Putting the round-up together this evening I was struck by what appears to be some missing quotes on F1.com.
Autosport have a story titled “Frank Williams against cost control ‘interference’” which includes the following:
“I am against any kind of interference. I don’t want any third-party interference with one’s business, to have people sneaking around wanting to check this and that. It’s just like waiting for the taxman every day,” he told the official F1 website.
“Williams is not pleading for more restrictions. But I have said many times that we have to control driver costs.”
Obviously I prefer to link to the original source of quotes where possible so I went to F1.com looking for them. But they do not appear in the Q&A in question on F1.com as it appears for me at the moment:
It looks as though the quotes were in there originally but have been removed. A search for a portion of the quote yielded the following:
This gives the distinct impression the quotes Autosport have used were in the article originally but have since been removed – perhaps accidentally, certainly F1.com have not made mention of the changes. Unfortunately it seems there isn’t a cached copy.
The missing quotes don’t seem to be particularly explosive, though he is talking about money which is always liable to get someone’s back up. I’ve screengrabbed the Autosport article in case that also mysteriously vanishes – like that McLaren one did a few months ago.