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In the round-up: Gerard Lopez says rival teams have expressed interest in signing Romain Grosjean.
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“His drives last year meant there were a couple of teams knocking on the door to find out what he was doing, and now we’ve the same this year.”
Venezuelan Sports Minister Antonio Alvarez says he will not spend any more money on the country’s racing programmes, which could affect Pastor Maldonado.
Lopez: “He’s a driver who needs to understand that in certain circumstances, with his speed, then 95, 96, 97 per cent should get him to where he wants to be, and then once in Q3 give it 100, 105.”
“In the corners they [Red Bull] are very fast but on the straights they seem to lose a lot of lap time, but in Monte Carlo there are no straights so maybe Red Bull could challenge Mercedes there.”
“The problem is they changed the rules to reduce the aerodynamic grip [for this season], but they keep the mechanical grip the same so nothing [has] changed.”
“Bernie Ecclestone’s corruption trial in Munich has been postponed for Tuesday and Wednesday with the 83-year-old Formula One magnate suffering from illness.”
“In 1966 we went our separate ways and I followed the trail he had blazed by trying to build, race and win with my own F1 cars. I have been told that only three men in the history of auto racing have managed to do that. Bruce McLaren and I won races but Sir Jack Brabham won world championships. He will be forever in a class all by himself.”
“If one team dominates, then they let them race. I don’t know how long it’s going to be the case. The good thing is, if they dominate the same way, they can let them race until the end. For sure, it’s a risk to their relationship.”
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Comment of the day
Will Felipe Massa overhaul his current deficit to team mate Valtteri Bottas in the points?
I had high hopes for Massa going into the season, but after Australia I was afraid Bottas would take him apart. But to be fair, when Massa has had control of circumstances he’s looked really good and I think has slightly outperformed Bottas.
I think his confidence is still too fragile, but if he can get a run of good luck, I could see him jumping up the driver’s standings with a fairly competitive Williams car this year.
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On this day in F1
Rene Arnoux made his first race start in the Belgian Grand Prix on this day in 1978, driving for the Martini team.
The following year he joined Renault’s works team and he scored a breakthrough victory the year after in Brazil. However two years alongside Alain Prost prompted a move to Ferrari for 1983, with whom he remained in contention for the title until the last race of the season.
He left the team in acrimonious circumstances just one race into the 1985 season. He saw out his career with four largely forgettable years at Ligier, during which his rivals became increasingly frustrated with his track manners, particularly when he was being lapped.
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