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“The decision at the end of 2013 was not so much about leaving Sauber, but about the opportunity at Force India – a team I already knew very well. There were lots of factors in that decision, but Force India with the Mercedes engine seemed like the best combination. Yes, it proved to be the right decision. Sometimes you need some luck.”
“I believe if you got everybody in the room, secret ballot, there would only be one company interested in retaining this engine, and that is Mercedes.”
“We started this year knowing our wind tunnel numbers were very good and we thought we were well ahead of some of the teams, then we got to the first test and we saw there was something wrong with the car.”
“Step forward Christian Horner, this year’s outright winner who clearly has a fine sense of humour while making several entries, most of which were rather limp and therefore perfect.”
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Comment of the day
Does Hamilton deserve criticism he’s had for voicing his suspicions about Rosberg’s driving in Monaco?
I don’t understand why its so difficult for people to accept that to function as a F1 driver, you cannot turn a blind eye to the politics? We widely acknowledge that F1 is rife with politics, and that it is quite rotten at its core for various reason, however, the moment a driver flexes his political nous, he gets denigrated.
F1 is probably the most competitive professional sport out there, and sometimes, you need to play the game in order to get ahead. This typical in business, just walk into any company that hires more that two people, its rife. Hamilton will say and do what he needs to say and do, just as every other driver on the grid would… I don’t really see what the problem is.
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Happy birthday to Julio Mv!
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Happy birthday to Marussia team principal John Booth who is 60 today.