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Ecclestone told Sport Bild Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff can 'have an inscription on his tombstone which says 'I helped kill F1''
"We’ll only stay in Formula One if we have a competitive team, and we need a competitive power unit for that."
"Asked if Ferrari technical director James Allison, the man credited with reviving the marque’s fortunes, had tried to convince him of the promise of the 2015 car last season, Alonso replied: 'They tried for five years so it was difficult to keep the trust.'"
"I will finish with a McLaren but the real one in Formula One and that will be one-third of my life with a great experience, with great memories, with great friendships."
"We have a lot of issues that need resolving but I don't think we'll have a women's championship. There's no reason a woman can't race against guys."
"I do not know how many races I will do. At the moment, I'm just working race by race."
"I do expect already because of the conditions and because of the track to be better here than Malaysia and we also have some aero updates and hopefully they will work as plan."
"It’s a bit like McLaren. In the end, these teams should be in front. We just need to use this opportunity, when they fail, to be ahead of them."
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) April 9, 2015
— John Sertori (@Adorimedia) April 9, 2015
Hamilton ' s seat with a little extra heat protection on one side pic.twitter.com/1yexWIbFaC
— Craig Scarborough (@ScarbsF1) April 9, 2015
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) April 9, 2015
— Marc Cox (@MarcCox) April 9, 2015
Just spoke to Ricciardo and he says that Red Bull will be returning to the Brembo brakes this weekend after they'd been trialling the Hitcos
— James Roberts (@JRobertsF1) April 9, 2015
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) April 9, 2015
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Comment of the day
F1 drivers have been wondering why they’re mobbed at the hotel but not at the track in China. One reader offers an explanation – and it’s not to do with ticket price:
I am from China, although I have lived overseas for the past five years. I am still very much in touch with them, so I think I know what is going on pretty well.
The truth is, many people care more about the drivers, more than the sport the race itself. Yes, there are many actual F1 fans around China. I know many of them and we not only watch F1, we love motorsport so much that we would be watching as many racing series as we can. But many of them, only care about the driver and sometimes just about their appearance.
Why are there hundreds of Raikkonen fans? Yes, partly because Raikkonen is always being Raikkonen; but really, many of them became Raikkonen fans because he is the best looking driver on the grid in their opinion. I am not saying everybody became a driver’s fan because of his (many in the future her) appearance: Hamilton fans love his aggression, and Alonso fans love his never-give-up approach. But for a part of them, once they are in love with one driver, they only care about the driver, and soon forget about the sport itself.
Here is a story that actually happened. A fan went to a non-European overseas race because they were pretty close to the host city. However, all they did was try to discover which hotel the driver was staying at and when his flight would arrive. But, the person did not even want to buy a ticket to go to the race, not even a general admission ticket.
Price is definitely not the problem here. In China, the price has reduced a lot, compare to five or six years ago. Also the grandstand at the final hairpin is really cheap but only available for full-time students. The ticket selling situation is so bad that they had to cancel the grandstand at turn one! I have been there in 2010 and that was an awesome place to watch a race. Sadly, all the people who bought turn one ticket are given a main grandstand ticket.
Price may be a problem, but it is not the main problem. Personally, I always think the love towards the sport should be at least as high as the love you have towards the driver. But unfortunately, it is sometimes not the case in China.
But, if we are being optimistic, these great fans are at least building the base of a Chinese motorsport culture and tradition from nothing. Because for a country generally have no idea about motorsport, what we are seeing, is something of a miracle.
Cheng Jin (@Mp4-23)
From the forum
Daniel Ricciardo came face to face with martial arts expert Mr Yang Dan at Guyi Gardens, in Nanxiang as part of the build-up to this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Happy birthday to Roberttty!
On this day in F1
The 1958 world champion Mike Hawthorn was born on this day in 1929. Sadly he was killed in a road car accident shortly after his championship success.