In the round-up: McLaren won’t “compromise our values” and will let their drivers race each other on the track.
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Jonathan Neale: “We are not about to compromise our values and what we believe with our racing at McLaren. When we were in Canada we let them get on with it and they had a coming together. It’s risky but when you have back-to-back world champs you have to respect they are the ones there in the moment.”
“Yesterday’s BBC F1 programme was the most watched show, on any channel, at any time, all day long. Wow. Thank you.”
“Many of the F1 viewers will no doubt be Sky subscribers, but F1 fans who are not Sky customers now have a reason to subscribe, while those F1 fans who are Sky customers are less likely to churn.”
“If Mr Fernandes’ latest evidence had been presented when it should have been, when this purchase of Caterham had been carried out, my judgement might well have been different…”
“One department that is going to be under a lot of pressure in the next few days is Production, which since the recent reorganisation, is led by Corrado Lanzone: the aim is to produce all the planned updates from the development programme, especially in terms of the car’s aerodynamic package, in time for the next race.”
“When this aluminium cylinder was heated in the flames and then suddenly cooled by the marshals extinguisher, the casing shattered sending the pressurised gas out in a hail of debris.”
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Comment of the day
Harvs spotted an interesting trend in the Hungarian Grand Prix:
The driver who has been in third position out of the first corner has ended up winning the race for the last four years.
2008 – First Massa, second Hamilton, third Kovalainen (winner)
2009 – First Alonso, second Webber, third Hamilton (winner)
2010 – First Vettel, second Alonso, third Webber (winner)
2011 – First Vettel, second Hamilton, third Button (winner)
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On this day in F1
Nelson Piquet won the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring 30 years ago today.
Alain Prost finished second, coming out on top in a battle with Alan Jones.
Jacuqes Laffite completed the podium for Ligier.
Here are the opening laps of the race:
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