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“The new choices now mirror those used in Hungary last year [medium and soft], but because Pirelli is using softer rubber compounds across its tyre range this season, the tyres used at the Hungaroring in 2013 will effectively be one grade softer than last year.”
Pirelli motorsport director: “We are not interested in helping one team over another, we just want to do our job. We don’t care if we do tests with five different teams, one after the other.”
“The 82-year-old has since denied that he has put in a bid for the track before the deadline of 12 June.”
“After qualifying Mark Webber peered into Lewis Hamilton’s cockpit, most likely at the request of his engineers who probably suspect Mercedes have some sort of special device in there.”
“Obviously I had the incident in Monaco with Pastor Maldonado. I did learn from it, but to be honest with you even if I’d been in F1 for 20 years, I would have still done the same thing. I wasn’t aware of anything around me – I knew there was a car behind me but I wasn’t expecting him to put his car there. That’s why I came across.”
“Pirelli was obviously given a mandate and they tried to satisfy it but you can only do so much. We used to test for six weeks in Rio during the off-season with Goodyear. We ran so many tyres every day it was ridiculous. On average, we did about two grand prix distances per day. We went round and round doing race simulations all day long. It doesn’t make financial sense to do that now. But I still think there would be some benefit to having some testing for everyone.”
“The BBC has apologised for revealing who finished on pole position for the German Grand Prix before the highlights were broadcast.”
“In his eighth decade, [NASCAR driver Morgan] Shepherd outstrips by far the oldest drivers who’ve successfully competed in Formula One.”
Sad news… TV crews now banned from pitlane for ALL sessions. Going to make our job very tough. Hungary will be interesting.
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Comment of the day
Massa has scored 441 points since the start of the 2010 season, to Alsonso’s 910. That’s 48% of Alonso’s tally, which means he’s almost half as good in equal machinery.
Forget it. Massa used to be good, was in a terrible accident, and hasn’t recovered since. I know his role is playing second fiddle to Alonso but he doesn’t seem to be able to live up to that anymore. Please plonk the guy in a DTM car or something and leave the second Ferrari to somebody able to work it.
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On this day in F1
Alain Prost won the British Grand Prix 20 years ago today, giving him a 20-point lead over Ayrton Senna in the drivers’ championship.
His win came at the expense of team mate Damon Hill, who had been leading until his engine failed.
Senna also had misfortune, running out of fuel late in the race. That promoted the Benettons of Michael Schumacher and Ricciardo Patrese to second and third.
Here’s Hill’s retirement as it was (almost) seen live by Eurosport viewers:
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