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“Qatar, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi were all considered as potential venues for the two other tests, but sources suggest that Dubai is now clear favourite to hold them.”
Lewis Hamilton: “I’m not really looking forward to it. I was just saying to Sebastian, it’s just a shame that we obviously have good pace… we’ve got a good car so I think if we didn’t have the tyre issues we would be able to compete with the guys in the race. It sucks in the way that I’m not able to have a race with these guys but we will do the best we can tomorrow.”
“We are just doing a good job with the car. We struggled at the beginning of the year – it’s not a secret – with mapping and stuff like that but since then we’ve found what I need to bring the car where I want to and it’s getting better and better.”
“I think it was a little miracle today to be fifth. It is a track that has been historically not so good for Ferrari, with these slow speed corners.”
“I still need to have a good weekend. Of course, though, the fewer candidates the better for me. [I need to] make it happen this weekend.”
“Sauber have – to all intents and purposes – introduced a ‘B’ version of their car in Hungary.”
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Comment of the day
Does one Red Bull driver have more technical problems than the other? Jon Sandor doesn’t think so:
Car problems for Webber and Vettel during their time together at Red Bull:
2009 – Singapore (DNF, brakes)
2010 – Bahrain (some sort of minor engine issue), Canada (five place starting penalty for gearbox change)
2011 – China (started 18th after electrical problems in qualifying), Canada (unable to use KERS in qualifying)
2012 – Bahrain (had no KERS for the first lap), Europe (problems with DRS in qualifying), Germany (five place penalty for gearbox change), Belgium (five place penalty for gearbox change), India (slight KERS problem caused him to lose 2nd, finish 3rd), USGP (alternator, DNF)
2013 – Australia (ECU/KERS issues at start of race), China (out of fuel in qualifying, start from pit lane, wheel fell off), Germany (Wheel fell off leaving the pits), Hungary (KERS trouble in qualifying)
2009 – Hungary (DNF, suspension), Europe (DNF, engine failure)
2010 – Bahrain (spark plug problems cost him the win, finished 4th), Australia (DNF, drive train problems cost him the win), Spain (brake problems, pit stop problems), Canada (gearbox problem), Korea (DNF, blown engine)
2011- Spain (KERS problems in qualifying), Abu Dhabi (DNF, tyre delaminated), Brazil (gearbox problem)
2012- Europe (DNF, alternator failure), German (KERs problems), Belgium (DNF, alternator failure), Abu Dhabi (out of fuel in qualifying, started from pit lane)
2013 – British GP (DNF, gearbox failure), German GP (lost KERS for a while in the race)
Conclusion – both Red Bull drivers have had essentially the same number of car problems from 2009 onwards. Vettel’s problems tend to be a lot more severe through: he has eight car related DNFs to Webber’s three.
Jon Sandor (@Jonsan)
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Jack Brabham won the non-championship Solitude Grand Prix in his own BT3 50 years ago today.
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