In the round-up: Mario Andretti sees a bright future for the Circuit of the Americas as the home of the United States Grand Prix.
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“Now this can be the fixed home of the US Grand Prix. And I think that fact will see the event not only surviving but thriving in the future. It’s a great host city and I think the track, borrowing a bit from Silverstone here, a little of Hockenheim there, will go down great with the drivers.”
Omnicorse reports Ferrari conducted one of their allotted days of straight-line aerodynamic testing at Idiada on Saturday in preparation for the last two races of the season.
“[Bobby] Epstein said he looked at [the contract], focused on the higher-than-expected annual sanctioning fees over a 10-year period and thought: This deal is dead. ‘I read it and gave it back,’ Epstein recalled. [Bernie] Ecclestone suggested Epstein take a copy. ‘I don’t need a copy, I know what it said. It’s a deal-killer,’ Epstein said.”
Norbert Haug: “We certainly do not get the full benefit of this Coanda technique currently. You cannot get that after two or three races.”
“It will be an emotional evening when Formula 1 world champion Damon Hill opens his heart to a Kent audience about the trauma of discovering your child has Down’s Syndrome.”
Got a 3rd overall in today's Malibu half Marathon!! Tough course but a beautiful coastal route. Well done to @yuyumoto1 & Seth.. ;)
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) November 11, 2012
Comment of the day
Kimi Raikkonen came close to signing for Williams this year – Dd42 wonders what might have been:
Is anyone else wondering ‘what if?’ with Raikkonen to Williams? I think if he’d been there he could have still won a race this year, I’d like to see how many times he would out-qualify Maldonado over a season. I’m 100% sure Raikkonen would have massively outscored Maldonado and Williams would be much higher in the constructors. I’m also interested in seeing who’s quicker over a single lap between Grosjean and Maldonado?
From the forum
- More additions to the list of 2012 motor racing champions
- Are you going to the United States Grand Prix? Join the discussion here
Happy birthday to Christian Briddon and A-Safieldin!
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