In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says the 2013 Concorde Agreement, which the FIA said would be settled “within weeks” last October, does not need to be signed.
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“We don’t need the Concorde Agreement signed. It doesn’t matter to me whether we have got the Concorde Agreement or not.”
“We have increased our parking facility, we have improved the camping facilities which let us down a bit last year and we have increased park-and-ride. So we are going to try and take a few more people off-site and bring them in by coaches and that will make a massive difference to the number of cars on-site.”
“Some of [Santander head Emilio] Botin’s success must stem from his sheer physical energy. A friend recalls seeing him at the Monza Formula One Grand Prix a couple of years ago, when Ferrari – sponsored by Santander – swept to victory with Spaniard Fernando Alonso at the wheel. ‘Emilio had a little Ferrari flag and as soon as the car was over the finish line, he leapt out of his box waving it furiously and then sprinted along towards Alonso. He ran for 200m. He’s incredible.'”
“Brawn made it clear that the Lowe saga, and the suggestions that Ross was on his way out, had created some instability. The fuss certainly confused Hamilton, who obviously saw Ross as one of the main reasons to join Mercedes. ‘I think it’s disappointing that it got into the media, because it can be disturbing for the team,’ said Brawn. ‘That’s the disappointment. I want our guys focused completely on doing the best job they can for this coming season.'”
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) January 26, 2013
— Matt Sind (@Dyerss) January 26, 2013
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I was spoiled for choice for a Caption Competition winner: The best part of 200 suggestions were posted before the round-up.
However this winner is this one suggested by @PlutoniumHunter:
The tyre degradation issues at Mercedes are worse than Lewis ever imagined.
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