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McLaren: Stewards made right choice

Martin Whitmarsh: Obviously, today's postponement of qualifying was extremely disappointing. But it's important to frame that within the limitations we inevitably encounter when faced with constant heavy rain and large areas of standing water. In such circumstances, it's neither safe nor sensible to consider driving a F1 car in anger.
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has praised officials for the way they handled today's aborted qualifying session for the F1 2010 Japanese Grand Prix, the sixteenth round on the calendar.

Heavy rain eventually meant it was impossible to run the session at the 3.608 mile Suzuka circuit and while there were two half-hour delays in an attempt to let conditions improve after persistent rain blighted Saturday's programme, race stewards finally decided to postpone the session until Sunday morning.

“Obviously, today's postponement of qualifying was extremely disappointing for the thousands of loyal fans at the track and the many millions watching on TV around the world. But it's important to frame that within the limitations we inevitably encounter when faced with constant heavy rain and large areas of standing water,” Whitmarsh said.

“In such circumstances, it's neither safe nor sensible to consider driving a F1 car in anger, and I think the stewards did an extremely sensible job to monitor the situation closely before deciding to reschedule the session for Sunday morning.

“All the drivers on the grid will face a considerable challenge to take their cars to the limit in what's expected to be a tricky damp-but-drying morning qualifying session. Sunday promises to be for a thrilling spectacle, and everybody at McLaren is looking forward to it tremendously.”

Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali meanwhile was similarly sympathetic for the fans, as was Bridgestone's director of motorsport Hiroshi Yasukawa.

“For us, it does not change much and indeed, doing qualifying and the race on the same day is something we have experienced before, right here in Suzuka [back in 2004],” said Domenicali. “But we feel really sorry for the thousands of spectators who had braved the bad weather to pack the grandstands in order to watch what should have been an exciting qualifying session.

"There is always a great atmosphere here in Japan, with real enthusiasm for F1: even today you could see lots of families with their children, something that is always nice to see and not just in our sport.”

“I would like to thank all the fans who came to Suzuka today despite the very wet weather conditions,” Yasukawa added. “Even despite the weather many people enjoyed our activities on the Bridgestone stage in the fan zone where many drivers made appearances.

"We hope that everyone is rewarded with a full and exciting day of qualifying and race action tomorrow.”



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Saturday, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren and Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Head of the Gestione Sportiva
Saturday, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren and Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Head of the Gestione Sportiva
Saturday, Stefano Domenicali (ITA), Head of the Gestione Sportiva and Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren
Martin Whitmarsh, Team Principal, McLaren Mercedes

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50 Cent - Unregistered

October 09, 2010 5:51 PM

Rob0 - I think it's sour grapes from Brown. After all he is responsible for technical development and one way of explaining your failure is to put in question good results of a competitor. Moreover, the pics of the wings, supposedly, getting closer to the ground could be due to heavier fuel loads, camera moving, driver breaking or less pressure in the tyres. Also, one of the posters mentioned that RBs went back to illegal wings. That's nonsense since the cars are tested each grand prix. Btw, you still fancy lulu's chances of a top 3?

richard

October 09, 2010 6:56 PM

f fish, (and rob) i hadnt seen the article. i must be sleeping. but i think that it is just sour grapes from brawn. here is a theory. the bulls have a very high downforce on their front wing, and run with softer suspension than others. further there is a possibility that their tyre pressure is lower. all this would result in the front of their car being pushed down further than others, at high speeds. its not magic. the fact is that newey actually wanted stiffer tests to prove there was nothing wrong with their wing. the wing is legal, end of story. if brawn is so sure that there is a trick that he is mnissing, why does he not protest?



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