Webber dominates as Hamilton crashes out of second

2010 Spanish Grand Prix review

Webber led the field at the start of the race and stayed there

Webber led the field at the start of the race and stayed there

Mark Webber was untouchable in the Spanish Grand Prix and claimed his first win of the season from pole position.

But Lewis Hamilton suffered cruel disappointment as a failure on his front-left wheel caused him to crash out of the race on the penultimate lap.

That elevated Fernando Alonso to second place in front of his home crowd with Sebastian Vettel third for Red Bull.

Vettel fell behind Hamilton at the first round of pit stops. He lost time being held in his pit box and when Hamilton came out the McLaren driver threaded between Vettel and Lucas di Grassi’s Virgin to stay ahead.

The German driver struggled to keep up with the McLaren as his adjustable front wing flap failed. Life got even more difficult for Vettel when he was forced to make an extra pit stop and nurse a brake problem to the end of the race. Not for the first time his RB6 lacked nothing in performance but needed better reliability.

Michael Schumacher scored the best result of his comeback with fourth place, spending much of the race defending his position from Jenson Button.

Button, who retained the championship lead by finishing fifth, criticised Schumacher’s driving, saying he was moving about too much on the straight: “You think with his experience he would know,” he said afterwards.

Felipe Massa took sixth for Ferrari despite damaging his front wing by clipping Karun Chandhok while lapping the HRT driver.

Adrian Sutil kept Robert Kubica behind him for seventh place and Rubens Barrichello was ninth for Williams.

A second home driver, Jaime Alguersuari, scored the final point of the day after an eventful race. He made an exceptional start, gaining six places to run ninth in the early stages. But he picked up a drive-through penalty after clipping Chandhok’s car, knocking the front wing off the HRT.

Vitaly Petrov climbed from 19th to finish 11th ahead of Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi, who lost several places with a poor start.

But Nico Rosberg suffered a terrible race, finishing 13th and lapped after two pit stops – the first delayed when his right-front brake caught fire. He battled past Vitantonio Liuzzi and Nico H?â??lkenberg late in the race.

The revised Lotus and Virgin cars finished just 1.5 seconds apart after 200 miles of racing, Jarno Trulli leading home Timo Glock. Lucas di Grassi was 79 seconds behind his team mate in the old VR-01, suggesting the team have made a step forward with the new car raced only by Glock today.

Neither HRT made it to the finish – Chandhok retired shortly after changing his front wing and Bruno Senna crashed out on the first lap.

Sebastien Buemi and Pedro de la Rosa also failed to finish, retiring separately after colliding on the first lap. Heikki Kovalainen’s race never started, the Lotus driver being wheeled into the pits before the start of the race.

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199 comments on Webber dominates as Hamilton crashes out of second

  1. Points lost or points gained for Vettel? Guess we’ll see at the end of the year but it could be a repeat of 2009 for him :(

  2. Paul A said on 9th May 2010, 15:57

    Boring, boring, boring…. yawn.

    Overtaking? Button couldn’t get past Schumacher who was not exactly fast; Rosberg on new softs could hardly get past the “other” Nico.

    If it weren’t for pit lane screw ups and mechanical reliability, there was no suspense. The final results read +/- like the qualis.

    But, credit where credit is due; Weber (the 50/50 winner of RB reliability), Alonso (mature championship drive) and Vettel (the 50/50 loser of RB reliability) all deserved podiums. And while I sympathize with Hamilton’s “puncture” (debris? rim failure?) let’s not forget he has a reputation for abusing his tyres.

    • Alistair said on 9th May 2010, 16:15

      Lewis’s tyres were fine, wear-wise. In fact, they were better, I would say, that Jenson’s. The myth that Jenson is so much better on his tyres has once more been proven to be false. Whenever Jenson has been upper-mid-pack, he’s had, naturally, to drive off line, attempt overtaking manoeuvres, and suffer from ‘dirty air’. The effect being that his tyre wear goes up. Jenson ruined his tyres after five laps in Australia and 9 laps in Malaysia. In Spain, his wear was similar to Lewis’s; Jenson, however, slightly flat-spotted his tyres (left front). So Lewis’s tyres were in better shape.

