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01:31 02:12 03:58 04:30 GMT
2013 tyres will remain unchanged
TJ13 reported before Monaco that Pirelli had shifted their stance. They were to introduce new tyres for Canada, this then became tyres for the team’s to try out and hopefully to approve for Silverstone.
During the Pirelli press teleconference, TJ13 asked Paul Hembery did he have the unanimous agreement of the teams to change the tyres for 2013. He suggested that the teams recognised the delaminations are not ideal and agree in principle the tyres should be changed. “Some want more, others want less” change Hembery stated.
Yet Finland’s MTV3 are quoting Hembery as saying this weekend, “We have heard that Lotus will not accept any changes, if that’s true, we will use the same tyres for the rest of the season. There may be some more four-stop races, but what can we do?”
Hembery believes they can reduce the delamination problem by reverting to using glue during the construction of the unchanged 2013 tyres. “Either we get the agreement of all the teams, which I think is unlikely, or we will have to have some other ideas.”
AMuS are speculating whether Jean Todt has “a secret agenda, and wants Pirelli to get so angry that they leave voluntarily, opening the door to Michelin?”.
Pirelli president Marco Tronchetti Provera when questioned whether he was concerned over the ‘tyregate’ scandals told Tuttosport: “It doesn’t concern us. We have followed the rules and we will continue to do so.”
Will Pirelli leave the sport? Italy’s La Repubblica reports Hembery saying, “We don’t want to have another season like this one. Our contract is expiring. Will formula one be without tyres? I don’t know, but that’s not our business. Who knows, maybe they’ll find another supplier willing to work in the dark.”
On the matter of the impending international tribunal, Hembery tells La Presse, “This is not just a matter of waiting for the truth to come out, but also a question of doing things differently in the future.”
Al Khalifa representatives in Canada
The provisional calendar for 2014 will be announced sometime in August and September. Representatives for the Bahraini promoters are stepping up the pressure to hold the season opener, which could be as early as March 2nd.
In 2011, the year the Bahrain GP was cancelled, the schedule included a final test in Bahrain the week before the gulf state were to hold the season opener. This will be the case again should the opening race be awarded to Bahrain, who are offering an extra $10m for the privilege.
If New Jersey can find the cash, the 2014 season could contain a record 21 races though it is strange why this would require such an early start. There is plenty of time in the European leg of the F1 calendar to condense races and create the space for 2 more races.
The teams have agreed to request the rules be altered to allow testing to begin before February 1st, yet whether Jerez will retain it’s opening slot on the test schedule is not clear. The teams and Pirelli criticised the Andalucian circuits surface as poor. TJ13 observed a number of repairs being made to the actual asphalt the cars run upon each night around 21-22:00.
There have been voices of concern raised over a 21 race calendar and extended testing. Damon Hill today observed that F1 people have families and it is not fair to ask them to be away for extended periods of time.
More races means more F1 income, so as long as enough goes to the teams they can afford additional travel costs and staffing expenses – what’s the problem?
Forgive me if I’m losing the plot, but the privilege of working in F1 is something most fans would give their right arms to do for food and lodging only as recompense. There are plenty of people outside of F1 who have a work life which sees them work away 5 days in 7.
This is motor racing – IT IS DANGEROUS. If the health and safety brigade and the political correct posse have their way we’ll be watching drivers compete simultaneously in simulators like some glorified internet based video game.
Hey, that’s an idea… then we can all play and see how good these guys really are who earn $20m a year. Winner takes all each race I say 🙂
Tyre limited cars no excuse in Canada
Having heard excuses about silver buses and tyre limited cars, the Canadian GP qualifying has set up a mouth watering prospect for F1 fans should the race be dry.
The teams have all their dry tyres still with the delivery wrapping paper on and as such can run a race based upon using the tyres to the maximum. We have seen a team win in 2013 using 5 sets of tyres during the race yet this should not be necessary in Canada.
When asked whether he would need all six sets of new dry tyres, Mark Webber confidently responded to SKY TV, “no four should be enough”.rs
Should the race be wet but not torrential, we could have a unique viewing spectacle. The top 10 drivers on the grid have all used their intermediate tyres extensively and cars qualifying outside the top may have a significant advantage.
Penalties and the revised grid
Nico Hulkenberg gets a big boost ahead of the start of the Canadian GP. Following penalties issued to Raikkonen and Ricciardo for not observing pit lane protocols he is now promoted to 9th.
