What they say
Grosjean was responding to report he and Haas team mate Kevin Magnussen will be replaced by an all-rookie line-up for the 2021 F1 season:
Obviously in my days we were probably a little bit less prepared than the drivers are nowadays. The young categories got really more professional. So I think it’s not easy to compare.
The only thing I can say is that I was convinced I was ready when I came in and I wasn’t. And obviously I paid a heavy price at the beginning after 2009.
But I’m very much different [now]. I know exactly where we need to bring the car before the weekend. I know how to drive it, how to get the best out of it when it’s not going the way you want it. That’s really making a lot of difference.
But also rookies need to have their chance in Formula 1. I’ve been here for 10 years, blocking kind of a seat for 10 years, and if the team goes for two rookies well, good for them, and I wish them the best.
More motor racing links of interest:
Human rights groups urge driver action over F1 race in Saudi Arabia (The Guardian)
"The bitter irony over a Saudi Grand Prix is that the very people who fought for the rights of Saudi women to be able to drive are now themselves languishing in jail. Brave people like Loujain al-Hathloul and Nassima al-Sada."
Saudi Arabia rejects criticism as debut race in 2021 confirmed (BBC)
"Saudi Arabia was criticised for being closed off to the world, and now we've opened up, we're criticised for sports-washing."
Welcome to our new team (Quadrant)
"Lando is stoked to bring you Quadrant - a new content gaming group! Combining his love for gaming, racing, content, and apparel, Quadrant is designed to put you right in front of Lando and the team."
Nasr aims for IMSA/IndyCar dual season (Racer)
"I still have the passion for doing IndyCar next to IMSA, and looking at the calendar next year, there’s way less clashes than there used to be."
Statement on Covid-19 testing (FIA)
"The FIA and Formula 1 can today confirm that between Friday 30th October and Thursday 5th November, 1781 tests for Covid-19 have been performed on drivers, teams and personnel. Of these, eight people tested positive."
Asac Basco Béarnais (Facebook)
"It is with sadness that we announce that there will be no Pau Grand Prix in 2021."
DTM as the core of a motorsport event platform with five pillars (DTM)
"With an eye toward the infection situation that is hard to predict, the DTM will only get its 2021 season underway at the end of May. That gives teams, race series and partners additional time in preparation for the restart."
DTM Electric set for start in 2023 (Touring Car Times)
"The car, featuring 1200hp, has been developed in cooperation between the DTM organisation ITR and industrial supplier Schaeffler."
The fossil-fuel Ferrari is running out of road (FT)
"Mr Camilleri does not see a need to rush: 'I really don’t see Ferrari ever being at 100 per cent (electric) and certainly not in my lifetime will it reach even 50 per cent.' That is not convincing, given that he is a fit 65-year-old."
Take-Two to buy British videogame developer Codemasters for $973 million (Reuters)
"Codemasters, which is known for its Formula 1 games for the PlayStation 4, added that the deal term, which values the company at 739.2 million pounds ($973.01 million), comprises of 120 pence per share in cash and 365 pence per share payable in Take-Two shares."
Weʼre raising £50,000 to support Colin Turner's recovery (Just Giving)
"Formula Ford racer, pilot, and generally lovely human being Colin Turner was involved in a major multi-car accident while competing at the Walter Hayes Trophy event and has sustained major, life-changing injuries."
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