In the round-up: Jenson Button believes it will be good for Formula One if Red Bull’s dominance over the sport is broken this year.
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“Not having Red Bull at the front now is good for the sport. It’s sad to think like that but it’s a fact that they have been too dominant.”
“Some of what Red Bull is experiencing is self-inflicted. Some of it is in any new regulations – if it involves engines, someone is going to be at the top, someone is going to be at the bottom.”
Team principal John Booth: “Most people can see the cost of the Manchester City squad because it’s on the back page of every single paper every day. They can see, when West Brom play Man City, they can see West Brom fighting, using clever strategy to nullify the advantage. But fans can’t see how hard we’re fighting. We don’t have budgets like the big teams.”
“In my opinion it’s the best decision ever. I saw the car first in the windtunnel and it was fantastic.”
“The team has held exploratory talks with Chinese investors. ‘The net is cast wide,’ he said, when asked about the discussions. ‘It’s a question of the quality of the investor.'”
“Honestly, if you ask me which team as at the front, I think it’s Mercedes. But we’ll see, and now is the time to understand who is really at the front, when we get to qualifying and everybody is on the same fuel and new tyres. Then you will understand where you are compared to the others.”
“The fans need to be educated more about this sport so that they can enjoy it in the right spirit. But sadly I have not seen any effort from the authorities to popularise it.”
“Hamilton would rise again a year later only to see his McLaren career crushed under the aegis of Martin Whitmarsh. Had Dennis reached for the guillotine and lopped the well-meaning technocrat sooner, Hamilton might still be a McLaren driver.”
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) March 9, 2014
— MERCEDES AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) March 9, 2014
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Comment of the day
It seems many readers are hoping for Williams to thrive this year:
Privateer teams like Williams used to be the backbone and lifeblood of the sport that I love. For the last decade or more, we’ve slowly lost them to big manufacturers or big business with heaps of cash, but with what seems like a revival of fortune, Williams is finding itself near the front again and I can’t state enough how big a deal that is.
I think we’re long past the time when plucky little private teams find themselves fighting for championships, which is a shame, but hopefully the likes of Williams will keep the old racing spirit alive to allow people to draw a line from little karters and small private teams in the lower formulae all the way up to the top.
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Happy birthday to Fred Schechter!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Toshio Suzuki who is 59 today.
Suzuki had won the Japanese Formula Three championship in 1979, but his Formula One debut didn’t come for another 14 years. He made two starts for Larrousse in place of Philippe Alliot, the first of which at his home track, Suzuka.
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