      But Jenson is once again fluky and scores more points than Lewis, who had completely out-driven Jenson once more. For Lewis to be second, for the vast majority of the race, and split the Red Bulls was a terrific achievement. Jenson was stuck Behind Schumi basically the entire race. A more aggressive, dare I say more talented, driver would have found a way past; and after far fewer laps had passed.

      Incidentally, did you see the wear rate on the Red Bulls? They looked terrible. A consequence, I suppose, of their having so much down-force.

      I hope Lewis (read McLaren) can turn their fortunes around at Monaco: Lewis is long overdue a good result on paper.

      • Mike said on 9th May 2010, 16:25

        I think calling Jenson’s drive today a fluke is a bit harsh, and, one of my favourite quotes is from Murray Walker, “Anything can happen in formula one and it usually does”

        Which by that I am implying that Luck, and I use the term loosely, plays a large part in drivers fortunes, Yes Hamilton was unlucky, and I do think he is the faster driver, but at the end of the day, who is leading the championship?

      • BeenDun said on 9th May 2010, 16:39

        Lewis cooked his tires at a stage in the race where they were already trashed. His tire blows and he’s out of the race. Button manages his tires to the end and gets valuable points and that’s “fluky?” Lol, for those of us thinking rationally it’s called WINNING. Hamilton had no need to reel off that fast lap other than feeding his ego. So much for “the next schumi.”

        • BasCB said on 9th May 2010, 16:48

          I would say Button can hardly be called Lucky here. He lost out to Michael because of a pti stop problem – wheelnut – not a mistake of his own.
          Hard to tell, weather Hamilton wanted too much from the tyres, but he was surely driving very good. Don’t forget that at that time Vettel was still haning on with somewhat working brakes and Alonso was having some quick laps.

        • Tobitron said on 9th May 2010, 17:37

          What Lewis was trying to do, during the last few laps of the race, was close the gap between him and Mark in case of Mark’s car suddenly losing power, the likes of which happened to Vettel in Bahrain. Though you probably count that as Lewis’ fault also. Maybe it was. Maybe the McLaren has some form of air channeling device that’s barcoded to only get sucked in by the Red Bulls and the Ferraris.

          Anyway, what we were watching with Vettel earlier in the race was a car on the edge of it’s reliability, and as Brundle pointed out, McLaren would pick up on that and assume that the same could happen with Mark, urging Lewis on to push further and create that turbulence within the Red Bull garage and Mark’s driving. Although Mark’s stellar driving was not put off by Lewis’ charge and Vettel’s potent easing off, it can be shown that McLaren are definitely on the right track, and Red Bulls reliability problems still have not been totally wained. Whatever happened with Lewis’ tyre, whether it was too much wear or a freak accident, is still not known.

          • Salty said on 9th May 2010, 18:28

            Well put – totally agree that McLaren must have chewed over the Vettel brake wear, supposed Webber could also been susceptible to the same and told Hammy just that. Hamilton does have an aggressive driving style, so surely yes, must scrub his tyres harder than some others, but we WANT drivers to push for the win. He was obviously trying to do just that. Was it circuit shrapnel or a overtemp/overworked tyre that cost Lewis? Who knows. But would rather see him racing like he does than just slotting in for points, too much of that happens already.

      • BeenDun said on 9th May 2010, 18:34

        The myth is proven false? Where did Button finish in comparison to Hamilton? Being second for the “majority of the race” means nothing. So you’re saying Hamilton would have gotten past Schumi? haha, where did Button finish the race in comparison to your “more talented” Lewis? Where is Mr. Aggressive in the points standings right now? Mr. Button? Lol. Lewis is going backwards. Button is quietly walking away with this teammate battle.

        • Scribe said on 9th May 2010, 21:44

          Alright BeenDun this forum requires facts for assertions, what evidence have you got that Hamilton cooked his tyres? No one does fastest laps on knakered tyres because it’s impossible, what evidence have you got that Whitmarsh is blowing steam, none, that didn’t look like tyre failure that looked like wheel rim failiure, came from within the system rather than the tyre blwong from without.

          Your can’t just make groundless assertions acording to your own bias. Facts an evidence required.

          • Gusto said on 10th May 2010, 11:49

            Well put Scribe. If you look at the evidence you can see the tyre blow on the inner wheel rim, and as Keith has stated you cant do fast laps on `cooked tires`.
            Inner wheel rim fails, tyre starts to deflate, tyre then starts to overheat due to rolling on side wall, pressure in tyre increases till it blows off the inner wheel rim, the whole event takes around 3 to 4 seconds.

