Steve Mason on Formula One

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In an interview with Q Magazine discussing his new album, Steve Mason also talked about Formula One:

As it’s about your life you sneaked some Formula 1 in there too, sampling some vintage Prost/Senna commentary on one of the interludes. I’ve always been surprised you’re such a fan, it’s a real rich man’s sport…

“That was my nod to the destruction of sport by capitalism. For me the death of Senna was the ushering in of the Schumacher era. I’m not saying there wasn’t money or sponsorship before that, but there was a change in the way things were carried out after that. Now drivers are essentially muzzled by sponsors. The sponsors tape their interviews to make sure they say the right thing, that’s an oppressive regime to work under and the outcome of that is you have incredibly uninspiring sporting people. It’s ruined football too. Formula 1 drivers used to be heroes, now it’s just this sanitised parade. It’s still exciting and I still love it but something is missing.”

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Williams Twitter design contest

Design our next Twitter background and you could win a Williams F1 Team front wing end plate signed by our drivers! This is unique opportunity to get your hands on some historic F1 memorabilia.

Submit your entries to media@williamsf1.com, no later than Wednesday 13th March 2013.

More details on the competition can be found here:http://www.williamsf1.com/Team/Team-Players/Competitions/

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Renault on 2014 engines

“These are going to be special engines. They will make a lot of noise.”

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Bernie Ecclestone: “We’re happy with Melbourne and I’d be happy to sign a 50-year contract”

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Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes quickest on day 4 in Barcelona

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Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari quickest on day 3 in Barcelona

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Sergio Perez’ McLaren quickest on day 2 in Barcelona

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‘The Fastest Woman in the World’ to give rare glimpse into the world of F1

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Scots Formula One driver Susie Wolff revealed that she will appear in a BBC documentary, THE FASTEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD, about her life and career as the only woman currently in F1.

Susie, 30, who is a development driver for Williams, made the announcement yesterday in Barcelona, Spain – where Williams unveiled the new FW35 car, by team mates Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas. In her role as development driver, Susie was the first to run the car last week ahead of the start of the season.

Directed by her award winning, BAFTA-nominated brother David Stoddart, 31, the no-holds-barred film will be broadcast as part of BBC Scotland’s spring schedule, and features appearances from Formula One race ace Lewis Hamilton and racing legend David Coulthard.

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Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes quickest on day 1 in Barcelona

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Here is the new Williams FW35

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The Williams F1 Team launched its 2013 race car the FW35, at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain today. The latest Williams is a culmination of more than 12 months’ research and development by the team’s technical departments in Grove and features improvements in several key areas over last year’s race-winning FW34. [Source]