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  • #271694
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    For me it seems that mid-season drivers didn’t get a chance to select numbers. 3rd drivers, including those who have driven in Friday sessions and those who have done only pre- or mid-season testing have logic in their numbers. Susie Wolff mentioned that 41 wasn’t her selection – if she had been allowed to choose her selection would have been 24.

    Anyway, looks like each team was given two extra numbers. Those numbers are successive and in the order of WCC last year:

    Red Bull has 15 and 16 (15 used by Buemi in testing)
    Mercedes has 23 and 24 (not used)
    Ferrari has 28 and 29 (28 used by de la Rosa in testing)
    Lotus has 30 and 31 (30 has been used in testing)
    McLaren has 32 and 33 (32 used by Vandoorne in testing)
    Force India has 34 and 35 (34 used by Juncadella)
    Sauber has 36 and 37 (36 used by van der Garde)
    Toro Rosso has 38 and 39 (not used, thinking that Verstappen will have 38 then)
    Williams has 40 and 41 (40 used by Nasr, 41 by Wolff)
    Marussia has 42 and 43 (42 used by Rossi)
    Caterham has 45 and 46 (45 used by Rossi and Lotterer, 46 by Frijns)

    For next year it is interesting if there are mid-season changes. Especially if driver who started this season as regular driver is replacement. Like Vergne joining Lotus as a test driver and then replacing Maldonado who gets suspended.

    I think the numbers should stay for one year and beginning of the year after. So new drivers for 2015 and 2016 would not be able to select numbers used by this year’s drivers. Unless one of them actually announces retirement from F1, then the number is free.

    Like if the current system had been in place last year, Webber’s number would be free while di Resta’s number would be still reserved for him.

    #251644
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    Apparently drivers on Melbourne Thursday press conference are Vettel, Ricciardo, Hamilton, Alonso, Magnussen and Massa.

    #225572
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    About American open-wheelers.

    I think it would need someone under 25 to be a real championship contender. Current under-25s (Rahal, de Silvestro, Vautier, Newgarden) don’t fit that category. If Munoz becomes regular next year and will be contender soon he might be one.

    #230602
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    Thursday:

    Charles and Giedo: With Romain Grosjean getting 10-place penalty, he may well be demoted behind you in the starting grid. In general, how do you look on defensive battle against drivers in faster cars?

    Friday: (I want to stay away from tyregate, but ask about tyres a different question)
    Monisha, last year it was said that Sauber is one of the best with tyres. In Monaco, Nico struggled towards the end of the race. Was the reason that he didn’t save tyres enough or is this year’s car different compared to last year?

    #230590
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    That would be good. But looking through the drivers so far involved, only two of them have been only once: Chilton and Maldonado. “Good” thing that they collided with each other, though I may see that Chilton has to wait until Britain.

    #230588
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    With drivers’ session gone it doesn’t make sense to “ask” anything.

    But for Alain Prost, this:

    As a driver, Monaco GP is always special. Has it been special after your driving career, whether you have been just a spectator, team owner or in your current role as an advisor?

    #230581
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    Who are the Monaco GP participants?

    #236432
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    It’s always difficult to compare drivers who competed full career and those who had a career cut short.
    Of those single GP winners, I think the following had an early end to their careers: Kubica, Nannini, Nilsson, Pace, Cevert, Scarfiotti, Bandini, Musso.

    Talking about full careers I rate Alesi the best.

    #230579
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    As I would be one on the floor, I would ask just one question in each, although this time one directed towards two members.

    First, on drivers’ PC.
    Sergio, Lewis Hamilton talked about being controlled too much while being at McLaren. Do you feel the difference between working in McLaren and Sauber?

    Then, in the team staff PC:
    Mark and Dave, how do you feel about the situation where the difference between your teams seem to be decided much by the bad luck happening to other teams rather than the pace of your teams?

    #232382
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    Best Driver: di Resta
    Worst Driver: Gutierrez
    Best Team: Lotus
    Worst Team: Ferrari
    Best Overtake: Perez on Alonso
    Best Funny-moment: Not really anything remarkable
    Most Surprising Result: Grosjean finding speed again
    Least Surprising Result: Vettel winning
    Special Mention to: Red Bull for sending woman to take constructors’ trophy.
    Race Rating: 9/10

    #232051
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    IMO, Coulthard and Brundle have shown that former drivers who have worked for media can do the interviews much better than others.

    In Finland we have nowadays Mika Salo in our crew, so he could be good chance to do it at some race. However in Bahrain he’s working in the stewards’ panel.

    #230572
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    Charles:
    Having driven for Marussia last year and Caterham this year, how much the teams have difference in their working ambitions while trying to get higher on the timesheets?

    Martin:
    McLaren has had several bad starts to the season, such as in 2004 or 2009. In both those years the team was able to win in the latter parts of the season. Are those experiences helpful in the current situation of the team?

    #231985
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    The teams will improve their tyre usage towards the end of the season and I think we will the amount of pit stop decreasing towards the end of the season, just like it has happened in past two years.

    #230565
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    Just read the transcript and noted that Grosjean and Perez didn’t get asked any questions from the floor.

    #185107
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    I say Adrian Sutil due to some trouble with the law. The question has only surnames, so Scheckter might refer to Tomas and not Jody.

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