      • Hairs said on 10th May 2010, 13:30

        Partial repost from James Allen:

        On the one hand, on “raw” pace JB should have had a good chance to get pace Schumacher, and possibly made one or two moves that were either not ballsy enough or in the wrong direction. However, I don’t agree that:

        “What is clear from the lap times yesterday is that this was one of those days when Button was nowhere near as fast as his team mate in the same car. In the 16 lap opening stint he only matched Hamilton’s lap time once and the rest of the time he was between a tenth and half a second slower. In 15 laps he lost six seconds to him.”

        Jenson had a car that had a slipping clutch and no dash readout – that means he was having to guess his gear changes based on experience and, what? Listening to the engine revs? And had a botched pitstop. Yet he was still *only* losing a tenth on Hamilton on some laps? Surely that’s a sign he’s a great driver who was able to get almost on parity with his teammate despite a massive disadvantage? I’m not at all surprised Button didn’t get past Schumacher this weekend. Who else did?

        [JA posted a piece].. on the great job Vettel did with a car full of technical problems and failed pitstops. Why not the same kudos for Button? Had Hamilton, or Alonso, had the same race Jenson had in that car, surely the message from the pundits would have been “look at him, keeping his car close to the pace and getting the points, still trying to make passes even though it’s impossible to pass on this circuit and his car is a wreck, what a great champion!” I’m not surprised Button (and many of his fans) have got frustrated at the public perception of him as a 2nd rate champion.

        Let’s not forget, when Hamilton had a car that was much much faster than Schumacher’s in China it still took 3 laps to get past him. And he didn’t get past Sutil at all in Malaysia, again despite a much faster car.

  3. Gutting for Lewis. It was a great drive to split the Red Bulls and he was in better nick than Vettel before the failiure. The points difference is a bit of a red herring because while the gaps are bigger there are obviously more points on offer too.

    The Red Bull’s are going to rue their inability to rack up a big lead though.

  4. haha said on 9th May 2010, 16:02

    Alonso contributed nothing to the race today, but scored lucky. The dude must have been praying too much.

    • Gagan said on 9th May 2010, 16:44

      He did by securing the 4th grid slot and to be in a position where he can have the points if the leaders falter. You cant blame him for Vettel’s brake problems and Ham’s tyre faliure. If someone is to be blamed, it has to be Red Bull’s reliability and Mclaren’s rare failure.
      He is doing what he knows best, drive for winning the war and not the battle.

      • gopher said on 9th May 2010, 18:53

        Absolutely, “the race is not to the swift…”. HAM is the kind of pilot who goes from victory to victory until the final defeat. He needs to improve a lot in terms of strategy if he wants to be one of the greatest. Pace is not everything, consistence goes a long way.

        Go Fernando!! Go Ferrari!!

    • Dennis said on 9th May 2010, 17:17

      Praying has nothing to do with anything since there is no God, Alonso was prettty quick! Seems like the Ferari gets faster and faster as the race progresses. Good race pace! Webber was unstoppable today!

    • gopher said on 9th May 2010, 18:47

      He’s already got more than his share of bad luck this years, I guess

  5. Woffin said on 9th May 2010, 16:13

    Looked like a repeat of Nurburgring 2007 for Hamilton. Watch the replay again. There’s no smoke, but the front left is leaning at a very funny angle as he comes out of T2 and into T3 before the tyre lets go.

    • Alistair said on 9th May 2010, 16:18

      Something broke and flew-up in the air before the tyre went. I very much doubt that Lewis had anything to do with it or the result of it. After all, Lewis said he was just pacing himself; his tyres, moreover, looked fine. Quite unlike the Red Bulls…

  6. Morteza said on 9th May 2010, 16:13

    Unlucky Hamilton I have to say! Reminds me of last season’s race at Monza! He’s got it all, Hamilton I think is the best on the grid.

    • Last season at Monza Hamilton put it in the wall when he should really have been thinking about bringing the car home. At least this time his late retirement appears not to have been his fault.

      But unlucky? Remember that this is the guy who never had a mechanical retirement in his entire F1 career until last year at Abu Dhabi. Swings and roundabouts.

