In the round-up: Qatar is poised to announce a deal to hold a round of the world championship in 2015 or 2016, despite the organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix holding a right of veto over the plan.
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Qatar on verge of grand prix deal (The Telegraph)
“The race would be held in 2016 or 2017 either in Losail, which has already hosted Moto GP, or a specially-designed street circuit around the capital Doha.”
‘House of Cars’: How politics will decide Monza?s future (Crash)
“Mr Ecclestone wants to double the amount of money which the Autodromo yearly deposits in his bank account, from current 11-12 to 20-22 million Euros, a figure which would be very hard to collect for SIAS, the society who runs the circuit.”
Dennis: ‘Mellowing’ healed Alonso rift (Autosport)
“I can promise you one thing with Fernando – he never even asked (for number one status). In fact the opposite. Total opposite.”
Mercedes still have #KeepFightingMichael on their new W06, it’s now on the car’s nose: http://t.co/s4OqaOCaeC #F1 pic.twitter.com/upVkpx89nE
? F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) February 8, 2015
Comment of the day
This week?s Caption Competition was won by Michael C:
While you?re at it, could you update my relationship status?
Thanks to everyone who submitted suggestions this week, especially TGU and Tom L. who supplied two more excellent captions.
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On this day in F1
Five years ago today Force India launched their third Formula One car, the VJM03. Although they didn?t repeat their pole position and podium feats of the year before, the team moved up to a best-yet seventh in the championship.