In the round-up: Mark Webber reveals there was another instance of Sebastian Vettel being given preference for performance upgrades at Red Bull before the notorious Silverstone 2010 episode.
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"I've just won the previous two grands prix from start to finish and then a new rear wing arrives and goes over to the other side of the garage. And I know for a fact the mechanics were furious."
"When he blamed the team publicly for (failing to reach Q2 in Austria), Arrivabene took him aside for a stern conversation to make it clear he did not want to hear that again."
"I wouldn’t be here today or at any race if I didn’t (love F1). But it’s not such good fun when you have weekends like last weekend."
"It is a very big visible change that stands out and people will look at that and go 'phwoar, that's a tyre!'"
"Todt said: 'All driver aids we can ban, we should do it. Although the engineers, they are smart people, so they will try to find a way to interpret that.'"
"The uncertainty has come to the attention of formula one boss Bernie Ecclestone who, according to one source, is 'very jumpy' about the leadership."
"In Germany, there's one of the strongest championship in the whole of Europe with the German kart championship for juniors and for seniors. Seniors are considered guys from 15 years to probably 18 years old so I'm not worried."
"We had a pretty long debrief after the race and then I stayed in Spielberg for the test, as we had quite a few things to try and this being the only day of testing I’ll have all season, I wanted to get as much running done as possible."
"Hahn's negotiating skills will come as no surprise to Ecclestone. The pair first crossed swords more than a decade ago, when Hahn won Formula One broadcasting rights for his boss and mentor Kirch despite Ecclestone's best efforts."
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Comment of the day
We had several comments from readers who attended last weekend’s Formula E double-header in London who offered views on how much they enjoyed it as a series in its own right and as a potential rival to Formula One:
I was there at Battersea Park yesterday between turn five and six. Watching the cars go through there was really good, especially watching the drivers deal with the cars being unsettled by the bump in the middle of the braking zone.
I have been watching it fairly casually on the TV and been mildly amused and I’m sure it has a bright future as it develops.
Track-side could benefit from a few improvements, notwithstanding the points already raised about fanboost. General admission tickets were just shy of £30, which seems reasonable on the face of it. However, with no banking it does make it very difficult to find a position to see the cars clearly. Further to this, there are no support races, so you have practice sessions, break, qualifying and then a three-hour break before a 40-minute race. Compare that to a ticket for a top line event at Brands Hatch with a full day of racing and plenty of good vantage points for example and all of a sudden the cost of a ticket doesn’t seem so reasonable. The concessions were also very expensive, again compared to Brands Hatch not very good value at all.
So I think this series has a lot of potential, but the live experience needs a lot of work. The obsession with street circuits, lack of support races and pricing structure could well be it’s undoing.
From the forum
Carlos Sainz Jnr drove a Red Bull around the Zocalo in Mexico City over the weekend to promote F1’s return to Mexico in November.
Happy birthday to Rhys and Mike-E!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to former F1 driver Ralf Schumacher who is 40 today.