Apologies to everyone who was looking forward to the Predicitons’ Championship results yesterday. Some problems with the site meant it didn’t get done, but I should have them done for you today.
Here’s the Tuesday round-up:
“There?óÔéĽÔäós a very narrow view in F1. They need someone to say you have to get away from flat bottoms [on the cars] and put downforce in the underbody and take it out of the wings. If they did that I think it would become much more exciting to watch.”
It’s time for the party line: “The team has explained to me their reasoning behind the second pitstop, and I can understand what they were trying to do intrying to cover both Mark [Webber] and Nico [Rosberg] for later in the race. We are still learning about this year’s tyres and the degradation, and perhaps we over-estimated the wear that the frontrunners were expecting to suffer. It’s something you learn from, and we’ll use that knowledge to help us improve throughout this season.”
“In terms of bolshiness with the media, the award of the weekend had to go to Nico Rosberg ?óÔéĽÔÇŁ who went straight for the jugular with one of Fleet Street’s writers who he had seen asking some pretty hard questions in the past. ‘Ahhhh, the man with the aggressive questions sitting opposite me,’ smiled Rosberg as he sat down. ‘He loves it. He takes pleasure, inner pleasure by showing that he has the balls to do it. ‘Nobody else does it, I will do it’… it warms him up. You can feel the adrenaline rush.'”
Comment of the day
Schumi_the_Greatest write a long and considered response to the Hamilton debate – you can read the full thing here, a highlight is below:
I’m surprised by how much attention is being paid to his little rant, he had just driven the race of his life only to finish sixth because of a team error, its frustrating, who can honestly say they’ve never reacted like this in a similar situation?
Lewis always thanks the team after every race and last year he kept the teams spirits up when he was driving a truck at the start of the season!
Happy birthday to Lee!
On this day in F1
Nelson Piquet scored his first F1 win on this day 30 years ago in the United States Grand Prix West at Long Beach. It was his first of 23 Grands Prix victories.
He was one of just two living former champions missing from the gathering of former F1 title winners at Bahrain two weeks ago – most likely due to his and his son’s involvement in the Singapore crash scandal last year.