In the round-up: Singapore’s Democratic Party calls the country’s race “a playground for the rich”.
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“A statement by the Singapore Democratic Party last week said the race was an example of the government’s attempts to turn Singapore into ‘a playground for the rich,’ while ‘sacrificing the interests of Singaporeans.’ ‘For most Singaporeans, the F1 remains out of reach,’ the statement continued.”
“On Monday, promoter Tavo Hellmund called state Comptroller Susan Combs asking whether a change in management or promoters would affect the circuit’s eligibility for money from the state Major Events Trust Fund. The state has pledged $250 million over 10 years from the fund.”
“A military court in Bahrain has sentenced a group of 20 medical staff who treated anti-government demonstrators earlier this year to up to 15 years in prison.”
Paddy Lowe: “It was a brilliant drive, but frustrating, because he was really damaged a lot by backmarkers, particular after the safety car, and particularly Kobayashi. It just seemed to be countless times he was coming on the radio and just saying, ‘This guy’s been holding me up for a whole lap.’ Effectively the viewing public were robbed of a close race at the end there. He lost more time than the gap that was established at the end.”
“I think we should listen to what fans like. It’s also their sport and I think with the changes that have been done – making it easier to overtake – the fans appreciate this very much, as races have become much more exciting. And of course you need to keep the sound. A good ‘roar’ makes for about half the excitement.”
“If Carlos [Reutemann] didn’t like the feel of the car mechanically it upset his whole approach. If the car was good he was stunning. He was an artist in the car really, and when things were perfect he could transcend what seemed possible. At Williams we were down-to earth pragmatic types and it was hard to understand how he was.”
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Comment of the day
Lebesset is encouraged by Mercedes’ latest signings:
Few people seem to appreciate how severely Brawn had to be pruned in order to stay in business after the Honda withdrawal.
Even with this move Mercedes will still lack resources compared to the biggest teams. I was beginning to wonder if Daimler were serious about their F1 strategy, but it looks clear that they were just waiting for the right people to become available, so Ross Brawn has just been playing the long game!
Bob Bell, Aldo Costa, Geoff Willis – not bad so far – more to come when the right people are available.
From the forum
Thoughts on another poor season for Felipe Massa.
F1 Fanatic Live: IndyCar Kentucky and BTCC Brands Hatch
There’s no F1 weekend so we’ll have to look elsewhere for our racing entertainment.
It’s the penultimate rounds of the British Touring Car and IndyCar championships and both have much more closely-fought championship battles than F1.
F1 Fanatic Live will be running throughout the three BTCC races from Brands Hatch, followed by the Kentucky Indy 300. See you there!
On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher scored his last F1 win five years ago today in the Chinese Grand Prix: