In the round-up: Paul di Resta says his fourth-placed finish in the Singapore Grand Prix was his highlight of the year.
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“The high of the year was definitely Singapore. Narrowly missing out on the podium because of a safety car and finishing fourth was a crucial result and certainly a lot of hard work went into the year to achieve that.
“Certainly the likes of Sauber were getting the podium finishes and our team were being a bit left behind. I think that moment was obviously crucial for us on a track that tends to suit our car going into the last remainder races.”
Timo Glock: “To have Pat at the races will definitely help because he has so much experience, can step back and have a look from the outside, and he’s won championships.”
“It is understood that 40 percent of the annual costs of the Grand Prix will be met by Red Bull and by the Singha beer brand, which were the two prime sponsors of the annual The Race of Champions event when it was held earlier this month in the 50,000-seat Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok. The remaining 60 percent will come from the national government and the city administration.”
“Jules [Bianchi’s] objective for 2013 is naturally to find a firm place in Formula 1. ‘That is fundamental for our project,’ said Luca Baldisserri, the head of the FDA, ‘that he reaches this target. It could see him have a great future in red.'”
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Comment of the day
@Ilanin envisages how BBC and Sky’s negotiation for the rights to next year’s live race broadcasts went.
The BBC go first and pick Brazil, Silverstone and I guess maybe Spa. Sky, going with the strategy they used last year of taking the first two rounds, pick Australia, Malaysia and Monaco. The BBC grab Canada, Italy and Japan and Sky take the US, Singapore and Germany.
The BBC go for China, Spain and India, leaving Sky with Abu Dhabi, Korea and Hungary, and then finally the BBC decide that quite possibly not having a race at all is a better bet than Bahrain.
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On this day in F1
Trevor Taylor won the non-championship Natal Grand Prix 50 years ago today in a Lotus 25.
The event at Westmead circuit was run over two races and a final. Jim Clark suffered car problems in his stint and finished 12th, leaving him 22nd on the grid for the final.
Nonetheless he raced through the field to finish second, six seconds behind team mate Taylor.
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