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In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen says he will participate in the German Grand Prix even if the tyre failures recur.
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“I was once involved I think in 2005 and funnily enough there was some guys that didn’t stop and they drove so for sure I will race whatever happens.”
Motorsport director Paul Hembery: “We are a professional company. We are very passionate about what we do and very good at what we do. You don’t walk away in difficult times. That’s the time to work harder and make sure you do a better job.”
“Vettel, 26 this week, said: ‘We didn’t say that we won’t race. We said that first of all we trust that the steps that Pirelli made are working and in practice I think they were. We came together but the point was not to threaten.’ Given that the GPDA statement said that the drivers would ‘immediately withdraw from the event’ should there be a repeat of Silverstone, the comments left his fellow members open to ridicule.”
“I don’t need to be a GPDA member to decide if I drive or not, that’s my decision that I’m here in Formula One, no one is pushing me to that. I decide if I drive qualifying tomorrow or not. It’s simple. I was in GPDA a few years, I was out of it, maybe I’ll come in again. I think it’s a good thing though.”
Pedro de la Rosa: “It was the first time in a GPDA meeting I have ever been to in my life where absolutely all – not one – showed any doubt.”
FIA spokesperson: “As only one specification of tyre will be available for the test, it will not be necessary for the teams to satisfy us that race drivers are taking part for the sole purpose of testing tyres for the appointed tyre supplier.”
“Partway through Silverstone had there been another failure – and indeed there was, it was on our car – but had that failure appeared on another car earlier we would have had to consider coming in because I think it was serious situation.”
“What is unfortunate for us is that we are not allowed to swap the rear tyres anymore, as this did help us. In Silverstone it was maybe only Red Bull that had the edge on us, and now things have changed from the last race to this race, as we were just getting to be really good at managing the tyres.”
Lewis Hamilton: “[The Nurburgring Nordschleife is] considered too dangerous for modern F1 but I think it would be incredible to take a current car around there. I would love to do it and I’ve already told the team that next time they have an event there I want to drive it. I’d be flat out the whole lap.”
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Comment of the day
@AdrianMorse’s thoughts on the pecking order:
It’s a bit hard to read the long-run performance from the session, but Webber’s medium-tyre run was very impressive. It’s difficult to judge how far away Mercedes are, both on the long runs and on the short, because Hamilton was complaining of choosing a wrong setup direction for second practice, and Rosberg did two long-ish runs, split over soft and medium compounds.
I followed the session and got the impression that Mercedes was quite a bit slower than Red Bull over the long run, though. However, this was also the case in Silverstone, and on Sunday there was little to choose between the two teams.
Strategy is going to be interesting on Sunday. With the soft tyre good for no more than four laps, and perhaps usable for six, it will be interesting to see who uses mediums in Q2 tomorrow. It could be worth a gamble for Alonso, if he doesn’t anticipate doing better than fifth anyway.
Equally, perhaps for Red Bull and Mercedes it will be tempting to run mediums and still qualify around fifth, though I suspect those two teams will use the softs to fight for pole. Still, if all other teams qualify on the mediums, they can too.
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On this day in F1
Ten years ago today Ralf Schumacher won the French Grand Prix, leading all 70 laps. Team mate Juan Pablo Montoya was second, giving Williams a one-two finish for the second race in a row.
But Montoya fumed at what he believed was a preferential radio call given to his team mate, and later decided to sign for McLaren in 2005. Michael Schumacher was third for Ferrari.
Behind them Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard were fourth and fifth for McLaren, the top five finishing in the order they started.
Here’s the younger Schumacher heading to his sixth and final F1 victory:
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