Sepang conditions masked Lotus pace – Allison

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Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Sepang, 2013In the round-up: Lotus technical director James Allison said the circumstances of the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend served to disguise how quick the E21 actually was.


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Allison believes Lotus has genuine pace and will continue to challenge at the front (James Allen on F1)

“If you look at Romain [Grosjean], who had a fine drive, he was 26 seconds down after seven laps and 35 down at end of race using a strategy that probably cost us seven seconds overall. So he only really lost two or three second to [race winner Sebastian] Vettel over the dry portion of race.”

Christian Horner: Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber ‘not after revenge’ (Metro)

“They know the real opponents sit outside of the team, not inside the team.”

Malaysia 2013 – race edit (F1)

A couple of new bits from the race including Vettel being given the now infamous “multi map two one” instruction and what caused Kimi Raikkonen’s complaint about Nico Hulkenberg.

Gutierrez will show his worth – Sauber (Autosport)

Monisha Kaltenborn: “First of all you do look at the performance potential, then you look at the commercial potential. That can either be that he brings his partner along or how marketable he is.”

My future now lies in sports car racing: Chandhok (The Times of India)

“F1 is F1, everyone knows financial situation. F1 is difficult at the moment unless you have millions. I like to do more (races) in WEC and fortunately, there’s no clash in calendar. In the future, both WEC and GT are good options.”

Newman: Blocking a “chicken way of driving” (NBC)

“If I can get through the corner better than you, then we?ll race, but blocking is an IndyCar form or F1 form or an open wheel type move it seems like. It?s not to say they don?t do it in NASCAR; obviously they do, but to me it?s just a chicken way of driving and not very respectful for the guys around you.”

F1 tyres no longer acceptable (MotorSport, registration required)

Nigel Roebuck: “This is how Le Mans used to be in times gone by ?ǣ but that was a matter of lasting for a day and a night, not an hour and a half, and it is a supreme irony that, in this era of sports car racing, for such as Audi and Toyota Le Mans ?ǣ unlike a contemporary Grand Prix ?ǣ is flat out all the way.”

And at the weekend… (ESPN)

“For the passionate motorsport fan, there is no better way to get involved in the sport than to volunteer as a marshal. It is hard work, but offers a level of access like no other, with the ability to watch racing from close quarters or spend an afternoon in the pit lane.”


Comment of the day

@Electrolite on Red Bull’s record pit stop:

Anyone always going on about Red Bull being where it is because of Newey and Newey alone should take note of things like this. They seem to not only be on top in terms of car design but everywhere else as well.

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