In the round-up: Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari are narrowing the gap to Mercedes and will overhaul their rivals.
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"But we are getting closer and closer, and at some stage we will turn the situation around."
"Former Formula One world champion Jenson Button believes he may have been gassed during a burglary at his rented villa in Saint-Tropez but a local prosecutor and French police said on Friday there was no proof that was the case."
"Unfortunately we will have more penalties during the coming months, but you will also see big improvements from both sides."
"Most of the people in Sakura didn't have the experience or even the knowledge of the current F1 technology."
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I can’t help but feel that Williams, for the past two years, has thrown an incredible amount of good results and points away.
They have had a huge mix of bad pit calls, misfortune, clearly under-performing at many tracks (potentially due to their drivers), bad set-ups, etc., and I think that if they get these issues sorted out they could be on the podium a lot more, and challenge for the occasional win when Mercedes slip up.
I do wonder what the results would be like if they had a driver like Alonso or Hamilton in the car.
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He’s got a great reputation for partying and that’s taken the edge off it. He’s a typical example of too much, too soon.
While the criticism is today levelled by some at Lewis Hamilton, Mansell was talking about Jenson Button at the time.
Mansell also said: “Jenson should have won more races, he has under-performed and that is down to him. He had the opportunity and he didn’t take it – there won’t be any more.” Talk about predictions coming wrong…