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"You can sit all the teams down and say ‘Look, collectively we’ve got a massive problem because some of you have enough money, but most of you don’t and if we go on like this Formula One is going to collapse, so I am inviting you all to agree to a change’. "
"The angle they (Formula One organisers) have adopted for the public is totally different. We keep the door open, we have a low price, we try to offer different value."
"Once the 2015 challenger is ready, Ferrari will provide the team with this year's engine, which has also propelled Sauber back into points contention after the Swiss team endured a 2014 season to forget."
"Obviously at the last race I said it would be done within a week, this is my first time negotiating myself and you don’t know how many times I’ve had to read about 80 pages – it is so much reading and it is all in lawyer jargon. So it has been a quite a pain in the backside to be honest."
"Mick Schumacher was kept away from reporters who had assembled to see his official debut, in which he finished eighth, fifth and 12th out of 33 drivers across three sessions."
Robert de Nero is tipped to play the role of Enzo Ferrari in a forthcoming film.
My Chinese Grand Prix preview for Unibet.
Run around the track today with anttivierula and engineers! Tomorrow standard media work and preps… https://t.co/gQuZDUaajS
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) April 8, 2015
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Michael Schumacher’s son Mick had his first public test in a Formula Four car yesterday. He will compete in the German F4 championship with the Van Amersfoort Racing team, who ran Max Verstappen in the European F3 series last year.
Comment of the day
In 2012 I went to Monaco, Silverstone, Spa and Suzuka. Before each race I got comments from family members such as “motor sport is so boring” or “you only see one part of the race track” and “it is just cars whizzing by”.
How wrong they all were.
Monaco was an amazing experience with the fan zone where you can race other fans in a gaming simulator. Eat panini and crepes and then walk the track (dodging fork lifts) literally minutes after the race is over. I sat in a section in qualifying where you can see directly into the pits and the race was right in front of a big TV screen so you can keep tabs on all the action.
Silverstone was just as amazing for different reasons. Wearing wellington boots and sloshing around the mud. Eating roast pork rolls. Took my phone up to the fence next to Wellington Straight and got amazing footage of the F1 cars screaming past with in five to ten metres. Got a seat in Luffield section right infront of a massive screen and it was the area where Mark Webber made his race-winning pass on Alonso.
The Spa race was super-incredible. Ate waffles all weekend. Got footage of the cars screaming up Eau Rouge, Got tickets in general admittance on the Kemmel Straight in front of big screen and enjoyed the race with people of like mind and socio economic background.
Apart from the city events like Melbourne, Montreal and Monaco… Suzuka is the most fan friendly track in the world. Has a theme park, massive international food fair behind the S-curves. Paths leading to all sections. Crazy fans all dressed up. Stadium stand at the first corner has a huge view of the track.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Mad Eric, Slr, Dirgegirl, Traverse and Traverse!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Jacques Villeneuve who is 44 today.
On this day 20 years ago Damon Hill won the Argentinean Grand Prix, which was held for the first time since 1981.
Here’s the start of the race which saw Mika Hakkinen (McLaren), Bertrand Gachot (Pacific), Karl Wendlinger (Sauber) and Luca Badoer (Minardi) all retire: