F1 » Spanish Grand Prix 2013: Mercedes locks-out the front row


Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton shone in qualifying in Spain, and clinched an emphatic 1-2 front row lock-out for Mercedes for Sunday's Grand Prix.

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GT-T - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 3:49 AM

Both Mercedes driver said they do not have confident with Tires even though they were in front role 1st and 2nd.

I think FIA must open multiple tire suppliers in f1 for sake of drivers' safety.
Pirelli Tyre is sub-standard for F1 car.
Tyres failures in Bahrain show how Pirelli tyres are dangerous and threatening to safety of Drivers. I don't want to see someone car front tyre failure at high speed in straight-line and hitting on Wall.
I'm not against Pirelli Tyre Company but its Tyres are sub-standard to Michelin and Bridgestone.
A few years ago Michelin Tyres had failure during Friday practice before the race, on Ralf Schumacher's Toyota and all cars which used Michelin Tyres were advised not to race by Michelin in 2005 US GP.
Why FIA has taken no action on Pirelli for Multiple Tyres failure in Bahrain GP and other GPs?
I believe Drivers safety must come first.
Now it's time to act on Tyres safety issue.
3 years is enough time for Pirelli to fix its Tyre problems but Pirelli Tyre pr

Dave - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 4:30 AM

There's usually two numbers of pit stops you can do which are both reasonably good. In the past Hamilton has compromised his race trying to go for the smaller number and having to switch to the bigger number anyway. I think they should just drive like they're doing more stops from the start. Let's face it, this Mercedes is no Lotus when it comes to tyres.

Dave - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 4:35 AM

I have a feeling that with 2 DRS zones they're going to have severe difficulty keeping the Ferraris behind them, and probably even the Lotus and the Red Bull. I foresee 2 possible scenarios: if Mercedes have been faking their long faces about the race like they did about qualifying, and they have made a big step there, this could be a 1-2 for Mercedes. If they aren't faking, and it's similar to Bahrain. I would suggest about 4th-6th for the Mercs. I have a feeling Brawn will contrive for Hamilton to pass Rosberg in the pitstops by pitting him first, if he doesn't get past at the start.

jim crint - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 5:52 AM

@westy, prof-x - the comment about Lewis being 7/10ths quicker in Q2 than the Rosberg pole was absolutely not about relative pace, it clearly was a fan-boy mistake!

Rosberg was quicker in Q3, end of!

Taipan

May 12, 2013 7:41 AM

A couple of months ago one of the fanboys told us that Lulu was taking his HALF A SECOND advantage to Mercedes.
I can only imaging that Lulu decided to give 4 tenths of his half a second advantage to Nico just to make things more interesting.
Wow what a generous guy....

bob - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 7:43 AM

@Jim crint

Not to mention the fact that westy was completely wrong! Both of Rosbergs Q3 times were the fastest of the entire qualifying session.

Oh no fanboys, its not looking good. First of all Lulu the great gets out scored over 3 years by a 'slow midfield driver', now he's moved to a new team and is getting his ass handed to him by his new team mate during qualifying!!

You know, qualifying, the reason you lot think Hamilton is so amazing. I wonder how long before the fanboys start telling us that qualifying doesn't really matter and its the race that really counts.

Hahahaha

Taipan

May 12, 2013 7:57 AM

Bob, Being completely objective (a word that scares the sh*t out of fanboys) the only team mate that Lulu was able to beat with relative ease was Heikki, and look where he is now.

Outright favouritism to tie with Alonso.

Out scored by Button over three seasons.

Team orders already at work to try and keep him ahead of Nico.

Poor fanboys, will their little hero ever live up to their hype?

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