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“[Premier of Victory] Dr [Denis] Napthine said the contract ensured Melbourne’s Grand Prix would be the first race on the calendar every year until 2020, and that there would be no night racing.”
This report claims Bernie Ecclestone will pay a $100m (£59.6m) settlement to end his bribery case in Germany this week, significantly more than what was previously reported and over twice as much as the $44.1m he is alleged to have paid banker Gerhard Gribkowsky as a bribe.
“Do you feel like [the stewards] don’t pay enough attention to what happens further down the grid?
Yeah, exactly, this is always a problem. During qualifying, with traffic, it’s another story. If we are doing green sectors but some top team affects us they don’t care.”
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) August 3, 2014
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) August 3, 2014
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But the winner was this offering from JackySteeg:
“Just grin and bear it, Nelson. You’ll be lucky if this is the worst thing Flavio tells you to do.”
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On this day in F1
Two years before his dreadful crash on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, Niki Lauda put his Ferrari on pole position for the 1974 race, held on this day four decades ago.
However he went out on the first lap after a collision with Jody Scheckter. The latter continued and finished second but Lauda’s team mate Clay Regazzoni won, moving ahead of both of them in the championship battle.
The race was marred by a nasty accident which left Mike Hailwood with leg injuries that ended his F1 career.
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