In the round-up: Red Bull says a lack of “competitive horsepower” remains its biggest obstacle to success.
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Spy's Spanish insights (Red Bull)
"Max was 0.6s off pole, which is a hell of a lot closer than we've been in recent weeks but, more significantly, the car was far less of a screaming primadonna and worked well across a much wider range of conditions. This bodes well for later in the season if we get competitive horsepower."
Red Bull targeting Austria for next RB13 upgrade (F1i)
"'If we could turn the power up full, we would not be far from Mercedes and Ferrari,' an unnamed team member said."
F1 2017 - Make history (Codemasters via YouTube)
Maldonado not chasing F1 return despite Barcelona paddock appearance (Crash)
"I'm just giving 100% of my time to my family, enjoying that and looking forward to the future."
Mercedes to keep letting Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas race freely (Sky)
"As a team we have never made that call and we have never made it that early, so we are going to continue to work like we do."
Bottas: It was my job to hold up Vettel (Autosport)
"I was doing everything I could to keep Sebastian behind and make him lose time, that's how it goes."
Pressure building on Stroll as Monaco looms (Reuters)
Paddy Lowe: "I appreciate the challenging position he's in so I'm trying to help him through that."
Hamilton: Heavier contact would have changed Vettel relationship (ESPN)
"It was a very close battle today and if it had gone in a different direction, it would have been different between us."
Renault F1 team losses reduced massively in 2016 (Motorsport)
"Average staff levels rose from 475 in 2015 to 511 last year, adding £2m to the wage bill. That number has since moved towards 600."
Notebook from here and there (Joe Blogs F1)
"When the team appeared to pull off a fabulous PR stunt on Sunday by finding the weeping Kimi Raikkonen fan and letting him meet his hero, investigation revealed that the idea had come from the Formula One group and indeed, so they say, from its latest recruit: one Luca Colajanni, who was the Ferrari PR in the days when they had PR."
The plan to make Fernando Alonso a 35-year-old rookie Indy 500 champion (The Guardian)
"It’s no secret that Formula 1 has much higher safety standards. The tracks have a lot of run-off. You have less of a shot of hitting a wall. But when it comes to open-wheel racing, when it comes to closed-circuit racing in general, oval racing in IndyCar is by far the most dangerous there is."
Have McLaren scored an own-goal by letting Alonso miss Monaco? (The Independent)
"Early signs from the United States aren’t exactly what Alonso fans will want to see. He finished practice on Tuesday down in 24th, more than 3.5mph off Will Power’s fastest average time."
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