In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone says the Hockenheimring will replace the Nurburgring on the 2015 F1 calendar.
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"It's going to be at Hockenheim, we're in the middle of doing something with them. It can't be Nerburgring because there's nobody there."
"F1's current tyres are 245mm wide at the front and 325mm wide at the rear. Hembery believes that a good target to aim for would be an increase that makes the rears wider than 400mm."
"The court said the word Monaco 'corresponds to the name of a globally known principality, not least due to the renown of its royal family, its organisation of a Formula One Grand Prix and its organisation of a circus festival'."
"I had that feeling in February 1998, when I tested our brand-new McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 properly for the first time, at Barcelona. It was a three-day test, and eventually I worked my lap-time down to a best of 1m21.880s. The previous week, Williams’ Heinz-Harald Frentzen had been quickest with a lap of 1m23.400s – a massive 1.5s slower than I would drive on the same circuit a few days later. Believe me, that felt good."
"Starting so young will give Rashid a tiny, tiny edge up on people who start later. But in a sport where hundredths of a second are the difference, that can be enough."
.@officialkoch I can't even reveal the colour yet!
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Sebastian Vettel introduced himself to Ferrari staff at their factory in Maranello yesterday.
Comment of the day
Vettel’s move to Ferrari is one of the most intriguing developments for 2015:
I’m glad Vettel has taken the challenge. He is young, already a multiple time world champion, and has assured himself recognition for many generations.
In my opinion he is the only driver that can afford to go to a struggling team. Drivers like Hamilton and Alonso deserve more world championships than they have gotten, and they’re not getting any younger.
Plus, who doesn’t like seeing world champions race for new teams?
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On this day in F1
A searingly hot Argentinian Grand Prix was won on this day 60 years ago by Juan Manuel Fangio in a Mercedes. The next two cars home were each shared by three different drivers who struggled in the oppressive heat.