In the round-up: Luiz Razia explains why he did not drive during last week’s test at the Circuit de Catalunya.
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Razia says “conflicts” kept him from driving for Marussia in last week’s test but he expects to return to the cockpit this week.
“Looking back on it now, I?óŌé¼Ōäód say 1979-80 was probably the most turbulent period in McLaren?óŌé¼Ōäós history. By the end of 1980 the team?óŌé¼Ōäós exhausted designers had produced three different chassis in 18 months ?óŌé¼ŌĒ£ the M30 arrived in 1980 ?óŌé¼ŌĒ£ and the executives of the team?óŌé¼Ōäós long-time sponsor Marlboro had had enough. The result was that the Marlboro men effected an amalgamation between McLaren and Ron Dennis’s Project 4 organisation ?óŌé¼ŌĒ£ and the rest, as they say, is history.”
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Comment of the day
William Katz puts the case for encouraging more women to compete in motor sport:
I?óŌé¼Ōäóve said it before, and I will keep saying it, the only reason there aren?óŌé¼Ōäót more women in motorsport is because little Michelle Schumacher or Sabrina Vettel would not have been given a go-kart at the age of three years old the way that many of the stars of this sport were.
That is not necessarily the fault of Formula One, but it is something that I think it is the responsibility of the sport?óŌé¼Ōäós governing body to try and address. Doing this means changing the attitudes of the sport?óŌé¼Ōäós fans.
And yes, that can feel forced at times, the same way that racial integration felt forced, but that’s what’s necessary and it’s a worthy pursuit.
William Katz (@Hwkii)
From the forum
Happy birthday to Ivz, Jake and Mike Roach!
On this day in F1
Tony Brooks turns 81 today. Brooks was runner-up to Jack Brabham in the 1959 world championship while driving for Ferrari. The year before he won three times for Vanwall.
His memoirs, published last year, are well worth reading:
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