  7. Mike said on 9th May 2010, 16:14

    A few tid bits people will probalbly not consider, Rubens ended 9th, not bad considering he started 17th or so, anyone see how he managed that?

    Also both Virgins finished, that has to be a very important step for them.

    Alguersuari had another good weekend, 10th is good for him normally but today he managed it with considerable quantity of incidents including a collision and a drive through.

    Did anyone in Aus hear the Aus commentators say that the Virgin team should have just bought a GP2 car and gone just as fast? normally I argue in their favour but that was just a dumb thing to say…. lucky the HRT cars retired or they would really take offence!

    • BasCB said on 9th May 2010, 16:50

      Strange, that both Massa and Alguersuari had accidents with the HRT cars, Massa from behind and Alg driving over his front wing.

      Impressive drive by Chandhok to get as far and a shame he did not finish. Maybe Klein did give some setup tips.

    • BasCB said on 9th May 2010, 16:52

      I think Rubens made a great start, like Alguersuari who was just in front of him.

    • Re Rubens – Rubens ended 9th, not bad considering he started 17th or so, anyone see how he managed that?

      No perhaps it was because eight people in front of him retired in some way. ??

    • Mr. T said on 11th May 2010, 0:16

      Is the Aus TV feed available online – e.g. like BBC iPlayer? I’d be quite interested to hear what is broadcast in other countries. Apparently the US coverage is terrible.

  8. George said on 9th May 2010, 16:16

    I think what Jenson was referring to with the ‘he should know better’ comment was when he was coming out of the pits and Schumi came around the outside of him, could be my memory playing tricks though.

    Ruined my predictions with Vettel not winning and Lewis crashing out, but as they say, it’s a long championship :)

  9. Unlucky for Lewis, guess that would cancel out vettel’s problems from the start losing points also, so no need to compare luck when it comes down to the wire at the end with these two atleast.

    Alonso got lucky in my eyes vettel’s car/pitcrew falling apart and Lewis drives brilliantly but his tyre fails on him 2 laps until the end gifting Alonso the 2nd and vettel 3rd.

    Lewis I guess knows how Vettel feels when he loses points in good posistions on race day. Monza 09 just comes to mind for Lewis today, and even I’m gutted for him. I hope he comes back in Monaco and maybe win it which would be good for him.

    I’m very worried about the Red Bull car even more now then from the start. Either vettel needs to calm down over the race and treat the car better, or horner is going to have too hit newey around the head again to stop making the car fall apart so often for vettel.

    Not happy with Mercedes atm, it’s just like they went backwards more so then forward, maybe it was like that because Rosberg’s adjusments just didn’t work out for him all weekend, which made it look a lot worse then it did. The pit stop shambles didn’t help either for Rosberg so I do hope he doesn’t get destracted like Rubens did last year with the “blah, blah, blah” attitude towards the team, but I’m sure Mercedes will sort it out for him quickly enough for Monaco.

    Drivers of the race for me were Webber then Hamilton regardless of the end result.

    • BasCB said on 9th May 2010, 17:02

      Seems Lewis is pretty happy with the race anyhow. He can take a good feeling home, great driving, being in front of Button by a mile here and keeping Red Bull honest.

      That is a pretty good position to be in when your confident about being able to improve the car. Only a second place away from Alonso and even less behind Vettel

      • Patrickl said on 10th May 2010, 7:47

        Yeah, I’m sure all the other drivers felt deflated when the Red Bulls were almost a second faster than anybody else.

        Hamilton showed that at least he could pretty much keep up with them (although Webber was probably pacing himself). Impressive.

  10. Xanathos said on 9th May 2010, 16:31

    It was also a pretty good race by Kobayashi, at least after the start. He didn’t maki it past Petrov, but at least he was trying pretty hard. I hope he gets into the points soon.

  11. matt88 said on 9th May 2010, 16:53

    Hamilton wasn’t unlucky, he simply abused his tires and then went off. Alonso instead was quite lucky, but he was able to keep the pace of the Red Bulls although in a car that proved to be inferior this weekend.

    • DaveW said on 9th May 2010, 17:09

      Can we just quit this bizarre nonesense that tires puncture from wear? Tires can be worn clear down to the white “canvas” without losing air or suffering catastrophic failure. They are not pumpkins that rupture from being dropped.
      Lewis only regret today might be his slighly tardy start. As it was, he was almost able to get alonside both RedBulls. With a proper launch he may have been looking in for a win here.

      • Paul A said on 9th May 2010, 20:08

        Bridgestone, in their press release said (what else?): “We are working closely with McLaren to understand what happened to Lewis Hamilton, but initial impressions are that this was not caused by a tyre issue.”

        So look at probable facts: he set fast lap of the day just before the “puncture”; his FL tyre looked a little odd immediately before failure; it suffered catastrophic failure. Your are correct that “wear” does not cause punctures until you go through the canvas. Punctures are simply a loss of pressure, can be caused by external debris, mechanical damage to the wheel, or structural failure of the tyre carcass from overstressing and overheating it – and this is what I am assuming.

        This is consistent with Hamilton’s reputation of being hard on tyres. Whether you like it or not, and whether or not his team had wanted him to push Weber into a Vettel-like brake failure, he would have shown far greater maturity backing off and taking 18 points instead of 0.

        Being a gung-ho crowd pleaser is not necessarily what champions are made of.

        • Rubbish Dave said on 9th May 2010, 20:53

          Hamiltons times

          lap 59: 1:24:357 (fastest lap)
          Lap 60: 1:24.757
          Lap 61: 1:25.042
          Lap 62: 1:25.129
          Lap 63: 1:25:735
          Lap 64: 1:25:602

          Which would back up what Hamilton said about him having backed off. Rather than pushing too hard and overheating.

    • judo chop said on 9th May 2010, 17:10

      Nonsense, his tires were fine. He wasn’t struggling for grip beforehand.

      • steph said on 9th May 2010, 17:19

        Actually Lewis did complain of lack of grip not long before the end but Whitmarsh indicated it could have been because of the wheel rim or debris rather than Lewis

        • judo chop said on 9th May 2010, 20:01

          Fair comment. But Lewis always whinges about his tires. He wasn’t sliding around or in any danger of being overtaken by Alonso.

    • Rubbish Dave said on 9th May 2010, 18:26

      I suppose a couple of years ago when Kovalainen had his tyre deflate in a fairly similar manner, it was because he abused his tyres too.

      It is rare for a tyre to deflate due to tyre wear. And there’s no evidence to suggest the tyres were excessively worn.

      But hey, you don’t like Hamilton, so you find a way to blame him. Whatever works for you.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th May 2010, 19:38

      At the moment there’s no indication Hamilton’s failure was wear-related, so let’s not jump to conclusions.

      Ordinarily when tyres wear out they don’t just suddenly fail, they degrade in performance lap after lap, which didn’t happen here.

      • rampante said on 9th May 2010, 19:41

        Well said Keith. The comments about Hamilton not capable of looking after his car are just way outside the box. Give the man credit for what he does and that’s from a Ferrari fan of more years tham most of you have been alive.

        • Totally agree with you (and with Keith, too). Although I am not quite fond of Ferrari, I admire you for sayind that – you must be an old-style Ferrari fan.

        • Patrickl said on 10th May 2010, 7:51

          The sad thing is that even before the race Legard was saying how Hamilton’s inability to handle his tyres explained his standing in the championship.

          Utter nonsense of course, but yeah it’s what some people seem to need to believe.

          • wasiF1 said on 11th May 2010, 7:31

            I wonder whether Lewis ran on some debris of Chandok’s car that was on the track on the penultimate corner.

  12. Calum said on 9th May 2010, 16:55

    Hopefully a win next week will help keep Lewis in a good mood!

  13. Monaco73 said on 9th May 2010, 16:57

    Webber surely for driver of the day. He controlled the race nicely, and nailed turn one at the start, just as he needed.

    Gotta feel sorry for Hamilton, and his tyres weren’t that shot to pieces, if you look at the replays. As Martin Whitmarsh mentioned, it was most likely the rim giving out for some reason.

    An OK drive from Alonso, he was lucky, but at least the engine lasted. Vettel was lucky his brake discs didn’t fail completely…and what’s with Massa…the guy needs to find his mojo. Finally, Jenson – stop moaning, what on earth do you expect from Schumi, driving the widest Mercedes on the track, to me, that was racing, he’s not going to leave the door open just like that.

    Monaco is going to be fun – and the race is going to test those engines and gearboxes – never mind the 24 drivers!

  14. B Pacman said on 9th May 2010, 17:04

    Brilliant drive from Mark Webber – just like in Germany and Brazil last year, he showed that when he starts from the front, he has the ability to blow everyone away. I just don’t believe that Mark, for whatever reason, has the ability to reproduce that form consistently over a whole season. Great on his day, but unfortunately that day doesn’t come round often enough.

    Lewis Hamilton, for yet another time this season, drove fantastically without getting the reward he deserved. His performances from the back of the field in Malaysia, in the wet of China and, of course, in getting through half the field in Australia were stunning – not forgetting his podium in Bahrain also – and yet he sits 21 points off Jenson Button at the top.

    Felipe Massa needs to find some confidence quickly – his performances have dropped off the edge of a cliff lately.

  15. sumedh said on 9th May 2010, 18:19

    I think the discussion on the 2010 regulations should come to the fore again. Clearly, F1’s problems which we saw at Bahrain are still existing.

    For example, Alonso today. He had a 30 second gap to Michael Schumacher. He had an option of pitting and coming back to reel in Hamilton and Vettel on tyres that were atleast 20-23 laps fresher than his opponents. And there was *no risk* involved in the 2nd stop. He definitely wasn’t going to lose any position. But he never took the chance!!
    Only reason being the inability to overtake a car however worn tyres may be on it.

    The moment Alonso was said to be discussing a possible 2nd stop with his engineers, Webber unleashed the fastest lap of the race. This tells us how much reserve speed all the drivers have at their disposal, but they don’t show it unless absolutely necessary.

    All the 2010 regulations have done is convert F1 from being a fast sport to an endurance sport. It is all about conserving at all the time. With track position a premium, and lack of overtaking a race that has neither safety car occurence nor rain is going to be extremely boring.

    Something which wasn’t true of the 2009 or previous regs, Eg: Silverstone 2007, Turkey 2008, Abu Dhabi 2009 (the ending stages).

    Drivers need to be given more incentive to push more. A compulsory 2nd pit-stop would obviously be wrong. But they could increase the pit-lane speed limits. Reduce the penalty for pitting, thus allowing chasing drivers the option to pit and attack. Otherwise, a bore season awaits us.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th May 2010, 19:36

      I agree with your analysis that drivers have too much incentive to conserve their car, but that isn’t something that’s just come about this season – it’s gotten greater year after year as drivers now have to make engines and gearboxes last for more than one race.

      The points system also plays a role here. A driver in contention for the championship can’t risk not finishing in the points, it hurts their chances too much.

      • Keith it sounds like you may be advocating Bernies Medals idea.

        Wins ONLY count for anything, unless there’s a draw at the finish.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th May 2010, 8:07

          I think winning races should come with a greater reward.

          It’s clear the value of winning has been eroded in recent years as the value of finishing in lower places has been increased.

          In 2002 finishing second was worth 60% of a win, finishing sixth was worth 10%, and finishing seventh was worth nothing.

          Now finishing second is worth 72% of a win, sixth is worth 32% and seventh is worth 24%.

          The consequences are clear: to compete in the championship drivers and teams must ensure they finish races, by building more reliable cars and driving them more conservatively.

          • Hairs said on 10th May 2010, 13:23

            I think there’s at least as much to do with a change of driver culture, team management and car reliability, certainly over the long term.

            In the days when Prost was the only man who saw cruising to second or third in 4 races as a better strategy than winning two and DNF’ing 2, nobody needed to be “encouraged” to the win. Equally, in an era when you couldn’t be certain your car would always finish, grabbing the maximum points when it was going your way was vital. Not so these days. Red Bull had the faster car for most of last year, but the cleverer driver won out.

            As has been said before, teams and drivers can’t unlearn what has been learned. Changing the points system is only a realistic solution if all the cars are the same. They’re not. Cars that can’t fight for a win aren’t going to be encouraged by more points on offer, are they?

    • Umar Farooq Khawaja said on 9th May 2010, 21:55

      I totally agree with the analysis as well.

      I think that we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Drivers cannot push because they need to conserve bits of the car, plus the aero characteristics of the car makes it pointless exercise anyway.

      A lot less aero, but crucially, a lot less emphasis on conserving parts. 8 engines and 5 gear boxes for the entire year. They might as well be driving around in road cars.

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