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"The 13-inch tyres are not used by any road cars and maybe should give the highest performance for only 10 laps. That's not what we want to show."
"I have two world champions who are among the very best. So he has to prove himself. Perhaps that means I have to help him into another team for another learning year."
"It has left rival teams up in arms behind the scenes, but powerless to do anything more than complain."
"The problem is we are running something that is too democratic, and Jean (Todt) won't go along with things."
@danielricciardo I'm amazed you could eat anything after that giant croissant I saw you stuffing in your mouth his morning!! 😳
— Jenson Button (@JensonButton) June 3, 2015
Ecclestone now wants rid of the Strategy Group he created. It's served its true purpose – it kept him in power. #F1
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) June 3, 2015
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Comment of the day
Sebastien Bourdais’s remarks about the shortcomings of F1 track design attracted a mix of responses:
Bourdais is 100% right. The problem is that the FIA wants to standardise every circuit to a single model. This means that all new circuits look exactly the same (seriously, all Tilkedromes are pretty much interchangeable) and more traditional circuits are altered to become more like the standard. This concerns obvious things like track lay-out and run-off areas, but also things like circuit width and kerb stone design. About that last point, every circuit used to have different kinds of kerbs, some very high and narrow, others a bit shallower. Today all kerbs have the same profile, and the width is in some cases so large one could wonder why they didn’t just make the track wider.
But the worst thing by far are the run-off areas. The point of a circuit is to challenge the car and the driver, to push them to their limit – how is that possible if there is no limit to begin with? We saw it with the Parabolica in last weekend’s F3 race, drivers are just taking the escape road if they push too hard. That’s complete and utter sacrilege, in my opinion. I often visit Zandvoort and one of my worst fears is an asphalt run-off area along the Tarzan corner and the Scheivlak. If F1 ever decides to put Zandvoort back on the calendar, the FIA overhaul will completely ruin the track.
From the forum
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On this day in F1
David Coulthard won the Monaco Grand Prix after Michael Schumacher retired with a suspension failure on his Ferrari.
Rubens Barrichello claimed second place ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella’s Benetton.