In the round-up: The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix, who can prevent rival local venues from holding a grand prix under their arrangement with Bernie Ecclestone, intend to continue opposing a potential race in nearby Qatar.
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Sheikh Salman bin Isa al Khalifa: "I think F1’s culture is growing (in the Middle East), and we can see it slowly coming about. But my personal opinion of having another race – wherever it is – I don’t think we are ready for that."
"Now I'm at Ferrari, which is also an excellent opportunity for 2016."
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: "It is in the regulations, but a water tank around Jerez is not exactly what we had in mind."
"If you look at what Lewis went through last year, we started the year where we felt that if everything had gone well, by mid-year he probably would have won the championship."
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRossoSpy) January 12, 2015
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Comment of the day
When it comes to racing drivers, does ‘the cream always rise to the top’?
How many great, sport changing talents are there that only just missed the cut for F1. Not necessarily guys who were brilliant in karting but ran out of money, more racing drivers that had distinguished careers for years in other categories with great success. I can’t think of too many to be honest.
In the early days, there wasn’t too much scope on the junior classes. Probably because there weren’t any. But, recently we have seen the likes of Da Costa and Frijns miss out with very good CVs. Will they go on to great things and come back? Or will they be champions in other series? It’s too early to say but most drivers that missed out on F1 before them don’t look too good in other championships from what I remember.
Drivers like Bourdais who had an amazing career in Champ Car came over and looked very ordinary. Senna always said his best rival was Terry Fullerton but he would only be a kart specialist so perhaps there are only a handful of drivers in history have the talent to truly master an F1 car. I guess a handful of maybes come in the era where F1 was so dangerous they were killed before getting a true shot at it.
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On this day in F1
Alan Jones won a farcical Argentinian Grand Prix 35 years ago today as the track surface disintegrated on the Buenos Aires circuit, causing many spins. Nelson Piquet finished second ahead of Keke Rosberg’s Fittipaldi.
Among those to crash out was Gilles Villeneuve following a failure on his Ferrari: