everything?óÔé¼Ôäós packaged too tightly, did Adrian design the underwear too?
From the forum
Happy birthday to Invoke, Oliver Queisser, Sriram, Photozen, Cucamest, Michael Brown and Noah!
On this day in F1
Having failed to win a race in the previous three seasons – the longest winless streak of the team’s F1 history – team principal Jean Todt had rehired John Barnard as designer.
Image ?é?® Mercedes/Hoch Zwei
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