In the round-up: Teams are poised to bring back in-season testing in 2012.
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“The main issue now is sorting out the location of timing of the in-season test, with teams preferring to slot it in before the start of the European phase of the 2012 season, which is currently the Spanish Grand Prix on May 13.”
“I held my hands up and said I accepted my share of the responsibility for the crash ?σΤιΌΤΗΨ I was trying to let him lap me but in hindsight I should not have lifted on the straight in dreadful conditions ?σΤιΌΤΗΨ but tried to reason with him, saying surely he had made mistakes in his life. ‘Not that I can recall,’ he said. Michael always had 100 per cent self-belief, bordering on arrogance.”
“I count both as my wins even though one was taken away. It would be great to win again.”
“The track in Belgium’s Hautes Fagnes region perfectly epitomises the spirit of motor racing and still challenges drivers in this era of Hermann Tilke’s ghastly lookalike tracks.”
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Romain Grosjean: “I went to Formula One then and unfortunately it was at the wrong time, in the wrong place. But it has been important in my career and has definitely helped me get stronger.”
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Comment of the day
In a world with competent TV coverage we?σΤιΌΤδσd have seen Maldonado onboard and Lewis rear view of this incident. within minutes after it happened. Right now all the general public sees is a head on shot. Come on FOM. This coverage desperately needs to improve.
With the little info we have from just that camera angle it?σΤιΌΤδσs real hard to determine ‘whodunnit’. Hamilton twitches right on corner exit, but that could just as well have been the back stepping out on the wet or even Maldonado giving him a nudge from behind. We need to see these ‘additional angles’ stewards always say they have but that the general public never sees.
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On this day in F1
The TAG-Porsche engine made its first start in the back of Niki Lauda’s McLaren MP4-1E at the Dutch Grand Prix on this day in 1983.
The engine had previously been run in the back of a Porsche 911 road car. It powered Lauda to the title the following year, and Alain Prost in the next two seasons.