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July 19, 2013 12:08 PM

F1 » Silverstone Young Driver Test times – day two: 18 July

Argh... Richard - I never said they wouldn't feel different, I said the grip levels would be very similar. You were trying to tell me that the compounds were different for the test - it's in your post at the top of this very page - which is flat out wrong. Surely you're not saying that the difference between cross ply and radial tyres is comparable to the change in Pirelli F1 tyres from 2012 to 2013? There is a need to test them to confirm that they wont blow up all the time - that is what precipitated the change. The change in handling is incidental and is not the reason for the change in construction.


July 19, 2013 9:29 AM

F1 » Silverstone Young Driver Test times – day two: 18 July

Richard - the FIA says the compounds are the same and it was reported here on in the story "FIA confirms Silverstone test rules" on 10 July 2013. The FIA statement read - “Only the 2012 construction will be used for the test but with the hard, medium and soft 2013 compounds." I didn't say they weren't different, I said the grip would be comparable as the 2013 compounds are being used. The compound largely dictates the level of grip, that's why there is a hard, medium, soft and supersoft compound on one type of construction. Pirelli are testing these tyres because they're using the 2012 construction to try and stop them blowing up as they did at the British GP.


July 18, 2013 1:27 AM

F1 » Horner 'keen to try Ricciardo'

Based entirely on proven ability, you can't go past Raikkonen. He is probably the best choice of driver. HOWEVER... is he the best business/long term choice? If Raikkonen goes to Red Bull, how long would he stay, either with the team or in the sport? There's every chance that he'll bail in two or three years time. With Ricciardo, on the other hand, you could expect five-plus years out of him. Possibly up to 10 years. If Ricciardo is near enough to Raikkonen in whatever way you want to assess driving and racing ability, then I'd go for the former as a long term investment. But if there is daylight between them, Raikkonen has to be the choice.


July 08, 2013 12:41 AM

F1 » Force India, Red Bull fined for pit-lane incidents

This is great news for the teams, because the positions they can hold on the track due to unsafe releases are worth far more to them than the measly financial penalties handed out by the stewards. What a joke. The penalty for an unsafe release MUST be a drive through as soon after the incident as possible. Very weak adjudicating by the stewards on this occasion.


July 01, 2013 12:26 AM

F1 » Ricciardo: Eighth good result, but I see it as a missed opportunity

Sutil should have been penalised for pushing Ricciardo off the track at the entry to Copse. He's already moved to defend his line from Ricciardo, then when Ricciardo switched to the outside and was charging past, Sutil came back to the outside as well. ONE move, Adrian. ONE. Great racing from Ricciardo, though. He kept Alonso at bay for a very large chunk of the race and that is no small feat. It's just a shame that he was let down in a fall other small areas, like losing three seconds in the pit stop to a sticky wheel nut.


June 29, 2013 7:19 PM
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F1 » Ricciardo: Future is in my hands

@Biggerthinking1 - we get it, you're in love with di Resta. Can you please give up on this "quarter decade" nonsense? For a start, who says that? And in any case, like I explained in a previous comment, it's wrong - Ricciardo has been an F1 race driver for under 2 years, half a year of which was in an HRT. How many points would you have expected you're beloved di Resta to score in an HRT, for comparative purposes? Ricciardo has been in a Torro Rosso for one and a third seasons which, up until recently, has been a very long way off the relative performance of the Torro Rosso Vettel won in (which was a Red Bull chassis).

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