In the round up: Lewis Hamilton says the world championship is “finished”.
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“Despite there being 12 races left in the calendar, Lewis Hamilton said: ‘It’s finished really. In the sense of the title it’s almost over already.’
“?óÔé¼?£The championship is not in our calculations,’ added Fernando Alonso. ‘If anyone thinks we can win the championship being eight-tenths of a second behind [Red Bull] they don’t understand Formula 1.'”
“Pirelli believes that even a more aggressive choice of tyres for the European Grand Prix may not have been enough to help make the Valencia race a thriller.”
“We pushed hard throughout the weekend, but it?óÔé¼Ôäós just not been possible to get the pace out of the car that we wanted. We will need to take a step forward for Silverstone. Silverstone is a track with a lot of high speed corners, and our car performs well on these types of corners. We will also see how the new regulations affect our car, but I think it will have a positive impact for the team.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôBBC F1 reporter Ted Kravitz reports from the back of the paddock at the European Grand Prix in Valencia.?óÔé¼?Ø
?óÔé¼?ôApparently Jerome was unable to use his drinks bottle today, and lost three kilos during the race!?óÔé¼?Ø
“Lewis Hamilton would drive for less money if it got him into a winning car ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and after another Red Bull stampede into pole position for today?óÔé¼Ôäós European Grand Prix, perhaps he should be prepared for a drop in future earnings.”
“All but two of the world?óÔé¼Ôäós circuits, China and Korea, have told F1?óÔé¼Ôäós governing body that if the new engines are introduced they will not show F1 and will instead switch to IndyCar races. The rebel circuits, represented by Australian Grand Prix boss Ron Walker, issued their ultimatum on Wednesday.”
“Formula One’s motor-racing teams are considering whether to join forces to take a stake in the private-equity-owned Grand Prix business.”
?óÔé¼?ôSimilar scepticism has greeted a recent study, released last week by organizers of the proposed Formula One race in Austin, that asserts the four-day event will generate nearly $300 million in economic benefit to the metropolitan area next June. That’s based on the spending of an estimated 94,700 out-of-state fans, or about 20,000 more non-Texans than flocked to Dallas five months ago for the Super Bowl, according to the report, released Monday.?óÔé¼?Ø
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Comment of the day
What did you think of the European Grand Prix? Redxibi gave it four out of ten, saying:
Only Button?óÔé¼Ôäós overtaking manoeuvre on Rosberg and Heidfield?óÔé¼Ôäós pass on turn three were worth watching. Maybe you can include Alonso just avoiding the wall after lapping Trulli as another reason to watch the Grand Prix, but in reality, it was really boring. At times I found myself trying not to sleep despite getting more than nine hours of sleep the night before. There were some good midfield battles, but no battles where it really matters, upfront.
The biggest problem this circuit has is that it is completely flat and since there are no steep uphills, cars cannot slip stream well like what happens in Turkey, Spa, Brazil and Malaysia (turn four). Just like at Abu Dhabi, there are also too many chicanes. Joining turn 2 to turn 5 and increasing the run off area into turn six by artificially increasing the land available can really increase the circuit?óÔé¼Ôäós potential. It?óÔé¼Ôäós not an expensive solution either.
Anyway, when does the circuit?óÔé¼Ôäós contract run out?
Read more: Rate the race: 2011 European Grand Prix
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