Bernie Ecclestone: "I don't see anything wrong with the start time, we just didn't know about the rain. If we had started at 2pm then it would have rained as well."
“In theory, the race could have run beyond the specific two-hour time limit. That is because clause 41 of the sporting regulations (which declares that the timing system does not stop when the Grand Prix is suspended) is supplemented by clause 5, which states that any suspended time is added on to the two-hour limit. In Malaysia on Sunday, though, because the race started at 5pm, nightfall would have intervened first.”
Felipe Massa: “I think you do the race in the night or you do the race in the day. You can not try to go in the middle, that’s clear. I said [about it] before, and I think many people said before, but it didn’t help. But now it was a clear message.”
"Toro Rosso went one better in Malaysia last weekend when an April Fools it sent out was also believed to be true by far too many people who should have known better."
Lewis Hamilton: “I was aquaplaning everywhere – these were the most dangerous conditions I’ve ever raced in. All I could do was try and keep the car on the track. It was the correct decision to stop the race because it was just too dangerous for everyone."I love it when it rains, but this was just too much.”
"Nico Rosberg has beaten off flu this weekend, but he’s not the only driver feeling ill at Sepang. Fernando Alonso has been recovering from an ear infection and Nick Heidfeld has been fighting off a mysterious virus. It’s only race two, guys; you can’t be that run-down!"
"We also got to see just how fast this BGP001 car really is, when Jenson had to push hard in his two laps before his first stop in order to leapfrog Rosberg and Trulli. He did a 1m36.641s on lap 18, which is a second faster than the next non-Brawn car!"
"When Michael Schumacher decided that the area in front of the Rascasse in Monaco would make a perfect parking spot, did he admit that he fancied wrecking the following Fernando Alonso’s final quick lap? No, probably not. The fact that he was dumped to the back of the grid by the stewards in that instance suggests that they thought he was telling a small white lie in his assertion that there was a problem. And did we get public apologies, expulsions and sendings home? Not a bit of it. They just got on with the job in hand. In fact, Schumacher delivered one of the outstanding drives his career to climb from 20th to fourth that day."
"Formula 1 viewers in the Gulf were taken by surprise with a last-minute decision to award the Middle East and North Africa TV rights to the Bahrain Radio and Television Corporation (BRTC). Some fans have been having trouble finding the coverage. This can be found by tuning into Arabsat Bader-4, frequency 12226, polarity horizontal, FEC 3/4, symbol rate 27500."
Bernie Ecclestone on Lewis Hamilton "He is only 24 and maybe when he is a bit older and stronger he wouldn't do it. The important thing to clear up is: did he deliberately tell a lie in order to achieve something or not? If the answer is no, he was co-erced into not telling the truth it is somewhat different isn't it? I am sure the FIA will have a look at this now and see what they think of it. I don't know if McLaren should be punished. It is up to the FIA."
"It has emerged that the British driver, who made an unprecedented public apology on Friday for his part in giving the race stewards a false account of an on-track incident with Jarno Trulli in Melbourne, contacted the sport governing body’s president Max Mosley as the controversy blew up. He expressed his frustration that he had been led by McLaren into falsely telling the stewards he had not been instructed to allow Trulli past and that he was so disenchanted he was considering leaving the team and the sport. It is believed Mosley advised the driver not to do this."
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