In the round-up: Max Chilton says he is not the only pay driver on the grid and F1 has always had some.
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“There are plenty of pay drivers on the grid and, in my experience, the sport has never changed. I think it’s always been that way, and it probably will always be that way. Some of the legends in our sport had to bring backing to get into it in the first place.”
“Their car looks quick, and with Lewis joining the team they will naturally take a step forward. He is worth lap time, which is why they signed him. I’m sure they’re going to be a factor this season.”
Williams have just issued a short statement following the death of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez yesterday:
“In the wake of yesterday’s announcement that Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, has passed away after a long battle with cancer, the Williams F1 Team sends its deepest condolences to the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela.”
Pastor Maldonado is backed by Venezuelan state petroleum company PDVSA, which Chavez nationalised while president.
“We are fighting with mega teams and maybe we don’t have everything to be winning the championships, but I think we are going to win some races and we can be very competitive.”
“Valentino Rossi says his dreams of racing in Formula 1 are now well and truly over, having previously pondered a four-wheel switch.”
“Ciaron is happy to have a change of scenery as well, so he?óÔéĽÔäós happy there because you don?óÔéĽÔäót want him not to be happy where he is.”
“Big-spending multinational corporate sponsors regard the Melbourne Grand Prix as one of the most influential Formula One races, according to an international sports marketing expert.”
Gary Hartstein (former F1 medical delegate): “You might be wondering what the reasons were for this decision. Well so am I, because none have been given! None from Professor Saillant, a retired orthopedic surgeon, President of the FIA Medical Commission, none from Professor Piette, a retired internist, the current F1 Medical Delegate. The deafening silence, coupled with the unanimous support of the drivers, the teams, and you the public, comfort me in thinking that the reasons are purely personal.”
Team meeting and interviews tomorrow before heading to India to take part in more media work and also meeting our Indian partners.
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The end of a long day for @Jules_Bianchi at the Marussia Technical Centre, providing him with plenty to think about on the flight home!
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Comment of the day
We’re entering year three with DRS and the comments on yesterday’s article showed many if not most readers are still not happy with it:
That?óÔéĽÔäós the worst thing about DRS, the defending driver can?óÔéĽÔäót… defend.
Some of the most exciting racing happens when the driver in front is slower, but is driving fantastically to keep the faster car behind.
Racing isn?óÔéĽÔäót all about overtaking. F1 (and a lot of F1 fans) seem to have forgotten that.
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On this day in F1
Eddie Irvine scored his first career win in the first race of 1999 in Melbourne.
He was aided by the retirement of the two McLarens, which had locked out the front row and team mate Michael Schumacher failing to get away when he couldn’t select neutral at the start.
There was plenty of drama as the race began with both Stewarts suffering problems, as this video shows:
Image ?é?® Marussia