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“I don’t think that it was all a rumour because Murdoch hasn’t got anything really big to drive their TV audiences and Formula One would be good for that. They have been trying to buy the TV rights from us for a long time, but we won’t because they are not free-to-air television broadcasters. They are a subscription service. Very recently they wanted to do something in Germany, in the UK and in Italy, where they are, but we couldn’t do it. Sky is doing an incredible job but if you look at their audience they are nowhere. With these figures it would be almost impossible for teams to find sponsors. That would be suicidal.”
“There have been enough times that people wanted to do a breakaway but they haven’t succeeded up until now. We’ve had five or six Concorde Agreements and there is always these sorts of discussions going on before. It is normal foreplay before these things happen.”
“News Corp has said only that its interest in F1 is exploratory, but its executives see it as a sport that has struggled to attract younger viewers, and believe they could do a better job.”
“It was my decision to leave Williams. I thought it was the right thing given that the board wanted to review the technical structure of the company and that was going to involve some changes in the staff that work for me and are employed by me.”
“Whoever is into motors will obviously be tempted to be part of this world. We are interested in making this sport more modern and younger. We’re still going through a preliminary phase but we’re trying to understand if there are the grounds to carry on.”
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Comment of the day
Steph reflects on further defeats for Mark Webber and Felipe Massa in qualifying:
Congrats to Sebastian who put in an incredible performance after all of his troubles this weekend (same with Alonso to a lesser extent) but his success unfortunately only highlights his team mate’s failure for me.
Mark was pretty much handed pole it seemed as Sebastian sat out practice but once again Vettel just dominated him. I hope Mark can pull something back like Rubens did in ’09 but right now it seems like there’s a gargantuan gap between the pair. Mark’s not just being beaten by Sebastian but he failed to deliver at all in China qualifying and I know he’s had car troubles but he really has to step up.
Massa saw an open goal and decided to run into the post this weekend. He’s had some good momentum, was close to Alonso in qualifying last time out and this is a track he knows so well so he had a great chance to put in an impressive performance but for some crazy reason decided to throw away his tyres.
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