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"Vice president and head of cultural heritage, handicrafts and tourism organisation Masoud Soltanifar said on Sunday that Iran has a plan to construct Formula One circuit in Qeshm Island."
"Mercedes still has the strongest package. You don't make up such a deficit quickly. Ferrari has taken a step forward in winter but it will take a while to be on the same level as Mercedes."
"Monaco is the first circuit that we may enjoy a little bit better result but we will see."
"Of course you never give up, you always keep a little bit of hope, but after what happened to you you are a little bit fed up with everything, in the beginning especially."
"Meet Carmen Jorda — the First Lady of Formula One who is hoping to make the boys cry."
"I give you this spiffing tribute, straight out of the Ealing Comedies script-writing manual, to his Vanwall team-mate Tony Brookes (sic), whom he described as the best driver he had faced after Fangio. 'He was a very quiet man. He did not chase the crumpet because he was a Catholic.'"
Big F1 splash in the Sun today: Double page interview with 'Lotus test girl' Carmen Jorda. Sigh.
— Alan Baldwin (@alanbaldwinf1) May 3, 2015
@alanbaldwinf1 a little birdie tells me she's scared of driving an F1 car…
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Comment of the day
@Tom-L won this weekend’s Caption Competition:
“A Red Bull, you say? That’s all well and good, my son, but have you ever shot an elephant?”
From the forum
Chevrolet have followed Honda in revealing their superspeedway-specification IndyCar aerodynamic kits which will be used for the first time in this month’s Indianapolis 500.
Happy birthday to Jack Sargeant, Martin Stanley, Three4Three, Skodarap, Vickyy and F1_Barbie!
On this day in F1
Didier Pironi scored this first victory of his F1 career 35 years ago today, driving a Ligier in the Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. He led home the Williams of pole sitter Alan Jones by 47 seconds, with the sister car of Carlos Reutemann a further 37 seconds behind, and everyone else at least one lap down.