…according to Bernie Ecclestone.
Bernie Ecclestone: "The teams wanted too much money to race there. That was the problem."
Bernie Ecclestone on Brawn GP: “Can I put something in your mind. Ross Brawn is the guy that runs the teams’ technical committee and probably knows what’s going to happen before other people, or is in a position to guide things. There’s a massive conflict of interest.”
Red Bull's Helmut Marko on the Brawn GP diffuser: "It's illegal: we'll make a protest on Thursday if the component isn't modified to conform to the regulations, because that diffuser guarantees a five-tenths-advantage per lap. Seven teams are certain it's illegal."
"Nick has recently been working in partnership with PUMA on the "Quick Nick shoe project": the racing star selected a pair of sneakers from the PUMA Spring 2009 collection and redesigned these in his own style."
The 1994 and 1986 Australian Grands Prix as broadcast on the BBC's "Grand Prix" – great to see some classic F1 footage from the BBC, hoping for more in the future.
Ecclestone on Mosley and the sadomasochism scandal: "I have only one real regret in my entire life, said Ecclestone. I’m sorry about how I treated Max. I am ashamed of myself. Today, as 40 years ago, Max could have from me a signed open cheque because he wouldn’t do anything diabolical. We’ve gone through a hell of a lot together, a hell of a lot. A friend is someone who helps you when you’re in the s***. Max would do that for me, and that’s why I’m upset about it. But I was listening to other people and they were all telling me one thing – that he must go. People didn’t want to be in the same country as him, let alone in the same room."
Ecclestone on McLaren: "There is just a way about them, isn’t there? They all look like McLaren people. Ron doesn’t want to breed individuals, anyone who stands out. He wants to keep everything level. It really doesn’t help to build characters. Whereas Ferrari let people do what they like. So that’s what happens with Lewis. He is always frightened he is going to upset somebody so he holds himself back rather than just getting on with it."
Nelson Piquet Jnr on testing: "I got two or three days in the dry – and on only two days did I do more than 100 laps. The rest were averaging about 40 laps, so that's virtually nothing for a F1 car. It was difficult, and I got about a third of the mileage that Fernando [Alonso] got. So it is a bit frustrating, but let's forget that and try and concentrate on doing the best job here."
Jake Humphrey on becoming the BBC's F1 presenter: "The way I look at it, being a CBBC presenter is like being a racing driver starting in the small formulas and building up."
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