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“The tyres have these problems – not us. Other teams witness these kinds of problems in different shapes, but it cannot be that you have a car that has the best downforce and you have to reduce it to make the tyres work to some extent. […] I always understood that the best and fastest should win – and not that the one who builds the best car is punished for it.”
Eric Boullier: “They are fast on one lap but then struggle with tyre degradation, which is partially due to the way they designed the car.”
Here’s a relevant story from Pirelli’s return to F1 in 2011:
“Whitmarsh did not take the opportunity to dispel stories that the team may yet revert to last year’s car. ‘I can categorically kill it off ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ for the time being. We’re making progress. We’re working hard to understand this car, to improve and develop it and turn it into a race winning car.'”
“Racing driver Susie Wolff has revealed the inspiration behind her bid to make the Formula One starting grid ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ her disabled grandad.”
The car was a bit better today but unlucky in Q2 with the rain… Let see tomorrow how we are in the long and hard race.
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Comment of the day
Aled Davies looks forward to today’s race:
Bianchi has been incredible so far. You have to take into account how much more time Chilton had in the car pre season compared to him!
Great lap by Vettel (he said through gritted teeth) thought Hamilton had done it at one point! Would have been interesting to see what would have happened if it had stayed Dry looked close between Raikkonen, the Red Bulls and Mercedes with Ferrari not far behind.
Rosberg been quicker all weekend than Hamilton. I’m sure I heard or read somewhere before that someone said he is susceptible to not being able to pull out the last few tenths when it really matters – could be a sign of that again here.
Ahould be a great race, Ferrari are usually lightening off the line, Alonso will be desperate to get ahead of Massa and Vettel always likes to lead from the front and control the pace. Behind all that you have Hamilton who will be desperate to get in there and fight with them!
Aled Davies (@Aledinho)
From the forum
- Will Power, Takuma Sato and Simona de Silvestro are the top three on the grid for the Grand Prix of St Petersburg
Happy birthday to Gman, Sam and BenH!
On this day in F1
Happy birthday to McLaren test driver Gary Paffett who is 32 today!
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