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"It's basically a way, with the commercial interests behind it, for the teams that want to do it, to tap into more income which they otherwise couldn't have."
"Income should be distributed equally. Bernie says that is communism and the big teams would be against it but it is a sport and sport demands a level playing field."
"I don't think I'll overtake many cars tomorrow, I think I'll be a long way behind to start with because of the penalties we all incur in the race - whether it's a stop and go or a drive through, which I think it will be, but I'm not sure yet."
"Q1 and Q2 we did a build lap then a push but it felt by Q2 it was taking too much out of the tyres so by Q3 we thought we should be able to hit it but I couldn’t – it wasn’t ready. We just can’t seem to get a sweet spot and I think this is sort of bringing out the frustration."
"If we’re to get these results again next year, and don’t move forward, then I won’t be happy."
"Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff was being coy on exactly what his team does, but confirmed his team was doing all it could to ensure it had the best tyre sets available."
"No purist will ever accept a gimmick called Fanboost, giving spectators a chance to vote, via the website and social media, for drivers to receive a five-second surge of extra power. In the organisers’ first post-season debriefing, that feature needs to be knocked right on the head."
— Sauber F1 Team (@SauberF1Team) June 6, 2015
— Lotus F1 Team (@Lotus_F1Team) June 6, 2015
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) June 6, 2015
Jacques Villeneuve, Gilles' brother, raced FF at Montreal today. He qualified 12th and finished 11th out of 38 pic.twitter.com/opGE2rf7EE
— Peter Windsor (@PeterDWindsor) June 6, 2015
These boys are just the best. Peace and Love. And race safe. pic.twitter.com/v66d5RT7DC
— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) June 6, 2015
Then extra pitstop practice in preparation for a good race tomorrow pic.twitter.com/QUMOAHpo6F
— Geoff Simmonds (@GSimmo66) June 6, 2015
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Comment of the day
The plan to bring back refuelling appears to be dead which is what most F1 Fanatic readers said they were hoping for. But not this one:
I don’t understand the unanimous opposition to refuelling, not even the fans are up for it. I see many benefits.
Refuelling alone would make the cars four seconds faster.
Refuelling would allow the current power units to ensue, and still achieve the ‘five of six seconds quicker’ idea
Refuelling would actually be the least expensive method of making F1 ‘five of six seconds quicker’.
Refuelling would end under-fuelling strategies (highlight Red Bull 2010-2013) that further monopolise the pole sitter.
Refuelling would shorten the car’s wheelbase enhancing the car’s looks.
Refuelling would put more pressure into the top teams, as any pit mistake, weather change or Safety Car period could cost them the race and perhaps benefit an unlikely winner.
Refuelling adds one more variable for teams to work with.
Refuelling removes some of the stress from the drivers and PU manufacturers.
It’s more costly than not having refuelling.
It can potentially be more dangerous to pit crew (safety rules could fix this)
It can shift the racing to the pit lane rather than the track, although this situation is still true with the “undercutting rule” (this effect can be rendered irrelevant if the tyres stay as degrade-able as they are).
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On this day in F1
Pedro Rodriguez beat Chris Amon to the finishing line by 1.1 seconds in the Belgian Grand Prix on this day in 1970. It was the last time the race was held on the original, 14.1-kilometre long Spa-Francorchamps course.