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Bernie Ecclestone’s future as Formula One supremo could soon be decided after German prosecutors said they had completed their investigations into bribery allegations against him and would reveal their conclusions imminently.
“Everyone knows what happens here. This has nothing to do with racing anymore. This is a competition in tyre management.”
“Ordinary tyres usually wear in a linear fashion, but when F1 tyres reach their wear limit, as often happens with these quick-degrading Pirelli tyres, the performance can drop off instantly – ‘dropping off a cliff’ as drivers call it.”
“What did Ferrari do on Sunday? Did they drive to a delta? Did they try and make one fewer stop than their rivals? Did they hell. They went out and they pushed. Every. Single. Lap.”
Fernando Alonso:”Then we undercut and we passed Sebastian in the pits and Rosberg two laps later at the first corner, from that point we just pushed 90 percent, more or less. You have enough pace to open the necessary gap and you know that if you push 100 percent maybe you kill the tyres, so it’s more or less normal driving, let’s say, in 2013 races. You try to control the pace and the tyres and you put in balance these two things.”
“It’s more difficult to overtake in Monaco… so maybe they can keep good positions for longer.”
just want to tell everyone,yesterday the radio message I had was all about to save the tires. Never a team order,can't wait for Monaco
— Sergio Perez (@SChecoPerez) May 13, 2013
Calculation says we would have finished in P8 without the incident in the Pits…not so bad considering where we were in Quali…
— Nico Hülkenberg (@NicoHulkenberg) May 13, 2013
Chat with Pirelli’s Paul Hembery last night revealed his frustration. He is piggy in the middle – “damned if we do, damned if we don’t”
— Kevin Eason (@easonF1) May 13, 2013
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Comment of the day
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F1 is definitely losing its appeal to me as a sporting contest. Sure, it’s an interesting technical challenge for engineers, but I’m finding it boring. To me, it’s as if F1 – in its desire to increase excitement – has done the equivalent in football of widening the goal so that we can see more goals per game. Sure, it ensures that you’re seeing the ball hit the back of the next much more and the end of boring nil-nil draws, but when your granny could score a hat trick every game then the gimmick has gone too far.
I found myself during the Barcelona race wondering if someone would have the balls to ban all aero devices so that we could go back to driver versus driver, with real dicing. What I want to see is speed, bravery and racecraft triumph. Not tiptoeing round to keep the tyres in a workable temperature window, tricky as it may be. Perhaps I should just go and watch Formula Ford instead.
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On this day in F1
Nigel Mansell made his final F1 start in the 1995 Spanish Grand Prix. Here he is making a pit stop and then getting out of the car for the last time:
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