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“If we lose it, I would be very disappointed, because it took us ten years to get the race in the first place. It was in 1999 that Bernie Ecclestone first had talks with organisers and sponsors in India.”
“Four days before the third edition of India’s F1 race gets rolling at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday sought the Supreme Court’s permission to withdraw its 2011 decision to grant entertainment tax exemption to Indian Grand Prix organizer Jaypee Sports International.”
“It’s tough because of circumstances that don’t help drivers that don’t have big funding. The team know knows what I can do. They gave me the tool to achieve what I can.”
Jonathan Neale: “We’d be happy if [Peter Prodromou] was starting first thing tomorrow morning, but we do fully respect Red Bull’s position as we do when we’re recruiting anybody from another organisation.”
“There are a handful of drivers in each junior category, racing for various teams that are capable right now of racing in Formula One. That’s not to belittle what it takes to drive in Formula One. That’s highlighting how good these junior drivers are.”
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) October 22, 2013
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Comment of the day
WillP argues F1’s process of picking tracks for races is back-to-front.
The whole process is backwards.
If a country wants to run an F1 race these days, it needs to build a circuit. The circuit is given some land and it is created within the boundaries of the rules. That’s what we now end up with. Sometimes it is successful, sometimes not so.
In earlier years, a country would apply for an F1 race because it had a track – often a great track. But even if it wasn’t that great, it would often come about through a love of motor sport, an evolution of tarmac through the local terrain.
This is probably overly romantic but there is a point in there somewhere. You can’t force a natural track rhythm and atmosphere.
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And happy birthday to Alessandro Zanardi who turns 47 today.
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