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Pirelli’s problems continue (03:00)
A Marble solution (03:00)
Odds analysis (03:00)
Pirelli’s problems continue
As TJ13 had reported earlier in the week, the prospect of wet weather was a problem for those at Pirelli, as they looked to give the 2014 prototype tyre their first taste of a race weekend. It was only Sebastian Vettel who ventured out on track to canter around on the tyre which was clearly unsuitable for the conditions. After that solitary lap, he returned to the pits under the instruction of ‘Rocky’.
Paul Hemberry said that that lap would have been ‘no use, as he struggled to hide the frustration in his voice during an interview with BBCF1’s coverage of FP2. Hemberry later said in interviews, ‘I can’t imagine they [Red Bull] gained a huge amount in the conditions we were in over one lap.’
Back in October, the Italian tyre manufacturer hinted they would withdraw from the sport if there was no tyre test conducted before Jerez when the new cars are rolled out. Therefore, it was no surprise to hear the news that Pirelli have requested a tyre test in Bahrain in December.
Hemberry said, ‘We have been running a Lotus [2010 car] this year, and we have done 1000km tests with a number of teams – so we are trying to find a 2011 car for Bahrain.” He continued, “We want to make a tender to see who can do it.”
Whether the test can be agreed in time and who will foot the bill still waits to be seen.
A Marble Solution
When going through my washing this week I noticed something strange in the machine. Two black, hard rubber pieces were sitting there. Momentarily, I was confused by what this could be until I remembered I had collected some of the marbles from the Austin GP.
Then it occurred to me these waste products of the Pirelli tyres could be the solution to a problem we debated earlier this week. We have seen on many occasions drivers not wanting to stray away from the racing line for fear of these ‘marbles’ sticking to the tyres, in turn causing them to lose grip.
Not wanting to stir up a previous debate, but; if these were spread in the run off areas it would satisfy the need for a penalty for doing so, as well as being cost-effective and not taking up too much of the stewards’ time for exceeding the track limits.
Any thoughts on this?
When there are periods of sustained dominance, betting odds become very short due to the likelihood of a repeat of the previous event. However, this Grand Prix is the first time Vettel has looked as if he could be beaten due to the Brazilian rain.
On WilliamHill.com in the Favourite vs The Field market, The Field is 2/1 for the win. Surely this is worth a punt given the unpredictability of the rain at Interlagos and the stress Vettel’s gearbox must have been under after the repeated doughnut displays. Furthermore, Nico Rosberg is 10/1 to be the fastest qualifier – a possibility following his Friday display.
Other interesting markets are a Points Finish for Jean-Eric Vergne, following his performance in the wet in FP2, at 2/1. Nico Hulkenberg, who seems to favour the Interlagos track, is 5/4 for a top 6 finish.