In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel says he regrets not being able to speak to Michael Schumacher about his move to Ferrari.
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"He was always very helpful and honest about all the rest in Formula One; the business side of things, his experience, the lessons he learnt. That’s obviously the part I was missing."
"He was finally grabbed by security staff and handed on to police for arrest – but not before apparently stating he wanted to try a car."
"FIA race director Charlie Whiting requested to the clerk of the course that security be heightened and it is understood it has since been redoubled."
"Fernley is adamant that an extra engine should only be available for Friday running: 'The proposal was very clear, it was to ensure that the fans have good value on Fridays in terms of the amount of running they see.'"
"Q2 is more realistic. At the moment you’d say definitely, but who knows when tomorrow comes."
"Definitely Q2 is the goal tomorrow and finishing the race even close to the points is a goal."
"Today looked good but I don't want to jump to conclusions yet...I still think Mercedes for sure are quicker but Ferrari as well is at the moment a small step ahead."
"My impression is that Ferrari is coming even closer here - so it will be a long night to prepare the car for qualifying."
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) April 10, 2015
Unusual sight as Porsche practice session is red flagged to allow a fork lift truck to retrieve tyre bundles from the middle of the track
— Adam Cooper (@adamcooperF1) April 10, 2015
Hamilton: "Which sector was not so good?" Bonnington: "Afraid I can't give you that information Lewis, will discuss in the garage." #F1
— F1 Fanatic Live (@f1fanaticlive) April 10, 2015
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) April 10, 2015
The Chinese guy who jumped over the pitwall is used to oppressive restrictions on freedom. No wonder he was hard to find in the paddock
— Vladimir Rys (@vladimirrys) April 10, 2015
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Comment of the day
Instead of laying in to Renault and threatening to quit, Red Bull should follow the example set by their rivals, argues Sonics:
Last year six others teams had the same problem (not having Mercedes engine) and one other team (McLaren) felt it was the wrong engine for them. Let’s see how they worked on their problem:
1. Lotus switched to Mercedes getting the engine everyone thinks is the best at the moment and has already shown lot of progress. This is not dismissing their chassis development of course.
2. Ferrari made major restructuring (including booting whining Montezemolo, who even expected that at the beginning of 2014?) and worked hard to improve their engine and package. Now they already have a race win on pure performance and may challenge Mercedes’ dominance.
3. Sauber naturally also benefitted from Ferrari engine improvement.
4. Toro Rosso stuck with Renault but they keep their mouth shut and now they are even in front of Red Bull. This should be wake up call that Red Bull’s package isn’t as good as they think, and it’s possible that it’s really not working since they are beaten by ‘midfield team’ that has a second-tier crew. (Not to dismiss people in Toro Rosso, but Red Bull has the first pick for better drivers, mechanics, designers etc…)
5. Manor is still using the 2014 car and is cash-strapped. Realistically we don’t expect anything from them except that they can compete in all races for the rest of the season.
6. Caterham is dead
7. McLaren tried something new by switching to Honda. It may not be working well for them now, they know this, accept it, and are working hard to make it work. We don’t hear any whining and backstabbing between them and Honda.
From the forum
- A reader planning a trip to Yas Marina is wondering which ‘early bird’ ticket they should buy for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of two-times world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, is among the 35 drivers on the packed grid for the first round of the European Formula Three championship which begins at Silverstone tomorrow.
Last year the championship was won by Esteban Ocon while Max Verstappen won the most races and gained a shock promotion to F1.
Macau Grand Prix winner Felix Rosenqvist has claimed pole position for all three of this weekend’s races but he faces serious competition from fellow top F3 talent Antonio Giovinazzi, plus exciting rookie talents including British Formula Four champion George Russell and Verstappen’s former karting rival Charles Leclerc.
Race one starts at 10:10am UK time so depending when the Chinese Grand Prix qualifying session is wrapped up by we may follow the opening race on F1 Fanatic Live. See below for a Spotters’ Guide to all 35 drivers:
Happy birthday to Aniket Garg!
On this day in F1
Non-championship races for F1 cars were held at two separate venues on this day 60 years ago but both were won by one of the foremost cars of the time, Maserati’s 250F. Jean Behra triumphed in the Pau Grand Prix while Roy Salvadori clinched the Glover Trophy at Goodwood.