In the round-up: Michael Schumacher says the new rules have made F1 “fantastic”.
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“To me there is more justice as the quicker driver should be in front. And it is more spectacular. There is fantastic fighting and I have to say I’ve enjoyed it big time.”
“The final form this allergy can take – and it almost floored the poor old Whisperer ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ can now be considered a chronic one, as it latches on to which driver might replace [Felipe] Massa at the wheel of the Red car. […] Needless to say, it is just rubbish, the sort that gives you really bad allergies.”
“In my opinion we need to definite a little bit better what is what, and what people do what, because right now the [wind] tunnel is bringing great things on the paper and we are having evolutions every day like a normal team?óÔé¼?ª but not all the time [do they] translate to the race track. When you put it on the car it is not all the time better, or it?óÔé¼Ôäós just a little bit [better] or is not what the tunnel [is] saying.”
“I think this little war inside the paddock is maybe fun for some journalists and some people, but to be honest for me it’s not because we need to think a little more globally. As F1 we need to realise that the rest of the world has changed, and if you want to be successful as a show and a sport and a competition we need to think a little bit differently.”
“Red Bull, the world champions, will meet Ferrari and McLaren, probably at the headquarters of Mercedes in Stuttgart. Although the meeting was set up to discuss the terms for a new Concorde Agreement, the financial deal that binds the 12 Formula One teams to Bernie Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós CVC Capital Partners, the commercial rights-holder, the concerns of the leading players have changed dramatically in the past 24 hours.”
“But perhaps the most potent element of the combination is something about which ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ for all his own wealth, experience and force of personality ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ Mr Ecclestone can do absolutely nothing. John Elkann, Exor?óÔé¼Ôäós chairman, and James Murdoch, News Corp?óÔé¼Ôäós deputy chief operating officer, are both personally backing this project. Their combined age is less than Mr Ecclestone?óÔé¼Ôäós 80 years. This adds a flavour of generational shift to the proposal that is perhaps its most powerful asset.”
Only six members – so far.
“PR understatement of the day from Red Bull: ‘our drivers had contrasting fortunes here last season with one podium and one DNF.'”
“It is clear Red Bull has had the fastest car so far but you can see from the last race (in China) how McLaren destroyed the others with the tactics. For example, last year we would spend 20 minutes discussing what to do and what strategy to use, this year we spend longer.”
“I’m happy. Sebastian Vettel came up to say he loves the commentary and offered me Toblerone. I broke two pieces off by mistake. Didn’t offer me any more”
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Comment of the day
Macahan thinks the changes introduced to F1 with year are no more artificial than what happened in other series:
Every racing series (except short tracks, drag racing or sprint racing) there is tyre management. You want refuelling then you can watch Le Mans, ALMS, Indycar, NASCAR just to mention a few.
Artificial, well look in any series where different manufacturers are allowed GT1, ALMS, Le Mans, Moto GP, AMA Superbikes, NACAR they have one form or another to level the playing field, be it restrictor plates, or additional weight payload.
You think it?óÔé¼Ôäós fair when a GT1 team and car mfg is successfully gets an additional 50kg weight put on their car to slow it down?
From the forum
An unusual idea from WelshF1: Is it time to reset the lap records?
The deadline for getting your Predictions Championship entries has been extended.
You can now enter and your predictions up to the start of qualifying on Saturday. After you make your predictions you can edit them up to the deadline:
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On this day in F1
Alain Prost won the 1984 San Marino Grand Prix for McLaren.
Meanwhile his future rival Ayrton Senna failed to qualify for Toleman. He hadn’t run in the first qualifying session as the team were in dispute with their tyre supplier Pirelli, who had discovered they were planning to switch to rivals Michelin.
Senna made it out in the second session but was delayed by a misfire. It was the only time in his career he failed to qualify for a race:
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