In the round-up: the FIA agrees to a partial DRS ban in Monaco after some drivers objected to it being used.
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“[Charlie] Whiting had said last weekend that he did not believe that safety matters relating to Monaco were enough to justify banning DRS totally at Monaco. However, not all drivers agreed with the decision and had continued to lobby him for a unique DRS ban in the tunnel.”
“We will probably manage for [Kubica] to do a Friday session at some point in the year but for sure his return this season will not be possible.”
“Please don’t shoot me as I was just a driver steward for the weekend, if you are unhappy then contact FIA direct, don’t shoot the messenger please.”
“As Bernie Ecclestone, the sport?óÔé¼Ôäós commercial rights-holder, seeks ways of shuffling a crowded roster of races, Prince Salman bin Isa Hamad Al Khalifa came and went from the packed paddock barely noticed. He spent much of the afternoon closeted in the McLaren motorhome and was gone as the chequered flag fell.”
“You end up storing some things in the garage, some things in the trucks, and you go and get it when you need it. One will end up in the multi-storey car park ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ where the GP2 teams are ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and another is in an area beyond the far end of the paddock where they reclaimed some land a few years ago. And the fourth is parked outside Monaco, just where you come off the motorway. That will contain things that you?óÔé¼Ôäóre not going to need in an emergency, because you need time to get up and get back.”
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Comment of the day
Vettel drove arguably one of his best races. He didn?óÔé¼Ôäót win from pole, had to overtake several cars after his pit stop and resist the huge pressure from Hamilton.
Hamilton drove an incredible race to finish 0.6 seconds off an unbeatable Red Bull on a Red Bull favoured track
Alonso did amazingly well to keep Webber behind him for so long. His incredible start led to him leading many laps in an average car.
Heidfeld, while not making as many places up as Webber in China, drove a great race. He started from last on the grid and remember the Renault isn?óÔé¼Ôäót nearly as quick as the Red Bull.
Other shout-outs to Button, Schumacher and the Sauber guys.
All I know is that it definitely wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót Felipe Massa.
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On this day in F1
Jenson Button’s accidental visit to the Red Bull garage during the Chinese Grand Prix is not his only example of poor parking.
Two years ago today he won the Monaco Grand Prix – then accidentally pulled up in the wrong place and had to run on foot to the podium.
After Sunday’s race his girlfriend Jessica Michibata taunted him about it on Twitter saying “Yes, honey, remember Monaco in 2009?”
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