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“In France… coverage switched last year from national broadcaster TF1 to subscription service Canal+. It led to viewing figures falling by 16 million to 10.2 million and it is part of F1′s strategy to increasingly move away from free-to-air television.”
“FOM has not shied away from revealing a sharp 10 per cent drop in its audience, although “not an unexpected one” according to Ecclestone, the organisation’s chief executive.”
“The state comptroller?óÔé¼Ôäós office this week paid Circuit of the Americas about $29 million [?é?ú17.78m] from the Major Events Trust Fund for November?óÔé¼Ôäós Formula One race.”
“The technical parameters of the F14 T, as well as the aerodynamic validation we saw on track, match our expectations and provide a solid starting point, which we must now exploit as much as possible.”
Toto Wolff: “Even at Jerez, with the ambient [temperature] being quite cold, we were experiencing a high level of temperatures and challenges on the cooling side. We have seen for some of our competitors it is even more.”
“The achievement of all three powertrain companies should be applauded. Once again, along with their teams, they have demonstrated one of the most appealing qualities of Formula One; its ability to innovate, rise to complex challenges, and meet its deadlines. Last week was no embarrassment, it was a triumph for F1?óÔé¼Ôäós engineering community.”
“The stars were spotted chatting away as they watched the Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday afternoon with their manager Simon Fuller.”
Sounds like toys out of the pram time at Red Bull after the first Jerez. Remember, the one thing worse than losing is how you handle it!
— alan henry (@f1alanhenry) February 3, 2014
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) February 1, 2014
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Comment of the day
@GregKingston compared the sounds of some of the new engines at Jerez:
If anyone needs a visual and audible reminder of the difference between the Mercedes and Renault engines at Jerez, have a look at two of the videos I took on Day 2:
From the forum
Happy birthday to Mantas Degutis!
On this day in F1
Although the staff for the new team was largely drawn from the former – the latter having puled out of the previous season before it finish – the driver line-up of the new Minardi team compromised one of each of their drivers. Loyal Minardi pilot Pierluigi Martini remained and was joined by Michele Alboreto, giving the Italian squad a highly experienced line-up.
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