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Renault Sport F1 head of track operations Remi Taffin: “In the last four races we’ve introduced several new upgrades and we will complete the process in Montreal, effectively giving us the first full opportunity to see where we are versus the competition.”
“Pirelli is open to the idea of rebalancing mechanical and aerodynamic grip in order to improve the racing in Formula One, including bringing back wider tyres.”
“I think [Ferrari are] trying their best [to catch Mercedes]. They’ve improved the engine a lot already, it is much better now. We still have to improve obviously but I think it’s getting there.”
“We can’t replace the blown diffuser obviously, but Sebastian was quick before they came along. It’s a re-learning curve.”
So off to Montreal today. One of my favorite events of the year. Love the fast chicanes & wrestling the car over the curbs. Fun place 👌
— Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) June 3, 2014
Sign of the times: press release from one of the teams says Canada is special because it gets "great television viewing figures". #F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) June 3, 2014
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Comment of the day
The debate over the entertainment value of this year’s cars continues:
I was at Barcelona and I found it boring, due to the almost complete lack of the engine sound, which made for almost no atmosphere. For the first time ever at a grand prix (my 36th) I deliberately missed an F1 session, simply as it did not seem worthwhile getting up early to attend it.
I am enjoying F1 this season on TV, but for me, it is now a ‘TV-only’ sport, since it is so underwhelming in the flesh. I am gutted about this, as it has been my passion since I was nine years old.
From the forum
Happy birthday to Nathan Bradley and Alexf1Man!
On this day in F1
Alain Prost took the lead of the 1989 drivers’ championship by two points from team mate Ayrton Senna by winning the United States Grand Prix, which was held on a street track in Phoenix for the first time.
Senna retired with an engine problem while leading on a day when there were only enough cars running at the end to fill the six points-scoring places. Riccardo Patrese was second for Williams, Eddie Cheever was on the podium in his home city, and Christian Danner gave Rial their best ever finish with fourth having started last.
Here’s footage from the American broadcast of the race:
Image © Renault/DPPI