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?óÔé¼Ôäót 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?óÔé¼Ôäóve 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?óÔé¼Ôäód 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?óÔé¼Ôäós 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?óÔé¼Ôäót 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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