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04/27/09
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"We are going to analyze the data, the numbers.  BMW were most in favor of them [KERS] and it seems they have discarded it now.  I believe it has been a dramatic exercise in throwing away money."  Briatore suggested the KERS would best be used as "anchors in the sea."  He added "Yes, FOTA wants to ban KERS from 2010. We understood immediately that it was a money-sucking genius, and the FIA should have taken note of that. It should have been discussed before the start of the season, and the same goes for the diffusers. Having failed to do that has forced on us expenses that are crazy as much as useless." Flavio Briatore, Team Principal, Renault

"In those days [early 2000s], Ross [Brawn], because he is English, was the ideal bridge between the Italians, with their spaghetti culture, and Schumacher, with his German efficiency.  Now the Italians are running it all.  Does it work?  It could be chaos.  That's the problem." Niki Lauda, 3 times World Champion, commenting on Ferrari's disastrous start of the 2009 Formula 1 season

"I take it very personally when people suggest that because we are Italians we cannot get things to work properly. We have won titles and races in the past with fundamentally the same team."  Stefano Domenicali, Team Principal, Ferrari, referring to Niki Lauda's comment that the re-emerging "spaghetti culture" at Ferrari is to blame for the team's struggles since the influences of Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt and Ross Brawn are now missing.

"I don't know any driver who develops the cars. I think it's pretty funny to hear comments like those from people who never really achieved anything.  It's none of my business, what a guy."  Kimi Raikkonen, Formula 1 driver, Ferrari, responding to his former McLaren teammate David Coulthard after Coulthard said, "The Finn has never shown me he can lead a car's development" and further suggested Ferrari should dump Raikkonen and instead hire Fernando Alonso.

Montezemolo hit out at "very badly written rules" when asked to comment on Ferrari's dismal ninth place standing in the 2009 constructor's championship.  Luca di Montezemolo, President, Ferrari 

"Ferrari acknowledged that multiple vertical transitions had been used by many teams in the past, including Ferrari itself, and argued that all such prior uses (including its own) had constituted a technical violation of the (technical regulations) which had been tolerated."  The FIA has backed Adam Parr's [CEO Williams] claim that Ferrari said it fielded technically illegal cars in Formula One in the past.

“That’s the first time I’ve flipped a race car.  I was a little nervous about where I was gong to end up.  And then I hit the fence.  I’ve never hit the fence with something other than the side of my car.  I don’t know exactly what part of my car hit the fence, but I was real nervous that was the top of the cage, and that would have been really, really bad.  Hopefully they can do something somehow to change this style [restrictor-plate] of racing.  I just told the people on the network, ‘I guess we’ll do this until someone gets killed and then we’ll change it.’  That’s the way it is.” Carl Edwards, NASCAR driver, Roush Fenway Racing, commenting on the horrific accident on the final last lap of the Talladega race where his airborne car sailed into the safety fence near the finish line injuring eight spectators from debris.

“The biggest reason for that, and no knock on NASCAR, but IndyCar is far more physical. Look at speeds at Kansas. We’re going 40 miles an hour quicker. And when you look at it that way, your reaction times have to be quicker. The IndyCars are much faster, there’s no power steering, there are no air tubes so you can get fresh air. It creates the fact you have to be younger because the physical demands are much higher. It’s not like NASCAR, where Tony Stewart can get away with having a big gut. When we go out in these things, especially on the street and road courses, the effort it takes … it is hard. It’s hard enough doing one lap. Now you have to do 100 of those around St. Petersburg …”  Graham Rahal, IndyCar driver, Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, commenting that the physically demanding street and road courses in IndyCar require younger, better fit drivers than the average NASCAR drivers. 

"It was a great race today and I'm so happy to have seen the checkered flag without a safety car or red light in front of me! To achieve my third victory of the season is amazing and we are going back to Europe with a strong lead in both championships. I couldn't wish for anything more. It has been a tough weekend for the team which makes this win even more rewarding as we didn't have the pace that we expected. I was really happy with my first lap. I knew that I had to overtake Sebastian quickly and got him round the outside on turn one. I had a couple of attempts at Lewis round the first lap and almost got him at the last corner. I knew that he would pull away from me on the straight so I dropped in behind and used the tow to overtake him at turn one. It wasn't easy from there but getting up to third on the first lap was crucial for me. Our thanks to Mercedes-Benz this weekend who have not only provided us with a powerful engine but have integrated so well with our team. You need a close-knit unit to succeed in Formula One and that is what we have at this team." Jenson Button, Formula 1 driver, Brawn GP, commenting after winning his third F1 race this season at the Bahrain GP.

"It was a great day and this is where we always want to be. Our guys did some really neat things over the off season and after Daytona.  We have a new car and a lot of nice detail changes so we have really made some big improvements.  The race to me just seemed to be a typical Grand-Am race.  Just really intense, so many fast guys and good teams and it is just tough to be up there and get the breaks in traffic and not make mistakes." Alex Gurney, Grand-Am driver, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley, co-winner, Daytona Prototypes, Virginia International Raceway

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