F1 Fanatic round-up
In the round-up: the 2013 F1 calendar will retain 20 races but lose Valencia and is likely to swap the troubled Nurburgring for the Hockenheimring.
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“[Bernie] Ecclestone just visited the press room. He suggested next year’s calender has 20 races. No Valencia. Hockenheim instead of Nurburgring.”
“What you didn’t read anywhere is that the FIA stewards can only impose this 20-second penalty – there is nothing else in the regulations. I would say that it would make a lot of sense to differentiate this penalty into five, ten and 20 seconds. Not all offences are the same, but right now they tar them all with the same brush – and I don’t think that this is correct.”
“Second in the championship is (Mark) Webber, and he starts 11th, so hopefully we can keep him behind the whole race.”
“Tyre strategy will be important tomorrow. Degradation will be interesting. I just hope for once we have a good start – that’s what I hope for the beginning.”
“Asked why the suspension could be changed by hand when the rules state specifically that must not be possible, [Christian] Horner, Red Bull’s team principal, said: ‘There are a lot of parts that are changed manually on the car, but a tool was used.’”
More on the Red Bull ride height row (video is UK-only).
Sebastian Vettel: “I think the impact in terms of set-up that we see these days is way less than compared to the past, so something like a real rain set-up doesn’t exist any more these days.”
Ferrari’s Hirohide Hamashima: “I get that feeling in meetings. Fernando is quiet, but he acts very correctly. He gives good comment but the expression is a bit different.”
“I have a good chance [of staying at Ferrari], but we will have to wait and see how things are going to be. At the end of the day, results on track are what counts.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “My first race with the team was in 1990. It was the US Grand Prix in Phoenix, an unusual place to hold a Formula 1 race – but it was a very successful event for the team. Gerhard Berger took pole position on his McLaren debut, outclassing Ayrton Senna – which was a great achievement.”
Comment of the day
AndrewTanner on some of the results from qualifying:
So, so disappointed with Mercedes. Don’t know what happened with them. They have all the ingredients but seriously lack execution.
Pic beat Glock so that’s good for him and a nice change to see Vergne outside the bottom 7, only to be replaced with his teammate!
I expect Webber will be kind to his tyres and make up for today. Grosjean and Raikkonen have their best chance to score 25 points tomorrow and I hope they deliver, just as we’re getting some order together they could mess it up a bit!
From the forum
- Is the latest Red Bull ‘controversy’ not just a storm in a teacup but a two-day-old storm in a teacup?
- Need somewhere to watch the race? Join in on F1 in Pubs
- Thoughts on yesterday’s GP2 race
Happy birthday to Kevin and Mandev!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to Fernando Alonso who is 31 today! Should win today’s race, it would also be his 31st Grand Prix victory.
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