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Indianapolis 500 on F1 Fanatic Live
In addition to the Monaco Grand Prix and Formula Renault 3.5 races, F1 Fanatic Live will be running throughout today’s Indianapolis 500.
UK television viewers can watch the race live on BT Sport 2: coverage starts at 3:30pm and the race begins at 5pm.
Keith will be covering the race as part of BT Sport’s in-studio team alongside Katherine Legge, Johnny Mowlem, James Walker, Ben Evans and Abi Griffiths. Send in your questions during the show via Twitter using #btsmotorsport.
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Hamilton: “I don’t know if Senna and Prost talked about it but I quite liked the way Senna dealt with that so I’ll take a page out of his book.”
Rosberg: “That I do understand these kind of theories; Monaco is the perfect backdrop for these kind of things. But I have to disappoint: the data is clear, as the stewards have also confirmed.”
“Hamilton might have had the momentum coming into the race weekend, but if Nico can indeed win tomorrow, the scales will tip back in his favour. Not only will he regain the lead of the drivers’ championship, but he would also have beaten Hamilton in spite of his mind games.”
Vettel: “Basically, I lost the ability to discharge at the maximum rate and initially halfway down the straight I was just relying on the ICE [Internal Combustion Engine], but it was a bit hit and miss to be honest, sometimes it was working, sometimes it wasn’t working on the same straight.”
Alonso: “The two laps were good; I was really happy with the laps and the balance of the car. We were only one or two tenths away from [Sebastian] Vettel, which is a good surprise.”
Christian Horner: “The details of any contract with any employee are private between the employee and the team and not something to be discussed with media. What I can tell you is that he has pledged his future with Red Bull for the foreseeable future.”
“There’s nothing quite like the smell of a story brewing, with all and sundry scampering around the paddock trying to track down information, or making whispered phone calls to contacts in race control, hoping to get a jump on the competition.”
Enjoying the Monaco GP in a different way this year, but seriously missing the commitment needed to put a lap together in Qualy. #monacogp
— Paul Di Resta (@pauldirestaf1) May 24, 2014
After what happened in qualifying, there is no doubt that the Monaco GP result is going to be critical. Perhaps defining race of year now…
— Jon Noble (@NobleF1) May 24, 2014
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) May 24, 2014
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Comment of the day
Following the controversy in qualifying after Rosberg’s off on his final lap helped to cement his pole position, Max Jacobson is satisfied that the stewards decided to investigate the matter.
I’m glad the FIA conducted a thorough investigation on this one: had they not bothered to do so, I could imagine the media would have completely overblown the whole situation and Hamilton’s discontent may have been aggravated, with some fairly nasty consequences for their relationship within the team.
And I do believe their conclusion was the correct one. Had they found him even partially guilty, surely their only option would be disqualification (unless they had ruled it as simple impeding), which would be a ludicrously harsh punishment for what barely compares in malevolence to the infamous Schumacher incident of 2006, which was quite clearly deliberate.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Sumedh and Joe Papp!
On this day in F1
Niki Lauda took pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix 40 years ago today. Ferrari team mate Clay Regazzoni join him on the front row of the grid.