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Unnamed Delta Topco board member: “The fact that Bernie would train Christian up, in effect, looks like a solution to many of the directors.”
Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage: “I can’t say I was surprised because Bernie Ecclestone does a lot of foolish things. The thing he unfortunately doesn’t recognise is there is an 800-pound gorilla when it comes to major American motor sports. The 800-pound gorilla is NASCAR.”
“At the end of the day they run a domestic series in America – we run a world championship.”
Circuit of the Americas chairman Bobby Epstein: “I’d think (Gossage) would worry more about a [Dallas] Cowboys game, as that probably costs him several thousand tickets, rather than worry about what happens in Central Texas.”
“We totally lost a day at the beginning through this wiring problem which was part of the fuel system electronics, but after that the car has run like a dream.”
Renault head of track operations Remi Taffin: “I think we will be ready to run [at the Australian GP], but it depends what performance we will get there.”
“Not only did Mercedes finish the first Bahrain test with the fastest times of the week, they also trialed several updates, including different cooling configurations.”
Former ITV F1 pit lane reporter Beverley Turner: “F1 needs to grow up. It’s losing female and younger fans. A woman in a competitive car would re-energise the sport and attract a new fan base. We can only hope Wolff turns out to be more than a publicity pawn.”
“This year, [Imola] will see a return of Formula One – of sorts – after announcing a four-day event at which Ayrton’s most famous car, the McLaren MP4/4, will be the centrepiece to a festival that carries official support from the Instituto Ayrton Senna, and which will showcase a series of films, unpublished photographs and exhibits that celebrate Ayrton’s life.”
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Comment of the day
F1 cars were within a second of last year’s pole position time (1’32.330) in the first test at Bahrain. But is 2013 a worthwhile reference for car performance?
I find it slightly annoying that they keep referring to 2013 lap times when talking about performance. 2013 levels of performance were not staggering. The course record at Bahrain is a 1:29 or something.
Besides, the biggest area for concern (for me) is the race performance. It would be interesting to see how fast the GP2 cars are in the first few laps of a race (when much of the action takes place) compared to 2013/2014 F1.
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On this day in F1
A major seven-day pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya ended 20 years ago today with Mika Hakkinen fastest for McLaren. He set a best time of 1’17.99 in the Peugeot-engined MP4-9.
However McLaren were still yet to decide on his team mate for the 1994 season.
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