In today?σΤιΌΤδσs round-up: Christian Horner says the 2011 season ?σΤιΌ?τwill effectively be an arms race in terms of development and getting performance from the car?σΤιΌ?Ψ and expects Red Bull’s rivals to be ?σΤιΌ?τhugely competitive at forthcoming races?σΤιΌ?Ψ.
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?σΤιΌ?τRed Bull believe rivals McLaren and Ferrari will bounce back after Sebastian Vettel’s dominant win in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
?σΤιΌ?τLotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne is confident that his team will be in a stronger position in Malaysia, both because it is identified and fixed its Melbourne issues, and because he believes the Sepang track will play to the T128’s strengths.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
?σΤιΌ?τTeam Lotus took another dig at Formula One rivals Group Lotus on Sunday while looking forward to showing their true colours in a Malaysian Grand Prix homecoming next weekend.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
?σΤιΌ?τTeam Lotus held the first Formula 1 street demonstration in the Malaysian city of Putrajaya this weekend.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
?σΤιΌ?τNarain Karthikeyan has made clear he believes he can enjoy a resurgent Formula One career in the year of India’s first Grand Prix – starting with his Hispania team making it on to the grid for the Malaysian Grand Prix.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
?σΤιΌ?τ7 pole positions for the Scuderia in the Malaysian Grand Prix: five for Michael Schumacher (the first four of them consecutively, from ?σΤιΌΤδσ99 to 2002) and two for Felipe Massa, who was fastest in qualifying in 2007 and 2008.?σΤιΌ?Ψ
?σΤιΌ?τLewis Hamilton was a proud spectator as younger half-brother Nicolas made his motor racing debut in a junior saloon car series at Brands Hatch at the weekend. The 19-year-old rookie, who has had to overcome cerebral palsy to make his way to the starting grid, finished last on the track in both his Renault Clio Cup races over the weekend but with competitive lap times.
?σΤιΌ?τ?σΤιΌ?£Today was only my seventh time in the car and I was less than a second off the fastest driver.?σΤιΌΤδσ?σΤιΌ?Ψ
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Comment of the day
Were you in Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix? Almost 300,000 paying fans were but the organisers are still expected to record a loss similar to the $49.5 million of last year. Funkyf1 says:
As someone who actually attends the Melbourne GP yearly, the event has definitely lost some sparkle.
I?σΤιΌΤδσm there to see F1 cars, but in the early days the attractions other than the race cars were huge from aerial displays (1 black hawk this yr) to army demonstrations, F1 cars on show, massive marquees and other assorted displays. In the past few years, the event has become more corporate orientated with less for the general spectator to see.
It appears not one person from the organization has bothered to try and cut costs or increase the value. Poor management and lack of government assistance has lead to the increase in costs and loss of interest for this event. No need for reminders about what this does for our state or country, just a kick up the behind for Ron Walker and crew to rectify the issue before it?σΤιΌΤδσs too late.
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The first Bahrain Grand Prix was held on this day in 2004.
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