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"F1 was also warned its lucrative drinks deals may already be in breach in European Union directives, but the coalition of charities saved its severest criticism for Jean Todt, the FIA president."
"If Jean (Todt)and I agreed... I said to him the other day if you come up with something sensible you've got my votes. Whatever it is I'll support you, and vice versa."
"I've been pushing, pushing, pushing for single chassis, single engine, and run it exactly the same as now, but they (the teams) can't muck around with it (the car)."
"The first time I drove an F1 car I was scared and I don't think you get that any more. It is still difficult to drive fast but probably back in the years you needed a little bit bigger balls."
"It’s hell to work, so that’s the part that’s not likeable because it’s not the good old days where you went to a gala the night before and got drunk and raced anyway."
"Q: What has been the best part so far of being an F1 driver? MV: Driving the car. That is by far the best. Then spending time with the engineers and improving the car."
"Pay drivers will often negotiate personal sponsorship spaces on their helmets, caps, or race suits. As well as adding revenue this allows drivers to maintain long-standing relationships while teams can cut back on salary demands."
"We want to offer a tyre that a driver can use at the limit at all times. A driver should be pushing at all times and the tyres at the moment mean they are holding back to make them last."
"There’s a lot of good drivers around that have taken up the good seats, and there are only obviously a small number available. I very much like to think that there’s still an opportunity for me."
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So JMD have painted me this helmet for the race and I really wanna wear it!! Not a fan of this 1 helmet design rule 😢 pic.twitter.com/A4cljE6e7y
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) May 22, 2015
— Sahara Force India (@ForceIndiaF1) May 22, 2015
Great F1 reforms?? Paper over cracks!! Drivers only want refuelling because it's a bit harder to drive with heavy load…
— Tiff Needell (@tiff_tv) May 22, 2015
Jean Todt working late. His limo winding its way around the packed harbour. Sits in the front with the workers, I note #f1
— Byron Young (@byronf1) May 22, 2015
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Comment of the day
It what will hopefully not become a new Monaco Grand Prix tradition, lots of you have been filling in surveys:
Just filled out the GPDA questionnaire. I wish there was a question on grid girls; but I also found it a bit distasteful to ask if F1 should be more dangerous when there is a driver down the road from Monaco in a coma… Still, I commend the GPDA for doing what Bernie never seems to consider; the fans.
From the forum
- It’s Monaco this weekend but several readers are planning trips to Silverstone for this year’s British Grand Prix
Happy birthday to Emmet!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to former F1 driver Rubens Barrichello who is 43 today!