In the round-up: Jenson Button is hoping McLarne can avoid qualifying on the back row for the Australian Grand Prix.
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"I'm hoping it won't be the last row of the grid tomorrow, hopefully 20 cars will run"
"I will not get into a car unless I am 100% sure it is safe. I spent hours going through the data with the engineers and talking to them about the incident."
"Van der Garde's lawyer said there had been 'constructive discussions between the parties which are expected to continue this evening'."
"There was even an attempt on Friday by Van der Garde’s lawyers to have Monisha Kaltenborn, Sauber’s team principal, fined or worse arrested on a day of dramatic developments in the bizarre saga."
"Not an ideal day, (I was) not driving very well, not putting the lap together"
"The systems required to operate these cars are incredibly complex and this is the first time we have been able to begin the process of getting all the various elements of our operation and car package talking to each other."
"We wanted an improvement and we have taken a step back. The gap to the top now is frightening."
"Racing is one of those... probably a crueler sport in that there's so many other variables."
"I have had a passion for F1 since the 1960s. I went to see the cars at Watkins Glen and was hooked. I’m in business to make money, and there is an opportunity to make money in F1."
Jerome d'Ambrosio: "As a sportsman, I felt that way in the beginning, thinking it’s not fair. But then again, you want to be fair to the fans, as well."
FIA announces departure of Director of Communications at 4pm on a Friday. Make of that what you will.
— Stuart Codling (@CoddersF1) March 13, 2015
The crash was my mistake. Just lost the rear on the entry and unfortunately hit the wall and damaged the left front. Another day tomorrow!
— Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) March 13, 2015
— sutton-images.com (@suttonimages) March 13, 2015
— F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) March 13, 2015
Driver cockpit: box shape to the right is the passenger footrest! pic.twitter.com/ytPXUR6V4F
— Craig Scarborough (@ScarbsF1) March 13, 2015
Fantastic to see @alo_oficial in the gym. This is a good sign and normal part of rehab after concussion. Some heavy karting might be next!
— Gary Hartstein (@former_f1doc) March 13, 2015
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) March 13, 2015
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Comment of the day
Is the culture of conspiracy theories in F1 getting out of hand?
Sky have been pretty disappointingly tabloid in the way they’ve reported on things so far this year. They’ve been all over the Alonso crash, trying to imply at all times that there’s something shady going on.
Then when Magnussen hit the wall this morning, he was collared by Ted Kravitz who asked what had happened, and he gave the usual F1 driver-style non-committal answer along the lines of ‘it caught me out’ or some other such cliche. Kravitz immediately started pushing and pushing, and then talking to the commentators about how it meant that the car had some something unexpected and blah, blah, blah. So much so that shortly afterwards Magnussen sent the tweet clarifying that he made an error and the car got away from him. A completely normal accident.
I’m reminded why I cancelled my Sky subscription. Really very poor journalism, trying to manufacture a scandal where none exists.
From the forum
Freddie Hunt, the son of 1976 world champion James Hunt, will race for Ferrari this year. The Ferrari in question is Nico Ferrari, boss of UK Renault Clio Cup Team BKR.
Happy birthday to Patrickl and Chapmankillie!
On this day in F1
The long version of the Bahrain Grand Prix track was used for the only time five years ago today for the first race of the 2010 season.
Sebastian Vettel led until he was slowed by a spark plug failure, letting Fernando Alonso through to win his first race with Ferrari.