Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Jerez, 2014

Vergne: Missing Red Bull seat “made me stronger”

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Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Jerez, 2014In the round-up: Jean-Eric Vergne says there was an upside to missing out of the Red Bull seat Daniel Ricciardo got.


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Good for me to miss RBR drive – Vergne (ESPN)

“I really took the time this winter to look myself in the mirror and realise things, and I realised it was actually good for me not to have gone to Red Bull, I believe. I’m happy to be here and it’s made me a lot stronger as a driver because, as I saw myself last year compared to this year, I was a really weak driver in the head.”

Kevin Magnussen Q&A: I?m determined to justify McLaren?s faith (F1)

“My first impressions are positive. It feels like it?s underneath you, which is always a good start. There?s not really much more I can add to that right now – we?ll only get a clearer idea of where we stand in terms of relative competitiveness once the testing continues in Bahrain later this month.”

Vee aggro (Darren Heath Photographer)

“Ferrari technical director James Allison did just that, warning fellow [Technical Working Group] members that the cars were likely to be ugly as a result of the new rules, and suggesting the teams consider a different route. Sadly for all concerned, Allison?s sensible words fell on deaf ears; his counterparts in rival teams told him the designs would not develop in the way he was predicting.”

Michael Schumacher: Coma challenges (BBC)

“It can be a very gradual process that can take several days or weeks. For the family, the initial fear about whether or not the individual will survive is replaced by fear of what the future will hold and what level of recovery their loved one will make.”

John Surtees on the year ahead (MotorSport)

“One opinion that seemed to be generally expressed is that whoever framed up the regulations for this year had no eye for aesthetics, and that the cars were all basically ugly.”

Senna: Photographs by Keith Sutton (Sutton)

“To mark the 30th anniversary of his debut and the 20th anniversary of his legacy, Proud Galleries presents the official Ayrton Senna exhibition, an exhilarating celebration of the man considered the world?s greatest racing driver.”

Jack Brabham’s lost final victory (Tobyhusseyreports)

“Turning the steering wheel to the apex in vein, the number five Brabham skids into the hay bales lining the circuit?s final corner.”

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@Craig-o finally got around to watching Rush – here’s his view:

I finally watched it for the first time the other night. I do not watch many films because I seem to lose interest, but even as I knew the outcome I was gripped throughout. I felt focusing on the drivers off the track helped to show how they were very different and how they became unlikely friends. A film on Formula One was never going to be highly technical and all Hollywood but as an action film it is fantastic. As a documentary on the 1976 season (which it is not), it isn’t.

I thought it was brilliant. The extras on the DVD could have been better though??

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On this day in F1

1994 F1 seasonGerhard Berger tested the Ferrari 412 for the first time on this day in 1994.

Although he declared himself happy with Ferrari’s contender for the new season, no fewer than five examples of the team’s new V12 engine failed during the course of this first test.

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