In the round-up: Ecclestone wants to restore the Indian Grand Prix to its original date.
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“Ecclestone believes that an Indian Grand Prix barely two weeks before Christmas could turn into a non-event when it should be Formula One?óŌé¼Ōäós showpiece this season. He wants to leave that race in October and give Bahrain a conditional date of December 4.”
“The situation will be monitored and if we have clear evidence that it could be a risky situation it will obviously be taken into consideration.” Todt also confirmed Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali voted in favour of the race.
“Residents and leading Shi’ite opposition group Wefaq said police used tear gas, rubber bullets, sound grenades and birdshot to break up marches in several Shi’ite villages around the capital Manama.”
Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahraini Center for Human Rights: “I still don’t know under what circumstances the Grand Prix has agreed to come to Bahrain. They have taken the decision on the day two people [allegedly killed during the protests] were buried.”
“I understand FOTA’s position on the Bahrain GP will be made clear on Tuesday, amid ongoing talks about the situation.”
First glimpse of Hamilton in Cars 2 – but have they dubbed one of his lines? Listen for the second time he says “man”…
“Jenson Button pulls on a wetsuit and a ?é?”tight bright yellow cap for a triathlon yesterday.”
“Honda’s Casey Stoner has fired a shot at Formula One, saying the Pirelli rubber they are using this year have caused grip levels to fall at the Barcelona track.”
“The team has fallen behind rivals in terms of its simulator technology in recent years, with frontrunning teams like McLaren, Red Bull Racing and Ferrari having spent heavily in this area.”
Highlights from the Monaco Grand Prix, including Lewis Hamilton complaining of “dirty driving” by Michael Schumacher.
Details on new features in Codemasters’ F1 2011 including changes to the weather system, split-screen multiplayer and 16-player online multiplayer mode.
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Comment of the day
Fishingelbow on the FIA’s decision to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix:
The FIA again shows its commitment to a ?óŌé¼?ōgreen?óŌé¼?Ų F1.
From the forum
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From the archive
Here’s an article on the 1985 South African Grand Prix. It’s remarkable how so many of the arguments surrounding it are echoed in the ongoing debate over the Bahrain Grand Prix:
Happy birthday to Owen and timtoo!
On this day in F1
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix three years ago today. But there were concerns over the track surface which was disintegrating:
Image ?é?® Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo