In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says the vehicle Jules Bianchi hit in his fatal accident at Suzuka last year should not have been where it was.
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"The tractor should never have been there."
Graeme Lowdon: "We always knew it was something that could happen, but it's still a shock."
"He belonged to the Ferrari family and we had chosen him for the future and after our collaboration with Raikkonen."
"The Lotus Formula One team has been ordered by the courts to clear nearly £600,000 of debts, after failing to pay 27 bills, one of which was for just £97."
"Karthikeyan got the sad news minutes before qualifying at Fuji. Does a tragedy like this affect a racer's mind? 'Not really. We all have to be mentally very strong.'"
— Jules_Bianchi (@Jules_Bianchi) July 19, 2015
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Comment of the day
Ford-Cosowrth DFV designer Keith Duckworth was the subject of yesterday’s book review:
It’s strange that almost everyone knows who Colin Chapman is, yet few people would have any idea who Keith Duckworth is, even amongst motorsport fans he’s relatively unknown.
Back in the 90’s a friend of mine got his hands on an old DFV with multiple previous owners, after several months of searching for parts, making a few others and a great deal of effort he got it into nearly new condition and put it into a hill-climber he’d built. The power, response and drive-ability of that 20+ year old engine was unbelievable, and compared to a modern racing engine it was a very simple and easy to work on.
It’s amazing to think that such a small team were able to design what effectively became the foundation of all modern engines, and the engine of choice in F1 for over a decade until the introduction of turbo engines.
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On this day in F1
Keke Rosberg became the first F1 driver to lap at an average speed of more than 160mph on this day 30 years ago: