F1 Fanatic Round-up
In the round-up: Mark Webber says its vital for Pirelli to ensure the tyres are safe for this weekend’s race.
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Webber: “Actions speak louder than words and Pirelli has to do something from a safety perspective.”
“During news conferences, drivers sounded confident that tyre provider Pirelli had sorted out the problem by introducing new rubbers for the Nurburgring race. However, following a meeting of the drivers’ union, the tone hardened.”
Jenson Button: “Obviously, last weekend was a massive talking point. I think there were six issues with the tyres. Once, you can go OK, but six, it’s a lot.”
“I wouldn’t mind testing if we could test… or if we can tyre test. I would love to do that as well. But I am not interested in running one type of tyre all day long. It is not of interest.”
“Valtteri [Bottas's] driving style is very gentle whilst my driving style is very aggressive. This has always worked for me up until now. But the fact is that I don’t want to adapt to his style because the tide will change again. I have always won by staying true to my style so I say that the car needs to change – not me!”
“I’ve been eating a lot of pies this week! Scotch pies, I am sure I will be on the scales more this weekend.”
Red Bull have a poll going asking whether Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo or Jean-Eric Vergne should drive for them next year. Presumably the results are not binding…
“With re-election to a post [Jean Todt] said he’d only hold for one term now looking more and more likely, is this the emergence of a stronger, more vocal, more hands on FIA President? Is this the return of power politics in F1?”
My German Grand Prix preview for Unibet.
“Most to prove: Felipe Massa. At the beginning of the season he seemed to be back at his best but he’s been a temperamental performer since then. Think of the pillorying a rookie driver would get if they crashed as many times as he has in the last three weekends.”
Red Bull tries to figure out how to get a new tub from paddock to pitlane without anyone noticing. Route 1 blocked. pic.twitter.com/xRy7dSUn5N
— Andrew Cotton (@RacecarEd) June 28, 2013
I gather there are a few problems with media accreditation at the Nuerburgring today. The FIA pass printer has apparently broken down.
— Alan Baldwin (@alanbaldwinf1) July 4, 2013
Note that the official Formula One website is not reporting the drivers' threat to boycott the race. #F1
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Comment of the day
@Xjr15jaaag supports the drivers’ stance:
The drivers’ safety should come first, and F1 is actually extremely dangerous before tyres start exploding at high speed.
Yes, there hasn’t been an F1 death for going on 20 years, but complacency is a very dangerous thing.
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On this day in F1
Mike Hawthorn caused a sensation by winning a thrilling French Grand Prix at Reims 60 years ago today, beating Juan Manuel Fangio by a second after two and three-quarter hours of racing.
Hawthorn’s Ferrari and Fangio’s Maserati swapped the lead on lap after lap. Jose Froilan Gonzalez, who passed away last month, was third for Maserati.
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