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Marco Mattiacci: “Kimi is OK. We checked several times and we will take a decision about the test, and what to do with the test, so we see after today. I want to be 100 per cent sure that he will be fine before [he does it]. But there is no major issue at the moment.”
Hamilton: “I was gutted not to have a wheel-to-wheel race. I don’t want anything bad for my team-mate. I want him to be at his best and me to be at my best so we can really see the difference.”
Ricciardo: “I think one more lap would have been tough because Jenson was coming. I’m really happy with the podium. I knew we were a better car than eighth on the grid. I was a bit surprised during the first bit to not be as quick so I said let’s try something different to make it work. Today I was pretty jacked up, so it’s nice to be up here.”
Lauda: “Formula 1 is over-regulated. They are never going to hit [the barrier] again. They take care of every little detail and a lot of people will switch the television off.”
Massa: “All of these cars go very slow on the formation lap. We stopped on the track and my clutch went up to a very high temperature so it didn’t work. I started to move the clutch, but the car went into anti-stall so I dropped to last [at the start].”
This feels great!! Winning in front of your home crowd is just the best feeling. We really do have the greatest fans! pic.twitter.com/Zs4ICBwaXW
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) July 6, 2014
hi everyone, here is my video for you after a tough day in the office…now full attack Hockenheim! http://t.co/bFdgELFgeR
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) July 6, 2014
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) July 6, 2014
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) July 6, 2014
— Max Chilton (@maxchilton) July 6, 2014
You little beauty. Made that option tyre last today 😝 pic.twitter.com/wJ4iQNbTYA
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) July 6, 2014
Max Chilton's first pit stop was not Marussia's best. Timed at one hour, one minute 47.606 seconds. (Due to the red flag, of course!) #F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) July 6, 2014
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Comment of the day
Like so many of us yesterday, reader Piffles was enthralled by the titanic scrap between Alonso and Vettel for fifth, but was also disappointed by one aspect of the battle…
Very good battle, and top class driving from both drivers: absolutely no complaints. As Alain Prost said on Canal+, this kind of thing is exactly what we watch F1 for. It’s a shame we had these unnecessary, childish, backhanded, dishonest, hypocritical, disgraceful arguments over the radio. Alonso & Vettel need to get put back in their place with a pair of good slaps in the face. Grown men don’t go complaining to their mammas when things don’t go their way.
Of course, if the tracks were designed properly, going “off-track” would risk resulting in accidents like Raikkonen’s a little more often and drivers would therefore be inclined to respect the track limits a bit more.
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Ronnie Peterson scored a superb win for Lotus in the French Grand Prix at Dijon 40 years ago today. Driving a Lotus 72, the original design of which had been introduced four years earlier, he resisted the everything the more powerful V12 Ferraris of Niki Lauda and Clay Regazzoni could throw at him around the short Dijon circuit.
Here’s some brief footage from the race: