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“We could do with another James Hunt. I was pretty close to James and I have lots of great memories of him.”
“Obviously, this test will be carried out with the actual race drivers, as there would be no sense in trying something new with youngsters at the wheel, who do not have the necessary experience to provide the required feedback.”
Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “Even though the 2013 high-performance steel-belted version is completely safe when used correctly, the Kevlar-belted version is easier to manage and as long as there is no system in place which allows us to enforce tyre related specifications, like tyre pressures or camber, the incorrect use of which were contributing factors of the tyre failures in Silverstone, we prefer to bring a less sophisticated tyre.”
Toto Wolff: “I don’t think you could expect any tyre supplier in the world to come out and say their tyres are not safe.”
“We don’t have experience on these tyres. We ran them in Montreal, if I’m not mistaken [during practice], so it’s going to be a bit of a learning process. But it doesn’t matter which tyres we use because we have a very quick car in general so I am confident we can stay where we are, more or less.”
“Ross is team principal at the moment. We don’t know how long he will want to remain as team principal – those plans aren’t made.”
“We’re in good shape for next year. I wouldn’t want to miss the fun.”
Mark Hughes: “If the Kevlar-belted tyre that Pirelli wished to introduce from Canada but was prevented from doing, is now introduced, it will have the side effect of reducing rear temperatures by around 10C. This will be of enormous help to Mercedes, giving it a much better chance of maintaining its dazzling qualifying form into the races – possibly to such an extent that we may see one or both of the Mercedes drivers coming back at Vettel in the championship.”
Pictures of Emerson Fittipaldi driving a Renault R30 (in a Lotus livery) earlier this week.
Niki Lauda: “Some of [the other drivers] wanted to seem brave. others were simply too stupid to know what they were doing. I steeled myself to drive that fast lap in 1975, although my brain kept telling me it was sheer stupidity. The antithesis between the modern-day racing car and the Stone Age circuit was such that I knew every driver was taking his life in his hands to the most ludicrous degree.”
Arrived in damp Nurburg. View from my hotel balcony: pic.twitter.com/DKIhoKi8Xw
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) July 3, 2013
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— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) July 3, 2013
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Comment of the day
Are F1 cars getting too slow compared to other racing cars? Thatscienceguy is armed to the teeth with stats:
Let’s look at some facts. For as close to all-out speed, let’s use qualifying laps:
2012 LMP1 Pole – 1’45.814 (Allan McNish, Audi)
2012 F1 Pole – 1’32.422 (Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull)
LMP1 – 1’22.363 (Alexander Wurz, Toyota)
F1 – 1’12.458 (Lewis Hamilton, McLaren)
LMP1 – 1’43.663 (Benoit Treluyer, Audi)
F1 – 1’51.746 (Fernando Alonso, Ferrari)
It’s pretty consistently about 12 seconds difference. Even when it’s very wet for F1 and dry for LMP1 (Silverstone), F1 is barely slower than the LMP1.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
This might feel a bit familiar if you read yesterday’s round-up: 20 years ago today, Alain Prost won the French Grand Prix.
It was Prost’s sixth win in his home race which at the time was more than any other driver had achieved. It’s since been surpassed by Michael Schumacher won won at home on nine occasions, he usually had the benefit of racing at home twice per season, something Prost rarely had.
Prost’s team mate Damon Hill led the early stages but was passed by Prost when they made their sole pit stop. Schumacher finished third for Benetton. Here’s the start of the race:
Image © Ford