F1 » What we learned at the Spanish Grand Prix

Crash.net's team in the paddock bring you some of the stories and rumours that have been bubbling behind the scenes during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend

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May 12, 2014 12:06 PM

We learned that all Lulu needs to stop being a sulky boy is a massively dominant car, contrary to what he claimed last year.

We also learned that when Lulu wins a huge amount of new accounts appear on Crash all claiming that beating the average Rosberg by the smallest margin makes Lulu the greatest driver in the World, again.



May 12, 2014 12:20 PM

One thing I noticed that wasn't picked up on any tv commentary I heard, regarding tyre 'marbles' - I recall that Pirelli said at the start of the year that the new tyre construction would mean less marbles therefore more lines for the cars, but the main straight at least was knee-deep in the stuff

Sasha Alexandrovich

May 12, 2014 1:36 PM

"The new technological era has been the saving grace of a sport struggling to deal with a paucity of sponsors and spiralling costs, "

-- At the cost of a huge number of viewers in many countries. Net result, still a huge loss for the sport.


May 12, 2014 2:29 PM

Something is missing from F1 - thats obvious. For myself I now no longer care to watch qualifying nor am I concerned if the race is shown live or otherwise. Yesterday I watched the Monaco Classic races and World superbikes, occasionally switching across to F1. Its the first time in 30 years that I have been so disinterested.


May 12, 2014 6:04 PM

Adding a section to the article in fun. Feel free to correct, add thoughts or rip it up for being bookish, preachy, ignorance. Again just having some fun by spouting off.

Section: The power to grip ratio is sorely lacking


May 12, 2014 6:05 PM

We learned that the power to grip ratio is sorely lacking. The race cars need 100hp - 200 hp (at the same 10.5 K RPM) for the current tire selection at the current track or 200 hp - 300hp (@10500 rpm) if a softer compound tire is used at the same track.

Pirelli took some flack (ahem) for using harder compound rubber at this track due to the track surface and graining issue in China. Drivers did not like the change because it made the cars, that were already hard to drive due to a removal of downforce (rear bite), harder to drive. A note is that the ones that complained are also drivers that like to ride on the ragged edge.

During the race, the middle to the back of the field, where the best racing occurs, the cars were continually out of shape struggling for grip. Most looked to have evil handling race cars. Up closer to the front of the field, where the cars are more sorted, they did not look to be struggling too much. Although Hamilton complained of snap oversteer on corner entry

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