In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says the British Grand Prix promoters did the right thing by turning down the opportunity to move their race to April in order to hold the 1,000th round of the championship.
Hamilton was asked whether he would have preferred Silverstone, which hosted the first round of the world championship, to host the 1,000th race:
I’m not one for birthdays I’m not one for anniversaries, I’m not one for special days like this. It’s absolutely no different to any other race weekend for me, I’m here to do one job, one job only, that’s winning.
It doesn’t matter if it’s the 1,000th or the 2,000th or the 10,000th, it’s an irrelevant figure for me. And I’m glad it’s not Silverstone right now because the weather’s not particularly great back home in the UK.
I like the Silverstone grand prix where it is. Although I don’t know why they have it around Wimbledon every year, it’s probably poor timing in that respect. But the weather’s been good for the last few years at Silverstone which is great for the fans.
Asked if he has a special helmet design for the 1,000th world championship race, Raikkonen jokes "I wanted to have an open-face helmet but there was some regulations issues…"#F1#ChineseGPpic.twitter.com/e7bJdTXWEr
"We are sad about the (inclusion of) Balance of Performance. It is absolutely not what we are looking for, it's very sad that Le Mans, in the end, will be won on Balance of Performance but it looks like a condition at the moment to (attract) competitors."
"F1 is most definitely not a level playing field but, most importantly, nor does it want to be. The myth and magic of F1 is its unapologetic elitism: it is the pinnacle of motorsport and teams have to be world class to be part of it."
"Other accidents that the SASG has investigated recently include the 2018 FIA Formula 3 World Cup race in Macau, where Sophia Floersch suffered a fractured spine after her car went airborne and left the track; and the 2018 Indycar race at Pocono, where a 200mph+ crash left Robert Wickens with severe injuries."
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