March 22, 2013

Formula 1 Getting Tired Already.

Tired as in the black Italian made rubber donuts which seemed to be be falling apart at an alarming rate in the Malaysian heat.    15 laps on the harder compound is the prediction for Sunday if the weather is dry, which at Sepang is always a possibility (40% chance of rain predicted).

Could potentially be a complicated week end for Pirelli's Paul Hembery who's saying everything is unfolding as planned.   But is it a good plan, this of having a good company make bad tires forcing drivers to become resource managers?  
The only thing we can say is that, whatever it is, at least it's the same for everyone,  just another technical challenge to deal with.

But this being F1, there are reports of muttering in the paddock about Lotus' unfair advantage given by  Pirelli using a 2010 Renault R30 as its development car.

FP2 Results:

Pos Driver                Team                    Time       Gap      Laps
 1. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m36.569             28
 2. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m36.588s  + 0.019s  27
 3. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m36.661s  + 0.092s  33
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m36.985s  + 0.416s  23
 5. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m37.026s  + 0.457s  29
 6. Romain Grosjean       Lotus Renault           1m37.206s  + 0.637s  26
 7. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m37.448s  + 0.879s  32
 8. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m37.571s  + 1.002s  30
 9. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m37.574s  + 1.005s  32
10. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m37.788s  + 1.219s  10
11. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        1m37.838s  + 1.269s  21
12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m37.865s  + 1.296s  29
13. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          1m38.068s  + 1.499s  31
14. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m38.645s  + 2.076s  23
15. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m38.738s  + 2.169s  31
16. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m38.801s  + 2.232s  27
17. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m38.904s  + 2.335s  31
18. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth       1m39.508s  + 2.939s  30
19. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        1m39.660s  + 3.091s  28
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        1m40.757s  + 4.188s  29
21. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault        1m40.768s  + 4.199s  32
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       1m41.438s  + 4.869s  23


  1. These are the 'best' drivers in the world driving the 'most technically advanced' racing cars in the world. The more unpredictable the tyres the more the test of man and machine, isn't that what it's all about anyway?

    1. I agree, as long as everyone has the same issue to deal with it's fine. I think the sweet spot for Pirelli would be to make two opposing strategies feasible, like in Australia. I think 3 plus stops might be a bit much.

  2. I don't recall - were the 2012 Pirellis developed with the Toyota TF110 or the Renault R30?

    If the R30 was used for the 2012 tires, then anyone grumbling this weekend about some supposed tire advantage has a bitter pill to swallow.

  3. I doubt testing on an R30 is any advantage at all. The honest truth is the core engineers at Lotus are good. I don't know how else to sum it up. The other teams are going to have to move their focus in order to catch up.

  4. To me stating that the R30 testing gives a advantage to Lotus is the same as not recognizing Kimi's talents.

    Roman with the older spec exhaust is not doing so well...


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