In the round-up: Nick Heidfeld begins legal proceedings against Renault after losing his seat.
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Nick Heidfeld: “I can’t tell you a lot. the main hearing will be in about three weeks and we will have a decision then and my position is that I have a valid contract and I want to drive.”
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Tim Routsis on what happens to an F1 engine after it’s been used: “We melt the parts down in a furnace. In this way we get rid of any indications of how the engine was made.”
Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel karting on Wednesday, including some great archive footage of Schumacher handing a trophy to a young Vettel:
“Michael was and will always be one of the most important figures in the history of Ferrari and he will always be in the hearts of all the men and women who work in Maranello and of all fans of the Prancing Horse.”
“I think that’s over, in terms of having five, six or seven victories on the bounce. I think that is not going to happen. I think it will be more spread out.”
“I wasn’t at the top of my game in the last race, and I want to make sure I’m at my best and the team are working towards being at their best so we can destroy the field.”
Sebastian Vettel: “It is not our favourite circuit as there are a lot of straights here, more than on most of the other tracks. There are some corners but they are all in sector two, so sector one and three is quite difficult.”
“Sitting alongside Bob Parsons, CEO and founder of GoDaddy, Patrick made it official Thursday: She will run the entire Nationwide Series schedule next season for JR Motorsports. In addition, she’ll compete in between eight and 10 Sprint Cup Series races for Stewart-Haas Racing.”
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Comment of the day
PT longs for F1 cars that look as good as the one Schumacher made his F1 debut in:
A wider track and low nose definitely make a car more attractive. In fact, aesthetically, F1 design has taken a downturn since 1993.
The green paint job on the Jordan 191 is just awesome (the Arrows was always a good looker and it had a lot to do with the orange colour), but picture the 191 with thin tyres, narrower track and high nose – it will look downright ugly, to say the least.
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On this day in F1
The non-championship Caen Grand Prix was cancelled in 1955 following the Le Mans Disaster.
But the race returned in 1956 and was held 55 years ago today on the French parkland circuit.
Roy Salvadori took the lead at the start in his Maserati 250F but on lap 31 a rainstorm hit the circuit. Salvadori spun and stalled, letting Harry Schell, also driving a Maserati, into the lead.
Schell won ahead of Andre Simon at the wheel of a Gordini, followed by Salvadori who recovered after push-starting his car.