Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, 2014

Alonso unsure how long he’ll keep enjoying F1

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monte-Carlo, 2014In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says he isn’t likely to tire of driving F1 cars any time soon but he may enjoy it less.

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Alonso will not quit until third title (BBC)

“It is not a problem of how long you can keep this level, it’s a problem of how much fun I will have driving those cars in the future.”

Hamilton ready to hit back in Canada (Reuters)

“I always remember with Lewis that when we had a tussle in a race, or there was an issue between us… the next race he would destroy me. He would come there and be stronger than ever.”

Ecclestone dismisses F1 TV decline (Autosport)

“But I think the change that is currently taking place is very shortlived, as these social media people are starting to think it is not as good as they thought.”

I’ve proven I’m top-class – Ricciardo (ESPN)

“It wouldn’t be a bad thing definitely [to beat Vettel] and it would go a long way to giving me a lot of confidence. Although I think I’ve probably already done enough to show that I can do it, not specifically beating Seb, but being able to race at the front and drive for a top a team and deserve to be here.”

Crane operators receive proper training before Grand Prix (The Gazette)

“In memory of Mark Robinson, who died in a track accident at the 2013 Grand Prix, all pit workers with the Automobile Club de l’Île Notre-Dâme will be wearing black armbands during the June 6-8 race weekend and a full page of the official F1 event magazine will be dedicated to him.”

BRP reveals the 2014 edition of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada trophies (CNW)

“The clear glass cup’s tips are shaped as an abstract form of the Canadian maple leaf that has been frozen in time.”

Thanks Jared Pashovitz for the tip

Lewis Hamilton; superstar & antidote to boredom (Mark Gallagher)

“He may be a ‘Marmite’ personality but, like him or not, Lewis Hamilton is fantastic for Formula One, and a great news story for a sport which has always thrived on speed combined with passion, personalities, glamour and celebrity. He has it all.”

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Comment of the day

If something’s not new, then it isn’t news. As far as possible I try to ensure the links included in the round-up are new and relevant, but when someone chooses to republish a two-week-old quote there’s always the chance I didn’t see it the first time around.

So in this case I’m indebted to Eero (@Eeroo) for pointing out that one of the stories in yesterday’s round-up shouldn’t have been there:

The James Allison interview was made before the Monaco Grand Prix. I don’t know why every F1 site is publishing it two weeks later.
Eero (@Eeroo)

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On this day in F1

Two non-championship races for F1 cars were held on this day 60 years ago.

Onofre Marimon won the Grand Prix of Rome, held in Castelfusano park, driving a Maserati 250F. Stirling Moss, in a similar car, dropped out of second place with eight laps to go.

Meanwhile in Belgium an older Maserati A6GCM won the Grand Prix des Frontieres in the hands of Thai prince Birabongse Bhanudej, known to the racing community as B Bira.

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