Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2012

Alonso wants more respect between drivers

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai, 2012In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says F1 drivers should give each other more respect when racing wheel-to-wheel.


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Alonso bemoans lack of respect among drivers (Adam Cooper)

“There was definitely more respect then than there is now between us drivers, partly because they knew that, in those cars, they were risking their lives. I don?t want to say that today things are done incorrectly, but I believe there is not that mutual respect, at least not from everyone, that there was back then. It?s a problem that goes back a long way, to the junior categories and I think the time has come to try and get it back.”

Sir Jackie Stewart tips Paul di Resta for Ferrari (BBC)

“Alonso is almost at his peak and to have a young driver such as Di Resta be an understudy to Alonso is something I’d consider if I was at Ferrari.”

Spanish GP – A Home Race for Alonso (Ferrari)

“There is a small price to pay for racing at home and being popular,?? he explains. ??It does create some stress and it does not allow you to relax properly, as there are always photos to be taken, autographs to sign and extra commitments, inside the paddock for the sponsors and outside the paddock with the fans. You just have to manage to deal with it as best you can.”

Young Drivers Test at Silverstone has ‘potential to overlook talent’ (The National)

Yas Marina Circuit chief executive Richard Cregan: “If you’re a good young driver in the middle of a season, then it’s not ideal to be testing a Formula One car midway through the year.”

Brabeck-Letmathe on F1’s future (F1 Kate Walker)

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Comment of the day

AdrianMorse’s thoughts on the weekend ahead:

It?ll be interesting to see whether Ferrari have made any significant progress; if so, a good start might propel Alonso forward among the front runners. I see Red Bull as the favourites for the victory. Their race pace has been consistently strong, in Bahrain their qualifying pace seemed sorted again too. Webber is usually fast in qualifying in Barcelona, but his starts have only improved this season from bad to mediocre, so it?s hard to see him leading after the first corner. That leaves the other Red Bull driver, who will be keen to get to his routine of winning from pole.

Lotus can challenge for the victory if they are close enough to the front after the first lap. Their qualifying pace has been a bit off that of front runners, but it looked as though they were working on that during the Mugello test. Overtaking will be more difficult than it was in Bahrain, so getting stuck behind Ferraris and Mercedes in the first stint could be costly.

McLaren and Mercedes are a bit harder to read. McLaren showed good race pace in Australia and cool China, whereas Mercedes have only been really competitive in China. In general, their qualifying pace has been more reliable than their race pace, but they still cannot be discounted on Sundays. Both McLaren and Mercedes have often been quick at the start, which could come in handy on the long run to the first corner.

As for the midfield, that is an ever-surprising delight of close competition.

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