In the round-up: Mark Webber syas F1 should have “taken a much firmer stance” on Bahrain.
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“In my personal opinion, the sport should have taken a much firmer stance earlier this year rather than constantly delaying its decision in hope of being able to re-schedule it in 2011. It would have sent a very clear message about F1’s position on something as fundamental as human rights and how it deals with moral issues.”
Bernie Ecclestone: “It’s obvious that everybody feels they need to be safe when we get there. In the end we’ll have to wait and see what happens in Bahrain. If there is peace and no problems then I suppose the teams will be all right.”
“Surely the line has to be drawn when a sporting event is not mere entertainment in a less-than-perfect country, but is being used by an oppressive regime to camouflage its actions. If a sport accepts this role, it becomes a tool of government. If Formula One allows itself to be used in this way in Bahrain, it will share the regime’s guilt as surely as if it went out and helped brutalise unarmed protesters.”
Allan McNish: “The drivers are the lucky ones; in January we can go off on holiday, but the engineers and mechanics have to go straight back into the office. It may lead teams to have increase their number of staff and employ double shift rotations – similar to the ‘test’ teams of the past.”
“There was more intrigue in the impromptu appearance of Verizon Wireless’s logo alongside that of Vodafone, which is a team sponsor. The official explanation that it was a one-off "gift" from Vodafone to a network partner, is touching but implausible.”
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Comment of the day
I’m tired of so much emotionalism (don’t know if such a word exists) attached to Senna.
OK he was an out-of-this-world driver, exceptionally talented and way above the rest, but it’s time something is done about the other great drivers of the time particularly Prost and Piquet – the multiple champions. I consider Prost and Piquet among the best drivers of all time and their lack of charisma or basic manners (in the case of Piquet during the Mansell rivalry) only makes them unique and larger than life.
I wish I had the resources to tell the world about Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet. Personally, doing something like that would give me far more satisfaction than basically telling the already told and retold emotional Senna stories. I’m not saying this to discredit the work of Manish Pandey and his team – they’ve done a sterling job. But we’ve got to move on!
From the forum
It may have been out for a while but there’s still plenty of people finishing off their F1 2010 careers.
Happy birthday to Ratboy!
On this day in F1
Gunnar Nilsson scored his single F1 victory on this day in 1977.
He was one of two Swedish drivers on the podium as Ronnie Peterson finished third behind Niki Lauda.
Nilsson’s Lotus team amte Mario Andretti started from pole position but retired after tangling with fellow front-row starer John Watson on the first lap: