In the round-up: Jarno Trulli criticises teams who hire “those who pay” as speculation surrounds his future with his current team.
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“Robert [Kubica] is a great driver who can get the very best from the car. Because of that they were a dark horse. When Robert was out, that was the end. Petrov was not in a position to lead the team, and Senna showed that he was not good enough.”
“The demands at Red Bull are very high, as we know, and these two [Alguersuari and Buemi] are at the best average.”
“Aldar, the struggling Abu Dhabi property developer, has received a second government bail-out package worth about $4.6bn, raising the bill for state assistance this year to almost $10bn.”
Mercedes engine chief Andy Cowell: “The engines are high-revving. You don?óÔé¼Ôäót get the maximum fuel flow rate until you are above 10,500rpm, and the maximum revs are at 15,000rpm.?óÔé¼?Ø
“In Europe, doing GP2 would cost at least ?é?ú1 million and double that for a good team, so it is not much different. But I have good relationships in the United States and people seem to want to help.”
Eric Boullier: “We don’t know how much it cost us, because maybe part of the development of the forward exhausts could have been done differently with the comments of Robert.”
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Comment of the day
The best racing for four years? Well the most passing yes for sure. The new-for-2011 combination of Pirelli, KERS and DRS, plus the more prevalent safety car periods promised the more unpredictable results that we crave. Yet somehow we got more one car, one driver domination.
You can only blame the rule makers for not making a more level playing field. DRS has devalued the art of overtaking and in my view it?óÔé¼Ôäós an unnecessary and unmitigated disaster. KERS I can live with because it can be deployed anywhere and at any time provided some is left. Also as in the old days of unreliability it adds an element of uncertainty, which is good. Pirelli have been great at mixing it up (not so much latterly) and I hope they continue to be brave with their compound choices.
So rulemakers, get rid of DRS and 75% of the downforce and next year will be even better.
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