The Finn and the Aussie failed to line up in order at the restart of Q3 following the red flag incidents and so have been penalised 2 places each.1 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing-Renault
2 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-
3 Valtteri Bottas, Williams-Renault
4 Nico Rosberg, Mercedes
5 Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing-Renault
6 Fernando Alonso, Ferrari
7 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari
8 Adrian Sutil, Force India-Mercedes
9 Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber-Ferrari
10 Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus-Renault (2 place penalty)
11 Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso-Ferrari (2 place penalty)
12 Sergio Pérez, McLaren-Mercedes
13 Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Renault
14 Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes 15 Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber-Ferrari 16 Felipe Massa, Ferrari 17 Paul Di Resta Force India-Mercedes 18 Charles Pic, Caterham Renault 19 Jules Bianchi, Marussia-Cosworth 20 Max Chilton, Marussia-Cosworth 21 Giedo van der Garde, Caterham Renault 22 Romain Grosjean, Lotus Renault (10 place penalty from Monaco) Di Resta Critical of team again
Having failed two race weekends in a row to make it out of Q3, Paul di Resta has described it as “not acceptable”. He told Sky TV, “We had a bit of an issue with the gearbox settings being incorrect before qualifying. It was key to be on the track at the right time and though we probably did not have to change it, it was changed.
The big thing is why it was wrong to begin with? The question is why did we try to fix it and not just go out because it was not going to make a difference?
Justifying his part in the Monaco qualifying fiasco, Paul says “Monaco was completely different, I’ve run through it again and I would have made the same decision as the engineer did. Here, there has been an error, people have apologised for their error and I accept that.
The bit I can’t accept is that it’s two weeks in a row. If it had happened just here, it would have been far easier to brush off. It’s testing (read difficult), but we recovered there [Monaco] and there’s no reason why we can’t recover again tomorrow.”
The problem for Paul is he demanded apologies from the team in Monaco when they did not switch his tyres in Q1, yet Van de Garde at the same time was telling his team he wanted to change tyres.
We saw an agitated Fernando Alonso towards the back end of the 2012 season. ‘Almost text gate’ didn’t happen but still was reported by La Stampa a situation where the Spaniard was furious with the lack of development of the car by Fry and his team.
Then he engaged in Samurai pysche, tweeting against Vettel when the race weekend didn’t go his way. Yet having qualified 6th in Montreal and being 29 points behind Vettel, Fernando is not raging against the machine.
In fact he has admitted it was his fault he didn’t qualify further up the grid because on the second set of intermediates in Q3, “I made a mistake at turn 10. My qualifying place is on my own back”.
This rhetoric of personal accountability is not a fundamental change in the manner in which Alonso operates. Maybe this is merely ‘one in the bank’ – so later in the year when he needs to kick the team up the back side he can refer to this magnificent act of personal acceptance to prove his criticism is even handed.
Or maybe Fernando is just loved up.
Could the reason for Bottas’ performance in qualifying be the different wing he is running to his teammate? Maldonado expecting a dry qualifying/race and Bottas a wet one? In the foreground we see Bottas has adopted the ‘Boomerang’ Rear Wing we have seen the team use before (Montreal & Monza in 2012) whilst Maldonado in the background tries out a new Rear Wing with a curved Y150 region. Both are aimed at leveraging less drag vs downforce but in different ways. Bottas won…
Bangkok no more but is there an alternative
3 weeks ago TJ13 reported residents were up in arms about having the Thailand Grand Prix run through the historic part of the city after hearing about the proposed Grand Prix through media and social networks. This was after the Ministry for Pollution had completed its extensive study of the effects of an F1 race on the inhabitants close to the proposed circuit. Their conclusions were that, under Thai health and safety regulations, the impact is reasonable.
Well now the Metropolitan Authority passed a rule banning car racing in the historic district of the city, because the area is a conservation zone so no more Thai Grand Prix… or is the an alternative?
Early in May TJ13 pointed out the potential barriers for a race in the Thai capital and that race was very unlikely to happen. Very conveniently Newin Chidchob is building a circuit (Buriram International Circuit) 400 km north of Bangkok. Could this be where the F1 circus is heading?
In a recent interview Marko was asked what he thinks the next steps would be following on from the Mercedes test if the FIA does not act.
He threatened “Law of the jungle” saying, “…there is a test agreement among all the teams – a gentlemen’s agreement that we haven’t even mentioned – that also has been clearly violated. And if this test is waved through without consequences all the talks about cost reductions would go out of the window – it would be the reopening of Pandora’s box which would be hard to ever close again. Renault would definitely like us to test their new engine, and so on and so forth…“.
Hmmm, so is he saying they will test if the FIA does not make an example out of Mercedes?