F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says the new Ferrari is able to warm its tyres up more quickly than its predecessor.
“I think we’ve managed to get more out of the tyres right from the first lap, which is something we weren’t able to do last year. What definitely needs improving is the aerodynamics and the reliability.”
Eric Boullier: “We tried to handle his personality and make sure that we don’t bother him too much with too many intrusions, and he’s a real racer. This team is full of proper racing people and he has fitted very well because we speak the same language.”
“The first as we’ve mentioned before is the reliability of the car, which has been very impressive so far. Although we had a few niggling issues there was nothing that stopped us running for a significant length of time. The second is the way the car responds to set-up changes. The E20 is clearly a nice package.”
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Comment of the day
I’ve got a real soft spot for HRT. It has been years since we have had a team that seems to be desperate to hang on to its place on the grid, to hang on to its right to compete. In the current F1 world where major motor manufacturers come and go on the whim of their boards, it is truly refreshing.
They do seem to finally be going about things the right way. They’ve finally managed to get everyone under one roof and they’ve managed to bag a solid driver in Pedro de la Rosa. His experience in top level F1 car development will no doubt help push the team forward. I know their new car didn’t fail the crash tests by much, but I really wish they had. I liked the string of positive stories that were coming out of the team and it seemed like everyone was starting to get off their backs at last.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
Michael Schumacher had his first run in the Ferrari F2002 ten years ago today. Thanks largely to that car, he finished every race on the podium in 2002.
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