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“It’s a little bit embarrassing because we’re not doing a very good job at the moment. We are doing everything we can. Thanks for the support from the fans.”
“I think we are paying for doing laps in Q3. We gained positions, but in the end, towards the end of the race we lost quite a lot.”
“Andrew Ruhan, one of Britain’s most successful property investors, has bought a 2% stake in the Lotus Formula One team for an estimated price of £1m.”
“From now up to the end of July you may see one or two big steps of development, and no more. And then I’d say some teams will be forced to try to start work on the new car. I think it’s really a crucial part of the season.”
“It’s got to go down as one of the worst races I’ve had for a long, long time.”
“We did everything we could from beginning to end to manage the tyres, but we have to got look at how we use tyres in the race and maybe [make] dramatic changes.”
“We had planned to three-stop them, but in the end, like the vast majority, we four stopped, as the degradation took hold. Once Daniel got his car handling a bit more to his liking, by tweaking wing angles and tyre pressure at the pit stops, he put in a feisty drive, passing a few cars and then doing well to hold off a hard-charging Gutierrez in the closing laps to end up one place ahead of where he started.”
I told you yesterday it would be an interesting race…! Thank you for those extra tenths …! Maximum push! pic.twitter.com/MFNj5c0WLP
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) May 12, 2013
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Comment of the day
Various alternatives have been suggested to the current tyre situation – what about having more than one tyre supplier?
Tyre war is not the solution. I was happy with second part of 2012 and 2011 season. Pirelli pushed too hard. Tyres are not suppose to last an entire race but drives should be able to make at least one third of race on a set of new tyres.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Stephen and Mclarengal!
On this day in F1
The first ever round of the world championship, held at Silverstone on this day in 1950, produced a dominant one-two-three finish for Alfa Romeo. The only one of their four drivers not to see the flag was Juan Manuel Fangio, who dropped out with engine trouble.
Here’s some colour footage from the race. Look out for Baron Emmanuel de Graffenried’s pre-race jig for the benefit of ‘B Bira’ – Prince Birabongse Bhanuban of Thailand (Siam at the time):
Image © McLaren/Hoch Zwei