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“The package envisages the end of the Young Drivers test session, a reduction in straight line aerodynamic test days from eight to two, while promotional days are also cut to two. In their place, the F1 teams will remain in place for a two day test with one car after four European Grands Prix. Barcelona and Silverstone will be two of the venues. Eight of the eleven teams voted for the new measures which meant that it had the majority required to pass.”
“We haven’t cured anything. It has been a long period of time since Barcelona where there was big trouble there. We have picked up a couple of techniques and worked on it, which helps.”
“While the points look healthy at the moment, Fernando [Alonso] we’ve seen put another strong race in here and you can’t afford for any complacency. The margins can rapidly be eroded.”
“We did a one-stop, a few cars did and they made it work, but they did prime and then option which I think was a good way of doing it. The problem for me was on my option run at the start of the race, everyone came out and was overtaking me, so it was a bit messy for me.”
Martin Whitmarsh: “Qualifying was poor and then in the race, looking back at it with the data we’ve got, we made mistakes. We weren’t quick enough, that’s the starting point. But I think we should have been able to get into the points.”
“It is correct that we were offered such a test. We decided that by committing such a breach of regulations, we – as championship leaders – would be confronted with consequences and thus did not follow that route.”
“The idea of having a test in mid-January, probably in Jerez, logistically is straightforward. Then having a gap by which you can respond to the issues and then testing in some warm weather in the Middle East seems to be attractive to the teams.”
A bit of a perfectionist Bernie, it must be said. He's the only person I've heard of who has a problem with this race in Canada
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Comment of the day
@Irejag believes grid positions penalties should be made more effective:
Since Grosjean is technically only going to be moving down three spots on the grid today, he should have the remaining seven grid slots on the penalty carry over to the next race.
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On this day in F1
Dave Walker was born on this day in 1941. The Australian driver raced Lotus’s highly unconventional turbine car on his F1 debut at Zandvoort in 1971.
The following year he partnered Emerson Fittipaldi and achieved the dubious distinction of being the only driver who failed to score a point in the year his team mate became world champion. That marked the end of his F1 career.
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