Mark Webber, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2012

Webber expects tight battle between top teams

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2012
Mark Webber, Red Bull, Barcelona, 2012

In the round-up: Mark Webber believes Red Bull’s rivals have reduced their advantage over the winter.

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Mark Webber expects rejuvenated rivals to give Red Bull stern test (The Guardian)

“I think it is going to be really tight. The racing will be between several teams for sure and it is difficult to understand who is doing what at the moment, because we have such a big variation in fuel and tyre conditions and all sorts of stuff.”

Grosjean: Lotus feels as good as before (Autosport)

“Nothing really different. It doesn’t change much. Exactly the same good feeling as in Jerez, we can push and we can trust the car – and you can really play with it, which is enjoyable.”

Rubens Barrichello on IndyCar switch (Racer)

“I think you are not going to see me comparing things to Formula 1. I think they are different. They each have their enjoyment, and I can tell you I’m only doing IndyCar because I had a lot of enjoyment when I was driving the car. So, for sure, I think this is going to be a fun year. I have to get used to different sorts of yellow flags and different strategies and things like this that I’m not at all used to, but I think it’s going to be great.”

Analysis – Red Bull RB8 ‘blown’ rear suspension (F1)

Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey has seemingly designed the RB8’s rear suspension so it can be aerodynamically influenced by the air flowing from the newly-positioned exhaust exits.”

Neale talks up McLaren chances (Sky)

“We have set our policy out to have two number one drivers so we are bringing packages for both of them [to the car].”

F1: A busted hush (GrandPrix)

“The majority of the teams need to stand up and admit they’re in trouble. The irony is that the hugely competitive nature of F1 – you know, the pig-headed business where you never admit weakness to your rivals – is actually killing the very business these people are pretending is in fine fettle.”

Little love left for Melbourne in asphalt jungle (The Age)

“The Australian Grand Prix Corporation is nothing if not a tart. Last week, it gave away 70,000 free tickets to this year’s race. It said this was to compensate locals for their inconvenience. Locals were more suspicious than touched.”

Shooting F1: Doing My Homework (Jamey Price)

“Having never been to the circuit, I needed to know what corner was good for morning, mid day and afternoon sunlight and what kind of lens I might need for each. The rest I could make up on the ground.”

‘Danica delirium? is just the marketing drive F1 craves (Daily Telegraph)

“Patrick, while adamant in her desire to stay in the US, represents the marketing phenomenon Ecclestone craves. By her instant impact in NASCAR, she has infiltrated an arena fuelled as much by gasoline as raw testosterone. Ultimately, she could find the challenge of shredding the same enduring preconceptions in F1 too tempting to turn down.”

Comment of the day

Fred Schechter is looking forward to Rubens Barrichello’s arrival in IndyCar after watching him test last week:

It was so great to see him out there Saturday. He obviously was going even faster Sunday. They were going faster than last year?s qualifying speeds.

Since I’ve still never been to an F1 race, this was my first time watching him live. Such a delight. Definitely more use of the car and the team looked very comfortable with him on Saturday (it was his second test with them). So excited he?s here!

He?ll be fine on the ovals people, relax, remember 326 races, 322 starts, 11 wins, and second in the championship twice, and third another two times. Rubens will be just fine.

I?ll be putting my money down with the punters for a championship like when Nigel [Mansell] was here. Go Rubens!
Fred Schechter

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