Pirelli criticise “ludicrous” wait for 2014 tyre decision

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Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 2013In the round-up: Pirelli motorrsport director Paul Hembery says Formula One is leaving it too late to decide on a tyre supplier for 2014.

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Frustrated Pirelli still awaiting 2014 deal (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“Apparently on the first of September we?re supposed to tell them everything that they need to know for the tyres for next season. We?re now mid-May, so you can imagine how ludicrous that is when we haven?t even got contracts in place. Maybe we won?t be here, anyway.”

Raikkonen: Lotus can match Mercedes (Autosport)

“We have to see how it is in the morning. If it’s like this morning then it’s going to be a disaster. But we improved a lot and it’s getting better and better all the time.”

Ecclestone warns about 2014 engine costs (Reuters)

“Ecclestone will meet Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn at the season’s showcase race this weekend and the cost of the engines is likely to be discussed.”

Hamilton: I have good chance of win (BBC)

“I’m not the quickest; Nico is. But it’s not looking bad at the moment.”

FIA Thursday press conference – Monaco (F1)

“Yeah, we’ve echoed the safety issues and said that whatever needs to be done on safety grounds is obviously fine with us, we’re not going to go against that. As far as the tyres being marginal goes, we’ve found them to be quite consistent. But then again – different cars, different drivers, different styles… they work for us. So we’re actually quite happy with the way they are.”

F1 stars spin the truth on Monaco (The Telegraph)

“It took bluff Austrian Gerhard Berger, however grudgingly, to acknowledge the truth: ‘Nice boats, nice buildings, lots of friends. And now the honest answer? Tax.’ Yes, if you happen to be an F1 aristocrat with even a fraction of Button?s ??58 million fortune, Monaco is almost de??rigueur as a nesting site.”

Analysis: DRS Activation (ScarbsF1)

“Ferrari have adopted the pull type system and the failure for Alonso in Bahrain, it appears that the mechanical ??stop? in the system failed, this allowed the wing to go over centre and with the air pressure now underneath the wing prevented the wing flipping shut. This isn?t a fault of the pull system specifically, rather than a mechanical failure of part of the system. In normal use it shouldn?t be possible for the wing to go over-centre, so when it did this for the Ferrari it subsequently over-stressed and broke the actuator mounting, such that DRS could not be used through tout the race.”

Monaco Grand Prix Betting: Qualifying question crucial to betting (Unibet)

My look ahead to the Monaco Grand Prix for Unibet.

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On this day in F1

Happy 50th birthday to Ivan Capelli. He was the last Italian driver to start a season for Ferrari, in 1992, but he was dropped shortly before the end of a dreadful season for him and the team.

Capelli came to prominence with a series of impressive drives for Leyton House, including this near-win at Paul Ricard in 1990:

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99 comments on Pirelli criticise “ludicrous” wait for 2014 tyre decision

  1. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 24th May 2013, 9:34

    Nice to hear Hamilton gracious in defeat, and not the spoilt brat we sometimes hear. However, he has reason to be optimistic, as he was also slower than Rosberg on Friday in China, but humiliated him in qualifying. I just get the sense that he’s got his approach to this weekend spot on, as he wasn’t really pushing yesterday, especially in the heavy braking zones after his early lock-up, and just spent yesterday getting his eye in ready to fire on all cylinders tomorrow. His gap to Rosberg in FP2 was 0.3, which is much too large a gap to any approaching a representative gap based on raw driver performance. I think Vettel adopted a similar approach to Hamilton, but from where I’ve been sat, the Red Bull is not working at Monaco, with the rear end kicking out violently over the bumps and the curbs of the swimming pool, although that’s not exactly an insurmountable issue. Ferrari look good, as did Grosjean and the Lotus…until he crashed. However, the biggest surprise of practice was the Mercedes race pace. It was by no means spectacular, but there was really no real issues, and absolutely no reason to suspect that the Ferraris, Lotuses and Red Bull will be mounting the rear wings on the Mercedes on Sunday.

    That was your practice report from William “Ted-Kravitz’s-even-sadder-cousin” Brierty

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