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Fernando Alonso wins in Shanghai, as Ferrari beats Lotus and Mercedes to the line.

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April 14, 2013 6:25 PM

35. no, i never mentioned downforce, but yes, i did say that the merc was hard on its tyres. and today showed nothing. the soft tyres worked a bit better today due to higher track temps, but in practice, they were really chewing up tyres, and lulu even complained to pirelli. even a flat spot on them could create instant deflation.
i am not sure if it is the new suspension system that has improved matters over last year, or not, but this is still causing a few problems on nicos car.
but i still believe that tyres will be the main talking problem for all teams during the season. tody, the softs lasted 6-7 laps. i wonder how long the super softs would have lasted

fish fingers - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 10:16 PM

I just use iplayer to watch the first 5 laps and the last 5.. I'm bored of this season already, its not a drivers championship
I just saw alot of drivers letting other drivers past, not being able to drive fast on crap tyres. F1 is officially rubbish

Nanbawan - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 10:38 PM

Whilst I still fundamentally agree with Pirelli's policy, it's true they could do a slightly better job with the softer compounds. More performance in trade of degradation and a bit more warning before crumbling would do no harm.

OTOH, the mediums seem to be decent tyres.


April 15, 2013 10:28 PM

The soft compound was capable of phenomenal performance if a driver chose to really hammer it. It was very short lived in such a circumstance meaning that a three or better still a four stopper could have provided quite some excitement. Unfortunately no team was that adventurous.

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