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“A little bit better [than last year] because last year we had some issues with reliability. It seems that we have done our homework well and now we move onto Barcelona for another four days in a row to test the car and see if we find any leakage and if so then we try to fix it.”
“Q: What about the 2014 car? Are you running two design units?
CH: No, we don’t have that big amount of resource. It is a matter of balancing your resource between 2013 and the challenge of 2014 – which is a significantly different car with a big regulation change. That is one of the major challenges of this season – to juggle both developments.”
“I’ve had quite a bit of mileage in Formula 1 now and I feel ready to drive in a race. So even if the plan was to stay a third driver for two years, now the plan has changed and I’m ready.”
“Sources say that Narain [Karthikeyan], who has managed to get more financial backing than last year, has already been offered a reserve driver role at Force India, but the 36-year-old is keen on landing a proper race drive.”
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Comment of the day
@Andae23 on Ferrari’s simulator:
Funny how quickly De La Rosa starts quoting Di Montezemolo.
On a more serious note, this must be the reason Ferrari hired De La Rosa: to explain to them exactly how that simulator works. I still think that putting him behind the wheel of the actual F138 was a good idea: if you want to develop the simulator, the men who work on that must know exactly what ‘feeling’ they are looking for.
Apart from putting pressure on the FIA (in true Ferrari tradition), I have no idea why he says the lack of testing is a disadvantage for teams with a less sophisticated simulator. Sure, the only way teams can investigate whether new parts work (apart from Friday testing) is the simulator, but that’s the same for every team. McLaren at one point have decided to invest in their simulator and now that hard work pays off.
Ferrari decided not to invest in a simulator (or a wind tunnel for that matter), and the problems they have experienced in the past years are just a consequence of this. It’s a nuisance for them, yes, but don’t blame others for it.
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On this day in F1
Sauber launched their C22 ten years ago today. The car managed a single podium finish at Indianapolis in the hands of Heinz=Harald Frentzen.
That was the last podium Sauber scored as an independent constructor until Sergio Perez finished second in the Malaysian Grand Prix last year.
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