In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel is impressed by McLaren’s long-run pace in testing.
“I think McLaren looked very strong today. For the rest it is too early. I haven’t seen all the lap times yet, I have only had a couple of looks on the long runs that Lewis did today – they seemed to be quite interesting.”
“[Cherif] Bassiouni – who was appointed by the Bahrain royal family but has been critical of the authorities after last year’s disturbances – has written to the chairman of the Bahrain GP, Zayed Alzayani, and also to the Formula One principal rights holder, Bernie Ecclestone, giving his support for the race to go ahead, despite the ongoing protests from pro-democracy groups.”
“The sidepods are very high off the ground, with a much wider, more dramatic undercut, an arrangement similar to the double floor solution seen on Toro Rosso’s 2011 car.”
“Hotel operators’ decision to dramatically increase room rates during the F1 race is not a violation of the state’s price-gouging laws. Those laws go into effect only when a state of emergency or disaster is declared by the governor, according to the Texas attorney general’s office.”
“Our involvement was limited to five races due to budgetary restrictions although we had hoped for a much longer involvement. We found [Lotus] to be of the highest caliber in every aspect and we had a great experience with them before, during and after the races.”
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Comment of the day
Bendanarama’s l33t verdict on Mercedes’ new F1 car:
Hopefully its performance won’t be W03ful.
From the forum
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- First pictures of the 2012 BTCC Team Dynamics Honda Civic
The last Jerez testing gallery has been updated with pictures of Lewis Hamilton driving for McLaren:
Happy birthday to Rich!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to thrice-champion Niki Lauda, who is 63 today.
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