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CVC co-founder Donald Mackenzie: “If it is proven that Mr Ecclestone has done anything that is criminally wrong, we would fire him.”
Mackenzie: “I asked Mr Ecclestone how he could have forgotten that he made these payments [to Gribkowsky]. He said he was embarrassed having forgotten them.”
“Maybe some people changed in their approach and I was taking that personally. It was not all the team.”
“We came here and was just going to try and work even harder if I could, and then we found that big crack, and the car has been night and day different this weekend. I’m pretty happy with that.”
“You realise what it means to look back at those names. People look back and talk about certain drivers. One day people might talk about our time.”
“Unfortunately we didn’t do any kind of step in the second half of the season while it seems other teams have done it. Mercedes for example may not have done a step, but they have improved more than us so something has happened that we need to rectify immediately.”
“The batteries for the Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) must weigh between 20 and 25kg and be contained in single pack (not split, as Red Bull have done in recent years).”
“Eyewear brand Oakley has signed a ‘multi-year’ contract to work with the Ferrari Formula One team.”
I'm happy with 4th in Austin. There was no way I was letting Fernando past at the end! Now onto Brazil to secure 2nd for the team! #LHF1
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 18, 2013
Want to see Appliance of Science racing where best car is always going to win then F1 is for you. Me? I prefer the Drivers of Indycar anyday
— Tiff Needell (@tiff_tv) November 18, 2013
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Comment of the day
Following another strong race for Romain Grosjean @MazdaChris believes he can go all the way in F1:
What a great race this was for Grosjean. Really vindicates all the faith Lotus have shown in him over the past couple of years when things have looked pretty bleak for him.
I’m happy, long been a fan of his through feeder series, so it’s great to see him now delivering on the promise he’s always shown. Put this boy in a race winning car and you’ve got a world champion right there.
From the forum
- Carlos Munoz, who finished second at the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie this year, will drive for Andretti next year
Happy birthday to Joao!
On this day in F1
And happy birthday to two-time F1 race starter Philippe Adams who is 44 today. He made his two F1 appearances late in 1994 with the increasingly cash-strapped Lotus team. He spun several times on his debut at Spa and eventually retired. He missed the Italian Grand Prix but returned in Portugal where he finished, four laps down.
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