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“Bernie Ecclestone is considering launching next year’s Formula One season in Bahrain. As tension built here on Friday, with an estimated 10,000 pro-democracy demonstrators gathering at Budaiya Highway in the afternoon and more serious trouble expected overnight, Ecclestone’s stance could be seen as provocative.”
“A British TV crew has been forced to leave Bahrain by the country’s authorities as they reported on the violent clashes taking place in the build-up to the Grand Prix.”
“The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Formula One Management (FOM) wish to jointly confirm their belief that the Bahrain GP should go ahead this weekend, following assurances from the local promoter and the authorities that security, their responsibility, will be guaranteed for all participants.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “It didn’t feel particularly good today. I think there are improvements to be done but the lap time was pretty OK.”
“Lewis knew he shouldn’t have been in our garage in the first place, just as all team personnel know they shouldn’t enter rival teams’ garages.”
“People are putting two and two together and getting a bit more than they should do.”
Found this funny on the cover of The National newspaper this morning! pic.twitter.com/RkGZxP48pU
— Catherine Kovalainen (@KataHyde) April 19, 2013
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Comment of the day
@TheBladeRunner on Lewis Hamilton’s ejection from the McLaren garage in Jerez:
Let me give you a scenario:
You run a sales company and your top performer has left your business to work for a rival in the same industry. This is despite your considerable efforts to retain his services. 4 months later he wanders into your company?óÔéĽÔäós sales room whilst his former colleagues are busy working and wants to ?óÔéĽ?ôshoot the breeze?óÔéĽ?Ř. What do you do?
Anybody with half a brain or more would do what Sam Michael did and ask them to leave!
I admire Lewis as a driver. He is massively talented and has always been exciting to watch. As a person though, the more he reveals himself the more immature and frustrating I find him. The fact that he cannot see the reason why Michaels reacted the way he did says more about Lewis than anybody else.
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Happy birthday to Jacob!
On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher won the San Marino Grand Prix for Ferrari ten years ago today. But it was a sombre result for him and brother Ralf, who finished fourth, as their mother had passed away the night before.
The pair had started from the front row and the Williams held the lead early. But the elder Schumacher’s three-stop fuel strategy meant he was able to jump into the lead without overtaking his brother.
Kimi Raikkonen claimed second ahead of Rubens Barrichello.
Here’s Schumacher taking pole position for the race by 14 thousandths of a second after running wide at the Variante Alta chicane:
Image ?é?® Red Bull/Getty