In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton still believes he can win a race this year despite Mercedes’ problems in Bahrain.
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“‘I am hopeful we can win this year, particularly as we have things coming in the pipeline with upgrades and improvements for the car,’ Hamilton, who scored his first Mercedes pole position earlier this month at Shanghai, declared. ‘In some places the degradation isn’t going to be as bad [as in Bahrain] and I’m confident we can stay out front.'”
“The FIA was satisfied that the marshalling lights and GPS aspects of the electronic system had improved enough to be up to standard.”
“If Perez gives Button a difficult time, it’s up to Button to come to terms with it. It’s a fact of life. He can’t expect [team boss] Martin Whitmarsh to tell Perez to back off.”
“What track (not currently on the F1 calendar) would you like to drive?
That?óÔé¼Ôäós an easy one… it would be Pau! A fantastic street circuit in the South West of France that is like a mix of Macau and Monaco. I?óÔé¼Ôäóve had six races there and won four of them which makes it even more special!”
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) April 25, 2013
We have the windows open in the office, the sound of an #F1 car on the track and the sun is shining! It's going to be a good day! :)
— Silverstone (@SilverstoneUK) April 25, 2013
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Comment of the day
Pirelli have tweaked the tyre compounds but have they gone far enough?
Its not fair for teams to be forced to run on compounds there car doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót like or that there driver doesn?óÔé¼Ôäót like the feel of. Teams and drivers should be able to pick there own tyre compounds, be it from Pirelli or another supplier if they wish. Having their package handicapped because of what the tyre supplier does is not what the so called pinnacle of motor racing should be doing.
I’ve been a massive f1 fan since i was taken to the f1 at brands hatch in ?óÔé¼Ôäó72, sadly I’m starting to lose interest because of all this meddling, artificial gimmicks and silly tyre rules.
It’s no longer fun watching the cars because of all the artificial passing with DRS and because they run around to a pre-determined lap time rather than drive them hard close to the limits. I dread to say it but it’s boring to watch the cars.
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On this day in F1
David Coulthard won the San Marino Grand Prix 15 years ago today, leading every lap of the race.
Team mate Mika Hakkinen retired from second with a gearbox problem, allowing both Ferrari drivers onto the podium on home ground.
Here’s a preview to the race – look out for the unsightly ‘X-wings’ being sported by several cars including the Ferraris, which were banned following this race.
Image ?é?® Daimler/Hoch Zwei