In the round-up: Mercedes complete a full day of testing with their new W03 at the Circuit de Catalunya.
“[The] W03 had a second track outing today as we completed a private test in Barcelona. Michael [Schumacher] drove this morning and Nico [Rosberg] this afternoon. Over 300km completed for our testing programme with the new car. To confirm: under the testing agreement, not running on the final day of the team test in Jerez allowed us to nominate a private test day.”
“Although the reduced running with the new car is obviously a handicap – with only the two four day tests at Barcelona still to come – Mercedes won back an extra day with the W03 by using only three of the four available days at Jerez with the old car. Under the testing agreement, missing that day earned the team a private test, which it utilised today – with no prying eyes and no red flags caused by others to disrupt running.”
Bahrain International Circuit chief executive Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa: “Based on the success of past Grands Prix, we are all together looking forward to staging yet another spectacular Formula One weekend. We are excited about making Bahrain proud and for the whole world to see that we are indeed One Nation in Celebration.”
“They have KERS and in August they will move to a new factory. I like what they are doing and I like to be part of this team.”
“On the F1 side will still be at most races with Caterham F1 for the next few years. Have to be there for our first points and podiums.”
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Comment of the day
I think Italy’s priorities are very clear. They sure were in 1983 at Imola. Riccardo Patrese was leading and was set to take his first home win. But when Patrese made a mistake and crashed out, the crowd roared in cheer, because it allowed the Frenchman Patrick Tambay to win.
From the forum
- Vitaly Petrov has saved his F1 career with an 11-hour move to Caterham but will he ever win a Grand Prix?
- More developments on this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix
- National Geographic picks Le Mans as the “Greatest Sporting Event” ahead of the Olypmics and World Cup
Happy birthday to MondoL and Carlitox!
On this day in F1
Want to go to an F1 race this year? Not sure which one? This article from today in 2009 may help give you some ideas:
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