Boullier: “Both drivers have the same status”

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Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Barcelona, 2012In the round-up: Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says his team’s days of having a number one driver are “a thing of the past”.


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Eric Boullier Q&A: Lotus are on the up (F1)

“Historically, this team has always pushed for one driver – a definite leader. But that has definitely changed. It?s a thing of the past. I want two fast drivers because that is the way you get ahead in the constructors? championship. So both drivers have the same status.”

Williams: Maldonado always real deal (Autosport)

“When asked if Maldonado was only at Williams in the first place because of money, [Frank] Williams said: ‘Yeah, he was to some extent. I’m not denying that. But if we thought he’d been a wanker, he wouldn’t have got in the team no matter how much money he had.'”

Mercedes and the Concorde Agreement (Joe Saward)

“A deal with Mercedes needs really to be done after all the other horse trading is over. The problem is that the Formula One group is in a wild hurry to go to the markets in July and there is not much time to quibble for weeks on end. This may explain the presence of Mercedes boss Dr Dieter Zetsche in Barcelona.”

Williams is a born winner (The Telegraph)

David Coulthard: “Frank is one of the few people in the paddock who will acknowledge he may have misled you and he will tell you to your face that the reason he did it was for the good of the team; for the hundreds of employees back at Grove. It?s hard to argue with that.”

McLaren reach out to Williams (Daily Express)

“The ‘camaraderie and spirit of co-operation’ described by team principal Sir Frank Williams that came to the fore as the fire took hold when personnel from a number of teams battled to extinguish it, will again be prevalent over the coming days. In particular, McLaren are to loan equipment to Williams to ensure they can compete strongly.”

Spanish GP Review (Williams)

Chief operations engineer Mark Gillan on Maldonado: “Simply stunning – a master class from start to finish. He was strong all weekend, winning the race from pole despite a strong challenge from Alonso. One can’t ask anymore from a driver.”

Fresh questions over struggling Schumacher (BBC)

“Schumacher may continue to embarrass himself in wheel-to-wheel racing occasionally, but he’s close to Rosberg’s pace these days – and Mercedes’ top management rate their younger driver very highly indeed.”

Confusion reigns in Spain (Sky)

“If there is the hint of a pattern to the apparently random outcomes this year, it is that when the weather was cooler than expected – i.e. China and Barcelona – the Ferrari, Williams and Sauber have been competitive (recall Bruno Senna’s sparkling race in China). On hot days, the Lotus has tended to look very good. In the 40C+ heat of Friday in Barcelona the Lotuses looked by far the fastest cars over a race stint, even though they apparently struggled to get the last couple of tenths of single lap pace.”

Jenson Button heads to Brands to salute British racing fans

“The 2009 world champ will make a guest appearance at the Kent circuit?s DTM meeting for hi-tech fire-spitting touring cars.”

Comment of the day

Guy reckons Pirelli got it “spot on” in the Spanish Grand Prix:

Having seen the Spanish GP, Pirelli hit that spot on ?ǣ a Prime that allows for a range of race strategies, being stretched to half the race with careful management (Hamilton), or more aggressive use (most), and an option that is perfect for qualifying or a short and sweet fast stint if/when the race strategy calls for it.

I do agree that they should scrap one of the rules; either having to start on the qualifying tyre, or having to use both compounds in the race. Not sure you need to do both. And I do wish they would bring in something to stop the farce of cars not running in Q3 though.

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On this day in F1

It’s been a while since we last saw Williams lock out of the front row of the grid. But in the eighties and nineties it was a common sight.

In fact, Williams qualified on the front row of the grid on this day 20 and 25 years ago, in the 1987 Belgian Grand Prix and 1992 San Marino Grand Prix.

Both races saw Nigel Mansell start from pole position, alongside team mates Nelson Piquet and Riccardo Patrese respectively.

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76 comments on Boullier: “Both drivers have the same status”

  1. MaroonJack (@maroonjack) said on 16th May 2012, 7:14

    There is a time for thoughtful and mature comments. This isn’t such a time, because, well… hehehe… Frank Williams said “wanker”… hehe… hehehe ;)

  2. Chalky (@chalky) said on 16th May 2012, 10:24

    And I do wish they would bring in something to stop the farce of cars not running in Q3 though.

    Thing is other than Malaysia with the wet race, only a driver on the front row has won a race this year. I doubt that will change for Monaco.
    If you want to win you should be running in Q3.

    • You know I’d never actually noticed that. It’s much the same situation as last year, in that regard. Not much of a fight up front, but huge pressure through the rest of the field. This year’s only different in that it’s not Vettel doing all the winning.

    • bag0 (@bag0) said on 16th May 2012, 14:01

      If you want to win you should be running in Q3.

      If you are fast enough in qualy to get on the first row, it is likely, that you will be fast in the race. But if you know you are not fast enough to get a good grid position, why would you ruin your tyres?
      It gets you a better shot at a podium finish, if you are starting from 10th and have fresh tyres, than using 1-2 set in Q3 and start from 6-8th. You can gain a lot by having fresh sets of tyres (Webber, China 2011). I know these tyres are not the same as lastyears but this season by having +2-3 laps of tyre life/stint means you can push it a lot harder, and change them when everyone else does, with 2 stints like that you can gain lots of places.

  3. Red D said on 16th May 2012, 13:14

    As sporting as this policy sounds, I can only remember it ever hurting teams. The 07, (arguably) 08, and almost 10 drivers championships were lost partially because there wasn’t any preferential treatment. Raikkonen already lost possible points in Bahrain

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 16th May 2012, 13:52

      I think it’s important to remember that Boullier is in charge of the team and therefore has to make the best calls for the team, i.e the constructors championship. If you’re in a position where you have a driver genuinely fighting for the drivers championship and it’s coming to a time where you need to make tough decisions (not the first 5 races in) then sure, go for it. It’s needless for Lotus at the moment however. It’s better to have both drivers (who’ve been out of the sport for 2 years) know that there is a level playing field.

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 16th May 2012, 13:45

    Great words from Sir Frank. I really don’t think there is much shame in taking on a pay driver. Sure, it’s perhaps a gamble, but you won’t catch me criticising a team for at least trying to balance the books with a view to improving performance in the long-term. 1 step back, 2 steps forward? That’s the way I see it anyway.

  5. MahavirShah (@mahavirshah) said on 16th May 2012, 15:44

    Lotus are really doing well now and the drivers seem to be complimenting each other, the most consistent line up for me. Funny thing though is that I had completely forgotten about Kubica. Any word on him? Lotus are doing well without him and if I was Eric I would ensure I had a lineup that stayed for a couple of years at least.

    That leaves Ferrari, but can they afford to take Kubica who has not raced for such a long time now. I mean would he fare any better than Massa is right now? I think Kubica’s comeback to F1 (I dearly hope it happens) will put him back to square 1, i.e. starting with a mid-field team maybe. Still I’d love to see him race for Force India :)!

    • Oople said on 16th May 2012, 16:26

      I agree with the Kubica comment, actually.
      For the sake of argument, let’s assume he’ll return next year… It’ll take him a few races to get into his stride, similar to Kimi this year. Whereas, if they retain Kimi and Romain, then they can hit the ground running.

  6. minnis (@minnis) said on 16th May 2012, 17:10

    In particular, McLaren are to loan equipment to Williams to ensure they can compete strongly.”

    And, to repay the loan, Williams are teaching the McLaren pit crew how to use it!

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