In the round-up: Hamilton is energised by McLaren’s pace at the Nurburgring.
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Lewis Hamilton: “Our pace and what we were able to do today just again reminds me of how strong a team I have and how they never give up and how we can do it.”
Sebastian Vettel: “I don?óÔé¼Ôäót race and think about the championship all the time. Sure it?óÔé¼Ôäós important to finish the race tomorrow but first of all I?óÔé¼Ôäóm going to enjoy it, because it doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót happen too often you have so much support. It was very nice to see so many people in the grandstands waving our national flag and some Red Bull flags as well, so that was very nice. I will enjoy that more than anything else tomorrow whatever the result will be.”
“I always said that I expect our 2012 driver line-up to be the same. Obviously we haven?óÔé¼Ôäót sat down and signed the contract, but ultimately I expect that to be a formality. I am very happy with the two drivers we have. They push each other hard and I can?óÔé¼Ôäót imagine any other driver in our car, or Red Bull in any other team?óÔé¼Ôäós car next year.”
“Scott Lanphere, who runs Aletheia Partners, a London-based investment firm, is working with News Corporation and Exor, the Italian firm which controls Fiat, on their interest in acquiring F1 from CVC Capital Partners, the sport?óÔé¼Ôäós current owner.”
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Comment of the day
Prisoner Monkeys is concerned Pirelli are becoming too conservative:
I really hope Martin Brundle?óÔé¼Ôäós comments about Pirelli changing the tyre compounds have nothing to do with Pirelli bowing to pressure simply because another tyre manufacturer has been taking swipes at them. I?óÔé¼Ôäóm hoping they?óÔé¼Ôäóre just changing the tyres to keep everyone on their toes.
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On this day in F1
Jack Brabham won his third consecutive race of the 1966 season at Zandvoort on this day 45 years ago.
He led home Graham Hill, his closest championship rival, by a lap. Following the race Brabham had 30 points to Hill’s 14 and was well on the way to his third drivers’ championship title.
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