In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen believes Ferrari’s performance in the Malaysian Grand Prix wasn’t just down to the very hot weather.
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"It might be the conditions (in Malaysia), very hot and good for us but I think even in Melbourne if we got behind them at the beginning I don't think they would have pulled away a lot."
"It was much better than Sunday in Melbourne which is good and the new driving position I had felt good."
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Comment of the day
Was lucky to see him race before the Verstappen hype began to kick in here in Holland, when I was at the Masters of F3 weekend at Zandvoort in July last year. The entry field wasn’t that impressive due to a change in regulation and because of the F3 race in Moscow the week after. Verstappen was in the lead, built up a gap and managed it for the rest of the race. The best moment came when he mirrored his father’s win by picking up a Dutch flag on the victory lap.
Anyway, he has already done a great job to promote the sport here. Broadcaster Sport1 has exceeded the number of new costumers they were expecting by a mile, the Dutch press won’t shut up about him and even people who normally don’t show any interest for F1 seem to know his name already. People finally seem to be talking about Formula 1 again, which can only be a good thing. And who knows, eventually F1 might even come back from behind the decoder if he starts getting more successful.
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On this day in F1
Alain Prost won the Brazilian Grand Prix 30 years ago today as he began the season which would finally see him crowned world champion.
Michele Alboreto started from pole position and finished second ahead of Elio de Angelis. Here’s the start of the race: