In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says Red Bull will be very competitive once they find straight-line speed to go with their cornering performance.
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Lewis Hamilton: “I have no doubts at all that Renault are going to fix that and when they do, you’re going to see a big race between us and the Bulls. They still have a fantastic car. I’ve looked at the GPS; they had the same speed as us through all the corners.”
Toto Wolff: “You cannot be complacent because we have seen a Red Bull right up our arse here. If you consider they have missed out on two thirds of the testing it was a necessary wake-up call for us.”
Stirling Moss: “In his shoes I’d have done exactly the same as Massa.”
“Racing for tenth is not what we want to do, but when you look at where teams like McLaren are, they certainly look very catchable.”
“McLaren’s racing director Eric Boullier has admitted to locking his rookie driver Kevin Magnussen in a room over grand prix weekends and giving him a pep talk.”
“Affected by the country’s mourning over the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 tragedy, attendance dropped to the lowest in history with just 62,340 spectators present on Sunday, a 25 per cent drop from last year’s.”
“That this house opposes the staging of the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix due to ongoing human rights violations in that country; notes that Human Rights Watch’s 2014 World Report highlighted that Bahrain’s human rights record regressed in key areas in 2013 drawing particular attention to arbitrary detention, ill-treatment and torture of activists, prosecution and harassment of government critics and a failure to hold those guilty of human rights abuses to account; expresses deep concern that in previous years Bahrain has implemented a severe crackdown before and during the Grand Prix, restricting freedom of movement of persons in the country, detaining and deporting foreign journalists and conducting mass arbitrary detentions in towns close to the Formula 1 circuit; recalls with concern that previous Grand Prix have coincided with the extra-judicial killing of protester Salah Abbas in 2012 and the arbitrary imprisonment and alleged sexual abuse in custody of protester Rihanna al Mousawi in 2013; further expresses disappointment at the continued failure to hold security forces to account for these abuses, as well as the arrest, detention and torture of 27 employees of the Bahrain International Circuit in 2011; and urges the Government to make strong representations to try and prevent the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix from going ahead.”
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Comment of the day
To what extent is over-complication F1’s biggest problem now?
F1 has produced great races in its history. But rule changes after rule changes brought F1 in a position where overtaking was getting harder and harder which caused even more rule changes that have done little to improve the sport, or had no positive impact whatsoever.
For me it’s getting a bit frustrating. All these changes to artificially change the racing DRS, double points, tyre rules… It makes me a bit sad that we can’t have simple racing that anybody can enjoy.
A friend of mine who is into cars, but not F1 was joining me Sunday morning after half the race and he had literally no chance of understanding half of what’s going on without explanation. It’s tiresome.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Majormilou, Nico Savidge and Ripping Silk!
On this day in F1
Five years ago today Lewis Hamilton was disqualified from the results of the Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton had originally been classified third after Jarno Trulli was penalised for overtaking him during a Safety Car period. But it was later discovered McLaren had decided to allow Trulli to pass Hamilton and had denied doing so when asked by the stewards.
Today is also three-times world champion Jack Brabham’s 88th birthday.
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